Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, in a video posted on her Twitter account on Monday (January 17) night, thanked supporters two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are sworn into office.
Harris, 56, made history becoming the first woman, first Black American and first Asian American to win the second-highest U.S. office.
In the video, Harris said she and Biden were ready to get to work and thanked supporters for their role in the campaign.
“We know what you can do and we will need your help in the months, in the years ahead. Winning this election was not the end of our work in many important ways, It was just the beginning. And President-elect Biden and I look forward to working with you every step of the way to usher in a brighter future for all Americans, especially those whose voices have not always been heard,” Harris said in the two-minute long video.
Biden and Harris will be sworn into office on Wednesday (January 20) on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Attendance for the event is limited, with festivities expected to be mostly virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened security put in place after the storming of the Capitol on January 6th by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.
Central Washington is an armed fortress, fenced off with razor wire and surrounded by 25,000 National Guard troops ahead of the inauguration, a stark contrast to previous inaugurations when the United States capital erupted in days of celebration.
“I know this Inauguration Day may look a little different from years past, a lot different, but let’s take a moment. Let’s all take a moment to celebrate and then let’s get to work building the America we know is possible,” Harris said.
Pop stars Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are scheduled to perform at the inauguration, which will see Biden sworn in as the 46th U.S. President and Harris as the first female Vice President.
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