WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated Wednesday as the 46th President of the United States of America.
Kamala Harris was also inaugurated, becoming the first woman and person of color to serve as the Vice President of the United States.
Former Vice President Mike Pence was present for the inauguration, however President Trump gave remarks to a small crowd this morning before departing for Mar–A–Lago. President Trump and President Jimmy Carter were the only two living individuals to hold the office to miss the ceremony. Carter, 96, did not travel due to the pandemic, but voiced support for Biden publicly and spoke with him over the phone on Tuesday. Trump becomes the first President since Andrew Johnson to miss the inauguration of his successor.
In his inaugural address, Biden spoke of the strength of the nation to overcome obstacles, and called on the people to unite as his administration begins in a unique period of American history.