Today Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President. Attendees included members of the judicial and legislative branches as well as Vice President Mike Pence, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. It took place at the front of the United States Capitol building and was followed by the inaugural address which focused on uniting the country and ending the coronavirus pandemic.
Below are a few inaugural facts from past presidential inaugurations:
- Jimmy Carter started the informal custom of walking down Pennsylvania Avenue.
- Harry S. Truman’s second inauguration was the first to be televised.
- In 1997, Bill Clinton’s was the first to be livestreamed.
- In 2009 Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts stumbled over the oath. The two men tried again the next day in the White House and went through the correct, constitutionally mandated avowal, word for word.