Ninety-six-year-old former president, Jimmy Carter, missed Joe Biden's inauguration today for some very obvious reasons.
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Joe Biden is now officially the forty-sixth president of the United States...
And history has well and truly been made as Biden's administration takes over the reigns of our country.
The inauguration held this morning had a global audience...
And people from all around the world watched every minute of the sacred event... including Lady Gaga's performance of the national anthem.
But something - or rather, someone - was missing.
Alongside the absence of the usual crowds due to COVID restrictions and tight security following the pro-Trump riot 2 weeks ago, former president Jimmy Carter wasn't present for today's inauguration.
Read on to find out why he didn't make it...
Now, the run-up to Biden's inauguration was a tense one, to say the least.
Since his election victory on November 7th, our country has experienced political tensions like never before.
Most people have been arguing that Biden's win was a fair one and after 4 long days of vote counting - and plenty of recounting - the Democrat was projected as the forty-sixth president of the United States.
However, people on the other side of the political spectrum have been arguing otherwise.
Former president, Donald Trump, instantly attacked Biden's win with several unproven accusations of electoral fraud - and, of course, his loyal supporters added fuel to the flames with gusto.
Trump was doing everything in his power to fight the election result...
And 2 weeks ago on January 6th, enraged pro-Trumpers took matters into their own hands.
After repeated instructions by Trump to "fight for the White House," hundreds of his supporters stormed the U.S Capitol...
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
During which a joint session of Congress had convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden's election win.
Things quickly became violent and the world watched on, horrified, as the building was overtaken and vandalized by the rioters.
These horrific scenes lead to Trump's second impeachment...
It's safe to say, it's been a huge couple of weeks in the world of US politics.
As we all know, Trump didn't attend today's inauguration.
He confirmed his absence in a tweet earlier this month before being banned from Twitter and, instead, he left Washington D.C this morning on Air Force One to go and stay at the Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.
Trump is the first president in more than a century to not attend his successor's inauguration...
Only 3 presidents have have done the same, with the last, Andrew Johnson, coming in 1869.
Nevertheless, regardless of Trump's absence, the inauguration went ahead smoothly earlier this morning...
And the entire world was watching on as Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, took their oaths.
And the moment that many have been waiting for finally came an hour ago.
Joe Biden is officially the president of the United States and Kamala Harris is now our first-ever female vice president.
It was a historical moment to witness Biden be inaugurated as the forty-sixth president of the United States...
And thankfully, the entire event ran smoothly without any disruption or feared security breaches.
Alongside our country, the world is rejoicing over what the next 4 years will hold under the Biden/Harris administration...
#InaugurationDay was perfection. A display of class, empathy, and return to sanity, unity, normalcy and hope. Afte… https://t.co/1aDngbY9gl— tara strong (@tara strong)1611163457.0
And many have praised the event for being held with dignity, class, and grace.
The ceremony was jam-packed...
And was filled with star-studded guests such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, the Obamas, and Amanda Gorman.
But people couldn't help but notice that one very important person was missing from the ceremony.
Former president, Jimmy Carter, was absent from the inauguration - making this the first inauguration he has missed in forty-four years.
Carter served as the thirty-ninth president of the United States for 1 term between 1971 - 1975...
And until this very day, he remains to be one of the most loved presidents in American history.
A statement by the Carter Center was issued to PEOPLE magazine:
It said the ninety-six-year-old and his wife, Rosalynn, "will not travel to Washington for the inauguration but have sent their best wishes to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect [Kamala] Harris, and look forward to a successful administration."
While it is currently unknown as to why the Carters didn't attend...
Thinking of 96 year old Jimmy Carter & 93 year old Rosalynn Carter who cannot be there today because of Covid. They… https://t.co/F3xY1zqmQ1— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost (@Spiro Agnew’s Ghost)1611158695.0
It has been strongly suggested that they have avoided public contact due to COVID restrictions.
We hope the Carters are holding up well during their isolation!
Make sure to stay posted for upcoming updates.