KEY POINTS

  • Biden used the word 'democracy' 11 times throughout his speech
  • His speech outranks addresses from former Presidents Harry Truman and Franklin Roosevelt
  • Biden called for non-supporters to "take a measure" of him

President Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered an inauguration speech that repeated the word “democracy” more times than any president in the history of the United States. 

Shortly before Wednesday at noon, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. put his hand on a five-inch-thick Bible -- one that's been in his family for over 128 years -- and swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”

After reciting the oath of office, in a spot where a mob of violent Trump supporters trampled across during their insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, President Biden delivered his inaugural address.

“This is America's day. This is democracy's day,” he began. “Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”

Throughout his speech, Biden used the word “democracy” 11 times, ranking ahead of addresses from former Presidents Harry Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said “democracy” nine times during their inaugural speeches in 1949 and 1941, respectively, according to a CNBC analysis. 

During his speech, the new POTUS also mentioned the riot at the Capitol that led to the death of five people. He urged Americans to “take a measure” of him and his “heart” as the country moves forward with a new administration. 

“And here we stand, just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, and to drive us from this sacred ground,” he said. 

“That did not happen. It will never happen. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever,” Biden continued. 

“To all those who supported our campaign, I am humbled by the faith you have placed in us. To all those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did,” the new president added. 

Biden calls for 'unity' in inauguration speech Biden calls for 'unity' in inauguration speech Photo: DC POOL