The Inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America took place on 20th January, 2021; minutes after Kamala Harris took the oath as the first woman vice-president. The ceremony took place on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., amidst tight security and limited attendants due to the ongoing national economic, security and health crises in the country.
In the weeks before the swearing in of the new President, America had been dealing with the continuing coronavirus pandemic, outgoing President Donald Trump's continued efforts to overturn the 2021 elections and refusal to accept defeat, which stirred up a storming of the Capitol, and the threats of widespread civil unrest.
Live attendees were limited, with Congress members being allowed to attend with only one guest. Mandatory public health precautions like face coverings, tests, social distancing and temperature checks were used to prevent any spreading of the virus. While leaving President Donald Trump and his wife Melania left D.C. before the ceremony and were not present, former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama, along with former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama were present.
Just before Biden took oath, his deputy 56 year old Kamala Harris was sworn in as the Vice President, making history as the first female, first Black and first Indian-American vice president of the world’s oldest democracy.
Shortly after the ceremonies came to an end, President Joe Biden took to his Oval Office to take care of a handful of policy priorities while also trying to undo all the damage done by the previous leading Trump administration. Biden signed around 17 executive actions that afternoon.
On his twitter handle right before the swearing in, Joe Biden wrote, “It’s a new day in America.”