Photos of the day: Inauguration 2021

January 20, 2021

Posted January 20, 2021 at 10:46am
President Joe Biden points to guests attending the inauguration ceremony after he is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the Capitol. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

President Joe Biden has taken the oath of office.

Final preparations on the West Front of the Capitol continued early Wednesday morning as outgoing President Donald Trump took a final ride in Marine One to depart Joint Base Andrews en route to Florida.

Here's the day in photos as captured by CQ Roll Call's photojournalists:

Architect of the Capitol workers hang up a presidential seal as preparations are made prior to the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
The sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol as preparations are made prior to the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Marine One carries President Donald Trump past the Trump International Hotel after he departed the White House on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
From left, Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden walk up the Capitol steps as they arrive for the inauguration at the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Lady Gaga performs the national anthem before President Joe Biden, right, was sworn in. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
President-elect Joe Biden arrives to the West Front of the Capitol for his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
President-elect Joe Biden greets former President Barack Obama as he arrives at the West Front of the Capitol for his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Former President George W. Bush, left, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Former President Barack Obama greets Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as she arrives at the inauguration. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Vice President Kamala Harris is sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff holds the Bible. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
President Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
President Joe Biden hugs his wife, Jill Biden, and children Hunter and Ashley Biden after he is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
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President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the Capitol on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Jennifer Lopez kisses fiancé Alex Rodriguez after performing during the inauguration of Joe Biden. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Former President Barack Obama hugs President Joe Biden as he departs from the inaugural stage after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Second gentleman Doug Emhoff and Vice President Kamala Harris wave goodbye to former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife on the Capitol steps during the inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris watch military bands march past the east steps of the U.S. Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Members of Congress and their guests sit socially distanced as they attend the inauguration of Joe Biden. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)