President-elect Joe Biden will soon take the oath of office as the nation’s 46th president at an inauguration like no other, amid a raging pandemic, in a city that has become a fortress of fences, concrete barriers and security checkpoints. Vice President Harris’s swearing-in, just before Biden’s, shattered gender and racial barriers.

President Trump, who refused to concede and never congratulated Biden on his win, left the White House for the final time Wednesday morning and flew to Florida on Air Force One — making him the first president to skip his successor‘s swearing-in since 1869. “We will be back in some form,” Trump told a modest crowd that showed up at Joint Base Andrews for his departure.

Vice President Pence skipped Trump’s send-off and is attending Biden’s inauguration, instead.


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