How to Watch the 2021 Inauguration
Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as the 46th US president today around 12pm
Today, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at around 12 pm. Here’s what’s happened so far regarding Trump and Pence, along with details as to how the inauguration will go down today:
Trump’s Farewell Speech
As of around 8 am, former president Trump and first lady Melania departed from Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC for their home at Mar-a-Lago, Florida. They will be skipping the inauguration altogether, making Trump the first outgoing president to skip the inauguration in 152 years.
In his last public moment as president, Trump delivered a brief final farewell speech to his administration and supporters.
“We were not a regular administration,” Trump told his crowd of supporters. “What we’ve done has been amazing by any standard,” he continued, recounting Space Force, changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the 2017 tax bill.
“We extend our best wishes and we also want [the new administration] to have luck,” said Trump in reference to Joe Biden. “They have the foundation to do something really spectacular.”
Trump also extended a brief head nod to his former vice president Mike Pence, following a four-year term and a strained relationship that began when Trump concluded that Pence was unable to intervene to stop Congress from accepting the electoral votes on Jan. 6. Pence did not attend the speech, but he will be attending the inauguration.
“Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning,” he concluded, promising to return to the White House “in some form”.
President Joe Biden’s Inauguration
The swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will begin at 11:30am when Lady Gaga sings the national anthem.
Shortly before 12 p.m., Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated. They will then, along with their spouses, Jill Biden and Douglas Emhoff, conduct a review of the military and visit the Arlington National Cemetery to lay a ceremonial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. They will be joined by former president Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Then, a virtual parade will take place 3:15 p.m and it will be hosted by actor Tony Goldwyn.
At 5:30 p.m. ET, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will be lit up in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19.
At 8:30 p.m., a 90-minute primetime TV special “Celebrating America,” will air across broadcast and cable news networks. The event will be hosted by Tom Hanks and will feature performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi and Ant Clemons. Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will also be in attendance.
You can watch the inauguration live on ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, PBS, NBC and MSNBC. It can also be streamed via Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T DirecTV and U-verse.