On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made U.S. history when they were sworn into the highest offices in the land. Joe Biden is the oldest person to serve as president and Kamala Harris is the first woman to hold the office of vice president. She’s also the first woman of black descent and Asian descent to hold the office. Though the inauguration ceremony was marred by the Coronavirus pandemic and the deadly uprising that took place at the U.S. Capitol just two weeks prior, the events were phenomenal.
Security was at an all-time high with 20,000 National Guard troops flooding the streets of Washington D.C. to ensure things went smoothly. The Secret Service was in charge of the events and dignitaries arrived at the Capitol flanked by Secret Service agents. President Joe Biden began his day by attending Catholic Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew. Biden is a man of devout faith and attends mass regularly.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump chose not to attend the inauguration and held their own little ceremony where they said their goodbyes to the nation. Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence went in their stead.
Some were concerned about how Mike Pence would be treated during the inauguration, but America proved that democracy is still strong and the bipartisan transfer of power went forward without any glitches. Former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George Bush attended the event. Former president Jimmy Carter wanted to attend but was advised not to because of the Coronavirus pandemic. President Jimmy Carter is 96-years-old.
Normally, a presidential inauguration is attended by celebrities and the public but due to security concerns, the event was socially distanced and the attendees were small. Those who attended wore face masks.
Lady Gaga performed “The National Anthem,” Jennifer Lopez sang “This Land Is Your Land,” and Garth Brooks sang “Amazing Grace.”
President Joe Biden delivered his first speech where he called for unity and healing.
You may see the full video of President Joe Biden’s inauguration below.
Did you watch the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as it took place? What are your thoughts on the incoming administration?