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Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Inauguration Day 2021 live updates | Biden vows to defeat ‘domestic terror, white supremacy’

Joe Biden grew to become the forty sixth President of the United States on January 20, declaring that “democracy has prevailed.” He swore the oath of workplace to take the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably better than any confronted by his predecessors.

Mr. Biden will come to workplace with a properly of empathy and resolve born by private tragedy in addition to a depth of expertise solid from greater than 4 many years in Washington. At age 78, he was the oldest President inaugurated.

More historical past was made at his facet, as Kamala Harris grew to become the primary girl to be Vice-President. The former U.S. Senator from California can be the primary Black individual and the primary individual of South Asian descent elected to the vice-presidency and can turn out to be the highest-ranking girl ever to serve in authorities.

The two have been sworn in throughout an inauguration ceremony with few parallels in historical past.

And Mr. Biden was not applauded by his predecessor.

Flouting custom, Donald Trump departed Washington on January 20 morning forward of the inauguration fairly than accompany his successor to the Capitol. Though three different former Presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — gathered to watch the ceremonial switch of energy, Mr. Trump, awaiting his second impeachment trial, as an alternative flew to Florida after stoking grievance amongst his supporters with the lie that Mr. Biden’s win was illegitimate.

Here are the live updates: (all instances IST)

11 p.m.


Capitol formalities carried out, here is what’s subsequent

A Benediction by Rev. Silvester Beaman, from Delaware and a good friend of Mr Biden brings the formalities to an finish.

President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff (the primary such title) shake fingers with the Clintons, the Obamas and lots of extra as they exit the venue.

The Bidens, Obamas and Bushes can pay their respects on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Mr. Biden may have a brief journey again to the White House (there can be no in-person parade as per normal); he’s anticipated to get an escort for one block by every department of the army.

Consequently, There can be a digital “Parade Across America” within the afternoon that includes performances to showcase America’s range — not in contrast to what the Democrats did at their Convention final summer time.

In lieu of inaugural balls and galas (the Obamas attended 10 in 2009), historically held on the night of January twentieth, the inaugural committee is holding digital balls for the Asian-American, Black and Latino communities. Several outstanding Indian Americans together with actor Kal Penn, lawmakers Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi will take part within the Asian American occasion (8 PM Eastern Time; 6.30 AM IST January 21).

The night’s festivities shut off with a digital musical occasion with celebrates, titled, “Celebrating America” hosted by Tom Hanks and that includes Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake amongst others.

10.45 p.m.


Renowned nation singer and songwriter Garth Brooks performs “Amazing Grace”. He asks everybody to sing the final verse together with him.

This is adopted by a poetry recital by Amanda Gorman.

10.25 p.m.


The dream of justice for all can be deferred not: Biden

Joe Biden begins his first speech as President. Excerpts:

“This is America’s day, this is democracy’s day. Today we celebrate the cause of democracy. We have learned that democracy is precious, it has prevailed.

I thank my predecessors of both parties. The American story depends on all of us. We are good people. Over the years we have come so far, we have so far to go. Much to repair, much to restore, much to gain. The virus silently stalks the country. Millions of jobs have been lot. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

Today on this January day, I stand here to bring the country together. With unity we can do great things, important things. We can overcome the deadly virus, make healthcare secure for all. I know the forces of the virus are deep and real. The forces of racism have torn us apart.

We can treat each other with dignity and respect. This is our historic moment and unity is the path forward and we must face this as the United States of America. So today let’s start  afresh. Let’s begin to respect one another, see one another. Every disagreement should not be a cause of war.

My fellow Americans, I believe America can be so much better than this.

Today we elected a woman, Kamala Harris. Don’t tell me things can’t change.

Mobs tried to destroy our democracy. It will not happen, not today, not tomorrow, not ever.

I promise you I will fight as hard for those who did not support me than for those who did. I am a President for all Americans.

I understand many Americans fear the future, with jobs lost, thinking about the families. I will get it back. We must end this civil war that pits Red vs Blue, urban vs rural. We can overcome this.

We’re going to need each other. We must set aside politics and fight this politics and fight as one nation. We will get through this together.

My first act as President is to join me in silent prayer to remember all those who we have lost.

We shall write an America story of hope, not fear.”

10.20 p.m.

Joe Biden takes oath as President of the United States of America

All set now for Joe Biden to take oath. Dr Jill Biden is by his facet. Chief Justice Roberts administers the oath.

And there you have got it – Joseph R. Biden is now the forty sixth President of the United States of America.

All set now for his speech.

10.15 p.m.


Jennifer Lopez performs “This Land is Your Land” instantly after Kamala Harris takes oath.

10.12 p.m.

Kamala Harris takes oath as Vice President of the United States of America.

Here oath was administered by Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms Sotomayor is of Latino descent.

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice-President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband U.S. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice-President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband U.S. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff holds the Bible in the course of the inauguration of Joe Biden because the forty sixth US President on January 20, 2021 on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
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This is historical past within the making. Kamala Harris is now the primary girl Vice President, the primary Black and first individual of South Asian origin to maintain this place. She traces her parental roots to Tamil Nadu and Jamaica.

10.05 p.m.


Lady Gaga performs the National Anthem.

9.55 p.m.


Joe Biden, spouse Dr Jill Biden stroll down the steps and take their seats. Inaugural co-chair, Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, begins the proceedings along with her speech. The inauguration is now underway.

She introduces the Inaugural Chair Roy Blunt, Senator for Missouri.

All rise as Rev. Leo Jeremiah O’Donovan III speaks.

9.35 p.m.

Mike Pence arrives

Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and spouse Karen Pence have arrived.

His former boss Donald Trump, who made it clear earlier that he will not be attending this ceremony, has now landed in Florida.


Told Kamala to preserve doing what she does, not get bothered by others, says her uncle

With Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the point of scripting historical past, her maternal uncle Gopalan Balachandran on Wednesday mentioned he spoke to her forward of the inauguration in Washington and informed her to “keep doing what you do” with out getting bothered by others.

Delhi-based Balachandran mentioned he was feeling “proud and hearty”, and asserted that the brand new US administration led by President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Harris may also signify starting of a “period of course correction”.

“I am feeling very hearty and happy for my niece, and she has earned this historic moment,” Mr Balachandran mentioned.

Describing the latest storming of the US Capitol by protestors as “unfortunate”, he additionally asserted that the “Biden-Harris administration would signify beginning of a period of course correction”.

Asked, if he has spoken to her forward of the inauguration ceremony, he informed PTI, “Yes, I did speak to her, and all I told her to keep doing what she does, and not get bothered by what others say. She is also feeling very happy and elated as she prepares to assume the mantle of a US vice president.”

When Ms Harris’s nomination because the vice presidential candidate was introduced in final August, her uncle had described it a “historic moment” however had mentioned that it was not a shock in any respect.

“I again told her to think what will Shyamala say”, 79-year Balachandran mentioned, remembering his late sister, Harris’s mom.  – PTI

9.10 p.m.


Former Presidents arrive

All of the previous U.S. Presidents attending Mr. Biden’s inauguration have arrived on the U.S. Capitol.

George W. Bush and his spouse, Laura, have been first to arrive on the advanced on Wednesday morning, a number of hours earlier than Mr. Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, and former First Lady Michele Obama arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, and former First Lady Michele Obama arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021 on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
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Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton adopted shortly thereafter, with every couple arriving in separate motorcades.

The different residing former President, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter, beforehand introduced he wouldn’t attend Biden’s inauguration. Carter and his spouse, 93-year-old Rosalynn Carter, have largely spent the coronavirus pandemic at their house in Plains, Georgia.

Mr. Carter had been the primary former President to affirm that he was attending Mr. Trump’s inaugural in 2017.

9 p.m.

The Bidens, Kamala Harris arrive

President-elect Joe Biden his spouse, Jill, arrived on the advanced on Wednesday morning, about 90 minutes earlier than his midday swearing-in ceremony. They have been accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, and have been greeted by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

The president-elect’s motorcade wound its method by way of a principally abandoned Washington following a morning church service on the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Streets that will sometimes be lined with hundreds of inaugural onlookers have been ringed as an alternative with a large safety presence to embrace army autos and armed troops.

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington following the violent melee on the U.S. Capitol two weeks in the past.

Mr Biden paused to wave from the Capitol steps earlier than getting into the constructing. – AP

8.40 p.m.

Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will resign after Biden takes oath

Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will resign when President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of workplace.

The Justice Department says Mr Rosen’s resignation goes into impact at midday Wednesday.

Mr Rosen has run the division since former Attorney General William Barr resigned on Dec. 23. He was beforehand the deputy legal professional normal and deputy transportation secretary.

Mr Rosen has stored a low profile since he assumed the highest job on the Justice Department. He has not held a press convention or addressed the press corps since he took the function, even after a lethal riot on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He has solely launched pre-recorded movies discussing the matter and issued statements.

Longtime Justice Department official Monty Wilkinson is predicted to assume the function of performing legal professional normal whereas Judge Merrick Garland awaits affirmation by the Senate. – AP

8.15 p.m.


Trump follows custom

The White House says the Republican President left behind a notice for his successor.

Deputy press secretary Judd Deere declined to reveal what Mr. Trump wrote to Mr. Biden or to characterise the sentiment within the notice, citing privateness for communication between presidents.

Mr. Trump has refused to publicly concede to Mr. Biden and didn’t point out the Democrat by title in a pair of farewell addresses.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania are greeted by Ivanka Trump (second right), husband Jared Kushner (right), their children, Eric (centre right) and Donald Jr. (centre left), Tiffany Trump and other Trump family members on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania are greeted by Ivanka Trump (second proper), husband Jared Kushner (proper), their youngsters, Eric (centre proper) and Donald Jr. (centre left), Tiffany Trump and different Trump members of the family on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021.  
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Mr. Trump interrupted many traditions of the presidency, together with by not attending Mr. Biden’s inauguration. Mr. Trump additionally didn’t invite Mr. Biden to the White House for a gathering after Mr. Biden was declared the winner of November’s presidential election.


8.00 p.m.

New administration has ‘basis to do one thing actually spectacular’: Trump

President Donald Trump says he thinks the brand new administration may have “great success” and claims to have laid the muse for it.

Mr Trump says the brand new administration has the “foundation to do something really spectacular.” He made transient farewell remarks at Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews earlier than he boarded Air Force One for a flight to his Florida house.

A military aide carries the nuclear “football” with the equipment and nuclear codes to Marine One as U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania left the White House in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2021.

A army aide carries the nuclear “football” with the tools and nuclear codes to Marine One as U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania left the White House in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2021.  
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Mr Trump didn’t point out President-elect Joe Biden by title throughout his Wednesday remarks.

Mr Trump informed cheering, chanting supporters he’ll be watching and listening from a distance. He promised he can be again “in some form” and wished the gang a “good life” earlier than he and his spouse boarded the aircraft.

Mr Trump wished to be in Florida earlier than Mr Biden turns into president at midday. – AP

7.30 p.m.

The Bidens, Kamala Harris attend church

President-elect Joe Biden is attending church forward of his inauguration, a standard step taken forward of the swearing-in ceremony.

Mr Biden and incoming first woman Jill Biden on Wednesday are attending a service at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. With them are incoming Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff.

At Mr Biden’s invitation, the primary couple is joined by a bipartisan group of members of Congress, together with all 4 top-ranking members of congressional management.

That consists of each Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Chuck Schumer, in addition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Many presidents have chosen St. John’s Episcopal Church, typically known as “Church of the Presidents,” for the inaugural day service. Mr Biden is the second Catholic U.S. president, and St. Matthew’s is the seat of the Catholic archbishop of Washington.

Mr Biden spent Tuesday night time at Blair House, a standard transfer forward of a president’s inauguration. – AP

7.20 p.m.

Donald Trump leaves White House

Donald Trump has left the White House for the ultimate time as President.

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington.

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington.
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Mr Trump emerged from the constructing on Wednesday morning and strode throughout the South Lawn to board Marine One. He mentioned, “It’s been a great honor, the honor of a lifetime.”

Mr Trump now heads to Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland.

– AP


From being one of many youngest senators to oldest U.S. President

Third time fortunate is an apt phrase to describe the remarkable rise of Joe Biden, a veteran in US politics for round 5 many years, from being one of many youngest senators in historical past to the oldest American president.

The 77-year-old six-term Democratic senator, who triumphed over incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in Tuesday’s presidential election, ran twice unsuccessfully for President — in 1988 and 2008.


Kamala Harris: The inspiring story of many firsts

Known because the “female Obama”, first time Senator Kamala Devi Harris has scripted history by becoming first woman, Black and Indian-American vp of the United States.

Ms. Harris was picked by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his operating mate in August, months after she suspended her personal presidential desires, saying she lacked the monetary sources to proceed her marketing campaign.

A fierce critic-turned ally of her former rival Biden, the 56-year-old California Senator is one in every of solely three Asian Americans within the Senate and she or he’s the primary Indian-American ever to serve within the chamber.

Ms. Harris is known for many firsts. She has been a county district attorney; the district attorney for San Francisco — the primary girl and first African-American and Indian-origin to be elected to the place.


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In the course of this podcast we are going to focus on what the  Biden presidency might imply for India, US relations, the US function on this planet in addition to America’s relations with China.

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Analysis | An inauguration modified by safety and public well being threats

The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice-President of the U.S. can be a extremely uncommon affair this yr — curtailed and modified by numerous forces gone uncontrolled. The COVID-19 pandemic and safety threats from Trump supporters within the aftermath of U.S. President Donald Trump’s challenges to the outcomes have compelled the Biden-Harris group to have an inauguration that won’t be accessible to the plenty, as is normally the case.

The setting — Washington D.C. — can be remodeled with some 25,000 National Guardsmen to safe the proceedings . Additionally, the Trumps can be conspicuous by their absence, and the ceremony will consequently want additional modification.


A musical tribute with Indian hyperlinks on the Biden-Harris Inauguration

As a part of a sequence of occasions to inaugurate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, members of a number of the most established orchestras within the U.S. are getting collectively for a live-streamed musical tribute, “Fanfare for Joe and Kamala,” a day earlier than the precise Inauguration. In the ensemble, whose members are drawn from the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony and different massive names within the enterprise, is the not too long ago fashioned South Asian Symphony Orchestra (SASO), which was co-founded by former Foreign Secretary and Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Nirupama Rao.

Principal horn participant Nivanthi Karunaratne, a Sri Lankan American, will symbolize SASO within the ensemble. The group of 14, known as the Hope and Harmony Ensemble, has been put collectively by Classical Movements run by Indian-origin Neeta Helms of Virginia.


Renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik has made this sand sculpture at Puri Beach, Odisha



Biden ropes in 20 Indian-Americans, 17 in key White House positions

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at the least 20 Indian-Americans, together with 13 girls, to key positions in his incoming administration, a file for the small ethnic group that constitutes one per cent of America’s inhabitants.

As many as 17 of them can be a part of the Biden administration within the highly effective White House advanced.


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