9 important people who weren’t at President Joe Biden’s inauguration

President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (2021 Getty Images)

We saw many recognizable faces Wednesday at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, but there were many people -- some quite notable -- who were not in attendance.


1. President Donald Trump: He announced on Twitter ahead of the inauguration that he would not be attending, and he stuck to his word.

He’s the first outgoing president who chose not to attend the ceremony since President Andrew Johnson’s refusal in 1869.

2. President Jimmy Carter: We typically see most of the former living presidents in attendance, but Carter, at 96, did not attend.

3. Sen. Thom Tillis: Citing a recent surgery, the senator notified the Biden administration he would not be in attendance.

4. Rep. Ron Wright: Wright is quarantining at home after being exposed to COVID-19 recently. He made the announcement on his website:


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