At just over 20 minutes, Biden's speech was delivered passionately and with clarity. The guy with the stutter who's been accused of having dementia knocked it out of the park — and spit poetry at the end:
Lady Gaga (looking like a human Capitol of some sort — very operatic), J.Lo and Garth Brooks delivered the national anthem, “This Land Is Your Land”/“America the Beautiful”/“Let's Get Loud” (cheeky) and “Amazing Grace,” respectively. And respectfully:
The Actual Swearing-In Ceremonies
Biden and Harris were sworn in, and while that part of the ceremony was — as always — short and sweet, both were momentous:
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's Speech
Stirring up many emotions, young National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman made a huge impression with her words:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) Delivers Opening Remarks
Klobuchar was sensational in her duties leading the ceremony's opening remarks, and speaking throughout:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) has removed herself from Biden's VP consideration, telling Lawrence O'Donnell she called Biden Wednesday night to urge him to prioritize a woman of color for his ticket.
Without watching her do this, one could say Klobuchar was stepping aside from a process in which she was already not a top contender anymore, I have to say that watching her deliver her comments, I feel she was being absolutely sincere, and seemed to be on the verge of tears.
It has been said that in spite of many reasons not to pick Klobuchar, Team Biden long favored her, so perhaps her standing aside is more momentous than we really understand.
Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn't hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump. https://t.co/4kquPZtSV9
Biden has warmly acknowledged Klobuchar's gesture, and this is all no accident. I would now say that Warren has zero chance of being selected, and that it is now Kamala Harris's slot to lose. Val Demings (she's from Florida, which has to make her very competitive with Harris, who is NOT FROM FLORIDA) and, as a dark horse due to her relative inexperience, Stacey Abrams. Those are the only three I can fathom Biden going with.
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday results: "One of the things I was kind of not surprised by was the power of the establishment to force Amy Klobuchar, who had worked so hard, Pete Buttigieg who had really worked extremely hard as well out of the race." https://t.co/X1LhrSyd0Jpic.twitter.com/Kj8dAl7kBL
I guess “the establishment” is the new Deep State.
Pete, Amy and now Kamala have enthusiastically endorsed Biden. Nobody is forcing them.
.@JoeBiden has served our country with dignity and we need him now more than ever. I will do everything in my power to help elect him the next President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/DbB2fGWpaa
ABOVE: I read the recent story about the Instagram influencer who staged a Bali trip in Ikea, and all I could think was how nice it would be to be able to afford to travel to Ikea. Above, though, is an Instagram influencer actually in Nice. Nice!