The Most Striking Photos From Inauguration Day
These images of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are ones for the history books.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the 46th U.S. president and vice president respectively, with the latter making history as the country's first woman, first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent to take on the role. After being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, Biden gave a speech highlighting the country's need to come together just two weeks after a mob stormed the Capitol building where the inauguration took place. In his speech, Biden promised to "unite our people"; mourned the loss of lives due to COVID-19, urging Americans to "face this pandemic as one nation"; and declared that "democracy has prevailed." After they were both sworn in, Harris saw off her predecessor, former Vice President Mike Pence, and the new administration participated in a series of ceremonies and traditions before getting to work. Read on to see some of the most striking photos from this historic inauguration day, and for one detail you may have missed, learn The Real Reason So Many People Wore This at the Inauguration.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
The Bidens walk out as they're announced for the 46th presidential inauguration ceremony.
Kamala Harris, flanked by her husband Doug Emhoff, is sworn in as the 46th U.S. vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Dr. Biden places her hands on her husband's shoulders during his inauguration ceremony.
Kamala Harris is embraced by her husband after being sworn in.
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts.
The president, first lady, and their children Ashley and Hunter embrace as Vice President Harris and former Vice President Mike Pence look on.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama hugs his former vice president and now President Joe Biden during the inauguration ceremony.
Obama bumps fists with Vice President Harris.
Vice President Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, former Vice President Pence, and former Second Lady Karen Pence talk on the steps of the U.S. Capitol following the inauguration.
President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Harris, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a Pass in Review ceremony, hosted by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region.
President Biden signs three documents including an inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations, and sub-cabinet nomination after the inauguration.
The Obamas, Bushes, and Clintons attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the inauguration.
President Biden and Vice President Harris bow at the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Vice President Harris and her family members walk an abbreviated inauguration parade route to the White House.
The president and first lady walk along Pennsylvania Avenue with the rest of the Biden family.
The Bidens walk past the flags of the 50 states as they arrive at the White House after Biden's inauguration.
The Bidens wave from the North Portico of the White House.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden hug before entering the White House with their family.
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