World A behind-the-scenes photo shows volunteers playing President-elect Joe and Dr. Jill Biden in rehearsals for the inauguration
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- 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.
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.
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President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will become the new White House residents when he takes office on Wednesday. Biden has made his family a major focus throughout his career, and his 2020 presidential campaign thrust them fully into the spotlight -- with some members causing controversy but others breaking barriers. Here is a look at the members of America's new "first family." - The First Lady - Jill Biden, an educator, is set to transform her new role before she even moves into the White House. While first ladies traditionally only fulfill ceremonial duties, "Dr B," as her students call her, intends to keep her full-time job as an English professor.
Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20. Politico reported that, but some plans appear to be continuing as scheduled.
A photo taken by Reuters' Joshua Roberts on Friday shows volunteers on the steps of the Capitol with name tag lanyards around their necks, indicating they are playing the parts of POTUS-elect Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
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Another volunteer in the background of the photo can be seen playing the first-ever SGOTUS: second gentleman of the United States Doug Emhoff. Vice president-elect Kamala Harris' stand-in is likely not far behind.
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Dr. Elizabeth Goldsmith, an inauguration expert and professor emerita at Florida State University, told Insider that the volunteers appeared to be practicing for Biden taking the oath of office.
Notably, Jill Biden's name tag includes her "Dr" title. In December, a controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed by Joseph Epstein urged her to drop the title since she's not a medical doctor, but Bidenby saying she had no intention of doing so.
"That was such a surprise," she told Colbert. "It was really the tone of it. He called me 'kiddo,' and one of the things I'm most proud of is my doctorate. I mean, I've worked so hard for it."
As many as 20,000 National Guard troops will be deployed to Washington, DC, to secure the event on January 20. Secret Service agent Michael Plati, who is head of security for the inauguration,, when a mob of insurrectionists stormed the Capitol in a riot that left .
"There's a variety of methods to ensure that we have a secure, seamless, safe environment for our protectees, but most importantly, the general public," Plati said.
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Garth Brooks and Lady Gaga both performed at President Joe Biden's Inauguration Day ceremony. Brooks thanked the pop singer for letting him enlist the help of her hair and makeup team. Lady Gaga's hairstylist and makeup artist confirmed that they helped with the country singer's look. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Before stepping outside the US Capitol Building to perform "Amazing Grace" at President Joe Biden's Inauguration Day ceremony, country singer Garth Brooks apparently enlisted the help of Lady Gaga's hair and makeup team.