Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2021. 1:51 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The United States Embassy in Belmopan today informed of the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as President of the United States and Kamala Harris as Vice President.
The ceremony took place on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and laws.
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, the first African American, the first Indian-American, and first Caribbean-American to serve in this capacity.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the audience for the ceremony was limited.
Several former Presidents and First ladies attended 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.
The inaugural theme was “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 embassy noted that the official inauguration ceremony is followed by several activities, carefully planned to incorporate health and safety-related protocols to avoid the risk of COVID-19.
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