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.