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LIVE BLOG | President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris sworn in on Inauguration Day

Follow our time-stamped blog for complete coverage throughout Inauguration Day.
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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, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as children Ashley and Hunter watch.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

WASHINGTON — It is a historic day for the United States of America as we inaugurate a new president and vice president. 

Joe Biden will take the oath of office to become the 46th president of our nation, while Kamala Harris becomes America's first female vice president, the highest-ranking female elected official in U.S. history, and the first African American and first Asian American vice president.

Inauguration Day is more than just the ceremony at the Capitol. There will also be the traditional parade escort to the White House, plus festivities throughout the day and evening, despite the ongoing pandemic. Follow our time-stamped blog for complete coverage throughout the day. 

2:23 p.m. President Biden and Vice President Harris arrive at Arlington National Cemetery to participate in a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier along with former presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton.

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

1:45 p.m. We have a photo gallery of the Inauguration Day ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

1:18 p.m. Several of Ohio's lawmakers have reacted to the Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris.

“Today, the American experiment endures,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur. “Nothing speaks to the health of democracy as clearly as the inauguration of a new President. The inauguration of President Joe Biden as our 46th President and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of color in history to be elected to the office, is cause for so much hope.  

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12:40 p.m. President Biden has made his first tweet using the @POTUS account.

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12:20 p.m. Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew."

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American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

In language referencing Biblical scripture and at times echoing the oratory of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the 22-year-old Gorman read with urgency and assertion as she began by asking “Where can we find light/In this never-ending shade?” and used her own poetry and life story as an answer. The poem's very title, “The Hill We Climb,” suggested both labor and transcendence.

It was an extraordinary task for Gorman, the youngest by far of the poets who have read at presidential inaugurations since Kennedy invited Robert Frost in 1961, with other predecessors including Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander.

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12:16 p.m. President Biden has finished his inaugural address. Garth Brooks has taken the microphone to perform Amazing Grace

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Country singer Garth Brooks sings "Amazing Grace" during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

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11:52 a.m. President Biden begins his Inaugural address.

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President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed," Biden said. "This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day in history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”

You can read his full text by clicking here

11:48 a.m. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to Joseph R. Biden, making him the 46th president of the United States of America.

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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, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

11:42 a.m. Kamala Harris has taken the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and is now Vice President of the United States. 

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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, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

11:40 a.m. Jennifer Lopez performs "This Land Is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful" in a patriotic medley.

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Jennifer Lopez performs during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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11:38 a.m. Lady Gaga performs the national anthem

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Lady Gaga arrives to perform the National Anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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11:30 a.m. The president-elect, the vice president-elect, and their spouses have been introduced at the Capitol as we continue to move closer to moment where they will be sworn in.

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President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)
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President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, arrive for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

11:15 a.m. We have full coverage of the swearing in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the video below.

Key moments prior to the ceremony at the Capitol:

8:55 a.m. President Trump gave his final remarks at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One to head to Florida.

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President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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8:02 a.m. President Donald Trump departed the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews for his trip to Florida. 

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President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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