Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States, and Kamala Harris, first female vice president, were sworn into office on Wednesday afternoon.
President Donald Trump exited after a tumultuous four years in office, a notion which is being met with mixed feelings in Chippewa Falls.
Taylor Poquette, a student at Chippewa Valley Technical College, said she is thankful to finally see a female in one of the top positions of authority in the country.
“I can’t wait to start saying Madame Vice President,” Poquette said. “It’s been a hard road to get to this point, but I’m glad we are finally here. Hopefully people feel a little bit better now, but there is still a lot of work to do to make this country better. This finally feels like we are making America great.”
Over 60% of Chippewa County residents voted for Trump, so the inauguration of Biden isn’t sitting well with a large percentage of conservative voters.
Joseph Bauer, a retired Chippewa Falls resident, said nothing much will change in the Biden/Harris era.
“He was already in office for eight years with Obama,” Bauer said. “He didn’t change much of anything then, so I don’t think he will now. Every president eventually gets thrown under the bus, so it won’t be long until that same thing happens to Biden.”