Biden’s official swearing-in ceremony ends

The official swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden has concluded, but more events are planned throughout the day.

Biden and first lady Jill Biden depart the platform at the US Capitol following a ceremony that included Biden taking the oath Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States.

Kamala Harris also took her oath of office, becoming the nation’s first female vice president.

The day included musical performances from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks. Celebrated poet Amanda Gorman read a piece noting that “while democracy can be permanently delayed, it can never be permanently denied.”

Following his departure from the platform, Biden is expected to sign paperwork in the President’s Room within the US Capitol. Afterward, he will review troops outside the Capitol before departing and traveling to Arlington National Cemetery for a ceremony with former presidents in attendance.

Later today, Biden is expected to make his first official arrival at the White House as president before a virtual inaugural parade.

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