Updated: January 22, 2021 10:40:40 am
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice-president of the United States respectively at the West Front of the US Capitol on Wednesday.
Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, George W. Bush and his wife Laura, and Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton were among the top leaders who attended the ceremony.
Under the shadow of the recent siege on Capitol Hill and the rapidly rising coronavirus caseload, the event took place amidst heightened security and a sparse crowd. The entire ceremony was live-streamed.
As the Biden-Harris duo took oath after a chaotic election and a tumultuous transition of power, netizens rejoiced.
Take a look at some of the reactions here:
— Kalale Steve,ACT🇰🇪 (@KalaleSteve) January 20, 2021
“The battle is perennial and victory is not assured.” -Joe Biden
— Bruno Manrique (@TheSportsLede) January 20, 2021
— Franklin De Paz (@fdepazLA) January 20, 2021
— Emily Empire (@MissIVY_League) January 20, 2021
— KOT News ™ (@TheKOTNews) January 20, 2021
— #AF (@howflyishe) January 20, 2021
President Trump has less than an hour left as President of the United States #InaugurationDay
— Angel Morris (@AngelRMorris) January 20, 2021
— The second coming of B E A N Z (@photosbybeanz83) January 20, 2021
He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! pic.twitter.com/G8gObLhsz9
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 20, 2021
I didn’t think I would be so emotional today ….. but the last 4 years of bottled up anguish and doom have been lifted. They are tears of joy , hope and intense relief. God bless America and God bless Biden and Harris 🇺🇲 #InaugurationDay #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/BW1ecz3wwa
— Truth Seeker (@WSSMomma) January 20, 2021
— Narges Nirumvala 🔥 (@NargesNirumvala) January 20, 2021
It delights me to think that what feels historical and amazing to us today—a woman sworn in to the vice presidency—will seem normal, obvious, “of course” to Kamala’s grand-nieces as they grow up. And they will be right. pic.twitter.com/1gQOvmNipB
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 20, 2021
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2021
— Zach Sciascia (@ZachSciascia) January 20, 2021
Congratulations to USA 🇺🇸 and her people on the 46th Inauguration #InaugurationDay
It’s all ❤️ from here 😊
— Naija (@Naija_PR) January 20, 2021
— Sirry Alang, PhD (she/her) (@ProfAlang) January 20, 2021
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
— Marco Bardazzi (@marcobardazzi) January 20, 2021
— Don PH City. (@FantasticoDon) January 20, 2021
…and finally America progressed.
— 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐫 𝐀 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞 💬 (@ProfessorAMuse) January 20, 2021
— Charles Walsh (@cwalsh516) January 20, 2021
— 🏃🏽🏳️🌈🇪🇺🏳️⚧️💙 (@OX26Runner) January 20, 2021
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) January 20, 2021
— Wrath of Khan (@WrathOfKhan2016) January 20, 2021
— Delia Gonçalves (@deliangoncalves) January 20, 2021
— farida (@makkawea) January 20, 2021
— Ayo Ajayi🛩🏎⛹🏾♂️🏇🏾🎬🎼 (@Ayomagnum) January 20, 2021
On the eve of his inauguration, Biden led a national mourning ceremony in Washington to pay tribute to those who had died of the novel coronavirus. 400 lights were lit at Lincoln Memorial, representing over 400,000 people who had succumbed to the virus in the country. (Follow LIVE UPDATES here)
The celebrations concluded with a 90-minute prime time programme, “Celebrating America,” hosted by Tom Hanks. The program featured artists like John Legend, Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Kerry Washington.
Outgoing president Donald Trump extended his wishes to the Biden administration, in his farewell address to the nation on Tuesday.
“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous,” he said. He will not attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony.