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US presidential inauguration: Joe Biden, Kalama Harris investiture in pictures

America President Joe Biden was inaugurated on Wednesday amidst probably the heaviest security in the history of the country’s presidential inaugurations.

More than 25,000 soldiers were deployed on the streets of Washington to avert a recurrence of the January 6 insurrection at which thousands of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol, prompting the House and Senate to abruptly take a recess as the U.S. Capitol Police locked down the building.

The protests were timed to coincide with Congress’ certification of the Electoral College votes and aim to pressure Republican lawmakers into supporting Trump’s effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

The insurrection failed to achieve its aim and Mr Biden was duly inaugurated on January 20 but without the massive crowd that grace such events as COVID-19 ravages the US.

The United States is struggling to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak that has killed more than 400,000 and infected millions.

Below are pictures from the event courtesy of the BBC.

 

President Biden sits at his desk in the Oval Office
President Biden sits in the Oval Office at the White House before he signs 15 executive orders aimed at boosting the federal response to the coronavirus crisis
President Biden speaks to dozens of people in a video conference
President Biden swore in presidential appointees during a virtual ceremony in the Oval Office
President Joe Biden waves to supporters
President Joe Biden waved to supporters before he and First Lady Jill Biden entered the White House
Vice President Kamala Harris waves ashe walks with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff
Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff walked with their family down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President
Earlier in the day, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th US President by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, with his wife Jill by his side
Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President
Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice-President of the United States as her husband Doug Emhoff looked on
President Biden places his hand on a large Bible
President Biden took his oath on a Bible that has been in his family since 1893 and was also used each time he was sworn in as Delaware senator. The book itself is five inches (12.5cm) thick with a Celtic cross on the cover
President Biden gives his inaugural speech
After his swearing-in, President Biden gave his inaugural speech, saying: “We learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile and at this moment, my friends, democracy has prevailed.” During his speech, Biden held a silent moment of prayer for those who have died in the Covid-19 pandemic
President Biden signs documents with Vice President Kamala Harris by his side
Inside the Capitol, President Biden signed the Inauguration Day proclamation and nominations for his cabinet and sub-cabinet
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lay a large wreath together
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lay a large wreath together
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden walk up to the White House
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden walk up to the White House
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden embrace outside the White House
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden embrace outside the White House
Amanda Gorman reads her poem at President Biden's inauguration
Writer Amanda Gorman read her poem The Hill We Climb as part of the inauguration ceremony. It referenced the Capitol riot earlier this month, but also underlined the theme of unity set out by the new president
Lady Gaga sings with Joe Biden standing behind her
Lady Gaga sings the American national anthem with Joe Biden standing behind her
Jennifer Lopez gestures to Kamala Harris
Jennifer Lopez gestures to Kamala Harris
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave from Air Force One
As President-elect Joe Biden prepared to be sworn in, the outgoing President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, bound for their Mar-a-Lago golf club residence
President-elect Joe Biden stands alongside Jill Biden
The Bidens pictured as they arrived at the inauguration, on the West Front of the US Capitol
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris waves to the crowd
Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff waved to well-wishers when they arrived. Harris wore purple, a colour traditionally seen in the US as a symbol of bipartisanship – a combination of the blue and red of the Democratic and Republican parties
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration whilst wearing masks
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were among the guests at the inauguration
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton walk down steps together to find their seat
Former President Bill Clinton also arrived with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush are shown their seats
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush were shown to their seats before the swearing-in ceremony
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden attend a church service
Earlier in the day, Joe Biden attended Mass at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle in Washington DC
Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House to board Marine One
Donald and Melania Trump departed the White House to board Marine One. Breaking with precedent, they did not attend his successor’s inauguration
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, with their spouses
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, with their spouses, were seen looking out over the National Mall, which would normally be filled with supporters if not for the pandemic
US National Guardsmen stand on a closed street outside the Capitol Building
Security across Washington was tight with about 25,000 troops on hand following a deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this month
A general view of the National Mall on the eve of the inauguration
On the eve of the inauguration, the National Mall in Washington was seen covered in flags, representing the people who are not able to attend the event this year due to Covid restrictions

 

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