Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Flawless Ceremonies:
Inauguration: Day of Celebration, Inspiration under Bright D.C. Skies

It's official now: President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a man of considerable experience, and Vice President Kamala Harris--the first woman, first black, first Asian, first Jamaican. Biden, Harris and guests were brought by motorcade to the Capitol, escorted through the Capitol and back out the other side where the inauguration ceremonies took place. 

The former presidents were there except for Donald J. Trump, his wife Melania; Jimmy Carter, 96, and his wife, Rosalyn, 93, who declined to attend because of age and the pandemic. Musical guests included Lady Gaga, Jaylo, Garth Brooks, and the Marine Band. Another highlight was 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman who captured the moment with her poetic composition entitled “The Hill We Climb.”

About halfway through his inauguration speech, President Joe Biden said something very important about the work of Washington -- and how he envisions his presidency.*

"Politics doesn't have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path," Biden insisted. "Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war."*

If you blinked, you might have missed it. But that line -- and the sentiment behind it -- functions not only as a rejection of the political worldview of his predecessor in office but also as the core belief that underpins Biden's entire theory of the presidential case.*

There was a respectful visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier followed by the new President walking to the White House and the new Vice President walking to Old Executive Office Building where her ceremonial office is located.
* Courtesy of CNN

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