January 20, 2021 / by Rayne

 

Inauguration Day 2021: Celebrate!

Not much content going into this post apart from an observation of key landmarks:

— First woman vice president

— First Black and Asian vice president

— First Jewish Second Spouse

— First Catholic president sworn in by a Catholic Chief Justice

— First cabinet in which there is a greater percentage of Black appointees compared to percentage of Black population

— Oldest president sworn into office

— First Democratic control of Senate since 2011

President Biden will sign executive orders today which include returning to the Paris Agreement on climate change:

Vice President Harris will swear in Georgia’s new senators Jon Ossoff and Rafael Warnock, and her replacement for California, Alex Padilla.

Let’s celebrate the moral universe’s arc shifting toward justice again.

If you have a landmark you believe we should note, please share it in comments.

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UPDATE-1 — 3:50 P.M. ET —

Biden has named new acting leadership in departments; this should counteract some of the hangers on left behind by the Trump administration until more permanent personnel changes can be made including the approval of Biden’s nominees.

Hope network access and security clearance has been removed from a few folks whose status is questionable going forward. The cost to put them into special assignments would be much less than the cost of remediating a security threat.

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