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Entertainment Prayers, virtual parades and police: what to expect for Biden’s inauguration

16:26  20 january  2021
16:26  20 january  2021 Source:   crikey.com.au

Biden's inauguration day will be unlike any other in history. Here's what to expect.

  Biden's inauguration day will be unlike any other in history. Here's what to expect. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office in front of the US Capitol around 12 p.m. on January 20. Celebrities Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the ceremony, Biden's inaugural committee announced on Thursday. Later that evening, Biden and Harris will speak to the nation via a TV special featuring performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, and other A-listers. The inauguration is part of a five-day program with multiple virtual and socially-distanced in-person celebrations.

It’s being called the “end of an error”: US President Donald Trump’s term has run out, to be replaced by Joe Biden and incoming vice-president Kamala Harris.

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Inauguration day will look very different from previous years, from a huge security presence to limited crowds and an absent outgoing president.

Here’s what’s happened so far, and what to expect.

What have Trump and Biden said?

In Trump’s farewell address — his second public appearance since belatedly denouncing the violence at Capitol Hill — he asked Americans to pray for Biden’s administration. His speech was taped yesterday and released this morning, and highlighted his administration’s accomplishments.

A behind-the-scenes photo shows volunteers playing President-elect Joe and Dr. Jill Biden in rehearsals for the inauguration

  A behind-the-scenes photo shows volunteers playing President-elect Joe and Dr. Jill Biden in rehearsals for the inauguration Rehearsals for the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021 are underway. A photo taken Friday shows volunteers playing the parts of President-elect Joe and Dr. Jill Biden in a rehearsal on the steps of the Capitol. Security at Biden's inauguration will be tighter than ever in the aftermath of the violent insurrection on January 6. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Preparations for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration are underway on the steps of the Capitol, just over a week after a violent mob stormed the building. Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20.

“I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices — because that’s what you elected me to do,” he said.

“America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree.”

Many of the “successes” outlined in his speech, from tax reforms and exiting the Paris Climate Accord, are expected to be reversed by Biden.

Biden gave an emotional speech in Delaware this morning, mourning his son who died of brain cancer in 2015. He then looked towards “the light”.

“Don’t tell me that things can’t change. They can and they do. That’s America. That’s Delaware,” he said.

What will Trump’s farewell be like?

Lacklustre. Trump will be breaking all traditions — instead of giving the incoming president and first lady a tour of the White House and heading to the inauguration together, as the Obamas did for the Trumps, Trump is bailing for Florida before Biden is sworn in.

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  What You Need to Know About Joe Biden's Children Hunter and Ashley and His Sister Valerie The president-elect's son Hunter has been regularly brought up by his opponents, but his daughter and sister don't get nearly as much attention.While the president-elect, vice president–elect and their families usually partake in a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue ahead of the ceremony, this year a Virtual Parade Across America will be held in its place. While the details of Biden's inauguration are still mostly unannounced, his family will likely still play a big role in his swearing-in.

The Pentagon won’t stage an Armed Forces Farewell for Trump, which is generally an opportunity for the outgoing president to thank the troops.


Video: Trump delivers farewell message from the White House (Sky News Australia)

Instead, Trump will be hosting a ceremonial farewell at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland — widely circulated invitations, which allow attendees to bring five guests, seem to suggest Trump’s people are a little light on trustworthy fans and are trying to bolster numbers.

Trump’s second-in-command Mike Pence won’t be with him. Pence will keep with tradition and attend Biden’s inauguration, along with several key Republicans, including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell who this morning said the Capitol Hill “mob” was “provoked by the president” and “fed lies” by Trump.

What does Washington look like?

Washington is currently in a state of public emergency following the siege on Capitol Hill. Most of Washington is in lockdown with parts declared a “red zone”, allowing only authorities vehicles, with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser telling people to stay home.

Lady Gaga performs the US National Anthem at Biden-Harris Inauguration

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Reservations made on Airbnb are being cancelled to stop an influx of potential protesters, and roads and train stations are closed.

The FBI has warned that extremists, fringe groups and conspiracy theorists have called for armed demonstrations.

The National Guard will be out in force, with 25,000 troops on duty in Washington on inauguration day — double the usual number. Each one is being vetted by the FBI after concerns of ties with right-wing militias and some have already been pulled. The events are set to have the largest security presence of any inauguration in US history.

Residents have said there’s an air of sadness instead of celebration.

Will there be any fanfare?

It’s not all doom and gloom — a virtual parade with a star-studded line-up has been planned. Lady Gaga will be singing the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez is also set to do a live performance, followed by a reading from Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in US history.

In lieu of crowds at the National Mall, nearly 200,000 flags have been placed to represent the American people.

Designer of Jill Biden's inauguration outfit says the first lady 'recognises the power and impact' of her clothing choices

  Designer of Jill Biden's inauguration outfit says the first lady 'recognises the power and impact' of her clothing choices Jill Biden's inauguration outfit was a custom design by NYC-based fashion brand Markarian. Biden's stylist approached designer Alexandra O'Neill, who started sketching the look in December. She said she's hopeful Biden will keep supporting emerging American talent. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jill Biden's Inauguration Day outfit set the tone for the fashion statements she'll go on to make during her time as FLOTUS. Her custom ocean-blue dress and matching coat were designed by Markarian, a New York-based luxury fashion label founded in 2017 by designer Alexandra O'Neill.

In the evening actor Tom Hanks will host the TV show Celebrating America, with appearances from Biden and Harris as well as musicians Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, the Foo Fighters, Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.

What are the big changes expected?

Trump and his outgoing administration have been using the final days of the presidency to send messages. The administration has made the strongest statement yet by any government about China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling it genocide. Pompeo later said on Twitter that multiculturalism was “not who America is“.

Trump is expected to pardon more than 100 people charged with a federal crime. While Trump may be able to pardon himself for any potential crimes, he’s not expected to as it would look like an admission of guilt. He can also issue preemptive pardons for his family, but also isn’t likely to.

The full list of those pardoned has yet to be released, though rapper Lil Wayne, who is awaiting sentencing for firearm offences, is expected to make the list.

Biden is set to make some big changes too. On his first day, he’s expected to sign executive orders recommitting the US to the Paris Agreement, ending a ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority nations, issuing a mask mandate on federal property and introducing an eviction ban.

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Garth Brooks thanked Lady Gaga for letting him borrow her hairstylist and makeup artist on Inauguration Day .
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