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PHOTOS: Scenes From Joe Biden And Kamala Harris’ Inauguration

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th U.S. president. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice president, respectively, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Biden has become the oldest U.S. president, and only the second Catholic president. Harris is the first woman vice president, and first vice president of Indian and Jamaican heritage.

The unprecedented inauguration is happening amid a raging pandemic and under threat of violence from pro-Trump extremists. President Trump is not in attendance. The National Mall, where a crowd typically gathers to watch the ceremony, is filled instead with flags, representing the more than 400,000 Americans killed by coronavirus.

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks at the inauguration. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th U.S. president. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Kamala Harris is sworn as Vice President by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff looks on. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool Photo via AP)
Jennifer Lopez is escorted to the inauguration to perform ahead of Biden’s swearing in. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at the inauguration. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at the inauguration. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Former President Barack Obama greets Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
Former President Barack Obama greets Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
President-elect Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff arrive at the steps of the U.S. Capitol for the start of the official inauguration ceremonies, in Washington on Wednesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
President-elect Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff arrive at the steps of the U.S. Capitol for the start of the official inauguration ceremonies, in Washington on Wednesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
The Bidens attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Wednesday morning ahead of the inauguration ceremony. Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are at left. (Evan Vucci/AP)
The Bidens attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Wednesday morning ahead of the inauguration ceremony. Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are at left. (Evan Vucci/AP)
Jack Curtz, who lives in Boston, walks through downtown D.C. holding a Black Lives Matter flag. (Tyrone Turner/WAMU)
Jack Curtz, who lives in Boston, walks through downtown D.C. holding a Black Lives Matter flag. (Tyrone Turner/WAMU)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave to a crowd as they board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on Wednesday ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration. Breaking with long-standing tradition, Trump is not attending the inauguration. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave to a crowd as they board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on Wednesday ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. Breaking with long-standing tradition, Trump is not attending the inauguration. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)
National Guard members patrol checkpoints in downtown Washington D.C. on inauguration day. (Tyrone Turner/WAMU)
National Guard members patrol checkpoints in downtown Washington D.C. on inauguration day. (Tyrone Turner/WAMU)
The sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol as preparations are made for the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, morning. (Caroline Brehman/Pool Photo via AP)
The sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol as preparations are made for the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, morning. (Caroline Brehman/Pool Photo via AP). 

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