Donald Trump won’t go to Joe Biden’s inauguration. While profoundly unordinary, it’s not the first run that an outgoing president isn’t part of the inaugural ceremony.
Lady Gaga’s voice will sing the National Anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration this Wednesday, precisely 14 days after Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol. Under the new president’s administration, the country, presently more divided than it has been in years, might have the option to reunite.
The exemplary significance of the inauguration ceremony is the transfer of power in a peaceful ceremony. But a glance at the anus of history shows how the current year’s inauguration is extraordinary.
The most noticeable indication of a peaceful transfer of power, since George Washington became the first US president to take the oath of office on the Constitution on April 30, 1789, has been the outgoing president’s presence. Trump, notwithstanding, has over and over declared that he won’t join in.
Wednesday’s ritual also considers the little publicity in a traditional sense due to the Covid-19 pandemic and worries about violence. The ceremony will largely happen virtually.
Trump’s declaration summoned different events throughout US presidents’ entire existence when the outgoing president was absent at the incomer’s inauguration.
Early afternoon on March 4, 1801, Thomas Jefferson, for instance, strolled into the Washington Capitol’s Senate chamber joined by folks from Congress and officials of a citizen militia.
He took the oath of office very quickly, while the Marines’ band played for the first time, as they would then do each ceremony.
It was the first presidential inauguration in the recently established capital and the first in which the outgoing president, John Adams, didn’t partake; as a sore loser, he was still reeling from his election loss refused to attend the victor’s inauguration.
In different cases, the ceremony got sworn off, and the outgoing president essentially couldn’t be available. On November 22, 1963, at 2:38 p.m., such was the case, when Lyndon B. Johnson swore his promise to the Constitution on board the official airplane Air Force One at the Dallas landing strip because two hours earlier, President John F. Kennedy succumbed to assassin’s bullet.
The other conspicuous nonattendance was Richard Nixon’s when his VP Gerald Ford made the vow of office on August 8, 1974.
Nixon had announced his resignation from office in a broadcast address after it became evident that Congress would impeach him over the Watergate scandal. “My fellow Americans, our long nightmare is over, our Constitution works.” Those Ford’s first public utterance meant to sound optimistic.
Racism, Violence & Division
Just 25 years later, after Republican Donald Trump’s four-year term in office, Ford’s words present Joe Biden a leaf to take a cue.
The country’s division, the widening contrasting viewpoints of the two US parties, has reached a crucial stage since the 1970s.
Political pundits & historians alike have held Trump to be the effect of long-simmering bickering between the various camps — among metropolitan and country, and the winners and losers issues for which have been overlooked for a long time.
The US has once previously been torn between when a president takes reigns, case in point, after the American Civil War in 1869. Andrew Johnson handed over the presidency to Ulysses Grant.
That transition marked an end to probably the most pivotal period in American history. That the outgoing president is absent at an inaugural ceremony presents a perfect opportunity to reflect on the nation’s division.
Even before the four-year American Civil War episode, between 1861-1865, Abraham Lincoln had expressed he would not entertain secession.
In reaction to the election of the moderate adversary of slavery as US president, most Southern states had left the Union in the winter of 1860-61.
The war, which caused a massacre, took its course. However, Lincoln didn’t live to see the Confederate collapse as he passed on April 15, 1865, by the assassin’s bullet, not long after his re-election.
At the time, slavery was at the heart of the conflict during the Civil War. Today, racism divides the country and is a focal factor in US political discourse.
Barack Obama Inauguration
Barack Obama emerged as a source of inspiration, a beacon of hope. Close to 2 million people saw him make the vow of office on January 20, 2009 — the first Black US president to do as such.
Obama’s ceremony was a show of the United States’ multiculturalism: The Marine Band played, as usual, yet Aretha Franklin’s presentation went directly to peoples’ souls. She sang the unofficial national anthem of the USA-America My Country’ Tis of Thee.
It’s a tribute to freedom, reflected in its verses, for example, “Land where my fathers died, from every mountainside, let freedom ring; place that is known for the pilgrim’s pride.”
The patriotic melody, composed by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831, highlights how Americans have seen themselves since the Declaration of Independence in 1789.
It discusses freedom and the quest for happiness. These guarantees were made to all individuals. However, from the earliest start, some individuals remained excluded.
African Americans, Women, and different minorities have had to struggle for those basic rights. Historians hold that the contention runs all through American history and has reached a fever pitch lately.
Numerous stars will be grace the ceremony of future US President Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris. Artists Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi will perform.
Entertainer Tom Hanks will have a TV special called Celebrating America. Four years after Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” now rests on President Biden’s shoulders to make work the way he knows best.
Joe Biden’s Inauguration proved that United States is more United than ever.