The Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration begins in the United States on Wednesday, January 20 at 12:00 noon. The inauguration of the president and first vice president will take place in Washington under the most stringent security measures imposed by the pandemic and threats from far-right groups after the January 6 attack on the Capitol. It would also be the first relief since 1869 as there is no current president to hand over the witness to his successor. More than 10,000 National Guard personnel were deployed in the city to attend the ceremony. The number of uniforms is expected to reach 25,000 by Wednesday, double the number of reserves used in past ceremonies. And the capital authorities asked that they not travel to the city for the position and that the best thing would be to watch the event on television. Here are the keys to the historic day:
How will the ceremony be?
Biden, who would become the 46th president of the United States, insisted that the party be held abroad, a tradition that began in 1865 with Andrew Jackson as president. The Democrats’ team suggested moving the oath inside the Capitol due to the risks posed by the pandemic and the threats of extremist groups. However, the event will take place on the steps of the western part of the complex that houses the US Congress as it has been since Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. Donald Trump is expected to leave Washington on Wednesday morning for Florida. You must fly before noon because after that you can no longer use Air Force One.
Public events were limited. The traditional parade will not take place along Constitution Street. Nor did the opening dance, as the conference center hosting it was converted into a field hospital to attend the epidemic. The number of guests who would see the oath has been reduced. Biden will deliver his first speech from the podium, which is being built on steps focused on reuniting the country. There will be no audience at the National Mall, which is closed to pedestrians. The organizers occupied that space, which was usually occupied by huge gatherings, with US flags.
Who will be present?
In addition to the members of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Cabinet, only a few guests will be able to witness the event in person. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will attend, accompanied by Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Former President Jimmy Carter, 96, will not travel to Washington for the first time since leaving the White House in 1981. Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence will go to the thresholds of the Capitol.
Biden would swear by the Bible that had been in his family since the late nineteenth century. Leo O’Donovan, a Jesuit priest who was president of Georgetown University, will perform the opening prayer. Odunovan and Biden are old acquaintances. The father performs the funeral of Beau Biden, son of the former vice president who died in 2015. The flag honor will go to Andrea Hall, a firefighter in South Fulton, Georgia.
Famous singer Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem. The singer had the honor to participate in this historic event. This is followed by a poetry reading by Amanda Gorman, a young African-American writer whose work focuses on feminism and race issues. He has reported to the local media that his poem will aim to open “a new chapter of dignity, integrity, hope, and unity in the United States.”
Jennifer Lopez will be responsible for the inaugural musical performance. It was also confirmed Monday that country superstar Garth Brooks is also joining the new administration’s celebrations. It is not a political statement. The musician said at a press conference, who avoided singing to Donald Trump four years ago, but did so in 2009 for the start of the Obama era.
For the first time since 1949, there will be no inauguration ball. Like all public events in the world at the time of the pandemic, this event has become hypothetical. Actor Tom Hanks will host a star-studded show at 8:30 pm EST featuring music tracks by Justin Timberlake, Jersey idol John Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and You Clemons.
The 90-minute special will also be attended by Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighter’s, John Legend. Biden’s transition team ensures the ceremony is broadcast on the major US television networks and on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.