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Obamas to attend Biden inauguration

Obamas to attend Biden inauguration
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Former President Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaAmanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance A Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Scorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media MORE will be in attendance for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE's inauguration later this month, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

"President and Mrs. Obama look forward to attending the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires MORE on January 20 in Washington, D.C.," Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillObamas to attend Biden inauguration Trump pardons George Papadopoulos in latest batch of pardons Former Rep. Katie Hill files lawsuit against ex-husband, Daily Mail over nude photos MORE said in a statement.

The Obamas were widely expected to be there when Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office. Confirmation of their attendance came shortly after President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE said he would not attend the swearing-in ceremony.

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The Obamas will join former President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick Portman planned exit sets off Ohio free-for-all Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick MORE, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush on Inauguration Day at the Capitol. Former President Carter, who is 96, and his wife Rosalynn Carter are not expected to attend.

Biden served as vice president alongside Obama for eight years, and the two remain close friends. The 44th president campaigned for Biden in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential race, while Michelle Obama delivered a stinging rebuke of Trump during the Democratic National Convention in August. The former first lady, who is among the most popular figures in the party, otherwise stayed off the campaign trail last year.

Biden's inauguration will be scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic, and officials have urged Americans to avoid traveling to the nation's capital to be there in person. Virtual events are planned, though the swearing-in ceremony is still expected to take place outside the Capitol.

Security concerns have been heightened in the wake of a violent mob of pro-Trump supporters that breached the Capitol on Wednesday after the president urged them to march on the building and discourage lawmakers from certifying Biden as the winner of the election.

The U.S. Secret Service, which is leading security efforts for the inauguration, said Thursday it has been planning for over a year for all possible contingencies to ensure a safe event.