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 BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE’ and ‘former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE’:



On the Capitol steps, Joe Biden was just inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Kamala HarrisKamala Harris Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? 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 KusterThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Pelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle 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 ObamaMichelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' Michelle Obama on conversations with her daughters: 'Me and Barack, we can't get a word in' Michelle Obama offers advice with release of young readers' edition of 'Becoming' memoir 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 RyanBoehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director MORE chatting with Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' Republicans call for hearing on Biden's handling of border surge Jim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' 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 SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package 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 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Overnight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions Trump has been vaccinated for coronavirus 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 MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward 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) AcostaABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Conservative reporter confronts CNN's Jim Acosta at CPAC 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 ClintonSenators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series Website shows 3D models of every Oval Office design since 1909 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 BidenOvernight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period Education secretary: Vaccinating teachers 'my top priority' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls MOREVice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' Biden leans into empathizer-in-chief role Biden mourns 500,000 American lives lost to coronavirus 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 ObamaWhy is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Pentagon issues report revealing ex-White House doctor 'belittled' subordinates, violated alcohol policies MOREGeorge W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series White House defends Biden's 'Neanderthal thinking' remark on masks 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 PsakiOn The Money: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director MORE holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3qDSHyU 

Tonight: President Biden’s transportation secretary nominee, Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon's March 4 date Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill 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.