Mon. May 17th, 2021

WASHINGTON – There were few protesters and sparse crowds or violence Wednesday as Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president against a backdrop of historic security.  

The inauguration, limited by law enforcement constraints and the coronavirus pandemic, was supplemented by about 25,000 National Guard members who descended on a city already blanketed in state and local law enforcement personnel. The mission was to ensure there was no repeat of the deadly riot that rocked the Capitol and the nation two weeks ago.

Biden visited Arlington National Cemetery after taking the oath of office, then was dropped off at Pennsylvania Avenue amid a phalanx of security agents to walk the final blocks to the White House. As the president made his way alongside first lady Jill Biden and members of their family, he briefly broke away from the group a few times to greet supporters, reporters and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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