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PHOTOS: Biden, Harris Assume Office During Unique Inauguration Ceremony

President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a Pass in Review ceremony, hosted by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol after the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.
President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a Pass in Review ceremony, hosted by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol after the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.

There have been inaugurals in times of national crisis, in times of war and in times of bitter dissension. But much about the 59th Inauguration was nonetheless unique: The small number of attendees seated far apart in masks; the absence of the incumbent president two weeks following an insurrection he encouraged; the first woman elected as vice president. And yet much was still familiar: The new president recited the oath of office as it appears in the Constitution, as has been done every four years since 1789.

Here are some images of a day that both shattered precedent and reinforced it.

The U.S. Capitol is seen at sunrise on Wednesday, two weeks after it was stormed by a mob of pro-Trump extremists.
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The U.S. Capitol is seen at sunrise on Wednesday, two weeks after it was stormed by a mob of pro-Trump extremists.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Marine One as they depart the White House on Wednesday. The Trumps did not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Marine One as they depart the White House on Wednesday. The Trumps did not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Members of the National Guard stand at a downtown checkpoint in Washington, D.C.
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Members of the National Guard stand at a downtown checkpoint in Washington, D.C.
A few people gather in downtown Washington, D.C., near the fenced-off parade route on Pennsylvania Ave. on Wednesday morning.
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A few people gather in downtown Washington, D.C., near the fenced-off parade route on Pennsylvania Ave. on Wednesday morning.
National Guard and security personnel patrol the National Mall, which has a display of nearly 200,000 flags to represent the people who could not attend the inauguration ceremonies because of the pandemic.
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National Guard and security personnel patrol the National Mall, which has a display of nearly 200,000 flags to represent the people who could not attend the inauguration ceremonies because of the pandemic.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administers the oath of office to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administers the oath of office to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
U.S. Marines stand outside the Capitol building on Inauguration Day.
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U.S. Marines stand outside the Capitol building on Inauguration Day.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President-elect Joe Biden.
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President-elect Joe Biden.
Poet Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
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Poet Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
President Biden speaks on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
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President Biden speaks on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
Ariana Avalos, 24, stands behind sisters Cynthia Cortez, 21, left, and Teresa Cortez, 19, in downtown Washington, D.C. All three came from California to watch the inauguration.
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Ariana Avalos, 24, stands behind sisters Cynthia Cortez, 21, left, and Teresa Cortez, 19, in downtown Washington, D.C. All three came from California to watch the inauguration.

Di'Amond Moore is a photo editing intern at NPR.

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