Winner of the US presidential election last December, Joe Biden will officially become the President of the United States this Wednesday, January 20 during his inauguration. This will take place in an empty and barricaded city of Washington, due to the Covid-19 pandemic but also to the events that took place on the Capitol on January 7. After paying tribute to the Americans who died of the Covid, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take the oath in front of the Capitol as is tradition. After a speech from the new president, Lady Gaga will sing the American anthem before Jennifer Lopez takes the stage for a show whose details have not yet been released.
Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and many more on the program
While during the other investitures, the party continued into the evening in Washington, the Covid forced the organizers to adapt. The festivities will therefore take place on television in a program called “Celebrating America” presented by Tom Hanks. Broadcast live on television and on the Internet, this show will see many Americans appear, such as actor Lin Manuel Miranda and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The actresses Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria will have the role of introducing to the public the many guests who will perform such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, the Foo Fighters, John Legend, Justin Timberlake or Demi Lovato. A line-up that would make any festival blush!
Donald and Melania Trump absent
If former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be present with their respective companions during the inauguration ceremony, Donald and Melania Trump will then be in their Florida residence where they will now live. While still refusing to acknowledge his defeat in the presidential election, Donald Trump has decided not to follow the traditions that usually surround the transition between two presidents. Melania Trump also broke the tradition of inviting the First Lady to tea at the White House with her successor.
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