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US’ Historic Inauguration Day In Pictures

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Updated January 20, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. President during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

 

Joe Biden on Wednesday became the 46th president of the United States with a call to unity, vowing to bridge deep divides and defeat domestic extremism two weeks after a mob attack tried to undo his election victory.

On a frigid but sunny day at the very Capitol building that was assaulted on January 6, Biden swore the oath of office moments after Kamala Harris, who became America’s first woman vice president, turning the page on Donald Trump’s tumultuous four years.

“Democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” Biden said before a National Mall that was virtually empty due to the ultra-tight security and a raging Covid-19 pandemic that he vowed to confront immediately.

“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility and we’re willing to stand in the other person’s shoes.”

“Together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear, of unity, not division, of light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healings and goodness.”

But Trump, who falsely said that he was cheated out of a second term and egged on his supporters before their rampage at the Capitol, broke 152 years of tradition by refusing to attend his successor’s inauguration.

Biden appealed to Trump’s supporters, pledging to listen to all sides after four years of deep polarization in which Trump belittled minority groups and tried to cast doubts on basic facts.

“I will be a president for all Americans.”

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Former president Barack Obama hugs First Lady Dr. Jill Biden during the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

 

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: U.S. President Joe Biden reacts after being sworn in during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

 

US President-elect Joe Biden and incoming US First Lady Jill Biden are welcomed by former US President Barack Obama and former US First Lady Michelle Obama as they arrive before his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington,DC on January 20, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)

 

US President-elect Joe Biden and US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris sit ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP)

 

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Jennifer Lopez is escorted to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

 

Kamala Harris (L) bumps fists with US President-elect Joe Biden (R) after being sworn in as the 49th US Vice President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST / POOL / AFP)

 

US President-elect Joe Biden (L) greets former US President Barack Obama, with a fist bump during the inauguration of the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / POOL / AFP)

 

US President Joe Biden delivers his inauguration speech on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. – Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the US. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

 

Jennifer Lopez performed a medley of songs during Wednesday’s inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

 

Incoming US Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris wave as they arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden arrive to Biden’s inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.  Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

 

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris greets Vice President Mike Pence as she arrives to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.  Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

 

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff arrive to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.  Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

 

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

 

US President Joe Biden (L) and US First Lady Jill Biden (R), hug as they arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, after Biden and Harris were sworn in at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021. (Photo by Alex Brandon / POOL / AFP)

 

US President Joe Biden’s car rolls on 15th street towards the White House during a Presidential Escort to the White House, January 20, 2021 in Washington. (Photo by Jose Luis Magana / POOL / AFP)

 

US President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, after being sworn in at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021.  (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

 

US National Guard troops carry riot shields as they assume positions in the vicinity of the US Capitol as the Inauguration of US President-Elect Joe Biden in Washington, DC begins on January 20, 2021. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)

 

Former US President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), former US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive at the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. – During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis / POOL / AFP)

 

US President Joe Biden (L) and First Lady Jill Biden (2nd L) appear on the Blue Room Balcony as they and family members (R) watch fireworks from the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

 

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th US Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. – During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)

 

High winds forces a hat to blow by US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, US. Vice President Kamala Harris and First Gentleman Douglas Emhoff as they stand on the east steps of the US Capitol watching the troops march in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (Photo by David Tulis / POOL / AFP)

 

US President Joe Biden (L) kisses his wife US First Lady Jill Biden after being sworn in during his inauguration as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

 

US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on January 20, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

 

US President Joe Biden (C L) hugs First Lady Jill Biden as they arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

 

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (R) arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Family members of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris attend the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Flags line the National Mall before the start of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrives with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP
Outgoing US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump descend Marine One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021. – President Trump travels his Mar-a-Lago golf club residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and will not attend the inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)
Former US President Barack Obama and Former US First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP)

(L-R) Doug Emhoff, US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, incoming US First Lady Jill Biden, US President-elect Joe Biden, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)
Outgoing US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021. – President Trump travels his Mar-a-Lago golf club residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and will not attend the inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump boards Marine One as he departs the White House on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump is making his scheduled departure from the White House for Florida, several hours ahead of the inauguration ceremony for his successor Joe Biden, making him the first president in more than 150 years to refuse to attend the inauguration. Eric Thayer/Getty Images/AFP
Ivanka Trump (C), husband Jared Kushner (C-L), their children, Eric (R) and Donald Jr. (2nd R), Tiffany Trump (L) and Trump family members stand on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland as they arrive for US President Donald Trump’s departure on January 20, 2021. – President Trump travels to his Mar-a-Lago golf club residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and will not attend the inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)