The US capital, Washington, DC, where the inauguration will take place, is reminiscent of a war zone these days. The metropolis has taken a record number of security measures to prevent a recurrence of unrest last week. The peaceful handover of power will be overseen by 25,000 soldiers in the city. By the way, this is more than three times the number of the United States currently having active forces in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
Metal barriers have sprung up around the Capitol and the White House. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency on Thursday, January 21, the day after the inauguration. Citizens in other American cities have also been warned of impending violence in the streets.
Biden comes to the Oval Office at a time when the country is facing economic decline, a pandemic that has claimed nearly 400,000 lives in the United States alone, and the worst political crisis since the Watergate affair in the 1970s. In his inaugural address, the new president should, above all, present his detailed plan for how he intends to deal with the current unhappy situation.
“She believes we can reconnect the country,” said Kate Bedingfield, who will run the communications department at the White House. But the connection will not be easy at all, as evidenced by the presence of thousands of men with submachine guns and the absence of outgoing President Donald Trump. He had previously announced that he would not attend the ceremony and would leave for Florida, violating a tradition of more than 150 years. He should be represented by Vice President Mike Pence.
In addition, the US Senate may vote this week to approve a constitutional lawsuit against Trump proposed by the House of Representatives. Many supporters of the outgoing president are still convinced that Biden won the election by fraud. Therefore, Wednesday’s event will be according to foreign media completely unique.
On the first day in office, Biden plans to make many changes and issue more executive orders than any president before him. For example, it is expected to lift Trump’s ban on traveling to the United States for residents of several Muslim states or to reconnect Washington to the Paris Climate Agreement. He should also order the mandatory wearing of veils in federal offices for a hundred days.
The future president will arrive in Washington on Tuesday from his home state of Delaware. For safety reasons, he won’t end up on his favorite Amtrak train. Biden has been using the vehicle regularly since 1973, when his first wife Neilia and daughter Naomi died in a car accident, and originally wanted to come with him to his inauguration. The program of the ceremony was severely curtailed due to a pandemic. However, the popular singers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez should perform on it.
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