The inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th U.S. President?
Personally speaking, I did watch.
That in itself was unusual as watching any type of broadcast news isn't "my thing." Catching up on world events is done online while enjoying a cup of coffee first thing in the a.m. Anything that happened the day and night before is truly news to me.
That's what I had planned yesterday. My catch-up would be on Thursday morning.
Blame it on my car which had a service and inspection appointment yesterday morning.
Bringing along my tablet and audio book as
company distractions (waiting was possible with distancing) I settled into a reasonably comfortable chair. Very soon, my attention was diverted to the events playing out on the big screen TV in the room.
Admittedly, I concentrated on my own distractions and ignored the day's events, for a while. But after seeing the flags on the National Mall, I began actively listening to the commentary and my attention became fully focused on Washington, D.C.
What a difference 2 weeks had made.
Images of protestors climbing the walls of the Nation's Capitol and running rampant through it were so disturbing that watching news replays was painful. Yesterday, those images were replaced by the symbol of our nation, the Capitol, bedecked in red, white and blue colors.
Aside from the events on the Capitol steps and, not to take away from the significance and importance, of those processes, the sight that made such an impression on me was the Field of Flags on the National Mall.
These flags of different sizes and shapes represented every U.S. state and territory. The nearly 200,000 flags (191,500 to be exact, but who's counting) replaced the crowds of spectators that would normally fill the Mall on Inauguration Day. This year they could not attend not only due to the coronavirus pandemic but also tightened security measures in the wake of the Jan 6 rioting. (The above photo represents the scene well. The live TV views were even more incredible.)
Generally, my blog posts steer clear of topics that deal with heavier, and often, controversial topics such as religion, politics, national and world events. That said, I found myself so riveted, moved, and impressed that after the car service was done, I hurried home to continue watching until the event had ended.
Glad to have done that.
This important and impressive ceremony was accompanied by nearly perfect weather. Hopefully these are harbingers for much better times ahead for everyone — here in the U.S. and abroad.