Former Presidents Arrive at the Capitol

Former presidents and their spouses have arrived at the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Former Presidents Arrive at the Capitol

Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, who campaigned for Mr. Biden, joined former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, and former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton on the west front of the Capitol. Former Vice President Dan Quayle was also in attendance.

Former President Jimmy Carter, who is 96 and a cancer survivor, said earlier this month that he would not attend. President Trump is not attending the inauguration.

Carter and his wife, 93-year-old Rosalynn Carter, have largely spent the coronavirus pandemic at their home in Plains, Georgia.

Carter had been the first former president to confirm that he was attending Donald Trump’s inaugural in 2017.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump departed Washington earlier Wednesday, skipping the Biden inaugural festivities and heading straight to their home in Florida. Trump is the first president since Andrew Johnson not to attend the inauguration of his successor.