Protected by more than 20,000 soldiers, with limited assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic and thousands of remote viewers, Joe Biden will be sworn in as president of the United States on Wednesday.
The career politician will be the 46th president in the history of the North American country, more divided than ever after the tumultuous administration of Donald Trump.
The ceremony is projected to be out of the ordinary, whose changes are not only due to the virus, but also to threats from far-right groups that support Trump in his false argument that Biden stole the election.RELATED
The Capitol Police, as well as the Washington DC Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have taken precautions and say they are prepared for a peaceful transition.
Here’s what we know about the ceremony:
Why is a inauguration held in front of the federal Capitol?
The inauguration ceremony of the United States presidency is held every four years on January 20 (January 21 if the original date falls on Sunday) in front of the federal Capitol. The event is intended to mark the peaceful shift from one administration to another, for the sake of America’s democracy.
The process requires the vice president-elect to swear before the president, repeating the same oath of office that has been recited since 1884:
“I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bring true faith and loyalty to it; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or intention to evade it; and that I will fulfill well and faithfully the duties of the office in which I am about to exercise: So help me God. “
Once the elected vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, is sworn in, it will be Joe Biden’s turn reciting the following words:
“I solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States and that, to the best of my ability, I will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be in charge of swearing in Harris.
What is the program of the ceremony?
11:30 am Joe Biden and Kamala Harris arrive on the east side of the Capitol
12:00 pm The inauguration ceremony begins
12:31 pm Lady Gaga sings the United States anthem
12:33 pm Loyalty Pledge
12:35 pm Kamala Harris is sworn in by Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor
12:38 pm Jenniffer López gives a musical presentation
12:44 pm Joe Biden is sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Roberts
12:48 pm Joe Biden gives his first speech as the 46th president of the United States
1:08 pm Poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem called “The Hill We Climb”
1:17 pm Reverend Sylvester Beamon offers a blessing
1:27 pm President Biden and Vice President Harris escort former Vice President and his wife Karen Pence to the Presidential Chamber of the Capitol
2:07 pm Joe Biden signs his first presidential documents in the Presidential Room of the Capitol
2:17 pm Bipartisan leaders present gifts to President Biden, Vice President Harris and their spouses
2:40 pm Biden and Harris perform “screening pass” ceremony
2:52 pm Biden and Harris caravan to Arlington National Cemetery
Why is Donald Trump not attending?
Trump leaves the presidency of the United States without accepting his defeat. On the contrary, his latest statements insist on accusing the incoming administration of stealing the elections and that the voting process was not legitimate.
On January 8, Trump tweeted that he would not attend the inauguration.
“For everyone who has asked, I will not be going to the inauguration on January 20,” Trump wrote.
The outgoing president will not even receive Biden at the White House after leaving early for Florida. Trump left the White House around 9:30 a.m. with First Lady Melania Trump.
Can citizens go?
Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the population to stay home. In addition, the short-term rental company Airbnb canceled all reservations to prevent people from visiting the capital.
Downtown highways and subway stations will be closed, and authorities are so determined to keep people out of the way that closing all bridges from Virginia is being considered.
What will Biden’s ceremony be like considering the COVID-19 pandemic?
Like their predecessors, Biden and Harris will take their oaths of office outside the Capitol. Jennifer Lopez will perform and Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem. Biden, according to the inauguration website, will deliver a speech to the nation, “setting out his vision to defeat the pandemic, build better, and unify and heal the nation.”
Next, Biden and Harris will complete the traditional “Pass in Review” inspection of troops from all branches of service, a ritual that symbolizes the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief.
Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Harris and Second Knight Douglas Emhoff will later visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will be joined by former presidents and first ladies such as Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
What kind of security will there be during the event?
The inauguration comes just two weeks after the insurrection in the federal Capitol led by supporters of Donald Trump, who were incited by him in a message near the White House, prior to the riots. The motive for the insurrection was to prevent Congress from confirming Biden’s victory as president of the United States.
Law enforcement officials insist they won’t be caught flat-footed this time, and the FBI has warned of armed protests and possible planned attacks by Trump supporters in DC and across state capitals.
Security officials warned yesterday that increased fortification of the Capitol and the White House could prompt would-be insurgents to seek softer targets in DC or elsewhere in the country.
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