Inauguration Day 2021

Michael Brown

       On January 20, 2021 The Presidential and Vice Presidential Inauguration was held in which President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were successfully sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and the 49th Vice President of the United States.  With a plummeting economy, a maximal decimation on hundreds of thousands of jobs leading to substantial unemployment rates, the unfortunate presence of civil turmoil feasting on racial inequities and failure to unified diversity among the minorities, a ravaging and deadly global pandemic that is responsible for 433,000+ deaths in the U.S, and 2.3 million deaths worldwide, the absence of political advisory and leadership, and ultimately a decaying democracy that has been casted into the darkest oblivion in our history.  An introduction to a new age is at hand, and the swearing in of a new administration of government officials to take the reigns of the nation and lead it to a more likeable direction is the start of such a journey.

       The swearing-in commencement took place on the West-Front of the Capitol building little before noon time.  President Joe R. Biden used a generational family bible that is said to be over a 100 years old for the taking of the oath of office, he was sworn in by Chief Justice of The Supreme Court, John Roberts.  Vice President Kamala D. Harris was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, serving as the country’s first female, Black, Asian American vice president.  The event was accompanied by approximately 1,000 socially distanced guests, including former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, attended the historic ceremony.  Former President Donald Trump was not present at the occasion, making him the first president to skip a successor’s Inauguration since Andrew Jackson in 1828. 

      The newly elected and sworn in President and Vice President concluded their Inauguration celebration with the grand physical walk in an orderly sequenced fashion from exiting their limousines, a walk around the perimeter of the White House while being briefed by reporters and supporters, then finally into the White House where they will be working behind close doors for the next 4 consecutive years.  The President will be living and operating in and out from the White House, while the Vice President will be residing at her official residence located on the northeastern grounds of the U.S Naval Observatory on Number One Observatory Circle 1 in Washington D.C.  Apart from the political genre of the Inauguration, it did have spectacular Pop-Culture elements to it too!  American singer-songwriter Garth Brooks performed “Amazing Grace”, he is known for performing at Obama’s Inauguration in 2009 and has sung in some capacity for every president since Jimmy Carter, with the exception of Ronald Reagan.  He is pretty notable for his performances at several presidential Inauguration ceremonies.  American singer-songwriter and worldwide controversial musical artist, Lady Gaga performed “The Star Spangled Banner” for the swearing-in around 11:30 am EST.  American singer Jennifer Lopez performed “This Land Is Your Land” and “America, The Beautiful.”  Firefighter Andrea Hall lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, read a poem.  Singer-songwriter Katy Perry performed her own song “Firework” at the event as well.  Other notable music figures that will be performing are Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi (who all performed at Obama’s 2009 Inauguration) all performed at Biden’s 2021 Inauguration.

       To end, President Joe Biden concluded Inauguration Day by signing a series of executive orders and implementing them as soon as they were signed.  His executive orders involved overturning and erasing Trump-administered policies and crafting new policies including the rejoinance of the World Health Organization (WHO), requirement of masks on federal property, the extension of foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, the freezing of student debt collection, the rejoinance of the Paris climate accords, revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and cancellation of other Trump administration energy rules, ban workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ employees, etc. President Joe Biden signed a total of 17 executive orders to culminate Inauguration Day.  To conclude, Inauguration Day served as such a vital and essential part of American Democracy since 1776, the birth of such a great and powerful nation it is today.  This Inauguration Day was the start of a new age because it brings the people of the U.S hope that the next presidential administration will be better than its predecessor, it brings hope that the nation will be far more modernized and advanced for our future generations, and at this time, it brings hope that this succeeding presidential administration will be compatible and competent with the revival of a decaying and faltering democracy, and show the world that country’s have the ability to endure through such devastational and tenebrosus times through the unificational power of the people and it’s governmental leadership.  Let’s hope for the resurrection of the U.S during the tenure of the new presidential administration.