• Sunday, Jan 17, 2021
  • Last Update : 12:03 am

Biden wants a safe inauguration, expects it to be more subdued

  • Published at 09:02 am December 5th, 2020
Joe Biden
File photo: US President-elect Joe Biden leaves the Queen Theater after participating in a virtual roundtable with frontline health care workers, in Wilmington, Delaware on November 18, 2020 AFP

The 78-year-old Biden is to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021

US President-elect Joe Biden said Friday that he expects his January inauguration to be a scaled-down event with an emphasis on safety because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're going to follow the science and the recommendations of the experts on keeping people safe," Biden told reporters.

"So it's highly unlikely there'll be a million people on the mall," he said. "My guess is there will probably not be a gigantic inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue."

"My guess is there'll still be a platform ceremony but I don't know how it's all going to work out," he said.

Recent presidents have been sworn in at an outdoors ceremony at the US Capitol attended by their predecessor but President Donald Trump has declined to commit to attending the event and continues to refuse to concede the election.


Also Read - Biden says he'll publicly get a Covid-19 vaccine, keep Fauci


The 78-year-old Biden is to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.

Biden said he expects the inauguration to be "something that is closer to what the [Democratic] convention was like than the typical inauguration."

The Democratic convention was mostly virtual because of the pandemic.

"My guess is you'll see a lot of virtual activity in states all across America engaging even more people than before," Biden said.

"People want to celebrate," he said. "People want to be able to say we've passed the baton, we're moving on, democracy is functioning."

Biden said he was certain about one thing.

"In my inaugural speech I'm going to ask people to commit for 100 days to wear a mask," he said.

55
Facebook 54
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail