Joe Biden and Donald Trump: same place but poles apart on inauguration day

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It is the same location and the same day - but most likely two very different US presidents.

Four years apart, these two images of Donald Trump and Joe Biden taking their oath on the steps of Capitol Hill on inauguration day.

As Mr Trump began under gloomy skies, his presidency ended under a dark cloud too, amid his claims of electoral foul play and the Capitol riots on January 6.

He is seen taking the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, as his wife Melania holds the Bible, and with his children Barron, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany.

Mr Biden, meanwhile, is seen ushering in a brighter future for many Americans, as he became the 46th president of the US.

Chief Justice John Roberts is again present as Jill Biden holds the Bible for the new president while their children, Ashley and Hunter, watch.

Here's another angle of them taking the oath ...


In the slider below you can see the two presidents giving their first address.


Mr Trump, unlike most departing presidents, decided not to attend the inauguration ceremony of Mr Biden in Washington, preferring to fly to his resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

It was the first time in 152 years that a departing president has not attended his successor's inauguration ceremony.

He gave a final speech as president before flying away aboard Air Force One.


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