In light of the current surges of coronavirus cases around the U.S, Joe Biden's inaugural parade has been replaced with a virtual version for safety.
Read on to find out what to expect...
2021 hasn't got off to the best start for the Bidens, has it?
via: GettyAfter their embarrassing confetti malfunction on New Year's Eve, the pair have been met with even more bad news today.
The inaugural parade is a landmark moment in any presidency...
via: GettyBut following Biden's historic win, things are set to be a little different this year.
Now, we all know that in November 2020, Joe Biden was announced as America's forty-sixth president of the United States.
via: GettyAfter one of the most divisive presidential elections in decades - and several voter fraud accusations from President Trump, of course - Biden emerged victorious.
On November 7th, the Associated Press called the race for Biden when Pennsylvania's twenty electoral votes put him over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College...
via: GettyMeaning that he had officially won the election.
Shortly after his victory, Biden tweeted this:
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I p… https://t.co/iUORklENs0— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1604767962.0
And, in the months following his win, Biden has been powering on full steam ahead.
via: GettyThe enthusiastic president-elect has wasted no time at all in outlining his plans for the next 4 years.
His main focus has been the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic...
via: GettyWhich, most of us can agree, President Trump has handled diabolically. Biden has promised a "real strategy to take on the threat of COVID-19, deliver immediate relief to working families, and reopen our schools and businesses safely."
He also has a recovery plan laid out for working families...
via: GettyAnd has vowed to create millions of good-paying jobs, as well as to build back an economy that works for everyone.
The president-elect has even addressed the divisive topic of health care...
via: GettyAnd revealed his plan to build on the Affordable Care Act by giving Americans more choice, reducing health care costs, and making our health care system less complex to navigate.
All in all, Biden has embraced his upcoming position with nothing but enthusiastic professionalism...
via: GettyWhich has left many Americans eager, excited, and optimistic for the next 4 years.
However, no professional is without their comical blunders, right?
via: GettyAs the country waited eagerly for the arrival of 2021 last week, the president-elect and his wife, Jill Biden, suffered an awkward, yet hilarious blunder on live television.
The couple made a virtual appearance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC...
via: TwitterWhere they delivered their final message of 2020 to the nation. Speaking to Ryan Seacrest from their home, the couple first congratulated essential and healthcare workers on their efforts during the pandemic and encouraged Americans far and wide to get vaccinated.
On the importance of the vaccine, Biden said this:
via: Twitter"They [front-line and emergency workers] did so much, they risked their lives. They've done so much for us, and we owe them, we owe them, we owe them."
The future first lady then added:
via: Twitter"We're so grateful for everything they did. They left their families and their homes so that we could be safe and all Americans truly appreciate what they did for us."
However, as their airtime drew to a close...
via: TwitterThe atmosphere became a little more humorous.
The couple wished viewers a happy new year before brandishing a confetti canon...
via: TwitterHowever, things didn't go exactly to plan. Jill could be seen grappling with the canon and laughing nervously as the device failed to explode with confetti.
As her husband offered a hand, the canon suddenly fell apart...
via: TwitterLeaving Jill with 2 chunks of plastic - and no confetti - laid uselessly in her hands.
But, ever the professionals, the couple simply laughed off the incident before saying a final goodbye...
Here is the last interview for President-Elect @JoeBiden and future First Lady @DrBiden in 2020! 🇺🇸 #RockinEve https://t.co/wcSnlbL8pM— New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (@New Year’s Rockin’ Eve)1609469752.0
It's been revealed that the usual inaugural parade is set to be a little different this year.
via: ShutterstockThanks to the COVID pandemic, there's absolutely no way for large crowds to gather safely.
Which means one thing...
via: ShutterstockLike so much else in the past year, the inaugural parade has been forced the go virtual.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee has released a statement on their decision...
via: ShutterstockClaiming this new sort of parade is for "providing the American people and world with historic images of the President-elect proceeding to the White House without attracting large crowds."
The parade is still designed to "celebrate America's heroes, highlight Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era."
via: Shutterstock"We are excited about the possibilities and opportunities this moment presents to allow all Americans to participate in our country's sacred inaugural traditions."
Check out the preparations here.
Here’s a look at more construction work outside WH north fence where crews are taking down what’s left of a just bu… https://t.co/7BMe37XVre— Kelly O'Donnell (@Kelly O'Donnell)1609600053.0