The inauguration of Joe Biden

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 12:42 a.m. ET, January 21, 2021
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10:38 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Harris will be escorted to ceremony by Capitol Police officer who led rioters away from Senate

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be escorted to inauguration ceremony by Eugene Goodman, the Capitol Police officer who became face of the resistance to rioters who stormed the Capitol two weeks ago today.

A Biden aide confirms to CNN that Goodman will escort Harris in his new role as acting deputy House sergeant at arms.

10:37 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Biden has arrived at the US Capitol for his inauguration


President-elect Joe Biden's motorcade has arrived at the US Capitol ahead of his inauguration.

Congressional leaders are expected to greet him upon his entrance to the Capitol building.

Biden is expected to take the oath of office outside the building at noon ET.

See President-Elect Biden arrive at Capitol ahead of his inauguration:

10:31 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Mike Pence arrives for inauguration ceremony

Vice President Mike Pence just arrived at the US Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

President Trump is not attending. He gave a farewell address earlier in the day before boarding Air Force One and heading to Florida.

See moment Pence arrives at Capitol for inauguration:

1:07 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Kamala Harris' uncle says her mother would be "immensely proud"

From CNN’s Vedika Sud

The uncle of Kamala Harris says his sister, Shyamala Gopalan, would have been "immensely proud" of her daughter, hours ahead of her inauguration as Vice President.

Speaking to CNN in New Delhi, Gopalan Balachandran said his sister had warned Kamala Harris:

"You’re not a white WASP, that you’ll face discrimination in the States. Be strong, be yourself and fight back."

Balachandran said the more he reflected on Kamala Harris’ achievements, the more he realized what a remarkable achievement it was for his sister to raise someone to be vice president and attorney general, despite all of the discrimination she faced as a single woman from India living in the US in the 60s.

Balachandran said he is in frequent family communication with Harris on family zoom calls but they don’t normally talk about her job. "She asks us how we’re doing," he said.

Hear more from his interview with CNN:

10:21 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Mitch McConnell arrives at the US Capitol

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrived with the former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, his wife, at the Capitol for Joe Biden's inauguration.

Chao resigned from her position in Trump's cabinet after the Capitol riot.

Other congressional members, including Sens. Chuck Schumer, Amy Klobuchar, Ted Cruz, were also seen.

See Mitch McConnell arrive at Capitol for inauguration:

10:30 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Bomb threat called into Supreme Court

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

A Supreme Court public information officer tells CNN that a bomb threat was called into the court, but the building has not been evacuated.

The Supreme Court building sits across the street from the US Capitol, where President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office at noon ET.

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that a bomb threat was called into the court, but it was not evacuated.

10:19 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

Biden likely to make small tweaks to his inaugural address until the very end 

From CNN's Arlette Saenz

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A senior adviser to Biden says the President-elect will likely make small tweaks to the inaugural address until the very end.

Biden has been working on this speech for weeks with his team, including with his speech writer Vinay Reddy and senior adviser Mike Donilon, who has played a major role in crafting so much of Bidens messaging over the years. 

Biden is known to be a meticulous preparer for speeches big and small and has been known to make changes up until the last minute. We’ve also heard the President-elect talk about how he marks up his speeches to help with pacing. 

Sen. Chris Coons, one of Bidens closest allies on Capitol Hill, told CNN he expects the speech to be one of optimism that notes the challenges the country has overcome together and also challenges "Congress to come together in partnership with him and meet the real needs of the American people."

1:08 p.m. ET, January 20, 2021

What members of Congress are saying as they arrive for the inauguration

From CNN's Annie Grayer and Daniella Diaz

Members of Congress have started to arrive at the Capitol for Inauguration.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell told reporters "it is disappointing that for the first time in our country’s history we will not have a peaceful transfer of power," but added that today is a day of "renewal."

Democratic Rep. Karen Bass said that for her, today is about getting control of the Covid-19 pandemic and that "for me personally is, is that an end of the divisiveness an end of the racism, of the narcissism, I mean it's been a terrible four years, it really has. Our country has been ripped apart. I was here on January 6. And so today what it means for me personally is that maybe our nation can heal now."

Bass, who did not attend Trump’s inauguration, said that today was a historic day to be able to watch Kamala Harris be sworn in as the first woman and also the first Black and South Asian woman to be sworn into office.

"It’s a new day in America" Rep. Juan Vargas, a Democrat from California, said. 

Asked about the enhanced security around the event, Vargas shared that he has had conversations with many members of the National Guard and that they are excited to be at the event.

"We have met so many Guardsmen and it has been fantastic," Vargas said. "They’re all excited about being here."

"It has been uplifting in a way that I did not expect."

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell were also seen arriving at the Capitol ahead of the event.

10:14 a.m. ET, January 20, 2021

The Obamas and Clintons have arrived for Biden's inauguration

From CNN's Aditi Sangal


Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have arrived at the US Capitol for Joe Biden's inauguration.

Their arrival was followed by former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shortly after.

See the Obamas and Clintons arrive for the inauguration: