Published: January 21, 2021
On the third Wednesday in January, after a first Wednesday of insurrection and a second of impeachment, came an inauguration that promised to be unlike any in American history. In some ways it was. The surrounding atmosphere was haunting, threatening, weird and emotionally charged. Yet in its depth, purpose and artful presentation, what took place during the ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol managed to lift the mood and evoke a sense of reassurance and hope.