'Congratulations, this is your time!': Barack sends Joe best wishes

'Congratulations, this is your time!': Barack sends Joe best wishes

January 20, 2021

‘Congratulations to my friend. This is your time’: Obama tweets his best to Joe with touching Oval Office throwback picture as he and Michelle arrive at inauguration

  • President Barack Obama shared a throwback on Wednesday morning to his time in the White House with Joe Biden as his VP
  • The touching photo shows the pair leaving the Oval Office with their arms around each other
  • ‘This is your time!’ he wrote in a Twitter message
  • Obama and two other former presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, are in attendance at Biden’s inauguration 

President Barack Obama sent best wishes to his former Vice President on Wednesday morning as he posted a celebratory message to Joe Biden ahead of his inauguration as the nation’s 46th president.

Obama shared a touching image of the pair during their time working together in his own administration, as they walked out of the Oval Office with their hands on each other’s backs.

‘Congratulations to my friend, President @JoeBiden! This is your time,’ he wrote. 

Obama is attending Wednesday’s inauguration alongside other former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. 

Barack Obama shared this touching picture with his former VP Biden on Wednesday

Obama congratulated Biden just hours before his inauguration

Barack and Michelle Obama arriving at Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday

Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush as they arrive to the inauguration

Former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also shared her congratulations to Biden as she posted a picture of them both from her own campaign. 

‘So excited to call these two wonderful people “Mr. President” and “Dr. Biden,’” she wrote in a tweet on Wednesday morning.

The former Secretary of State later shared an image of Kamala Harris in which she praised her for being the first woman to hold the role of Vice President.

‘It delights me to think that what feels historical and amazing to us today—a woman sworn in to the vice presidency—will seem normal, obvious, “of course” to Kamala’s grand-nieces as they grow up,’ Hillary wrote.

‘And they will be right.’

George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were first to arrive at the complex on Wednesday morning, several hours before Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.

Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton followed shortly thereafter, with each couple arriving in separate motorcades.

President Trump and former President Jimmy Carter, who at 96 is the oldest living president, are not attending. 

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.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush greet Rep. Steve Scalise

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as they are introduced Wednesday

Former Preisdent Obama waves to the crowds as he and Michelle arrive on Wednesday

President-elect Biden has arrived at the U.S. Capitol at around 10.30am ahead of his inauguration as the United States’ 46th president. 

Biden and his wife, Jill, arrived at the complex on Wednesday morning, about 90 minutes before his noon swearing-in ceremony. 

They were accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, and were greeted by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. 

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