Canada From Biden's Bible to the colour purple: 5 things you may have missed during the inauguration
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Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday in a scaled-down celebration, because of the coronavirus pandemic, and heightened security following the mob attack at the Capitol two weeks ago.
But there was no shortage of interesting details of historic significance during the swearing-in ceremony, from Biden's family Bible to Kamala Harris's choice of the colour purple.
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Biden used a Biblethat's been in the family since at least 1893. Several inches thick, it's the same one he used twice when being sworn in as vice-president and seven times as a Delaware senator.
The colour purple
Harris chose purple for several reasons. She often wore that colour during her bid for the presidency last year to honour Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress and first Black majority-party candidate to run for president. The colour is also a symbol of unity and bipartisanship: Republican red and Democratic blue make purple.
Jennifer Lopez Snaps Selfie with National Guard at U.S. Capitol Ahead of Inauguration Performance
President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will also include performances from Lady Gaga and Garth Brooks View this post on Instagram Lopez also paused to take a few photos on the steps of the House of Representatives with the Capitol dome visible behind her. RELATED: Alex Rodriguez Says Jennifer Lopez Is More 'Nervous' to Perform at Inauguration Than Super Bowl In the breathtaking shot, the singer is seen wearing a black-and-white houndstooth coat over a pair of matching high waisted pants and a white blouse.
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Harris was escorted to the podium by Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, who single-handedly took on a mob of Trump supporters as they tried to break into the Senate chamber to overturn the election results on Jan. 6.
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Hollywood Celebrates Inauguration With Joy and Relief: 'We Did It. In So Many Ways'
From the start, the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th President and Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President of the United States stood to be a historic moment on multiple levels. Harris made history as the first woman and woman of color to be sworn in at such a high government level, and Biden's official transition represented a shift back to what will hopefully be a more normal administration and leadership for the country. Hollywood reacted accordingly to the day's events, with many emotionally celebrating Harris and her achievements. "In tears watching this extraordinary moment for women in the U.S. and the world," tweeted Oprah Winfrey.
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Singing in haute couture
Lady Gaga went for red and let her giant brooch do the talking. She sang the national anthem in a Schiaparelli gown designed by Daniel Roseberry with a full red skirt and a navy coat adorned with a huge gold dove holding an olive branch.
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Joe Biden: That's why he wore his inauguration Ralph Lauren
© Getty Images story dnc joe biden suit.jpg On Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. For the ceremony, Biden covered almost head to toe in Ralph Lauren fabrics. His coat, tie, suit, and mask in matching fabric were all by the iconic American designer.
In revered company
Mindful of the past,, 22, wore earrings and a caged bird ring — a tribute to Maya Angelou's classic memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings — given to her by Oprah Winfrey, a close friend of the late writer.
After Biden's inaugural address, Gorman recited a poem she wrote called The Hill We Climb.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drew fashion praise on social media for his cozy, comfortable inauguration clothing that included a pair of mittens. The look earned him his own inauguration bobblehead figure, now available to pre-order at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum's online store.
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Celebrity parents including Chrissy Teigen, Mindy Kaling, Andy Cohen and more shared photos of their children watching the history-making administration take officeView this post on Instagram