Fact Check: Photo showing Biden's inaugural stage is from Clinton's 1993 inauguration ceremony

An aerial photo of the White House has gone viral on social media with the claim that it shows the stage being set up for US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  29 Nov 2020 9:04 AM GMT
Fact Check: Photo showing Bidens inaugural stage is from Clintons 1993 inauguration ceremony

Hyderabad: An aerial photo of the White House has gone viral on social media with the claim that it shows the stage being set up for US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.


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Fact Check:

The photo does not show the inaugural stage being set up for US President-elect Joe Biden. It is an old image from 1993.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same picture on a stock photo website Alamy. The caption read, "Aerial Photography, William J. Clinton Presidential Inauguration, aerial of White House." According to the Smithsonian Institution Archives the picture was taken in 1993.

Social media users are claiming that the viral photo shows Biden's inaugural stage, but it actually shows the 1993 viewing stand which is erected for every inauguration. The new President watches the inaugural parade on Pennsylvania Avenue from the viewing stand following the swearing-in ceremony.

Apart from this, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) that plans and executes the inaugural ceremonies of the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States has been sharing pictures of the preparation for the 59th inaugural ceremony. (Below are pictures of this year's inaugural set up)



Hence, the viral image is from 1993 and according to Wikimedia Commons, the image was taken by Carl Hansen. The claim that the photo shows the inaugural stage for Biden is FALSE.



Claim Review:photo shows the inaugural stage for Biden
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Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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