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Biden’s inaugural committee tells Americans to stay home for his swearing-in

POLITICO logo POLITICO 12/15/2020 By Quint Forgey
Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. after the Electoral College formally elected him as president. © AP Photo/Patrick Semansky President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. after the Electoral College formally elected him as president.

President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee on Tuesday advised Americans against traveling to attend his swearing-in ceremony and related activities next month, instead rolling out initial public health protocols for the quadrennial event and previewing a “reimagined” parade.

The committee said in a news release that it was working “in close coordination” with the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies “to ensure that the inauguration … honors and resembles sacred American traditions while keeping Americans safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

The committee also revealed that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris plan to take their oaths of office on Jan. 20 at the Capitol — the traditional site for the swearing-in — and that Biden will deliver an inaugural address.


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“The ceremony’s footprint will be extremely limited, and the parade that follows will be reimagined,” the committee said, adding that it was “urging the public to refrain from any travel and participate in the inaugural activities from home.”

New members of the Biden inaugural committee announced Tuesday include chief medical adviser Dr. David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration who is a co-chair of the president-elect’s coronavirus advisory board.

Stephanie Cutter, a veteran Democratic operative who headed up production for the party’s nominating convention in August, will serve as an executive producer for the committee, as will television producer Ricky Kirshner, who also oversaw the convention programming.

Rod O’Connor, another organizer of past Democratic National Conventions and a former chief of staff at the Energy Department during the Obama administration, will serve as a senior adviser to the committee.

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