President-elect Biden to be sworn in during toned down inauguration with tightened security
President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office and become the 46th president of the United States today in an inauguration that will look different than any other.
Thousands of National Guard troops are in Washington, D.C. to tighten security after the violent insurrection of the Capitol. Thousands of people normally gather at the National Mall to watch the inauguration, but the capital has been under strict lockdown leading up to today.
Around 200 New York officers traveled to the nation’s capital to assist with security.
Bronx native Jennifer Lopez is expected to perform at the inauguration after Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem.
Another former Bronx resident, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, will also be there to swear in Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The moment will be especially historic as the first Latina judge on the US Supreme Court will be swearing in the first woman to become vice president. Harris will also be the first Black person and first person of South Asian decent to be the vice president.
Biden and Harris will be sworn in around noon in front of the Capitol building, and then Biden will address the nation.
Afterward, Biden and Harris will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery with former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Biden will then receive a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House, which will be followed by a “Parade Across America.”
President Donald Trump says he will not be attending the inauguration. He is expected to leave the White House at around 8 a.m.