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inauguration party will start right now in the washington d.c. called celebrating america. both president biden and vice president harris are expected to speak. lester holt is next with nightly news. >> have a good evening.
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. the celebration scaled back due to covid. a startling contrast of the deadly time donald trump the first out going president did not attend the inauguration president biden in the oval office, the challenges, dealing with the pandemic
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for the first time over a century, the out going president. >> we love you, we'll
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be back in some form president trump speaking early this morning. >> it is my greatest honor and a privilege to be your president i wish the new administration -- >> joe biden and his wife jill
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that's president of the united states, joseph r. biden. lady gaga singing the national anthem. the first woman of color. the first woman ever to become america's vice president and at8:58
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the oldest man taking oath joe biden sworn in as the 46th president then president biden's message to americans >> this is a democracy's day. today of history and hope of renewal. >> blasting the attack on the capitol we must confront and we'll defeat >> and taking subtle shots at former president rump
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president biden acknowledging the country is hopeful for the vaccine but still weeping at our pandemic >> and a call to unite a deeply divided america. >> we must end this civil war. red against blue or rural verses urban conservatives and liberals we can do that we can do this if we open our souls >> a virtual party across america and this powerful message from a standing president today. >> there was always light. if only we were brave enough to see it if only we are brave enough to be in it ♪ >> later, the president revealing the troops then with the president laying the wreath at the national cemetery. tonight a new president in the west wing revealing more of
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what president trump wrote. >> it is private, i will talk about it >> reporter: joe biden's beloved son, beau biden, died >> that's how it is
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when we live for one another. >> it is now my friends. democracy has prevailed. >> enough of us come together to carry all of us forward. >> today on this january day. bring americans together, uniting our people and unite our nation >> president called it
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a significant possibility and he's already getting to work here is kristen we welker >> reporter: president biden in the oval office already getting to work, reversing the policies of president trump including ending the capital ban of muslim ban >> there are so much to do. >> reporter: then there is a plan of the covid relief package including payments to direct families and americans. the president also says to end construction on the border wall.
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in the midst of biden -- >> kristin, president trump is still making headlines. >> reporter: steve bannon's and his pardon >> reporter: kamala harris making history as the first woman of color to be vice president. >> so help me god.
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>> the first black woman and first black and indian american as the united state senator and the first black woman as vice president. >> she's a daughter of immigrant parents. >> when she came here to the united states, she could not imagine this moment. >> people are watching >> i have never done anything like this before >> i have four girls >> what does it mean
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personally >> what does it say about the future >> i want my daughter to know that the sky is the limit we are ready the country is ready >> while i am the first vice president in the white house, i will not be the last nbc news as you are watching all this unfold today is our andrea mitchell and mic michael besclosh >> one thing joe biden made clear is he always believed that he's bringing the country together and repairing the country of the last four years of divisive. the question i have is
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will repub republicans -- they did come together for barack obama will they do it for him?
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the peaceful transfer of power is the corner stone of our democracy. this is nothing like we have seen before here is savannah guthrie. an atmosphere, lawmakers and the president moving on. every four year in office -- >> this is nothing less american.
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>> your success is the country's success, i am rooting hard for you. it could not have been pleasant for any of them our democracy is better for their
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grace. president obama made it shown for his support. >> what an important symbol >> you have to go back to 1860. 150 years streak now broken >> historians can describe how different this inauguration is >> the moment that we can't take for granted. sf interesting to look back mike pence did come. people are trying to move forward up next, the critical test
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president biden immediately faced.
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>> reporter: the first covid cases involving many lives 100 million americans
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in the next 100 days on the mask challenge. the president asked all americans to wear a mask the next 100 days, the deadliest day of the pandemic. miguel almaguer. nbc news, los angeles. >> hundreds of thousands of jobs were last president biden proposed for $1,400 stimulus check for families jo lynn kent, nbc news record turn out on black voters and including here in georgia. the president signed
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an executive order focusing on agencies coming up with plans addressing inequalities >> nbc news. president biden's task on the world. richard engel is in london >> good evening. >> reporter: president biden want to engage on the world focus on the security of washington, a way to show that the united states is -- it was more about healing our international relations. >> thank you, richard. >> up next is our final thought on this day.
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. on this inauguration day, all of us together as one nation across the country. #. >> i am joe r. biden solemnlyswear.
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>> president biden, reminded us of our wounded country. >> he may or may not be the person you want to lead our country but he is the leader that we have and we desperately need him to be good this is the inauguration and in time of no others. that's "nightly news" on this wednesday, i am lester holt, thank you for watching everyone please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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this is democracy's day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve, through a the ages and america has risen to the challenge. today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, the cause of democracy. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for being with us for this special two-hour edition of nbc bay area news, inauguration night is in

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