Joe Biden set to become 46th president of the United States

ABC News chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega previews the inauguration festivities live in Washington, D.C.
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Transcript for Joe Biden set to become 46th president of the United States
It certainly is. Inaugural unlike any other that has come before in so many ways. The tradition that won't be changed Biden will take the oath his hand on his family bible around noon. It comes on the steps of the capitol stormed by domestic terrorists just two weeks ago. That siege has the capitol and the country on high alert this inauguration day. 25,000 National Guard troops are patrolling the streets of Washington, D.C. And what a statement that is about our times. We need a force that size to protect the incoming president. Also we are standing by this morning as president Donald Trump is getting ready to leave the white house for the last time as president of the united States. He's going to be the first president not to attend the inauguration of his successor since Andrew Johnson in 1869 breaking tradition in so many ways. Last night he issued 73 pardons and 70 commutations including his former chief strategist Steve Bannon. We'll have more on that in a moment, Michael. Let's take a look at this remarkable image of the President-Elect and vice President-Elect along with their spouses overnight at the Lincoln memorial's reflecting pool. The 4 lights honoring the more than 400,000 people in this country who have died from covid-19, George. Because of that pandemic the mall will be filled with flags instead of people. That represents the lives lost and the crowds who cannot attend the inauguration today. Joe Biden will begin his day at Blair house across the street from the white house and our chief white house correspondent Cecilia Vega starts us off at the capitol. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: George, good morning to you. It is a very windy morning as you can see here. It is a very cold morning and as you said so much is different about what we will see here this morning but one tradition in this inauguration did stick. That is that overnight President-Elect soon to be president Joe Biden spent the evening at Blair house with his family across the street from the white house where they're waking up this morning and from that historic stop, this historic day begin, 9 first stop for the President-Elect soon to be president is going to go to churn. I've been talking with many Biden friends leading up to today and tell me one thing about him is certain, that he is very much a man of faith. He is, of course, a catholic and attends mass regularly. This is not a faith he wears on his sleeve, the second one in our country to be sworn in catholic and that speaks volumes about where this administration is headed. We are talking about a bipartisan group of friends who are going to be joining him. Top Republican leaders like Mitch Mcconnell, Kevin Mccarthy as well as Nancy Pelosi and chuck Schumer and when Biden arrives here on the hill for this ceremony, it won't look like the inaugurations that he has been to in the past. Fewer dignitary, no crowds as he will be sworn in by chief justice John Roberts at 12 noon sharp. Three former presidents, former first leads will be here to see had history being made, the Clintons, bushes and, of course, the Obamas. Jimmy Carter at 96 will not be here and, of course, as you said neither will president trump, the first president in more than 150 years to refuse to attend his successor's inauguration. There will not be a parade but the president and first lady and kamala Harris will be escorted down Pennsylvania avenue by their ALMA mater marching bands, normally we'd see balls and huge parties at night. That is not going to be happening here this year. There will be a show hosted by Tom Hanks and a number of other celebrities including a musical performance by folks like Jon bon jovi. We appreciate you laying out the day. You are getting right to work as our new chief white house correspondent and after Joe Biden is sworn in he will get right to work as well. Reporter: He will, robin. This tells you where his priorities are headed. The first thing, this national mask mandate and will require them to be worn on federal properties and interstate highways and a lot of action on covid relief out of the gate and something he talked a lot about during his campaign, immigration. We are going to see him promise a proposed path to citizenship for those 11 million undocumented people in our country and wants to sign this executive order to protect dreamers, George, those young people who were brought to the country illegally as children. Okay, Cecilia, thanks very much. Let's bring in Jon Karl for more

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