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Biden’s Inauguration Day: The Tense but Joyous Time for America

Inauguration Day, a day that is celebrated, when the president-elect swears into office to serve and protect the United States for the next four years of their presidency. This event will happen on Jan. 20th of 2021 and once Presidential-elect Joe Biden utters the words “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," we’ll have ourselves our 46th President of the United States. 

Kamala Harris is the Vice President-elect from Oakland, California. Prior to her election at the Senate, she served as attorney general in California. Harris will be the first woman to be in her position ever in United States history. It doesn’t stop there because she will also be the first African American female in her position as well. It is a big step for America, this election is crossing many milestones this country hasn’t crossed before. 

If you are like the rest of us who don’t seem to understand how the events are taking place this year with COVID and the recent capital raid, I can tell you that this year’s celebration size is extremely limited. With staggering high cases over the recent holidays, American’s won’t be able to attend like they normally would. This year only a limited 1,000 tickets were sold for this traditional event. Although, under normal circumstances, you’d normally see a crowd grow as large as 200,000. 

[bf_image id="q6c21n-fuy6m8-cexskt"] In recent years we’ve seen presidents have musical performances by beloved musicians. This year, despite all the chaos, won’t be any different. President Biden and Kamala Harris are joined by well-known artist Lady Gaga who is also a fan of the president-elect and will be singing the national anthem. Alongside Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez will also be attending. Lopez will have her time to perform as well as have other features from artists including Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake. 

As many of us Americans understand, our nations been under tense times the past week. Since the capitol riots have taken place in Washington D.C. where President-elect Joe Biden will be giving his oath on Tuesday, we know security will be at a maximum. Especially with COVID, there will be limited amounts of people at the national event on Tuesday. The department of homeland security has prepared for an entire week before Inauguration Day and extended security designation up until one week before the ceremony to allow for more preparation. 

Our country’s current status of the presidency is in limbo but with Inauguration Day next Tuesday, we will be welcoming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris into office. After the past few weeks of endless COVID news and many upset voters after the election, a lot of Americans just want to take a deep breath and move onto a new chapter and a new presidency. 

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