Today's historic inauguration was a long time in the making. No, seriously y'all. It was a long, long time in the making. This needs to be fact checked officially, but the previous administration seems to have lasted four scores and seven years, the election season lasted one full decade, and the period between the election and the inauguration of Joe Biden was approximately eighty-four years, the same amount of time old Rose waited before telling her story aboard the Titanic.
But Inauguration Day has come, and while the pandemic and a general unease about domestic terrorism are keeping scores of people from in-person attendance in Washington D.C., the world is watching from home. And when we're all at home, phones in hand, we hit social media to offer jokes, sweet sentiments, and hot takes about Lady Gaga's giant golden dove brooch that makes your entire grandmother's jewelry collection seem immediately understated.
The gist of Wednesday's inauguration was an overwhelmingly hopeful one. While now former-President Donald Trump opted to take Air Force One down to Florida, the crowd of both Democrats and Republicans flooded to the Capitol to watch Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden be sworn into office. We plebeians at home made jokes and breathed a sigh of relief that, for this day, those jokes were a little less existential.
Welcome to this new Republic: one that has a woman of color as Vice President. A president whose speeches are equal parts inspiring and, frankly, run of the mill. Oh, and a rendition of "America, The Beautiful" that has, for some reason, been mashed up with "Let's Get Loud."
why is this me at every social setting. pic.twitter.com/cTMITHZmKq
— Brittny Pierre (@sleep2dream) January 20, 2021
coat twitter, rise
— emery lord (@emerylord) January 20, 2021
Amy Klobuchar noticeably NOT welcoming Pete Buttigieg in her speech
— jordan (@jordoritos) January 20, 2021
“YOU BROKE INTO THE WRONG GODDAMN REC ROOM” wow did not expect Klobuchar to pull from Tremors right off the bat but I gotta say it’s working for her
— Holly Anderson (@HollyAnderson) January 20, 2021
a person only needs one good coat https://t.co/TYtoS0Hb8h
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) January 20, 2021
TOO CLOSE TO HIM WITH NO MASK MY GUY pic.twitter.com/kfsAGP7PE0
— Ronnie Lauth (@RonnieLauth) January 20, 2021
Gaga chose chaos with this outfit and I love her for it.
— Andrew Eccles (@AJEccles) January 20, 2021
I can’t stand her but I love her pic.twitter.com/tdU4oypvi9
— pretend it’s a nolan (@anxiousdeluxe) January 20, 2021
The pledge in ASL?? I am in love. pic.twitter.com/XifsQjSBiq
— Jen Lee Reeves, MMgt (she/her) (@jenleereeves) January 20, 2021
Becoming President shouldn’t be a big deal. Just stand alone in the lobby for two hours because everyone forgot it was your first day and they don’t know what to do with you like it’s any other job.
— Alex Watt (@AlexanderWatt) January 20, 2021
MADAME VICE PRESIDENT
— Mary Lane Haskell (@marylanehaskell) January 20, 2021
I hope JLo reveals the flag of Puerto Rico at the end of this.
— Mandy Sloan McDow (@RevMama) January 20, 2021
I know this is cliche symbolism but the clouds are literally parting and letting the sun rain down on the Capitol, and you can’t help but appreciate that.
— Chuck Corra (@ChuckCorra) January 20, 2021
may we all have a team as determined as JLo’s is to keep her booked and busy by any means necessary
— Brittani Warrick (@BrittaniWarrick) January 20, 2021
“Well that was great” - Amy Klobuchar
— D. Po (@danpolis) January 20, 2021
Just clapped alone in my living room
— Natalie Schumann (@a_notefromNat) January 20, 2021
A breath I’ve been holding for four years, exhaled. #InaugurationDay
— Silas House (@silasdhouse) January 20, 2021
Trump sworn in. "How bad could it be?" smash cut to JLo doing Let's Get Loud amid the ashes of an attempted insurrection in DC. hundreds of thousands are dead. Bernie is wearing his lil mittens
— JP (@jpbrammer) January 20, 2021
I randomly met Garth Brooks last year at an awards ceremony and he literally tipped his hat and called me ma'am. He was so deferential to everybody I saw him interact with I had to Google to triple check it was really him.
— Naima Cochrane (@naima) January 20, 2021
"We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms."
— Sarah (@sgorsk) January 20, 2021
We did it, Joe.
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