Joe Biden sworn in as the 46th President of the United States
WASHINGTON — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local).
In his inaugural address, Biden said few people in the country's history have been "more challenged, or found the time more challenging or difficult', and there is "much to repair, much to restore, much to heal much to build and music to gain".
"I asked every American to join me in this cause to fight the foes we face -- anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness -- with unity," President Biden said.
Joe Biden,78, took the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th President of the United States. He is the oldest president inaugurated.
Kamala Harris, 56, makes history as she was sworn in to be the first woman to be vice-president of the United States. The former US senator from California is also the first Black person and the first person of South Asian descent elected to the post.
Joe Biden's presidential inauguration ceremony has begun.
Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday, becoming the 46th president of the United States. The Democrat is preparing to take the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherit crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.
History will be made at Biden's side, as Kamala Harris becomes the first woman to be vice president.
The ceremony in which presidential power is transferred is a hallowed American democratic tradition. And this time it serves as a jarring reminder of the challenges Biden faces: The inauguration unfolds at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago, encircled by security forces. It's devoid of crowds because of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
Flouting tradition, Donald Trump departed Washington on Wednesday morning ahead of the inauguration rather than accompany his successor to the Capitol.
Former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are attending.
The other living former president, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter, previously announced he would not attend.