The new United States Vice President, Kamala Harris has highlighted “American aspiration” and underlined that President Joe Biden has summoned the people to look beyond crisis and aspire to unite.
Harris, 56, made history when she was sworn in as the first female, first black and first Asian-American US vice-president.
The former senator was sworn in just before Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th US President.
“In many ways this moment embodies our character as a nation. It demonstrates who we are, even in dark times. We, not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be.
“We shoot for the moon, and then we plant our flag on it. We are bold, fearless and ambitious. We are undaunted, in our belief that we shall overcome, that we will rise up. This is American aspiration,” Harris said outside the Lincoln Memorial.
She cited the accomplishments of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, who “saw a better future and built it with land grant colleges, and the transcontinental railroad.”
She also highlighted how Martin Luther King Jr. fought for racial and economic justice.