Inauguration Day open Thread

by Mémé

I grew up in the District of Columbia and my mother worked on Constitution Avenue near the Capitol. It was a city holiday. Schools were closed. I used to go in with her to experience the pomp and circumstance and grandeur of the transition of power.

82 thoughts on “Inauguration Day open Thread

  1. Mike Pence is making a graceful and dignified exit. He left a note for Kamala, he’s attending the inauguration, etc.

  2. US troops have been sleeping in the Capitol and closing down streets for days. How much of that is typical for elections and how much of it is a response to recent right wing violence and threats the FBI has warned of for the last couple of years?

  3. A benefit of Wednesdays being asynchronous learning days, my history loving kid can watch the inauguration live.

  4. I admit to getting teary-eyed during ceremonies like this. I already have a couple of times this morning.

    I am getting a chuckle out of the lectern-wiper guy, though! I wonder who he is.

    Also, that was some eagle on Lady Gaga’s top. Didn’t love her outfit, but my gosh can she sing.

  5. The NYT was showing a super cute baby in a plaid coat and bonnet!

    Lady Gaga was great! Although they changed the meter of the Star Spangled Banner in a weird way.

  6. Lady Gaga’s dress is really no weirder than the one Kellyanne wore at Trump’s inauguration.

  7. Anon: it is almost entirely due to the recent attack on the Capitol.

    And my lord can those ladies sing! You really cannot hide when you’re solo on a mike like that, no dancing or fireworks as distraction.

  8. I love seeing the ex-Presidents together.

    I loved Biden’s speech even though I missed part of it to take a call.

    “Anon: it is almost entirely due to the recent attack on the Capitol.”

    And Covid of course.

    “The Youth Poet Laureate is amazing.”

    Yes!

  9. Michelle Obama looks great as usual, and so does Laura Bush. Not caring for the purple ruffly scarf that Hillary has on.

    And clothing aside, I did get a bit choked up by the photo of Biden and Obama fistbumping, as well as this one
    https://www.fccnn.com/incoming/6849336-amdihy-Inauguration-of-Joe-Biden-as-the-46th-President-of-the-United-States/alternates/BASE_LANDSCAPE/Inauguration%20of%20Joe%20Biden%20as%20the%2046th%20President%20of%20the%20United%20States

  10. Whether or not you agree with Biden, he’s trying to bring people together instead of dividing them.

  11. Amanda Gorman (Poet Laureate) was awesome. I was just as happy to see Pence there today. My feelings about seeing Harris would have bene the same if she was a Republican. I was thrilled to finally see a woman!

    DD lost her flex Wednesday this week due to the holiday on Monday. She was scheduled to have a full day of school today, but a couple of her teachers said they would be out today so I let her stay home and I am really glad that I did because her math teacher didn’t even hold a zoom. She was able to watch with us and I am happy that we were able to watch together.

  12. My kid had zoom school through the whole thing, and I got sidetracked writing Python code. I am catching up now. Lady Gaga did a great job with the anthem. She is such a good singer.

  13. I missed the beginning of the inauguration due to meetings. I loved Amanda Gordan’s verses. I had to go back and watch Lady Gaga sing. I loved that eagle pin ! It’s so big, it can be seen ;-)

  14. I love all governmental pomp and circumstance. No matter the party I love watching official government ceremonies. I love seeing all the former presidents together. Amanda Gorman stole the show IMO.

  15. The music was beautiful…Lady Gaga, Garth, JLo…great celebration even with Covid and all of the other security issues. I thought it was great that they had the nurse from Detroit sing Amazing Grace at the ceremony last night.

  16. Weepy, like NoB. I thought J Lo was terrific. The poet read her work beautifully. Lady Gagas hair immediately evoked for me Betsy Ross in her bonnet. I just assumed that was intentional. The matching gold mic to the pin was a bit much for me. The speech was appropriate and brief.

  17. I missed Amanda Gorman to take a call, so I went back to watch her. Wow!

    Ivy – thanks for mentioning the flag. I put ours out after your post, and just now I looked down the street, and many others did the same.

  18. “I admit to getting teary-eyed during ceremonies like this. I already have a couple of times this morning.”

    Same NOB. Garth in jeans – Love it!

  19. He looks like he is going out to chop wood.

    He does look very VT. In fact according to the google Bernie is so VT he drives a Subaru Forester.

  20. I loved Amanda Gorman’s yellow coat. Unfortunately, little opportunity to wear a formal winter coat where, I live. My reddish coat is still going strong.

  21. Michelle Obama looked so good, but she always looks great (IMHO). I love her clothes, but I am too short to even try some of the same looks. Laura Bush has a very different style, but I think it is quiet style that is right for her.

  22. DD said she knew of Amanda Gorman prior to today. They learned about her in school this year. She said Ms. Gorman had a speech impediment so she turned to writing as a way to express herself. I am constantly amazed by what I learn from my kid!

  23. MM, Karen Pence is three years older than her husband. It must be like my college reunions – most of the women look younger than the men. It is easy to look younger if you use hair color and/or get skin treatments. make up etc. He still has hair, but it is challenging to look “young” when you have the silver/white hair.

  24. I think Mother is older than Pence. She looked good.

    I thought Lady Gaga’s outfit was great. Michelle and Laura looked lovely as usual. I didn’t love Hillary’s outfit, but the color was nice and her hair looked great. Bill does not look good. Amanda Gorman’s coat was spectacular. Bernie looked like Bernie. Eugene Goodman, the Capitol police officer who stopped the insurrectionists and escorted Harris, looked great.

    It was a great Inauguration. Hopeful and peaceful.

  25. Bernie in his LL Bean parka! It’s perfectly in character.

    DS watched Biden’s speech in ELA class & then had to write about it for an assignment. They are doing a speech unit, so it fits, but I’m glad he was able to watch it.

    Bill Clinton looks better now than he did 30 years ago. I guess money and a vegan diet go a long way! Agreed that all the former first ladies looked great – I kinda loved Hillary’s purple pantsuit – it is totally her style. They really all have different styles, but they all fit their personalities, including Laura Bush’s understated, warm, more traditional style.

  26. I stand corrected regarding the bird on Lady Gaga’s dress. It was a dove, not an eagle.

  27. The TV has been tuned to CNN all day, so every time I walk by I catch a few minutes. I love all the flags waving in the wind on the National Mall. Each time they show that image I smile. And, I wish Biden would have worn a hat. If any President could bring back the gentleman’s hat, it would be Biden.

    The Bernie images are cracking me up. If anyone could capture the spirit of the grumpy old men in my family, it is Bernie.

  28. Just got up and am delighted to find that fashion is the most interesting part of the day’s events. Michelle is channelling Shaft, and doing it impeccably (as she does all things).

  29. I am in awe of Amanda Gorman. Ignoring that I could not write as well as her, 22-yr old me would never have had the composure she showed. Just wow! And 22-yr old me was at the bar where Garth got his start – I remember seeing the sign outside and wondering if Garth Brooks was a person or a band.

    I thought everyone did a good job today, and was surprised about how strongly proud and patriotic I felt during Kamala’s swearing in. I love her joy and enthusiasm. I just really enjoyed everything about today.

  30. “I am in awe of Amanda Gorman. Ignoring that I could not write as well as her, 22-yr old me would never have had the composure she showed. Just wow! And 22-yr old me was at the bar where Garth got his start – I remember seeing the sign outside and wondering if Garth Brooks was a person or a band.”

    a. I know, right?
    b. I am SO jealous!!

  31. ” I love all the flags waving in the wind on the National Mall. Each time they show that image I smile.”

    I agree completely! It was actually a perfect way to deal with the lack of crowds. Really beautiful!

    “I thought everyone did a good job today, and was surprised about how strongly proud and patriotic I felt during Kamala’s swearing in. I love her joy and enthusiasm. I just really enjoyed everything about today.”

    Me too. I was going to put my TV away after the official ceremony, but I’m really enjoying watching all the rest of it in the background to my workday – the former Presidents at Arlington, the slow parade, etc.

  32. Bernie’s mittens couldn’t’ be more Bernie:

    “Bernie’s mittens are made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vt,” Cramer wrote on Twitter. “She gave them to him 2+ years ago and was surprised when he began wearing them on the campaign trail. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles.”

    https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2021/01/20/inauguration-day-bernie-mittens-vermont-senator-sanders-meme/4231629001/

  33. I thought the inauguration was wonderful. +100 to all the comments about the poet Amanda Gorman. Wow.

    p.s. NOB – re Hamilton – I saw Amanda Gorman responded to a tweet from Lin Manuel Miranda asking if he caught the two Hamilton references in her poem :-)

  34. “I was going to put my TV away after the official ceremony”

    You put your TV away when you’re not watching it?

    We just turn ours off. Sometimes we don’t even do that.

  35. We enjoyed watching the program last night, but we couldn’t stop laughing from some of the Bernie memes that we were seeing on social media.

    The weather person was just giving the forecast for next week and I hope it holds because DD has her road test at the end of the week. A storm is expected in the early part of the week, but I didn’t see any snow in the forecast for her test day. I assume the DMV would cancel the test if there is snow and she probably would have to wait a while for a new date if it is canceled for any reason.

  36. DD wanted to discuss the fashion choices at the inauguration especially which colors flatter different skin tones. Our discussion shifted to prom dresses in a normal future.
    I have the Bernie mittens in a different color. Mine were bought at a church stall in support of artisans. They are very warm and I prefer them to gloves. I guess I am in good anti fashion company now.

  37. Lauren, it snowed the night before my road test and I took it in 6 inches of snow. Of course that was over 30 years ago.

  38. DD, we had one large snowstorm and she didn’t want to drive in the snow so she doesn’t have any experience with driving in the snow. The state test is on real roads and she has to parallel park so I hope there isn’t snow or ice near the curb. I hope she can parallel park without the camera. I still think this is a dumb requirement since every car sold in the US is required to have a rear camera, but the NY road test hasn’t changed in decades.

  39. When did they enact a requirement to have a rear camera? My Subaru does not have one. We have one on the minivan but I don’t use it for parking because it doesn’t give me a good view. I mostly use it when backing out of the driveway to make sure there are no kids suddenly popping into my path.

  40. Backup camera requirements were instituted for cars manufactured after May 2018.

    Don’t know why I remembered that.

  41. Ditto to the comments to take young drivers to an open parking lot or other such area to practice accelerating, sharp turns and skidding in the snow. We have done that for both kids in all vehicles we own, so that they can get a feel for snow in a safe area before they encounter it on the road. Also, it is a lot of fun and a great bonding experience.

    It was a challenge for us to find the opportunities to do it. We seem to have fewer large snowfalls, and our plow crews do ‘too good’ of a job during storms getting the lots cleared out quickly.

    We bought an old pickup two years ago, it’s very convenient to have when you do a lot of home improvement work on your own and it fits all three bikes for those times that we get one of the kids to go mountain biking with us. It’s a 2001 Ford F150 rear wheel drive, and it’s terrifying to drive in the snow. Having the kids drive it in the snow is like an on-road episode of scared straight.

  42. In the 70s, my sister and I could practice driving on Sundays at Stanford Shopping Center. Now there’s never a time or day when that parking lot is empty. The Palo Alto nostalgia group on Facebook has mourned this too.

  43. We used church parking lots to practice. During a snowstorm, in the neighborhood, were the best time. Plows hadn’t come yet and no else is out. As a teen, most of my driving was in the local neighborhoods and to and from high school. I practiced that route a lot.

  44. DD – were you in NJ when you took your test? Did you have to go to the test site in Lodi? Did they plow the course for you? That’s where I took my test 20+ years ago.

    I love playing in the snow with my cars and trucks. They plow terribly in my neighborhood and I have a few curves leading to my house, so I always let go a bit to slide around the curves.

  45. Rhode, yes, I took it at the Lodi course. From what I remember, they did plow it but there was still quite a bit of snow around. The parallel parking was a challenge but he let me take a second shot at it and I got it.

  46. DD – I think I had to parallel park on that course between two school buses! I’m still amazed at that course. When I describe it to friends, they are amazed because their road test was on a road. :)

  47. Until a minute or so ago, I’d only thought of Lodi as a place in the CA central valley. I’d assumed CCR was singing about that place.

    Is the Lodi in NJ pronounced the same as the Lodi in CA?

  48. @Finn – We have a spare TV in the crawl space (closet under the stairs, not creepy critter area), which I got out yesterday. Mostly we use it to watch TV outdoors – we had a few “viewing parties” on the deck last summer. I don’t usually have a TV in my office (by choice), so after the inuguration coverage, I put it back in the crawl space.

    I practiced driving in the empty HS parking lot. Church parking lots would be a good idea too. Around here, I wonder if we could use one of the stadium parking lots.

  49. Finn, I don’t know how the one in CA is pronounced. The one in NJ is load-eye.

    Rhode, I don’t know anyone outside of NJ who took their road test on a course.

  50. I never had to take a road test with the DMV. The certification of passing Driver’s Ed through school was enough to graduate from a permit to a license in Iowa in the 90’s. (don’t know if that is still true)

  51. @Finn –

    Yes, pretty much. Ceiling might even be lower if there is a landing in-between floors rather than a staircase going straight up.

Comments are closed.