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Michelle Obama, Jill Biden introduced

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Biden, have just arrived on the platform for the inauguration ceremony. The pair exchanged smiles and conversation with Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush.

Melania Trump and Karen Pence have also made their way to the platform.

Live coverage of Trump’s inauguration
The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.

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