Coverage of the 59th presidential inauguration begins at 7 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the United States Capitol with the swearing in of Kamala Harris as vice president and Joe Biden as president just before 9 a.m.
The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution, ratified in 1933, states that the terms of the sitting president and vice president end at noon on Jan. 20 following the previous November’s election.
And since the Constitution couldn’t be more East Coast, you know they mean Eastern time, right? That’s 9 a.m. Pacific time for all of us West Coasters.
In order to assure that the new president and vice president are in place, they are sworn in just before noon Eastern.
Opening remarks generally begin around 8:30 a.m. Pacific, with the swearing-in ceremonies to follow.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will swear in Kamala Harris as vice president, and…