President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office outside the US Chapter building, as inauguration planners try to hold an event that captures the traditional grandeur of the historic ceremony while respecting Covid-19 protocols.
Biden’s team released some general details for the January 20 event on Tuesday. Plans continue without any assurance that President Donald Trump will participate.
The president, who continues to make unproven allegations of widespread electoral fraud, has not yet told current and former White House councilors whether he will attend Biden’s inauguration. While many have speculated that he will skip the event after his loss, some now expect him to make an appearance for the sake of tradition, even as he tries to overshadow the event, probably announcing the launch of his 2024 campaign just before.
Despite the launch of the new vaccine this week, its availability to the general public is still a few months away. Biden’s team urges supporters not to come to Washington, DC, to celebrate the inauguration.
“The imprint of the ceremony will be extremely limited, and the parade that will follow will be reinvented,” Biden’s inaugural commission said in a statement.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Biden will deliver an inaugural address that “sets out his vision to defeat the virus, build better and bring the country together,” the statement said.
The committee announced that Dr. David Kessler, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, has been appointed chief medical adviser for the inauguration.
The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on public health across the nation, Kessler said. “We ask Americans to attend inaugural events at home to protect themselves, their families, friends and communities.” While trying to preserve some of the event’s traditional touchstones and imagine new aspects of the pandemic era, the committee is addressing the same production team that handled this year’s Democratic National Convention. Features of this convention, such as virtual state call from each state, can be incorporated.
It is unclear whether other traditional inaugural events, such as a luncheon with members of Congress or a pre-ceremonial tea with the outgoing president, will take place this time.
The face-to-face presidency is in the air due to Trump’s continued maneuvers, rather than any virus-related issues. The outgoing president still refuses to fire the election. When asked in an interview with Sunday Fox News if he will attend or will attend, Trump said, “I don’t want to talk about it.” (AP) RUP RUP