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U.S. President Joe Biden, VP Harris sworn into office in Washington Updated: 2021-01-21 14:28:48 KST

"The Constitution of the United States."

"The duties of the office upon which I am about to enter."

"So help me God."

The new U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office on Wednesday, local time, on Biden's 127-year-old family Bible.
This year's inauguration ceremony was unprecedented in that attendance was limited to around a thousand people because of the pandemic and because of security threats that saw 25-thousand National Guard troops deployed to the capital.
The guests included former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and the outgoing vice president, Mike Pence.

The ceremony began with the pop singer Lady Gaga singing the national anthem.
Other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez also took to the stage to sing "This Land is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful."
In keeping with tradition, President Biden invited the prominent poet Amanda Gorman to read a poem on the theme of "Unity and Together."

"We will rebuild, reconcile and recover in every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful."

But for the first time in history, the National Mall was closed to the public because of the recent violence at the U.S. Capitol.
Instead, the area was filled by nearly 200-thousand flags to represent those who were unable to attend.
With the city under lockdown, the streets were virtually empty barracaded, fenced off and with troops and police manning checkpoints.

In the afternoon, the new President and his family took part in the first virtual inauguration parade.
And instead of dancing at the traditional inaugural balls, the day's festivities ended with a 90-minute TV show called "Celebrating America" and a fireworks show over the capital.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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