CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper watched, just like much of the nation, as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office Wednesday afternoon.
Cooper, a Democrat, offered his congratulations to the country’s new leaders.
The governor, who has been working with the federal government over the vaccine rollout, says the incoming president is stepping in the office at a challenging time, which includes battling the COVID-19 pandemic, political turmoil and a fight for social justice.
“Congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their historic inauguration today,” Cooper said on social media. “They are stepping up to lead our country at a challenging time, but people around the country and the world, including our children, are watching with hope today.
“Even after an unprecedented attack on our nation’s Capitol, we know our democracy will prevail. I’m grateful to know our country’s new leaders are committed to upholding the ideals that are the foundation of our country.”
Cooper added that he is looking forward to working with Biden and Harris during their time in office.
Cooper was re-elected as North Carolina’s governor in November.
“I look forward to working with President Biden and Vice President Harris on a range of issues to rebuild a stronger nation,” Cooper said. “We have tough work ahead, but we’re ready to tackle it.”
There were no issues at the inauguration because of increased security throughout Washington D.C.
North Carolina sent hundreds of men and women from the National Guard to the nation’s capital.
There were also hundreds of officers sent from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
“Thank you also to the National Guard men and women and law enforcement, including those from North Carolina, who have come together to ensure today’s Inauguration will be safe and peaceful,” Cooper said.
Other leaders across the Carolinas chimed in on President Biden and Vice President Harris’s inauguration.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham didn’t comment on the inauguration but did stop on his way to the Capitol to take a photo with members of the South Carolina National Guard.
“Headed out of my house this morning on my way to the U.S. Capitol for the swearing-in and saw these members of the #SCNationalGuard providing security,” Graham said. “Thank you for your service to our nation!”
Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles said she is looking forward to “America’s promising future.”
“Today, we all will experience the time-honored tradition of watching the inauguration of a new president,” Lyles said. “In this moment, we should remember the past as we chart out America’s promising future. Now is the time to reaffirm our commitment to one another and the democratic process.”
North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who said he couldn’t attend the inauguration ceremony because of recent foot surgery, also congratulated Biden and Harris.
South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott applauded the peaceful transfer of power.
“Today we witnessed a central tenet of American democracy: the peaceful transition of power,” Scott Tweeted. We are one nation under God, and it is time for all of us to unite as one American family. We must find common ground to continue moving our country forward. I ask all of you to join me in prayer for our great nation and our leaders.”
North Carolina Congresswoman Rep. Alma Adams also released a statement.
“Inauguration Day is a time for celebration, but this transition of power is a different kind of moment for many Americans,” Adams said. “Though we are hopeful thanks to the promise of a Biden-Harris Administration, we can’t look away from the events of the past four years, the over 400,000 Americans who have been lost to COVID-19, or the tragic events at the Capitol this month. This time in our history is both sweet and sour.”
North Carolina Republican Congressman Rep. Richard Hudson also attended the inauguration and said he is willing to work with the new president.
“Today I attended the inauguration of President Joe Biden as a symbol of my commitment to our Constitution. I believe the peaceful transfer of power is a core principle of our Republic,” Hudson said. “If President Biden wants to work on delivering vaccines, reopening schools, rebuilding our economy & restoring our way of life, I’m ready to work with him. If he wants to take the country backwards by destroying the economy & making us less safe - I will oppose him at every turn.”