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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 10:13 PM

Biden's inauguration, like his campaign, will likely look like no other in recent history

This is how a responsible President behaves.

. . . Now, as candidate Biden transitions to President Biden, he is planning an inauguration ceremony that, like his campaign, will look like no other in recent American history.

Discussions are ongoing about requiring everyone to wear masks and stand at a social distance, according to interviews with a half dozen people involved in the planning. Those allowed near Biden for the inauguration ceremony will likely undergo coronavirus testing. The traditional post-swearing-in luncheon, held in Statuary Hall with members of Congress, could be scrapped altogether. There may not be any inaugural balls. Crowds, in all cases, will likely be severely limited.

Biden advisers are almost certain President Trump will not attend Biden’s swearing-in. They find it hard to imagine the traditional tea beforehand at the White House, the typical drive together to the Capitol, or Trump allowing any image of himself looking on as Biden is sworn into office.

Those close to Biden insist that the ceremony must still have the august feeling of past inaugurations — a desire that is all the more important to establish his legitimacy as president, which Trump is continuing to deny. But that quest is complicated by another urgent demand: to adhere to public health guidelines that Biden embraced throughout his run for the presidency and wants to showcase at the start of his administration.

“It’s like everything associated with the Biden campaign: We’ve had to think about how to run our campaign differently, how to run our convention differently,” said Rufus Gifford, the deputy campaign manager who was finance chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2013 and is expected to be involved in Biden’s inauguration planning. “And we’re likely going to have to run our inauguration differently.


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Response to BainsBane (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 10:42 PM

1. But what will Trump's faux pretend inauguration be like?

What do you bet that he does this at the same time as Biden's
And Fox will give him a big chunk of time.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 10:47 PM

2. He'll be on the golf course

like he always is.

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Response to BainsBane (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 11:28 PM

3. I've been trying to imagine this for a couple of weeks

It’s sad that we won’t get to see a traditional inauguration. Que sera sera.

But the Biden team has been so creative in finding ways to accommodate pandemic restrictions, I know there will be something memorable anyway.

I am sitting here watching the Oprah interview with Obama on Apple TV, and am fascinated that two people on different coasts, in different rooms, through the magic of green screen technology, are sitting there in matching armchairs in front of a fire, talking as if they’re enjoying a cozy evening together and are actually there in close proximity. Even though the device was explicitly bared at the beginning, you quickly forget that the whole thing is just mere techno magic.

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