Live Video And Fact Check: Inauguration Of Joe Biden And Kamala Harris
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the President and Vice President of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other events throughout the day, and follow a live fact-check from NPR below.
Events for the day include:
- 9 a.m. PT: Swearing-in ceremonies followed by Biden's inaugural address.
- 11 a.m. PT: Wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery. Biden and Harris will be joined by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
- 11 a.m. PT: Presidential escort to the White House followed by a virtual "parade" with scenes across the country.
- 4 p.m. PT: Press briefing with Biden press secretary Jen Psaki.
- 5:30 p.m. PT: Evening program hosted by Tom Hanks with musical performances by John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and more.
Biden will come into office facing a public health crisis, a battered economy and deepened political rifts as well as global concerns such as climate change. Still, he projects optimism, vowing to help heal the nation.
As part of his promise to the American people, Biden has sought to make his Cabinet the most diverse in U.S. history, reflected in part by Harris, who will be the first woman, the first African American and the first Indian American to hold the office of the vice presidency.
Biden's election victory marked the end of the Donald Trump White House era, which was plagued by personal and political scandals, two impeachments and a call to action at the U.S. Capitol that was answered by violent, pro-Trump insurrectionists. Trump is not attending Wednesday's ceremony.
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