Thirty-four years after first seeking the job, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th US president Wednesday, charting a new course to tackle COVID-19 and unite a splintered nation.
He, alongside, Kamala Harris who will make history as the nation’s first female Vice-President.
Biden, a 78-year-old former vice president and longtime senator, will take the oath of office at noon (1700 GMT) on the US Capitol’s West front, the very spot where pro-Trump rioters clashed with police two weeks ago before storming Congress in a deadly insurrection.
Some 25,000 troops will guard the inauguration ceremony in Washington DC, which has been fortified after a deadly riot at the Capitol earlier this month.
Donald Trump will leave the White House for the last time, bound for Florida.