30 C
Accra
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Main events and SA times

- Advertisement -

By AFP Time of article published2h ago

Share this article:

Washington, United States – Joe Biden will be sworn in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, during a day steeped in tradition and ceremony that nonetheless has been altered due to the pandemic and tight security after the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Night at Blair House

Biden and his wife Jill will spend Tuesday night in the lavish Blair House, located opposite the White House on Lafayette Square, that the US government uses to host special guests and visiting dignitaries.

Religious services

On Wednesday morning Biden, a devout Catholic, will attend Mass at St Matthews church in Washington, and has invited Congressional leaders from both political parties.

Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman Kevin McCarthy will represent the Republicans, while Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will also attend, sources have told AFP.

A member of the secret service monitors as preparations are made ahead of US. President-elect Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration in front of the White House, in Washington, US. Picture: Callaghan O’Hare/Reuters

Taking the oath

Biden will then travel in a motorcade to the Capitol, the site of the January 6 riot by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, where the inauguration ceremony gets underway at 11 am (6 pm SA time).

He will be sworn in after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris takes her vow at noon (7 pm SA time), then will give his inaugural speech, during which he is expected to outline his vision to tackle America’s multiple crises and his plan to “build back better.”

The National Mall that runs from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial will be closed due to Covid-19 fears and because of tight security stemming from the January 6 attack.

A view of the National Mall ahead of the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. Picture: Susan Walsh/Pool via Reuters

Lady Gaga is due to sing the national anthem, while Jennifer Lopez is also set to give a musical performance.

As is custom, the newly inaugurated 46th US president will then dine with members of Congress in the Capitol building.

Arlington National Cemetery

In the afternoon, Biden will head to Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, accompanied by former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Trump, who is shunning the day’s events, will not be there.

White House

From Arlington, Biden will travel by motorcade to the White House and is expected make the last part of the journey on foot and enter his new home surrounded by a military cordon.

Biden is due to sign his first executive orders shortly after arriving.

Honouring the Covid-19 pandemic’s victims

At 8:25 pm (SA time – 6.25 am Wednesday), Biden and Harris will give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, honouring the 400 000 people that have died from Covid-19 in America.

Shortly after, actor Tom Hanks will host a show called “Celebrating America” that will be broadcast on all major US networks.

Jon Bon Jovi, the Foo Fighters, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Luis Fonsi are among the guests expected to perform.

Latest news

Akufo-Addo should extend Domelevo’s stay in office to prove his stance against corruption- Rashid Pelpuo

The Member of Parliament for Wa Central, Mr Rashid Pelpuo has urged the President to extend Domelevo’s stay in office to prove his commitment...

Inter Allies snap up Nigerian midfielder Emmanuel Tochukwu

Sports News of Wednesday, 3 March 2021 Source: Football Ghana 2021-03-03 Nigerian midfielder, Emmanuel Tochukwu Ghana Premier League side Inter Allies have snapped up Nigerian midfielder Emmanuel...

Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson, Afriyie Akoto approved

General News of Wednesday, 3 March 2021 Source: Class FM 2021-03-03 Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto have been approved by the...

Anyone who acts with McBrown becomes a star, she is Kumawood’s key – Miracle Films

Movies of Wednesday, 3 March 2021 Source: Zionfelix 2021-03-03 play videoPopular Ghanaian movie producer, Samuel Nyamekye Popular Ghanaian movie producer, Samuel Nyamekye has mentioned some uniqueness about...

Related news

Akufo-Addo should extend Domelevo’s stay in office to prove his stance against corruption- Rashid Pelpuo

The Member of Parliament for Wa Central, Mr Rashid Pelpuo has urged the President to extend Domelevo’s stay in office to prove his commitment...

Inter Allies snap up Nigerian midfielder Emmanuel Tochukwu

Sports News of Wednesday, 3 March 2021 Source: Football Ghana 2021-03-03 Nigerian midfielder, Emmanuel Tochukwu Ghana Premier League side Inter Allies have snapped up Nigerian midfielder Emmanuel...

Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson, Afriyie Akoto approved

General News of Wednesday, 3 March 2021 Source: Class FM 2021-03-03 Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto have been approved by the...

Anyone who acts with McBrown becomes a star, she is Kumawood’s key – Miracle Films

Movies of Wednesday, 3 March 2021 Source: Zionfelix 2021-03-03 play videoPopular Ghanaian movie producer, Samuel Nyamekye Popular Ghanaian movie producer, Samuel Nyamekye has mentioned some uniqueness about...
- Advertisement -