This Wednesday, Joe Biden takes office as the 46th president of the United States of America. These events are often festive, emotional, and full of symbolism. But this time, things are going to be very different, and it will be the most threatened inauguration in history.
The coronavirus pandemic, in the first place, and the serious incidents of last January 6th, which culminated in the assault on the Capitol, which resulted in five deaths and hundreds of wounded, in the second place, put the security forces in check for an event that will have the eyes of the whole world on it. To this must be added the threat that protests and riots could be repeated in Washington. At the ceremony, Joe Biden will have to take the oath and say these words: “I solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and that to the best of my ability, I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the inauguration itself is expected to take place a half hour later.
Due to the special climate after the assault on January 6, security measures and personnel have been increased. Thus, this Friday, the Pentagon announced an increase to 25,000 in the number of National Guard troops deployed on Wednesday, 4,000 more than expected.
A dress rehearsal of the event was postponed until Monday for security reasons, as well as Biden’s train ride from Delaware to Washington. The secret service has been working for more than a year on the security arrangements for an inauguration that, despite being held outdoors, will have fewer attendees than usual.
One of those who will not be attending is Donald Trump, Biden’s predecessor. His vice president, Mike Pence, will be attending. Trump will be the fourth president in U.S. history not to attend his successor’s inauguration.
If in the past 200,000 tickets have been sold to the public who would like to attend the event from the concourse of the National Mall, this year it is expected that, because of the pandemic, there will be no more than 1,000 people. The coronavirus will not prevent, anyway, the participation of singers, something quite common recently. Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez will perform as well.