The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking — Joe Biden inaugurated as 46th president | Harris inaugurated as first woman and woman of color to serve as vice president | Sights and sounds around Washington | Trump leaves a note for Biden | VIPs gather on Capitol steps | Capitol Police’s Eugene Goodman escorts Harris | Afternoon schedule of events | Biden prepares to sign flurry of executive orders | Trump’s morning departure from Andrews | Concludes sendoff remarks with ‘have a good life’ | Promises he will be back in ‘some form’ | Grants clemency to 100+, including Bannon | QAnon protesters show up at Comet Ping Pong | Counterprotesters drown out QAnon with party music | Inauguration food and drink specials



It is now officially ‘President BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE’ and ‘former President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE’:



On the Capitol steps, Joe Biden was just inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisA call to action for strategic space competition with China Old-guard Democrats must end the filibuster and symbolic progress Biden job approval at 43 percent in Iowa: poll MORE was also inaugurated as the first woman and the first woman of color to ever serve as the vice president of the United States. 

Livestream of the inauguration activitieshttps://bit.ly/2KwFsAA

Live blog of Inauguration Day highlightshttps://bit.ly/3sCQs0B


Two big themes of the speech: “Biden striking two major tones in his inaugural speech: calls for unity & ‘confronting and defeating’ domestic terrorism, white supremacy, systemic racism.” (Via US News & World Report’s Lisa Hagenhttps://bit.ly/2M2MI7D

Biden thanked former presidents: " ‘I thank my predecessors from both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.’ Notes he spoke to President Carter, who couldn't be here, last night. No mention of the outgoing president who bucked tradition to skip today's ceremony.” https://bit.ly/3p6cJBu 

On uniting the country: “To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity." https://bit.ly/3p2L9VU

On disinformation: “We must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.” https://bit.ly/2M5Z3Ib


President Biden is expected to sign a flurry of executive actions this afternoon. https://bit.ly/3nZdFpV 

For example: “He plans to issue a national mask-wearing ‘challenge,’ stop the construction of the Southern border wall, revoke the so-called ‘Muslim ban,’ and rejoin both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, among many other things.” https://bit.ly/3nZdFpV


President Biden is tasked with uniting a very polarized country. https://bit.ly/2KwRbyZ

It’s Wednesday. We have been talking about a Jan. 20 inauguration for what feels like years — and that day is here. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Wow, this is powerful: Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodmanwho heroically protected lawmakers from the mob on Jan. 6, escorted Vice President Harris.



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2KvtaZ6

Photo of the Bidens entering the U.S. Capitolhttps://bit.ly/35ZonXn

Lady Gaga used a bright gold microphonehttps://bit.ly/3sFyoCR 

Watch her national anthem performance — she gave 110 percenthttps://bit.ly/3bRalLk 

Tidbit — a few House members are wearing body armor: “Rep Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Man charged in Capitol riot says he's running for Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day MORE tells me she and several House Dems are wearing body armor under their jackets today for inauguration” (Via Politico’s Sarah Ferrishttps://bit.ly/390S4Jx

A few protesters gathered by near Union Station: Via Reuters’ Jonathan LandayPhotohttps://bit.ly/3bY1o30 

Well, that was unexpected!: The Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller tweeted this morning: “It’s currently...snowing on the West Front of the Capitol?” https://bit.ly/390r8K0 

The briefcase with the nuclear codes arrived at the Capitol this morning




Overheard: “’So proud of you,’ Obama, the first Black president, can be heard saying to Harris, the first Black vice president and first woman to hold that role.” (Via The New York Times’s Annie Karnihttps://bit.ly/38Zo80o 

Check out Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Biden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report More than 70 companies call on Senate to pass voting right bill MORE’s outfit: She looks great. Video of the Obamas arrivinghttps://bit.ly/3qGeXrA

And here are the Busheshttps://bit.ly/3sFtxS9

And the Clintonshttps://bit.ly/35XK89X 

As soon as the oath was administered — Wikipedia almost immediately updated Biden’s pagehttps://bit.ly/3o2vmVy

The view from the Capitol steps this morning: Via Politico’s Sarah Ferrishttps://bit.ly/2XV0Z8X

Spotted — I would love to know what they are chatting about: Former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce Now we know why Biden was afraid of a joint presser with Putin MORE chatting with Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanPowell says pickup in job gains likely this fall Tech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation The antitrust package is a Trojan horse conservatives must reject MORE (R-Ohio). (Via CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewskihttps://bit.ly/2XWGoBd  

This church is beautiful: Here’s a photo of the Bidens attending mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle this morning: https://bit.ly/390OVcH 

Hahaha, this photo of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.) is already becoming a meme:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3oX7UKR

The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is now closed: For President Biden to be added. https://bit.ly/3o0aJJN

Photo of the ride’s entrance todayhttps://bit.ly/391uSe9


Trump reportedly left a note for Biden: Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, “There are no details yet on what the note says. The decision by Trump to leave a note is in keeping with a presidential tradition, but comes as a bit of a surprise. Trump has otherwise bucked precedent by not meeting with or speaking to the president-elect following Biden's win, which Trump spent weeks contesting. Trump will not attend Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.” https://bit.ly/3sCQs0B

What a way to end: Trump concluded his sendoff with: "Have a good life. We will see you soon." Watch Trump’s full remarkshttps://bit.ly/3iwOpGD 

And he promised he will be back: Trump promised to maintain “some form” of public presence. https://bit.ly/3o9Semt 

Fact check: That’s true!: "We were not a regular administration,” Trump said at Joint Base Andrews. 

Trump pointed to his family: "People have no idea how hard this family worked." 

Watch former President Trump and former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Biden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report Jill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting MORE exit the White House and walk to Marine Onehttps://bit.ly/39Rgnsv

Video of Marine One lifting off from the White House lawnhttps://bit.ly/2LGTtfK And over the National Mall and White Househttps://bit.ly/3qwcAaS 

I watched Marine One, carrying Trump, fly over my apartment this morning: Here is the video: https://bit.ly/3qII4Lf

Who is there: “Trump’s family is here as well as Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Head of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE and his wife. Stephen Miller and Jason Miller also in attendance … Seb Gorka is here” Photos from Bloomberg’s Jordan Fabian, who was at the sendoffhttps://bit.ly/35XCsoi

Photo of the Trump family this morninghttps://bit.ly/3qzWHQQ 

CNN’s Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaPalm Beach prosecutor says DeSantis could delay hypothetical Trump extradition Jen Psaki says the quiet part out loud about Joe Biden Harry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' MORE was aboard Trump’s departure flight: He posted video of Air Force One taxiing: https://bit.ly/2Mbz8yE

Throwback to former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWhite House pushes back on claims Biden doing too little on voting rights The Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them Boeing's top lobbyist leaves company MORE’s departure from Joint Base Andrews on Jan. 20, 2001: Via C-SPAN’s Howard MortmanWatchhttps://bit.ly/3bSTec5 


You could see the National Mall lights from miles away: It was absolutely stunning. Photohttps://bit.ly/2XVjVVh 

One of the many people that keeps the White House running smoothly: CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted, “One of the many people I will miss at the WH is Bryant who is part of the WH maintenance staff taking care of us every day. He always greets us with a beaming smile. There are so many wonderful people behind the scenes here. I will miss them all.” Photohttps://bit.ly/3bUpJ9H 

Tidbit from inside the White House last night: 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35WkAdm 

Protesters showed up at Comet Ping Pong last night…



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3sJ1lOb 

^ Details and back storyhttps://bit.ly/2XUoDm8 

A photo from the White House last night after the lid was called on Trump’s last nighthttps://bit.ly/3bVDIfi


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 24,273,831

U.S. death toll: 402,400 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


How fitting:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3qIHY6l


8 a.m. EST: Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump left for Palm Beach, Fla. 

8:45 a.m. ESTPresident Biden, first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Brad Paisley, Jill Biden urge people in Tennessee to get vaccinated White House admits July 4 vaccine marker will be missed MOREVice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour MORE attended mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Noon: President Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Vice President Harris is sworn in as the 49th vice president of the United States.

1:40 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris “review the readiness of military troops in a pass review.”

2:25 p.m. ESTPresident Biden, first lady Jill BidenVice President Harris, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, former Presidents Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama: Voting rights bill must pass before next election The world's most passionate UFO skeptic versus the government Biden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report MOREGeorge W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. 

5:15 p.m. EST: President Biden signs executive orders. 

5:45 p.m. EST: President Biden swears in presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony. 

8:30 p.m. EST: “Actor Tom Hanks hosts a 90-minute special featuring remarks by Biden and Harris and performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi and others.” https://to.pbs.org/2KshgPF


7 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave White House draws ire of progressives amid voting rights defeat White House admits July 4 vaccine marker will be missed MORE holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3qDSHyU 

Tonight: President Biden’s transportation secretary nominee, Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE, appears on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”


Today is National Buttercrunch Day. It’s also National Cheese Lover’s Day! Now that’s a holiday I can get behind!

If you’re in DC and are looking for inauguration specials:

Via The GW Hatchet’s Arielle Ostry, here’s a list of food and drink specials in the Washington, D.C. area today: https://bit.ly/2Mc1AAs

And because you made it this far, here’s a baby pig eating a snack while taking a bubble bath: https://bit.ly/2McCBxi


This post was updated at 3:56 p.m.