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PHOTOS: Grand start to the Biden-Harris era at Capitol Hill inaugural ceremony

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have taken their oaths of office during the inaugural ceremony on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning.

Biden becomes the 46th commander in chief, taking over for former President Donald Trump, whom Biden defeated in the November election. Harris, meanwhile, made history in becoming the first woman, first Black American and first American of South Asian descent to hold the vice presidency. She was sworn in by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx native.

Though the ceremony was mainly virtual this year, many politicians and former presidents were spotted in attendance on this historic day, including President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush. Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence was seen in attendance, as well as members of the Senate and Supreme Court. Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez took the stage with performances of the national anthem and This Land is Your Land/America the Beautiful, respectively.

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Kamala Harris is sworn in as U.S. Vice President as her spouse Doug Emhoff holds a bible during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Jennifer Lopez performs during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris applauds as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives for his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives with his wife Iris Weinshall before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool
Hunter Biden and Ashley Biden arrive before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff greet Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama as Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton look on during the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid
President-elect Joe Biden arrives with his wife Jill Biden for his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool
Former U.S. President George W. Bush with Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence arrive before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool
Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Former President Bill Clinton arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Former U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Lady Gaga attends the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021 REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrive for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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