Oddest Inauguration Ever

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Hannah McDermott | Patriots Freedom

I would be hard-pressed to narrow down the oddest moments of President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony. There were just so many of them. 

Let’s start with the military presence. 25,000 troops. . .for 2000 guests? Do I have that right? They needed 10 troops for every single guest? Really? I kept thinking, (since they apparently have the funds for these kinds of ratios in a Biden administration), “What if we had one teacher for every ten children in our public school classrooms? Wouldn’t that be something?” Or, “What if we had one lifeguard for every swimmer in our public pools?” Think of how many lives we could save! 

So, yeah, I thought that was a bit odd. Also high on my odd-meter was that random clip of poor Bernie sitting there all alone in his throw-away mask and striped gloves. I know that photo has made the rounds on the Internet (and I’m sure it makes for great memes) but I felt a little sorry for him. Was he thinking about how it should’ve been him up there, being sworn in? Maybe that’s why he looked so sad. 

Other strange moments from the day: 

  • Fences, barricades, and barbed wire. For a party that doesn’t believe in walls, they really outdid themselves. 
  • Flags. What they lacked in people, they more than made up for in flags. Betsy Ross flags. Racist Betsy Ross flags. 
  • Masks. Lots and lots of masks. 
  • Plexiglass. Lots of separation between participants so we can go on believing they’re attempting to be safe (while jamming all of those National Guard troops together to sleep in super-spreader style across hallway floors). 
  • Lady Gaga’s Princess Leia hair-do (May the force be with you!) and that massive gold bird on her chest. (Frankly, I liked her better in the meat dress.) 
  • Bill Clinton, dozing off during Biden’s speech. Oops. 
  • Justice Sotomayer mispronouncing Kamala’s name. Double Oops. 
  • That bizarre “Lucifer” subtitle in the middle of Biden’s speech. What?!
  • J Lo’s not-so-subtle nod to open borders in her song, “This Land is Your Land.” Slick. 
  • Our new First Lady, guiding her husband from place to place. 
  • And Biden’s speech: 

“My whole soul is in this, bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation, and I ask every American to join me in this cause. Uniting to fight the foes we face: anger, resentment and hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness, and hopelessness. With unity, we can do great things, important things.”

Kind of sounded like a repeat of everything President Trump said just yesterday. But, I digress. 

What I didn’t see at the inauguration today: 

Conservatives stirring up trouble/committing violent acts. Despite the media’s over-the-top attempts to portray Trump-followers as rabid, bloodthirsty terrorists, there wasn’t a radical right-winger to be found. There were, however, some left-wing folks stirring up trouble today in Seattle, but let’s just pretend we didn’t see that, okay? 

I also didn’t see President Trump at the inauguration. But that’s because he was making his triumphal entry into Florida, where he was surrounded on every side by massive crowds, as always. I guess we weren’t supposed to notice that. 

Maybe it’s a good thing that everything about this day was “off.” It made it seem less real and (frankly) I needed that weird mental escape, since I’ve been rather bummed about this whole transition. 

I’ll deal with the reality part later on. Right now, I’m still stuck on that weird gold bird on Lady Gaga’s chest. . .


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