Two different threats—COVID-19 and violent insurrection by supporters of Donald Trump—hang over the proceedings, but this Inauguration Day is nonetheless a uniquely joyful one. An evil has left the White House, history is being made, and the nation has the chance to begin to turn a corner on the pandemic.
At noon, Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office making Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States. Shortly thereafter, Justice Sonia Sotomayor administers the oath of office making Kamala Harris the first woman vice president, the first Black vice president, and the first Asian American vice president.
We have been waiting for so long.