By Elaine Carlson

Today we are having our county's "59th Presidential Inauguration." We have all been waiting to see what a "Virtual Inauguration" will be like. Just think how unusual it will be for such a big event that the biggest presence in Washington DC will be the "National Guard" rather than the audience (the public who every time before always turned out in big numbers to watch the festivities).

As I write this, I am looking forward to hearing President Joe Biden's "Inauguration Speech" and wonder if it will contain any "Beware The Military Industrial Complex" or "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You …" statements.

The two speeches with those famous lines were given 61 years ago this week in 1961. President Dwight David Eisenhower gave his "Farewell Speech" on January 17 and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy gave his "inaugural Speech" on January 20.

It will be nice if we will be able see a news segment of Soho Karen in jail watching Joe Biden taking the "Oath of Office" on television.

2 PM January 20, 2021 "Inauguration Day"

Joseph Robinettte Biden said, "It's a new day."

I thought that was an unusual way to express happiness.

This morning I turned on NPR. I was all set to put in the final touches to the above which I mostly wrote yesterday. It wasn't that hard to listen to the "Pre-Inauguration Coverage" but listening wasn't easy either. It was difficult for me to be patient while waiting for the "59th Presidential Inauguration" to start.

I was surprised when Lady Gaga started to sing. She did a good job on the "National Anthem" and I liked the way she did it a lot better than other singers I have heard doing it.

When I looked online I appreciated the comment in "Buzz Feed" when Tanya Chen said, "I can't believe Joe Biden being inaugurated at a Lady Gaga Concert."

Well it was not just a "Lady Gaga Concert" – Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks also had singing roles. Lopez sang "This Land is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful." Brooks sang "Amazing Grace." All were good singers --- damn good singers.

Maybe we should say, "Joe Biden was inaugurated at a Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks Concert."

Biden had both "Protestants" and "Catholics" speak in the "Inauguration" but didn't give roles to any non-Christian religions. He showed that he thought there was no difference from directing people to pray than telling them to wear masks.

"Let's say a silent prayer for those who lost their lives and those left behind and for our county," he said. "Amen."

Biden wasn't fair when he invited some religions to participate in his celebration but not others. As a public official he doesn't have the right to decide which religions are good enough to participate in the public square and which ones are not. And the non-religious are citizens, too.

Biden's speech was not much different from a speech at a graduation. I guess many people would agree with me --- at least a majority of the people who graduated from elementary school, junior high school and high school and went to the three commencement ceremonies.

He said, "My fellow Americans, I close the day where I began, with a sacred oath before God and all of you. I give you my word, I will always level with you. I will defend the Constitution. I'll defend our democracy. I'll defend America and I will give all."

If he is serious when he said, "I will defend the Constitution" he will support and fight for the "Separation Between Church and State" (First Amendment).

He expressed his gratitude, "To all those who supported our campaign, I'm humbled by the faith you've placed in us."
That part of the speech which got the most media attention was when he extended the olive branch to the people who didn't want him to be President, "I pledge this to you: I will be a president for all Americans. All Americans. And I promise you I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as I do for those who did."

He devoted a good portion of his speech to talking about the importance of unity and about how bad he thought division is.

He said, "Without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward."

It is hard for me to guess what kind of President JRB is going to be just by listening to and reading his speech. I guess we just all have to wait to see what he does.

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