'Never been more optimistic': speeches, songs and celebrations cap Biden's inauguration day – live

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2.11am GMT

We’re now into the capstone of a secure (thanks to nearly 25,000 National Guardsmen), surprisingly smooth inauguration day in Washington: the 90-minute celebrity extravaganza known as “Celebrating America,” a collection of music performances, tributes to America’s essential workers, and nods to better days ahead.

We are excited to kick off our Celebrating America program tonight, hosted by @TomHanks! pic.twitter.com/lYWfAkDUtB

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“I’ve never been more optimistic about America than I am this very day,” Biden said.

“Because of you, democracy has prevailed. That’s why Jill and I, Kamala and Doug, wanted to make sure that our inauguration was not about us, but about you, the American people,” he said.

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