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Biden Takes Oath As 46th US President, Moments Seized In Pictures

Joe Biden sworn in as the United States' 46th president and Kamala Harris made history by becoming the country's first female vice president.

January 21, 2021

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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US President-elect Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff arrive at the steps of the U.S. Capitol for the start of the official inauguration ceremonies, in Washington.

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Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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US President Joe Biden signs his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

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US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden wave as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington.

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US President Joe Biden signs three documents including an inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations and sub-cabinet nominations in the President's Room at the US Capitol after the inauguration ceremony, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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US President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and family, walk in front of the White House during a Presidential Escort to the White House, in Washington.

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US Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband Doug Emhoff, and family, walk near the White House during a Presidential Escort to the White House, in Washington, after being sworn in as the 46th vice president of the United States.

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US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden wave as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington.

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US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington.

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Former US President Barack Obama greets Vice President-elect Kamala Harris ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington.

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Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington.

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Former US President George W. Bush and his wife Laura arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington.

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington. 

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Flags line the National Mall towards the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, in Washington.

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Capitol Building and stage for the swearing-in is lit as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, in Washington.

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Lady Gaga arrives to sing the National Anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Fireworks light up the sky around the White House, in Washington, as part of the festivities after US President Joe Biden was inaugurated.

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People leave after fireworks were set off over the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument in Washington as part of the festivities after US President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States.

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Members of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march during the Presidential Escort, part of Inauguration Day of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington.

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Lady Gaga sings sings the National Anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington. Former Vice President Mike Pence is on the left.

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A U.S. Army band marches near the White House during the Presidential Escort, part of Inauguration Day ceremonies, in Washington.

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US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala salute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia.

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