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In just six days, the 59th inaugural ceremonies will be held on Jan. 20 at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The event will swear in President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. Due to the rising COVID-19 cases, the January 6 attack, and Trump’s own refusal to attend the ceremony – an announcement Trump made days earlier – the scaled-down ceremony will have a different approach than in previous years.
Worry beyondand security at the inauguration is increasing, especially now for a second time. Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, DC, has asked the United States Department of the Interior “to revoke all permits for public gatherings in the District of Columbia and all applications for a public meeting from January 11 through January 24. to reject. “
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I insist that there should be NO violence, NO violation of law and NO vandalism of any kind,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday.
In a letter dated January 9, Bowser wrote to Chad Wolf, then Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, asking the Department to extend the period of the national special security event from January 11 to 24. Wolf resigned Monday.
Here’s everything we know so far about Biden’s inauguration. This story was recently updated with new information.
What time does Biden’s inauguration start?
The inauguration is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, on the west side of the Capitol. The tenure of each elected U.S. president begins that day at noon ET, according to the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution. The president-elect must take the oath of office before assuming duties. After the presidential inauguration, Biden delivers his inaugural address.
How can I see Biden being sworn in as president of the US?
No exact air time has yet been announced, although the opening notes historically occur around 11:30 a.m.ET / 8:30 a.m. PT. The inauguration is likely to be streamed live by all major news outlets and also shared on platforms such as Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube. It will be impossible to miss, but we will update this information when we know more.
Biden’s inaugural committee said on Jan. 4 that there will be a virtual parade on television with performances by people from all over the country. “The parade will celebrate America’s heroes and reflect on the diversity, heritage and resilience of our country,” the committee said in a tweet.
After the storming of the Capitol, the mayor of DC encourages the Americans to participate virtually.
What security measures will be taken during the inauguration?
Security has become a growing concern after the Capitol riots. In a letter, Bowser urged the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate with the Defense and Justice Departments, Congress and the Supreme Court to “establish a security plan and a federal troop deployment plan for all federal properties” . She also sent a letter to Trump asking to declare a pre-emergency disaster for DC.
“This is necessary because the inauguration poses several unprecedented challenges beyond the scope of our traditional planning processes: the COVID-19 pandemic and of course the domestic terrorist attack on the United States Capitol,” said Bowser.
Trump approved the request Monday night.
The Secret Service is calling it a “zero failure mission” and promises that the security will be “robust” with tiered fences and vehicle checkpoints.
On January 11, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration warned airline travelers that a security threat could lead to imprisonment or a $ 35,000 fine. This followed reports that every airline flying out of the DC area had recently experienced incidents. Airlines have also introduced increased security after the riots and will continue to work with law enforcement agencies.
The National Mall in DC will also reportedly be closed due to security concerns, and Biden will no longer take Amtrak to the inauguration for security reasons.
Which celebrities and speakers will there be?
While speakers have not yet been announced, inaugurations usually include performances by A-list musicians and artists. This year, there’s a 90-minute TV special hosted by Tom Hanks, which starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Celebrity performances include:
- Lady Gaga, singing the national anthem
- Justin Timberlake
- Jennifer Lopez
- Demi Lovato
- Ant Clemons
- Jon Bon Jovi
Politicians and religious leaders – including archbishops, pastors, and rabbis – usually also give speeches.
Can I get tickets for the inauguration?
Traditionally, members of the public apply for free tickets through the office of their US Senator or Representative, but not this year. Due to concerns about COVID-19, Americans cannot get tickets, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced in mid-December.
“ The JCCIC, in consultation with diversified public health and medical experts and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, determined that this global pandemic and the increase in COVID-19 cases warranted a difficult decision to limit participation in the 59th inaugural ceremony to a live audience is like a State of the Union, ”said JCCIC chairman Roy Blunt. “We are also working on better opportunities to watch the ceremonies online, in addition to traditional national television coverage.”
This time, the invitations for members of Congress are limited to themselves and one guest. Commemorative card bundles and program packages will be made available to voters’ convention offices after the ceremonies.
Is President Trump in attendance?
Trump tweeted on Jan. 8 that he would not be attending. “To all who have asked, I am not going to the inauguration on January 20th,” he said.
That’s “one of the few things he and I can ever agree on,” Biden said on Jan. 8. “It’s a good thing he doesn’t show up.”
Vice President Mike Pence will reportedly be in attendance.
Trump’s tweet came hours earlierfollowing the January 6 uprising, a move Trump has generally accepted to have instigated amid false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Former presidents – including the non-sitting president and presidents from previous terms – traditionally attend the inauguration of the president-elect, but there are exceptions. According to the White House Historical Association, John Adams was not present at Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration and John Quincy Adams was not present at successor Andrew Jackson’s inauguration.
What is the theme of the inauguration?
On Monday, Biden’s Inaugural Commission tweeted that the theme is America United, adding, “ At a time of unprecedented crisis and deep divisions, America United reflects the beginning of a new journey to restore America’s soul, the country together. and create a path to a brighter future. “
What is Biden’s top priority when he becomes president?
The president-elect says one of his top priorities is to tackle COVID-19. Biden and Harris have already announced the formation of a COVID-19 advisory board to help shape the upcoming government’s response to the pandemic. The board will be made up of 13 public health experts and will be headed by co-chairpersons Dr. David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former US surgeon general; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a researcher at Yale University.
Biden also has oneand has one in front of . He also unveiled a plan aimed at ensuring that the US achieves a 100% clean energy and net zero emissions economy by 2050. During the presidential debates , from which the US withdrew under Trump. He repeated that promise in his climate plan.