On the eve of President Trump leaving the White House for good, and Joe Biden’s presidency beginning, the city of Washington, D.C. is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best on Inauguration Day.
the ceremony is going to be pared down significantly because of the ongoing pandemic and the concern about security and potential violence. Usually around 200,000 tickets are distributed to constituents and observers, but look for a crowd more like 2,000 people on Wednesday, and that includes about 200 VIP’s, which is essentially family members of the president-elect and vice president-elect, congressional leaders and diplomats.
In other words, it will look nothing like President Obama’s event in 2009, when it is estimated over half a million people were in attendance.
President Trump won’t be there Wednesday. On Tuesday he released his prerecorded farewell speech, where he touted his administration’s record during their four years of service, and wished the new administration good luck. “We did what we came here to do — and so much more,” Trump said in the address.
“This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck — a very important word,” Trump said.
Joe Biden will deliver his inauguration speech Wednesday and its expected that he will focus on talking about unity as the country is in the middle of one of the most messy transfers of power ever. Someone familiar with Biden’s planned speech told CNBC that it will last between 20 to 30 minutes.