Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday at the US Capitol.
Biden, surrounded by his family, took the oath of office using the Bible of his late son, Beau Biden, at a ceremony at the well protected US Capitol.
His oath of office was administered by US Chief Justice John Roberts, and was attended by former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary, former President George Bush and wife Laura, former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, and Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen. Biden’s immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, was however absent as he left Washington earlier in the day to begin life in retirement.
At the inauguration, Kamala Harris was first to be sworn in as vice-president, becoming the first woman in American history, as well as the first woman of African American and south Asian descent to hold the post.
Her oath office was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.