Following President Biden’s inaugural speech, I’m sure it shook the Fox News audience to hear anchor Chris Wallace declare, “I thought it was a great speech. I have been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961. John F. Kennedy’s ‘ask not’. I thought this was the best inaugural address I ever heard.”
I don’t know about “the best,” as Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are all excellent orators. But I thought Biden’s speech was perfect in tone and balance.
Many on Twitter think his comments today could foreshadow Wallace’s departure from Fox News.
Wallace also noted a passage in Biden’s speech that seemed to address the power of truth and lies in the media.
“He said that there is truth and there are lies, lies that are told for power and lies that are told for profit. And I think it was a call to all of us, whether it’s us on the air, on cable or broadcast, whether it’s us in social media, on our Twitter accounts, understanding that we have to deal from facts, from the truth, to hear each other out, as he said.”
I’m sure many of you were watching the full ceremony today, but just in case, here are some highlights from the 2021 Inauguration:
In addition to Biden and Harris’s swearing in moments, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem; a luminous Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first youth poet laurete called for Americans to “leave behind a country better than the one we were left;” and I smiled to see that Capitol Police hero Eugene Goodman, who led rioters away from the Senate during the Capitol building invasion, has been given a promotion and was given the honor of escorting Kamala Harris as she made her entrance.
Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first-ever youth poet laureate, called for Americans to “leave behind a country better than the one we were left” and unify together as she spoke at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. https://t.co/cqB4pZpaAvpic.twitter.com/BnAImxmhq6
Vice President Mike Pence telephoned Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Thursday to congratulate her and offer his belated assistance — filling a leadership role all but abdicated by President Trump, who is planning to fly out of the capital shortly before Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in next week.
The Pence-Harris conversation, relayed by two officials briefed on the call, was described as gracious and pleasant. The discussion is the first time Mr. Pence and Ms. Harris have spoken since they debated each other last fall.
It also represents the only one-on-one interaction between the dueling 2020 presidential tickets: Mr. Trump has refused to call President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and has not even fully conceded defeat.
The Times goes on to report that Pence may invite Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, to the vice-presidential residence prior to the inauguration ceremony next week.
But the visit may not work out due to heightened security measures put in place since the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building last week.
Donald Trump has previously shared he will not attend the inauguration becoming the first president in 152 years to ghost on his successor. Neither will he meet with the Bidens at the White House before the inauguration as is presidential tradition.
Trump will depart the White House in the hours before Biden’s swearing-in ceremony. According to the Times, he “hopes to depart to the blare of a military band, with a red carpet and military honors, those briefed on the planning said.”
Mike Pence telephoned Kamala Harris on Thursday to congratulate her and offer his assistance ahead of next week’s swearing-in. https://t.co/KHJwgItqNF
So timely. That call is traditionally made months ago. VP Biden met with Pence Nov 16, 2016. Pence feels safe stepping out from his fear of Trump NOW? A week before? Fck his weakness, seriously. Pence remembers how well he was treated and couldn’t reciprocate.
Vice President Mike Pence has indicated he will attend the swearing-in ceremony but an administration official told theNew York Times he hasn’t received an official invitation yet.
The Times also notes that only 3 presidents have declined to attend their successor’s inauguration: “John Adams in 1801, his son John Quincy Adams in 1829 and Andrew Johnson, a Democrat who sat out the 1869 inauguration after he was replaced in favor of fellow Republican Ulysses S. Grant.”
• The weather forecast for Friday in Washington DC? 90% chance of rain. See forecast above. How terrible… 😉
• Some of Broadway’s biggest stars – including Tony Award winners Betty Buckley, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Jessie Mueller and Billy Porter – will be spending Inauguration Day at a concert in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations.
• Over 50 Democratic members of Congress (53 at last count) will not be attending the Trump inauguration.
• Team Trump is having such a tough time getting supporters to the inaugural festivities they are using targeted Facebook ads to up free ticket attendance.
• One more inauguration item: don’t miss Randy Rainbow’s hysterical interview with Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday regarding her recent kerfuffle when she confirmed then cancelled her appearance the “peaceful transfer of power.”