WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has been sworn into office.
“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,” said Biden speaking following the 59th Presidential Inauguration in U.S. history.
This year’s inaugural theme “America United” aims to restore “the soul of America,” bring the country together and create “a path to a brighter future.”
Vice President Kamala Harris was also sworn-in, officially becoming the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president.
The event took place on the West front of the U.S. Capitol building, with health and safety protocols in place to protect public health. In-person attendance is limited to Congress.
While Americans have been discouraged from traveling to the nation’s capital due to threats of possible violence following the deadly Capitol riots earlier this month, the Presidential Inaugural Committee has offered many ways for citizens to celebrate from home in the lead up to, and following, the swearing-in ceremony.
With a handful of virtual events, Americans are encouraged to honor the tradition with “a diverse array of inspiring speakers and community leaders across the country,” the committee said.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has left the White House for the final time as president. He held a departure ceremony early Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland before traveling to Florida, where he’ll begin his post-presidency at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. The farewell event included a red carpet, a military band and a 21-gun salute.