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This is your time; Says Obama to Biden

International Desk || shiningbd

Published: 21:41, 20 January 2021   Update: 21:41, 20 January 2021
This is your time; Says Obama to Biden

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 speechwriter 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."

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.

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