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Joe Biden Inauguration Highlights: Joe Biden becomes 46th President of the United States

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive at the Capitol. Donald Trump, who left DC earlier, did not attend.

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11:33 PM

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ message to President Joe Biden following his inauguration, extending "cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office."

“Under your leadership, may the American people continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical and religious values that have inspired the nation since its founding. At a time when the grave crises facing our human family call for farsighted and united responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by a concern for building a society marked by authentic justice and freedom, together with unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice,” it continues.

The message concludes: “I likewise ask God, the source of all wisdom and truth, to guide your efforts to foster understanding, reconciliation and peace within the United States and among the nations of the world in order to advance the universal common good. With these sentiments, I willingly invoke upon you and your family and the beloved American people an abundance of blessings.”
11:33 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister

11:32 PM

Chile's President Sebastian Piñera congratulates newly inaugurated President Biden and Vice President Harris

11:24 PM

Biden has waited forever for this moment. He first ran for president more than 30 years ago. He was first elected to the Senate nearly 50 years ago.

11:21 PM

President Joe Biden tweeted from the @POTUS account for the first time following the inauguration ceremony

11:07 PM

Biden and Harris will have a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House including the US Army Band, a Joint Service Honor Guard and the commander in chief's Guard and Fife Drum Corps.

11:04 PM

The events will now move inside the Capitol. Some of the traditional inaugural touches, such as a congressional lunch, will not be held this year because of Covid. The president will be presented with traditional gifts.

11:01 PM

Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It's the past we step into and how we repair it.

- Nation's first youth poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, delivers message of America's resilience and strength

10:56 PM

Kamala Harris has just made history becoming the first first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president in the nation's history. By her side, her husband Doug Emhoff has also made history, becoming America's first second gentleman.

10:52 PM

Amanda Gorman, the inaugural poet, is 23 years old. “Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree.” From Washington’s farewell address.

10:46 PM

Newly minted President Joe Biden referenced the current plight of America during his inaugural address, noting that the country has "much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain."

10:46 PM

Joe Biden just became became the 46th President of the United States. He is the 15th vice president who later became president.

  • 8 vice presidents were first elevated because the sitting president died.
  • 6 vice presidents were first elected to the presidency.
  • 1 vice president was elevated because the sitting president resigned.
  • Gerald R. Ford is the only person to serve as both president and vice president who was never elected to either office.
He is only the second, along with Richard Nixon, to have a gap between serving as vice president and being elected president.
10:45 PM

The two Republicans to speak at Biden’s inauguration; Senator Roy Blunt and Garth Brooks.

10:44 PM

“May God bless America, and may God protect our troops.” Biden’s classic sign-off, carrying over into his presidency.

10:43 PM

Vice President Kamala Harris sent her first tweet from the @VP account moments ago

10:41 PM

Almost immediately after Biden took the oath, a newly elected Republican House member from Georgia calls for his impeachment

10:40 PM

A moment of silent prayer. This may just be the first real moment of national mourning for the virus led by the president. Over 400,000 people have so far lost their lives to coronavirus in the US.

10:39 PM

I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we are all created equal, and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, demonization have long torn us apart

- Biden

10:39 PM

The @POTUS twitter handle has been turned over to Biden.

10:38 PM

Modi congratulates President Biden

10:34 PM

“Hear me out as we move forward; take a measure of me and my heart,” Biden appeals directly to his critics.

10:33 PM

“Don’t tell me things can’t change!” Biden exclaims, pointing out Vice President Kamala Harris’s historic office.

10:32 PM

Biden calls for an end to a culture of manipulating and manufacturing facts. Biden isn’t saying Trump’s name but this speech is very much about rejecting and overturning the politics that Trump espoused.

10:32 PM

Four years ago, Trump used the word “unity” just once in his dark inaugural address. Biden has already used it thrice so far.

10:31 PM

"Today we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause — the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We've learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed."

President Joe Biden
10:30 PM

"This is democracy's day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve," Biden said. "America has been tested anew, and America has risen to the challenge," he added.

10:27 PM

The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

- President Joe Biden

10:27 PM

“Much to repair, much to restore.”

- Biden has a realistic view of the job he is taking on.

10:27 PM

“I thank my predecessors in both parties for their presence here today,” Biden says, drawing attention to the Bush, Obama and Clinton. It also highlights Trump’s absence.

10:26 PM

“This is a great nation. We are good people.” Biden offers America a reminder.

10:24 PM

President Biden, too, references the Jan. 6 riots and frames this inauguration as evidence that democracy has prevailed.

10:24 PM

Biden speaks of “history and hope” – “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day.”

10:11 PM

Kamala Harris takes oath, becomes America's first woman Vice President

10:07 PM

When Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, it’s expected he’ll have his hand where it has been every time he’s taken an oath of office before – on the Biden family Bible.

The Bible is five inches thick, features a Celtic cross on the cover, and has been in the Biden family since 1893.

Biden used the Bible each time he took the oath as vice president and for each of his seven Senate swearings-in, starting in 1973. The Bible was used during his swearing-in as Vice President in 2009 and 2013.
10:04 PM

This is the day when our democracy picks itself up, brushes off the dust and does what America always does, goes forward as a nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all

- Sen. Amy Klobuchar

10:04 PM

Trump issues one more last-minute pardon: "Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a full pardon to Albert J. Pirro, Jr.," deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement to pool.

Pirro is the ex-husband of Trump ally and Fox News personality Judge Jeanine Pirro. He was convicted on conspiracy and tax evasion charges after improperly deducting $1.2 million of his personal expenses in business write-offs.
10:00 PM

Senator Blunt: “This is not a moment of division, it’s a moment of unification.”

10:00 PM

Capitol attack reminds us a government designed to balance and check itself is both fragile and resilient.

- Senator Roy Blunt

09:59 PM

Kamala Harris is expected to take her oath of office today using two Bibles; one that previously belonged to a former neighbor and family friend of Harris’, Regina Shelton, and another that belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court, according to a Harris aide.

09:56 PM

Kamala Harris is set to make history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president, and she will take her oath in the color purple as a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to run for president.

09:53 PM

Commercial flights at Washington Reagan National Airport are halted until after President-Elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

09:49 PM

President-elect Joe Biden was just introduced for his inauguration at the US Capitol and is set to be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

09:43 PM

“So proud of you,” Obama, the first Black president, can be heard saying to Harris, the first Black vice president and first woman to hold that role.

09:43 PM

Officer Eugene Goodman, who may well have saved the Senate from catastrophe two weeks ago when rioters broke in, escorts Harris.

09:42 PM

Harris will be sworn in by the country’s first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor

Kamala Harris will make history as the first woman, the first woman of color, the first Black person and the first South Asian to be Vice President.
09:34 PM

Mike Pence arrives. Two weeks ago, Pence was locked down for hours in this building as pro-Trump loyalists stormed in chanting “Hang Pence” because he refused to break the law and overturn Trump’s election loss.

09:32 PM

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is at the inauguration ceremony. She will take her seat on the platform at the Capitol alongside her husband, Doug Emhoff.

09:32 PM

Former Presidents have arrived

  • Former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were just introduced at the inauguration ceremony at the US Capitol.
  • Moments later, Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush were also announced.
  • Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are also at the Capitol for the event.
  • Former President Jimmy Carter, the oldest living former President, is not expected to attend today's ceremony.
09:29 PM

Back to Trump for a moment! The last Air Force One meal of the Trump era: Southern-style steak and eggs, with grits.

09:28 PM

Kamala Harris’ stepchildren are arriving. This inaugural is historic for Jews as well. Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, is Jewish, the first Jewish person to hold such a high (if unelected) office.

09:23 PM

Moments after arriving at the US Capitol for the inauguration, Joe Biden's account sent a tweet with a message to his wife, soon-to-be first lady Jill Biden.

09:14 PM

The arrival of ormer Republican elected officials – Paul Ryan, Dan Quayle, George W. Bush – underscores what Biden wanted for this moment: A show of American unity. And it also shows just how much the Republican Party has changed since Trump.

09:10 PM

Kamala Harris remembers her mother ahead of being sworn-in as America's first woman VP

09:06 PM

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be escorted to inauguration ceremony by Eugene Goodman, the Capitol Police officer who became face of the resistance to rioters who stormed the Capitol two weeks ago today.

09:02 PM

President-elect Joe Biden's motorcade has arrived at the US Capitol ahead of his inauguration.

08:52 PM

Supreme Court given all-clear after being evacuated for bomb threat

08:45 PM

The Obamas and Clintons have arrived for Biden's inauguration

08:44 PM

At today's inauguration, there will be a sea of flags where the crowds would normally be

At today's inauguration, there will be a sea of flags where the crowds would normally be
08:41 PM

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Monetary Policy at Treasury, Andy Baukol, will be the acting treasury secretary until President-elect Biden’s designated nominee, Janet Yellen, is confirmed, according to a Biden transition official.

08:33 PM

As is tradition, the Supreme Court's chief justice, John Roberts, will administer the oath of office to Biden just after the clock strikes 12. Biden will take the oath with his hand on top of his 127-year-old, 5-inch-thick family Bible, which will be held by his wife, Jill Biden.

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