In an inauguration scaled back first by the pandemic and then by security concerns related to the attack at the Capitol earlier this month, President Biden continued with one inaugural tradition on Wednesday: exiting the presidential limo and strolling down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House.
Leading to the inauguration, it was not clear whether Mr. Biden would take the customary walk, which began in 1977 when Jimmy Carter unexpectedly exited his limousine. After a mob stormed the Capitol last week, security experts warned of threatened attacks, leading to concerns over Mr. Biden strolling in open blocks of Washington.
Mr. Biden was surrounded by his family, including his wife, Jill, and his children and grandchildren. He gave a fist bump to a spectator, stopped for an interview with a journalist and ran over and greeted Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington.
The president then entered the White House grounds for the first time since he won the election in November. His predecessor, former President Donald J. Trump, did not invite him for a customary visit leading to the inauguration.
About 15 minutes later, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, exited their limo and walked along the parade route with their family.
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