My heart is full of joy,' - Biden-Harris supporter in DC
Several dozen people crammed around television screens outside a sports bar in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (January 20) to watch the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Together the crowd hung onto every word from the TV outside Penn Quarter Sports Tavern and jumped in applause as Biden and Harris were sworn in, less than a mile down the road on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building.
The massive crowds usually seen on presidential inaugurations were absent due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Americans had to watch proceedings from a distance.
"My heart is full of joy," Washington resident Patrice Johnson told Reuters outside the bar.
Graciela Arzola, a 39-year-old social worker, flew from Riverside, California on Tuesday just to see the inauguration, as close to in-person as she could.
"I had to be here," Arzola said, adding that her family tried to talk her out of the visit, citing danger after the storming of the Capitol two weeks ago by then-President Donald Trump's supporters that left five people dead, including a police officer.
Kevin Thomas, who works in housing in D.C. and attends Howard University where Harris went, was still trying to come to terms with the change in administrations.
Deme Gabaldon, a user experience researcher in Washington, D.C., said watching the inauguration gave her a sense of relief.
"It was nice to celebrate our country and be a little patriotic, and I haven't felt that in awhile," she said.