Democrat Joe Biden will officially replace Donald Trump as the President of the United States on Wednesday. Mr Biden will be sworn in as the 46th P
Democrat Joe Biden will officially replace Donald Trump as the President of the United States on Wednesday. Mr Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President in a stripped down service, due to the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic and possible violence from far-right activists. He has urged his supporters not to travel to Washington DC and to instead celebrate virtually.
Mr Biden will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts in front of the US Capitol building.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will then be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Mr Biden and Ms Harris, along with their partners Jill and Doug Emhoff, will lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
They will be joined by former Presidents and First Ladies Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
As Americans have already started celebrating a new chapter for US history, reports shedding light on Mr Biden’s relationship with Mrs Clinton – the 2016 democratic nominee – have resurfaced.
During President Obama’s first term, the two reportedly developed a kinship — cultivated during weekly breakfast meetings.
However, a former top adviser to Mr Obama told POLITICO: “He really likes her personally, but there’s been always an undercurrent of resentment.”
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson added: “Friendly, correct, but not warm.
“When politicians have presidential races on their mind, you never get too warm or close because you know that you may be in a contest.”
Before 2008, Mr Biden even took a brutal swipe at the former First Lady and her husband, former US President Bill Clinton.
Mr Biden’s name appears nowhere in the index of Mrs Clinton’s pre-2008 memoir “Living History”.
Mr Biden returned the favour in his own campaign-year autobiography “Promises to Keep”, referring to her only once, and then in relation to Bill Clinton as merely the “President’s wife”.
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Their relationship might have also been further strained in 2016 – when Mr Obama reportedly favored Mrs Clinton over him.
In his memoirs, published in 2017, Mr Biden said that Mr Obama repeatedly discouraged him from running for US President five years ago.
He said that Mr Obama’s pollster effectively told him he had “no real path to the nomination” and that running for the White House would “rock the boat”.
Eventually, Mr Biden declined to enter the race because of his son Beau’s death from cancer, clearing the way for Mrs Clinton to clinch the Democratic nomination.
Mr Biden wrote: “In January 2015, the President was convinced I could not beat Hillary, and he worried that a long primary fight would split the party and leave the Democratic nominee vulnerable in the general election.”
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He described a private lunch where Mr Obama called the presidency “the most confining thing in the world” and said he was looking forward to leaving politics, adding: “Joe, have you focused on that?”
At another lunch between the pair, Mr Biden snapped at Mr Obama’s probing, saying: “Look, Mr President, I understand if you’ve made an explicit commitment to Hillary and to Bill Clinton.”
Mr Biden also summarised advice given by Mr Obama’s own “trusted” pollster.
He wrote: “The message I took from that meeting was that Hillary’s poll numbers, her money, and her campaign organisation were just too formidable.
“I had no real path to the nomination, so why rock the boat and complicate things for the party?”
Mr Biden said he “never took issue” with Mr Obama’s stance, but made clear he believed he would have stood a better chance than Mrs Clinton of defeating Mr Trump.