The committee, which is tasked with raising money and organizing inaugural events, promises that in its planning it will prioritize “keeping people safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19 while engaging all Americans.”
Tony Allen, who worked as Biden’s speechwriter when he was senator, will take the helm as CEO. Allen, who the inauguration team says will serve in his personal capacity, is currently president of Delaware State University, an HBCU.
Maju Varghese will serve as CEO. Varghese was chief of operations and senior adviser in Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020, beginning in the primary election.
Erin Wilson and Yvanna Cancela will both serve as Deputy CEOs. Wilson comes to the position with experience serving on Biden̵
The team, which consists of both women and people of color, is extremely diverse and falls in line with Biden’s promise to build a team that reflects the country.
“I hope the president is there on the opening day,” Senator Roy Blunt, the Republican in Missouri in charge of overseeing the January inauguration, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday.
The inauguration of the city will take place on January 20th. As described in the US Constitution, power is transferred at. 12 the day after the President has taken the oath.
While the construction of the parade platform for Biden’s inauguration festivals is already well underway in Washington, people in charge of planning the event are preparing on a very different stage than previous inaugurations. The expectation is that the event itself will be smaller and the participants will have to wear masks and maintain social distance within the ticket parameters. It is expected that the platform will host far fewer than 1,600 people, and there is also ongoing discussion about requiring Covid-19 tests for anyone who will be standing on the main platform near the elected president, who is 78.
Biden said over the summer that he did not want to wear a mask to his inauguration ceremony, and an aide tells CNN that this is still the president-elect’s preference. The congressional committee decided that everyone should follow the guidelines for mask and social distancing.
And the chorus, which is usually placed on rafters behind the president, may not happen at all, according to an aide. The Marine Band, which has played at every inauguration since 1801, is still scheduled to attend.