Artists including Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato and John Legend tried to bring together an America that couldn’t gather in person, and irony and bombast were banished.
“I feel lighter,” said a woman in Chicago. For many in an exhausted, divided nation, the inauguration was a sea change, not just a transition.
At President Biden’s made-for-TV swearing-in, rituals of normalcy ran into reminders that these are anything but normal times.
In his Inaugural Address, President Biden spoke of a return to the ordinary discord of democracy, with a reminder that “politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path.”
“To heal we must remember,” Mr. Biden said, standing in front of the Reflecting Pool, which was surrounded by 400 lights meant to mark the 400,000 people who have died from Covid-19.
Hearings for Biden nominees for top intelligence, diplomacy and military posts offered glimpses of where there will be a resumption of the Obama administration’s approach and where they could differ.
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Events on Wednesday, when Joseph R. Biden Jr. takes the oath of office, will have a more celebratory theme.
In an effort to mark a clean break from the Trump era, the president-elect plans to roll out dozens of executive orders in his first 10 days on top of a big stimulus plan and an expansive immigration bill.
The federal government has deemed the inauguration a “National Special Security Event,” as far-right groups threaten more armed demonstrations.
The inaugural committee did not disclose how much it has raised so far for the event, which is to be scaled down because of the pandemic.
Joe Biden’s inaugural committee suggested the traditional crowd-lined ride down Pennsylvania Avenue would be replaced by a “virtual parade.”
The president-elect’s allies have begun an ambitious fund-raising campaign for the celebration of his swearing-in. Big donors will get “virtual signed photos” — and a chance to generate good will.
The last act of the Trump presidency has taken on the stormy elements of a drama more common to history or literature than a modern White House.
Unlike President Trump, who was expected to shrug off health threats in favor of huge crowds, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has indicated that his inauguration will not be business as usual.