Ahead of his inauguration tomorrow, Joe Biden has picked a transgender woman as his assistant health secretary.
Here's the full story on the historic move...
With just 1 day until his inauguration, Joe Biden and his team will no doubt be making many last-minute preparations.
Including finalizations of his team.
As of today, Biden has picked his new assistant health secretary...
Pennsylvania's Health Secretary, Rachel Levine.
Now, Joe Biden has endured a long and tedious battle for his place in the White House...
In 1987, Joe Biden first decided to run for president but, after suffering from severe headaches during the campaign, he dropped out the following year.
Doctors later discovered that he had 2 life-threatening brain aneurysms.
And, 2 decades after his initial presidential bid...
Last year marked his third run for president...
It was one hell of a run-up to the election.
And the votes didn't lie!
This was a historic win...
Not only because Biden broke Barack Obama's record for the most votes cast for a presidential candidate, but also because vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, will be the first-ever woman of color to be elected in office.
Of course, President Donald Trump didn't take to this news well, at all...won't be attending Biden's inauguration - something that didn't come as a surprise to many.
Biden, on the other hand, accepted his win graciously...
Last week, Biden officially announced his inauguration theme.
The theme of @JoeBiden's inauguration (Jan. 20) will be #AmericaUnited 🇺🇸 "At a time of unprecedented crisis & dee… https://t.co/Li9kz0nTJG— Joel Franco (@Joel Franco)1610393857.0
"At a time of unprecedented crisis and deep divisions, America United reflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future," a statement from the transition team read.
In addition to the theme, 2 Inauguration Day events were also announced...
Inbox: “America United” will be the theme of @JoeBiden's inauguration amid "unprecedented crisis and deep divisions… https://t.co/j8f6hV9XIt— Molly Nagle (@Molly Nagle)1610376029.0
In his first act as president, Biden will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.
He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff...
As well as Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
Former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush...
As well as Hillary Clinton, will also participate.
The inaugural committee also plans to install an art display on the National Mall.
The "Field of Flags" will include 191,500 American flags, representing the Americans who couldn't be at the celebration.
There's even an option to become a "symbolic sponsor" of the flag display.
Proud to be chosen as a Partner in Service for Biden's inauguration! A portion of donations for the "field of flags… https://t.co/RHGz0AQwan— Equity Before Birth (@Equity Before Birth)1610499096.0
With all proceeds going to a group of nonprofit organizations decided by the committee.
"This inauguration marks a new chapter for the American people — one of healing, of unifying, of coming together, of an America united. It is time to turn the page on this era of division."
@JoeBiden Can’t wait to proudly display our flag again beginning on Inauguration Day.— Linda Robinson (@Linda Robinson)1607132310.0
"The inaugural activities will reflect our shared values and serve as a reminder that we are stronger together than we are apart, just as our motto 'e pluribus unum' reminds us — out of many, one," Biden inauguration CEO Tony Allen said.
The ceremony will be scaled-down at the US Capitol...
The bravest thing @JoeBiden, @KamalaHarris and @SpeakerPelosi can do is stay safe for democracy. The only inaugural… https://t.co/VHOMonwQwA— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸)1610480371.0
Because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic and because of the riots.
It was then revealed that there will be another event titled, Celebrating America, hosted by the one and only Tom Hanks.
The ninety-minute event is going to be hosted by the A-Lister and will feature a whole array of celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, and Demi Lovato.
It will be available to watch across major television networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, and CNN.
It's also expected to stream on various online outlets and the Presidential Inaugural Committee's social media feeds.
Tony Allen, Presidential Inaugural Committee said this:
"This inauguration presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the resilience and spirit of an America United. We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the frontlines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light, and celebrating the best of our country and its people with this primetime program."
And that wasn't all...
The Biden-Harris inaugural committee confirmed to Variety that Lady Gaga is set to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" for Biden's swearing-in ceremony.
Gaga has since confirmed the news on her Instagram.
"I am deeply honored to be joining @BidenInaugural on January 20 to sing the National Anthem and celebrate the historic inauguration of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris!" she wrote.
So, with inauguration day fast approaching...
It looks like Biden has picked another member to join his team.
Biden has selected Pennsylvania's Health Secretary, Rachel Levine, to be his assistant health secretary.
A role that means she could become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Levine, a graduate of Harvard and of Tulane Medical School, is a pediatrician currently working as secretary of health in Pennsylvania, where she leads the state's fight against COVID-19.
Levine is also the president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and has previously written on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders, and LGBTQ+ medicine.
A statement posted online read, "President-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services."
Today I joined @GovernorTomWolf and @PennStHershey to thank health care professionals and staff for their extraordi… https://t.co/6zYHYdYdIv— Dr. Rachel Levine (@Dr. Rachel Levine)1593030101.0
"Dr. Levine currently serves as Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is leading the state's public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A deeply experienced and effective public servant and public health expert, Dr. Levine was confirmed three times by the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania state senate to serve as Secretary of Health and the state's physician general. She is poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate."
Biden also added, "Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond."
Today I joined @GovernorTomWolf to discuss the fall resurgence of #COVID19 in PA. It's critically important to pa… https://t.co/uT2WmRlsF2— Dr. Rachel Levine (@Dr. Rachel Levine)1603126916.0
"She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration's health efforts."
Levine will join Biden's Health and Human Services secretary nominee Xavier Becerra.
Alongside Jeff Zients, Biden's coronavirus response coordinator, and Rochelle Walensky who will run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A great step forward.
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