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(Mario Sorrentini for Instyle Magazine)
When the last four years have been engrossed by Trumpian catastrophe and neverending slews of disasters, it’s hard to believe we may exist in a time that our president has more than three brain cells.
But alas, the day has finally come. Let’s hope we get through it.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20th, President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into the White House. For many, it’s a fucking celebration! But while festivities are being planned, this year’s celebration is a muted one.
For one, Biden will be entering the presidency overwhelmed under the weight of the pandemic. Massive social gathers just aren’t a good idea right now. For another, there are lots of angry people wearing red hats walking around DC right now and we can't forget that just two weeks ago Trump’s beloved supporters organized a literal coup d’etat when they infiltrated Capitol grounds.
So, while we’re all happy to whip out the champagne and jam out to Gaga tonight, it might be a good idea to keep a watchful eye on DC happenings, as well. Or, just keep an eye on Rowdy. We’ll be your tour guides through the madness.
Here’s what to expect for today:
10:30 a.m. — The Inaugural Ceremonies
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on the West front of the US Capitol Building, officially ending Trump’s reign.
As his first order of business, Biden will then deliver his inaugural address in which he is said to explain his strategies to finally end this pandemic and work towards mending the divisions that have plagued this country for so long
2 p.m. — Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery
President-elect Biden, first lady Dr. Biden, Vice President-elect Harris and second gentleman Emhoff will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton. (Notice who they will not be joined by.)
3 p.m. — Presidential Escort
President-elect Biden will be escorted from 15th Street to his old home, the White House. He will be joined by every branch of the military.
Following the escort, a “Parade Across America” featuring performances shot from around the country will be televised.
8:30 p.m. — Celebrating America Primetime Special
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Inauguration will be having a 90-minute primetime special instead of its typical inaugural ball. Tom Hanks will be hosting the event with an interesting mix of rag tag friends including: Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, and Kerry Washington. Oh and Biden and Kamala will share some remarks, as well.
What's the latest:
Update at 9:31 p.m.
Joe Biden Speaks
Once again, Joe Biden said the presidency isn’t about him, reiterating his earlier claim that he represents a cause. This much is obvious in his base, if you can call it that, who did not raise his name. Instead, they uplifted ideals.
Tonight, “we” echoes on his speaker, which seems to be his rallying cry. His effort to unite the torn country begins by calling citizens “good” too, an antithesis to the swearing and shaming from Trump.
His speech this time was a few minutes, not 20. But his message was the same.
By Katie Delk
What's the latest:
Update at 9:02 p.m.
Celebrating America Special — Sweet or Cheesy?
It hasn’t even been 24 hours since Biden has become president, and he’s already putting in the work to heal divisions. And who better to do that with Tom Hanks as host!! (It’s as if we’ve come full circle from us realizing that covid is serious when Hanks tested positive… Is this our sign that shit might actually get better? That Rowdy might actually get some sleep??)
Instead of the usual Inaugural Ball, this year’s inauguration is having a “Celebrating America” Primetime Special in lieu of COVID-19 restrictions.
Through the night, we’ll hear from President Joe Biden, feels so good to say, and Vice President Kamala Harris again.
Right now though, the show feels like a show - sweet, but also, strangely scripted? But I will say, it’s nice to see diverse faces on the screen.