Photos: Historic Inauguration Day | Trump leaves office, Biden becomes 46th president

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
From right, Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff arrive at the U.S. Capitol. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Joe Biden hugs First Lady Jill Biden after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.
Joe Biden hugs First Lady Jill Biden as son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley look on after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. (Andrew Harnik / AFP/Getty Images)

Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.

Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden on Wednesday are attending a service at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. With them are Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff.

President Trump said he thought the new administration would have “great success,” for which he claimed some credit.

Trump said the new administration has the “foundation to do something really spectacular.” He made brief farewell remarks at Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews before he boarded Air Force One for a flight to his Florida home.

Joe Biden becomes 46th president

President Biden stands alongside the Lincoln Memorial with a small crowd of reporters and TV camera operators.
President Biden addresses the nation at the "Celebrating America" concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington after his inauguration. (Joshua Roberts / Pool Photo)
On a White House balcony, Jill Biden holds both gloved hands open as Joe Biden points toward the sky.
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden watch fireworks from the White House. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
Fireworks are displayed over the White House as part of Inauguration Day ceremonies.
A fireworks display over the White House is part of Inauguration Day ceremonies for President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press )
Biden family members form a line with the president and first lady at the center.
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pose for a photo with family members at the "Celebrating America" concert at the Lincoln Memorial. (Joshua Roberts / Pool Photo)
Biden, at an ornate table, signs documents. Among those standing, socially distanced, is Kamala Harris.
Biden signs documents including Cabinet and sub-Cabinet nominations in the President's Room at the Capitol after the inauguration ceremony. (Jim Lo Scalzo / Associated Press)
Joe Biden hugs First Lady Jill Biden after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.
Joe Biden hugs First Lady Jill Biden as son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley look on after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. (Andrew Harnik / AFP/Getty Images)
Jill Biden holds a Bible, where Joe Biden places his left hand while holding up his right hand.
President Biden is sworn in as wife Jill looks on during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Joe Biden and wife Jill arrive for his inauguration.
Joe Biden and wife Jill arrive for his inauguration. (Chang W. Lee / AFP/Getty Images)
President Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
President Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

Kamala Harris sworn in

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president of the United States.
Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president while her husband, Doug Emhoff, watches on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Vice President Kamala Harris hugs her husband, Doug Emhoff.
Vice President Kamala Harris hugs her husband, Doug Emhoff, before Joe Biden is sworn in as president. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

Walk down Pennsylvania Avenue

President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden walk along Pennsylvania Avenue.
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walk along Pennsylvania Avenue with their family on their way to the White House. (Doug Mills / Pool Photo)

Words of wisdom

Poet Amanda Gorman prepares to speak at the inauguration of President Biden.
Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, of Los Angeles, prepares to read her work at the inauguration of President Biden. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Center stage

Lady Gaga talks with President Biden at his inauguration.
Lady Gaga talks with President Biden at his inauguration. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Capitol arrival

Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and their spouses, joined by two senators, walk into the Capitol for the inauguration.
From left, Doug Emhoff, incoming Vice President Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, incoming President Biden and Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) walk into the Capitol for the inauguration. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

Past presidents

Former President Obama arrives at the inauguration of President Biden.
Former President Obama arrives at the inauguration of President Biden. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush arrive at the inauguration of President Biden.
Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush arrive at the inauguration of President Biden. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Former President Clinton with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden
Former President Clinton arrives with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the inauguration of President Biden. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

View from above

Guests and spectators attend the 59th presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.
Guests and spectators attend the 59th presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol. (Susan Walsh / AFP/Getty Images)

Outside the perimeter

Police block a street during protests in response to the inauguration of Joe Biden
Police block a street in Washington during protests in response to the inauguration of Joe Biden. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Protesters stand near the the perimeter of the Capitol grounds before the start of the 59th presidential inauguration.
Protesters stand near the the perimeter of the Capitol grounds before the start of the presidential inauguration. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as former Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton and their wives look on in Arlington, Va. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Joe Biden and wife Jill attend services at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend services at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle with congressional leaders before his inauguration. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

National Mall

U.S. flags, representing those who could not attend the inauguration due to COVID requirements, at the National Mall.
U.S. flags, representing those who could not attend the inauguration because of COVID-19 requirements, flutter in the wind at the National Mall. (Roberto Schmidt / AFP/Getty Images)
National Guard members look on as U.S. flags adorn the "Field of Flags" at the National Mall.
Members of the National Guard look at the "Field of Flags" at the National Mall ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony in Washington. (Tasos Katopodis / Associated Press)

All masked up

Sen. Ted Cruz and an Alaska woman wear masks on Inauguration Day
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), left, arrives at the inauguration. Right, Dorothy Colegrove of Anchorage tries to catch a glimpse of President-elect Joe Biden as he leaves an early morning church service in Washington. (Drew Angerer; Jacquelyn Martin / Getty Images; Associated Press)

Security on high alert

Police officers walk along the inauguration parade route in front of the White House.
Police officers walk along the inauguration parade route in front of the White House. (Mark Makela / Getty Images)

Trump departs White House

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way to Marine One as they depart the White House.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way to Marine One as they depart the White House for the final time. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)
Marine One with President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump aboard flies past the Washington Monument.
Marine One, carrying outgoing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, flies past the Washington Monument as it departs the White House before President Biden's inauguration. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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