No imposing parade, no balls, no spectators: at the inauguration of US President Biden, nothing is like usual. Pop stars – and a TV gala – are supposed to create a good atmosphere.
By Claudia Sarre, ARD Studio Washington
As in the Superbowl final five years ago, Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the inauguration of future US President Joe Biden. An appearance by Jennifer Lopez is also planned.
But that was it in terms of glamor and glamor: Corona-related and because of gigantic security measures, it should be an inauguration ceremony without any pomp. In other words: no imposing parade, no festive balls and, above all, no cheering spectators.
Congressmen are only allowed to bring a single guest. Instead there will be an art installation in front of the Capitol: a sea of flags. “ The inauguration committee has announced that there will be a field of flags along the National Mall,” said political scientist Lara Brown of George Washington University. “191,500 flags and multiple pillars of light represent the people who cannot travel to Washington and all 50 states.”
The traditional tea drinking in the White House with the outgoing presidential couple is canceled because Donald Trump boycotts Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony. Allegedly he wants to leave the White House in the morning and stage his own farewell party on a military airfield outside Washington.
The actual swearing-in ceremony begins at noon on the steps of the Capitol. First, Vice President Kamala Harris is sworn in. “Exactly at 12 o’clock the future president takes the oath of office, gives his speech and then there is a prayer. Since the 19th century, since ‘
The Star-Spangled Banner’ has been our national anthem, this has usually been the end of the ceremony”, explains Brown.
TV show and fireworks at the end
The tone will certainly be serious and solemn,” says Brown.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama and their wives will also attend the afternoon visit to the Arlington Soldiers’ Cemetery.
The historic day ends with a TV show hosted by Tom Hanks – with contributions by Jon Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber and further speeches by Biden and Harris. And this time the Americans also have to follow the final fireworks virtually on television.