President Biden's inauguration on 20th will be like no other

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States at noon on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president. The inaugural ceremony will take place on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. and will be the 59th presidential inauguration. Biden will take the oath of office as president, and Harris will take the oath of office as vice president.

Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will take the stage at the inauguration ceremony, alongside others in what his transition team said would showcase a diverse America. Other performers include Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons. Foo Fighters, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen will offer remote performances, and Eva Longoria and and Kerry Washington will introduce segments of the event. Despite a raging pandemic forcing most performances online, it is a sign that Hollywood is back and eager to embrace the new president-elect four years after many big names stayed away from the inauguration of Donald Trump. The event will also feature remarks from a black firefighter from Georgia, a former Youth Poet Laureate, a Catholic priest, and a pastor from Mr Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem and Ms Lopez will give a musical performance.

The election was held on November 03, 2020, but Mr Biden does not officially become president until over two months later. Until 1933, the new president was inaugurated on March 04, four months after election day. This was then shortened to around two months with the ratification of the 20th Amendment. The time between US election and inauguration allows for the incumbent to tie up any loose ends, and for the incoming president to prepare for his tenure by working on policy and appointing his cabinet. Vice president-elect will take the inaugural oath, but before Mr Biden. Ms Harris will be the nation’s first female vice president.

Roughly 25,000 members of the National Guard will be on duty at Biden's inauguration, The Washington Post reported January 16. The force complements actions taken by Bowser to declare a pre-emergency disaster for DC. The Secret Service is calling it a "zero fail mission," vowing the security will be "robust" with layered fencing and vehicle checkpoints. The entire National Mall in DC will also reportedly be closed amid security concerns. The head of the Federal Aviation Administration warned airline travelers that threatening safety could lead to jail time or a $35,000 fine. This followed reports that every airline flying out of the DC area had experienced incidents recently. Airlines also rolled out heightened security after the riots and will continue to work alongside law enforcement agencies.

The Biden Inaugural Committee tweeted that the theme is America United, adding "At a time of unprecedented crisis and deep divisions, America United reflects the start of a new journey to restore the soul of America, bring the country together, and create a path to a brighter future."

The president-elect says one of his biggest priorities is working to tackle COVID-19. He has set a goal of 100 million vaccine jabs in the first 100 days of his administration. Biden and Harris have already announced the formation of a COVID-19 advisory board to help shape the upcoming administration's response to the pandemic.

That is not to mention the fact that for the first time in more than 100 years, the outgoing president, Donald Trump, will not be attending the inauguration, a move that Biden said is "good." Trump plans to leave Washington the morning of the inauguration in a "military-like" sendoff from Joint Base Andrews, from which he will head to Mar-a-Lago, his residence in Florida. Outgoing presidents generally greet the incoming president and then ride together to the Capitol for the ceremony. Only three presidents did not attend the inauguration of their successor John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson. Vice President Mike Pence, who refused to subvert the results of the election to keep Trump in power but took 68 days to call his successor, Kamala Harris, will be there. Harris is set to make history when she is sworn in as the first woman of color to be vice president.

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