TEXAS: Jim Bendat, a presidential inauguration historian said, “Our history has been that even when one candidate doesn’t win, we accept the results. We move on and we wish the new president well.”
RMIT Research Fellow Dr. Emma Shortis said “Inaugurations are usually joyous events that draw a line between one era and another.”
“This inauguration will be like absolutely no other. It has two shadows cast over it: coronavirus and the storming of the Capitol building on January 6.”
What is the Inauguration Day schedule?
- 11 a.m. – Joe Biden arrives at the U.S. Capitol.
- 11:15 a.m. – The inauguration program begins
- Invocation – Father Leo J. O’Donovan
- Pledge of Allegiance – Andrea Hall
- National Anthem – Lady Gaga
- Poetry Reading – Amanda Gorman
- Musical Performance – Jennifer Lopez
- 12 p.m. – Biden is sworn in as 46th president.
- 2:30 to 3 p.m. – Biden lays a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
- 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. – Joe and Jill Biden receive a presidential military escort to the White House.
- TBD – The virtual “Parade Across America” begins once the Bidens enter the White House and will feature communities around the country.
- 8:30 p.m. – Actor Tom Hanks hosts a 90-minute special featuring remarks by Biden and Harris and performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, and others.