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Biden calls for unity, but 'clash of ideologies' looms

Democrats and Republicans hone contrasting strategies to restore the middle class

U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office of the White House on Jan. 20.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., a son of an auto dealership manager, a longtime senator and a former vice president, was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States shortly before noon Eastern time on Wednesday.

"This is America's day. This is democracy's day. A day of history and hope," he said to open his speech, the last phrase taken from his favorite poem by Seamus Heaney (more below).

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