The Inauguration Day ceremony of Joe Biden seemed normal but wasn’t really normal.
Never take normal for granted. For all those, including myself, whoever thought that getting back to normalcy would not do good enough, it’s time we take our words back. 2020 will always be considered as a year, we lost but America is surely going to remember it for what they have gained – A normal President, who says normal things. After hearing so much of Trump’s stubbornness and irrationality, Biden’s inaugural address seemed pretty normal that preached modesty and compassion.
The presidential inauguration was almost normal but was nicely done. The Capitol balcony was filled with prominent politicians and the inauguration witnessed the three ex-Presidents of the United States (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama) having ‘an impromptu conversation’. Even with strict social distancing regulations, the Inaugural Day ceremony relished the audience through three excellent musical performances and an amazing poem from Amanda Gorman.
The Inaugural Day ceremony seemed normal but wasn’t really normal. The inauguration was a day of historic firsts, and the usual crowds of citizens were nowhere present. The podium was not at all crowded as it usually is when the POTUS takes the oath of office. While on the other hand, the outfits of the politicians were also the point of attraction and were taken as the symbol for unity.
The inauguration ceremony not only gained everybody’s attention in America but turned everybody’s eyes towards it from almost every corner of the world. This Inauguration Day ceremony for Joe Biden, America’s 46th President, is being taken as normal, but certain elements of the function need to be taken into account to notice the fact that why the normal presidential inauguration was not so normal.
First Black and South Asian American woman, to become the Vice-President of United States
Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, created history by becoming the first female Vice-President of the United States, as well as the first Black American and first person of South Asian descent. Harris broke the long-existing nearly a two-century barrier of American politics dominated by white men.
As she walked along Pennsylvania Avenue with her family in the inauguration parade, she said, “I’m just walking to work.” Harris swore on two bibles, one belonging to Regina Shelton, a close family friend, and the other once owned by Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice.
Kamala Harris’s sartorial choice on the Inauguration Day ceremony also made a strong statement. For the swearing-in ceremony at the US capitol, Harris wore a double-breasted royal purple coat with a dress of the same colour designed by the famous designer Christopher John Rogers. Kamala Harris opted for the purple attire as a tribute to Shirley Chisholm, who has also inspired her political career. Shirley was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress.
Biden: From being one of the youngest senators to the oldest US President
Joe Biden, a 78-year-old six-term Democratic senator, became the oldest American President in the history of the United States. Biden who had previously served two terms in the White House as former Vice-President in the Obama administration has now set a new record of being the oldest President of the US.
Biden, at 78, is now the oldest President in history, breaking the record set by his predecessor Donald Trump, who was 70 when he took the oath of office in January 2017.
Biden overriding Trump’s legacy
Just after few hours, when Biden took over the office of President, he signed a stack of 17 executive actions aimed at reversing Donald Trump’s legacy on public health, immigration, and the climate crisis. Biden’s first course of action was erasing Trump’s agenda. Also, the first thing that Biden as soon as taking the office did was to make masks mandatory and applying physical distancing regulations in federal buildings and on federal land.
Dior 1s stealing the show:
The inaugural celebration that everybody was eyeing on, turned out to be entirely different on Twitter surpassing everybody’s expectations. While everyone was eying on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, something else entirely stole the show on social media during the inauguration.
A pair of Dior Air Jordon 1s were spotted in the background of the live TV streaming of the event. As soon as the pair of these extremely expensive pair of sneakers were spotted on the television screen, Twitter soon was flooded with reactions making these pair of sneakers trending in the social media world.
The mystery man wearing those pair of Dior Jordon 1s sneakers was later recognised as Vice-President Kamala Harris’s nephew-in-law, Nikolas Ajagu. These ultra-rare pair of sneakers which were made as part of a collaboration between Dior and Jordan last year, captured all the attention of social media after Nick was seen descending the Capitol steps.