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.
As he greeted Vice President Kamala Harris before the ceremony, he gave her a fist pump and said ‘so proud of you’, according to E! News.
Barack Obama shared this touching picture with his former VP Biden on Wednesday
Obama congratulated Biden just hours before his inauguration
As he greeted Vice President Kamala Harris before the ceremony. Obama gave her a fist pump and said ‘so proud of you’, as pictured above on Wednesday morning
Biden greets former U.S. President Barack Obama as he arrives for his 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.’
Former US President George W Bush (left), Jym Clyburn from South Carolina (center) and Former US President Bill Clinton (right) are seen during the Biden inauguration
Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive at the U.S. Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday
Hillary Clinton had shared a celebratory message for Biden and Harris on Wednesday
Hillary posted a pictured on Biden offering his support during her own campaign
The former Secretary of State also praised Harris as the first woman elected Vice President
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.
The trio marked a standing against now former President Trump who defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite losing the popular vote.
Trump’s contempt for Obama and birther claims helped fuel the president’s rise while Bush had been astonished by some of Trump’s rhetoric in his inaugural address four years ago.
Bush’s own dynasty fell victim to Trump’s political attacks on his brother, Jeb.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush as they arrive to the inauguration
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 George W. Bush and Laura Bush are shown to their seats ahead of the ceremony
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.
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.
Former President George W. Bush, from left, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama ahead of the ceremony
The Clintons wave to other attendees as they are introduced ahead of the ceremony
Former president Bill Clinton give a thimbs up ahead of the inauguration
Hunter Biden and Barbara Bush arrive during the inauguration of Joe Biden
Biden addressed the country for the first time as president and declared to the nation that ‘democracy has prevailed’ – after a chaotic transition where his predecessor denied his election win and never congratulated him on his win.
‘The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded,’ Biden said on the West Front of the Capitol just two weeks after MAGA riots threatened to stop the counting of the electoral votes for president in its tracks.
It came moments after Biden raised his hand and took an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution on Wednesday – starting his tenure amid a pandemic and putting an end to a tumultuous four-year term by President Donald Trump.