On Monday, I wrote here “It’s gonna be a week.” It lived up to my expectations—not a bad week… just an important one.
For all the concerns about violence and safety at the Inauguration, nothing bad happened. I’m sure having 25,000 National Guard troops there helped.
It was a good day. A good night. Then, President Joe Biden got to work.
Executive actions and orders. So far, he issued orders for everything from rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization to a Covid relief plan.
Speaking of Covid, it’s good to see Dr. Fauci back. While the news of the Coronavirus pandemic is not good, Fauci says we might be seeing a plateau.
From CNN: Dr. Fauci was back at the White House briefing room. He said he took no pleasure in contradicting President Trump.
On his role now, Fauci said, “The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence is, what the science is—let the science speak. It is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”
I take that to mean we will hear the truth about the pandemic. The good and the bad. I hope we are ready for the bad.
At the same time, all of President Biden’s cabinet picks are going through the confirmation process. Among them, Pete Buttigieg. Politico reports he is sailing through the process of running the Transportation Department. I think “Mayor Pete’s” future is pretty bright. I’m guessing “President Pete” is not out of the realm.
It’s been a week alright. We did what we do in America. There was a peaceful transfer of power. It was bumpy for a minute, but in the end, we got there.
A star was born, too. Twenty-two-year-old Amanda Gorman. The youngest Inauguration poet in U.S. history. She recited her poem “The Hill We Climb.” It was a beautiful moment. She closed with this: “For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it.”
Ah, don’t you love that?
The air feels lighter. Things feel better. I’ve got a lot of confidence in this new administration. President Biden has a big job. A lot to do. Perhaps his biggest task is pulling us all together. I think if anyone can do it, Joe Biden can.
There is always light.