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Biden, Harris sworn-in as President, Vice President; social media on overdrive

Joe Biden Inauguration Day: 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.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 22, 2021 10:40:40 am
Joe Biden Inauguration Reactions: US Presidential Inauguration 2021, US President Joe Biden Oath Ceremony NewsJoe Biden, Kamala Harris take oath as President, Vice-President.

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:

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.

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