By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and Biden Inaugural (Information):
Pictures: Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Biden Inaugural and C-SPAN (Courtesy):
Washington, District of Columbia: The inauguration of Joe Biden as United States President and Kamala Harris as United States Vice President was held on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 outside the United States Capitol Building.
Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States of America and Kamala Harris becomes the first African American, first South Asian and first woman to serve as the 49th Vice President of the United States of America during a full day of ceremonies all occurring under very heighten security and health guidelines protecting against the spread of COVID-19.
**** The following is a summary of what occurred on Inauguration Day 2021 (More details as well as pictures from the day are still being added, please keep checking back): ****
As final preparations for the inauguration were occurring, Donald Trump leaves the White House as 45th President of the United States of America shortly after 8:00 a.m. ET.
Former United States President Donald Trump walked outside of the White House with former First Lady Melania Trump, stopping for picture taking before heading towards Marine One.
Former United States President Donald Trump told reporters that it was a great honor to serve as 45th President of the United States.
As former First Lady Melania Trump got aboard Marine One, Former United States President Donald Trump waved goodbye and Marine One took off flying over the White House and leaving Washington, D.C.
Former United States President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump then boarded Air Force One for the last time just before 9:00 a.m. ET, taking the presidential plane to their Florida home.
Meanwhile, incoming president Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden headed over to Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. where they attended mass with their family, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and her family and the congressional leaders of both parties.
Typically, incoming presidents attend services on the morning of their inauguration, often at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a small church across Lafayette Square from the White House known as “The Church of the Presidents.”
At the U.S. Capitol, the inauguration stage area is ready as guest, dignitaries and former presidents arrive.
Former United States President Bill Clinton with former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former United States President George W. Bush with former First Lady Laura Bush and former United States President Barack Obama with former First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendances as well as former United States Vice President Mike Pence.
At around 11:30 a.m. ET, incoming president Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, and incoming vice president Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff arrived at the iconic U.S. Capitol building.
The inauguration began with an invocation given by the Rev. Leo O’Donovan, a former Georgetown University president.
Singer Lady Gaga then performed, signing the National Anthem.
Afterwards, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Andrea Hall, a firefighter from Georgia.
Kamala Harris was then sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States of America, officially became the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president.
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez performed, signing “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful,” with a brief snippet of her hit “Let’s Get Loud.”
Joe Biden was then sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America, using a treasured family Bible – dates to the 19th century – held by Jill Biden as the oath was administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. After being sworn in, United States President Joe Biden delivered an inaugural address in which he called for unity and pledged to be a “president for all Americans,” including those who did not support his campaign.
Country singer and songwriter Garth Brooks then performed, signing “Amazing Grace.”
Afterwards, Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first-ever youth poet laureate, delivered a poem in which she challenged Americans to “leave behind a country better than the one we were left” and unify.
The benediction was given by Rev. Silvester Beaman of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware ending the inauguration.
After the inauguration, United States President Joe Biden with United States Vice President Kamala Harris near by signed three documents, including an Inauguration Day Proclamation, nominations to Cabinet positions and nominations to sub-Cabinet positions.
United States President Joe Biden with United States Vice President Kamala then received congressional gifts, as is customary, including a painting by a Black painter from the Civil War presented to Biden by Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican. Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar presented Biden and Harris with Lenox crystal vases, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and now-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell presented the President and vice president with American flags.
United States President Joe Biden with United States Vice President Kamala then attended the Pass in Review ceremony.
Afterwards, the presidential motorcade with United States President Joe Biden with United States Vice President Kamala went from the Capitol to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony with three former presidents – Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Later, the presidential motorcade with United States President Joe Biden with United States Vice President Kamala started the journey towards the White House.
As the presidential motorcade was down the street from the White House, United States President Joe Biden and his family got out of the presidential motorcade to walk down the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House.
During the walk, United States President Joe Biden stopped a few times to greet people along the route, including Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and NBC’s Al Roker.
Shortly before 4:00 p.m. ET, United States President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived to the doors of the White House, and after a paused for a moment on the North Portico, they entered the White House.
Later, United States President Joe Biden signed several executive actions, some of the of executive actions reverse decisions made by his predecessor, former United States President Donald Trump.
Among the executive actions signed, United States President Joe Biden signed three executive orders, including executive orders implementing a mask mandate on federal property, increasing support for underserved communities and rejoining the Paris climate accord.
Overall, the inauguration went off without any problems, thanks to the many law enforcement and federal agencies and National Guard troops.
Congratulations and Good Luck to United States President Joe Biden with United States Vice President Kamala.