Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony: How it was

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Democrat Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States replacing Republican Donald Trump
20:58, 20 January 2021

Joe Biden

The inauguration ceremony of US President-elect Joe Biden is taking place in Washington on Wednesday, January 20.

Watch online broadcast of the inauguration ceremony here:

To take office, the new American leader must be sworn in, and his presidential term begins at 12 a.m. (Washington, DC) on January 20, regardless of whether he managed to do so or not.

Earlier Trump taped the final address to Americans. It was published on Youtube channel of the White House.

20:57 Pelosi and McConnell present Biden and Harris with flags that flew over Capitol

20:15 Biden sigs ceremonial documents at the Capitol.

19:46 Biden White House secures social media handles, launches new website. The Twitter followers for the Trump-era accounts did not transfer to the new Biden White House accounts.

19:22 Biden says that "democracy has prevailed," urging unity in inaugural address.

18:52 Biden officially sworn into office as 46th president.

18:44 Harris takes the oath of office, making history as the first woman vice president.

18:42 Lady Gaga performed the national anthem.

17:32 Biden and Harris arrive at the Capitol.

17:10 Obama congratulated Biden ahead of his swearing-in.

16:40 Biden's national security team will start working before the inauguration. These officials do not require Senate confirmation and will immediately be at their posts. 

16:11 Trump left Biden a note in Oval Office. It is a tradition for a president to leave a message for his successor.

15:53 In her own brief remarks at Mr. Trump's urging, Melania Trump said "being your first lady was my greatest honor."

15:51 In his speech at Joint Air Force Base Andrews, Trump promised to come back: "Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form."

15:41 Biden attends Mass with congressional leaders before inauguration.

15:39 Trump left the White House for the final time just after 8 a.m. (1300 GMT) by helicopter on his way to a sendoff event at Joint Air Force Base Andrews, where he spoke at a farewell ceremony before several hundred supporters and family.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House to board Marine One ahead of the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021 Reuters/Leah Millis

"I wish the new administration great luck and great success," Mr. Trump said. "I think they'll have great success. They have the foundation to do something really spectacular."

President Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump as he departs from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021 Carlos Barria/Reuters

The text of the oath of the President of the United States has remained unchanged since 1789. The oath reads: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

At the end of the oath, presidents traditionally add: "So help me God," although the Constitution does not provide for this.

Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony differs from many of those in the history of the United States in that it takes place with unprecedented security measures, without a crowd of thousands, and without the participation of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

The latter refused to attend the event and thus became the fourth president in US history to boycott his successor's inauguration. Andrew Johnson in 1869, John Quincy Adams in 1929, and John Adams in 1801 did the same.

One week before Donald Trump officially left the White House, the US House of Representatives approved a resolution on his impeachment by a majority vote. He became the first president in US history to be tried twice.

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