Brasilia, January 20, 2021: The Embassy and Consulates of the United States in Brazil are pleased to announce today’s inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as President of the United States and Kamala Harris as Vice President, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and laws. President Biden will serve as the 46th President, and Vice President Harris as the 49th Vice President in U.S. history, with Harris being the first woman and the first African American to serve in this capacity.
The audience for today’s ceremony was limited due to health precautions, but was attended by a number of former presidents and vice presidents of the United State, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Mike Pence, along with respective first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton, among other former and current elected officials.
Roy Blunt, chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, served as the inauguration’s master of ceremonies, Georgia firefighters’ union leader Andrea Hall lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance, Lady Gaga performed the national anthem, and Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman concluded the ceremony with a benediction. As has been the tradition at every presidential inauguration since Thomas Jefferson’s in 1801, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band provided music for the swearing-in. The ceremony was livestreamed and broadcast on nationwide television.
The Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, overseen by the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, chose the inaugural theme “Our Determined Democracy: Forging a More Perfect Union” to highlight the inaugural ceremony as a “hallmark of American governance and democracy.”
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to President Biden, who swore the oath on a Bible that has been in his family since 1893—the same one used during his senatorial and vice-presidential swearing in ceremonies.
The official inauguration ceremony is followed by a number of related activities, carefully planned to incorporate health and safety-related protocols to avoid the risk of COVID-19.
President Biden’s inaugural speech in full can be found at the following link: https://br.usembassy.gov/inaugural-address-by-president-joseph-r-biden-jr/
For further information on this Media Note, please contact the U.S. Embassy Press Office in Brasília at BrasiliaEMBEUA@state.gov or on (+55 61) 3312–7367 / 7364.