Inauguration Open Post: Hosted by Handsome Joe Biden, the 46th president

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Here is our Open Post for today’s Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. It is upon us. It’s been nothing but fascism, racism, misogyny, violence, bigotry, nationalism, treason, sedition and lies from Donald Trump for five solid years. 81,283,485 good Americans voted for a change, or at least we were voting to a return to a time when we could just go days without worrying about an orange madman’s dangerous stupidity. And today is the day we finally get to see our new president and new vice president take the oath of office.

Unlike the Obama-Biden inaugurations, this will not be an inauguration full of people and parties and cheering. President Biden is being sworn in amid a deadly pandemic and an economy in free fall, in a city which is in complete lockdown because of a terrorist attack on the Capitol. But like the Obama-Biden inauguration, I feel hope. I don’t think President Biden and Vice President Harris are going to solve every problem and fix everything wrong with this country. I do think that they’re both very competent, intelligent, compassionate people who understand their constitutional roles and want to genuinely make America great again. Or, at the very least, they want to make America better.

Here is Vice President Kamala Harris taking the oath. I fully teared up.

President Joseph Biden taking the oath:

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  1. jferber says:

    Sexy Joe Biden. Another looker after former President Obama.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      However, in all the cheer of the day, this really grated on my nerves:

      “the expensive, taxpayer-funded security will continue for his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, their three children, his son Donald Trump Jr. and his four children, his son Eric Trump and his wife Lara and his daughter Tiffany Trump.” (from the Guardian)

      Seriously, there’s no end to the grifting of that family, leeches until the very end. And I’m not even American….

  2. Rise & Shine says:

    What a wonderful day! Thank you to Kaiser, all at CB and everyone here. We did it. Onward and upward. LOVE.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I’m just so excited to have a president that I trust to always do what he thinks is in the country’s best interest – not his best interest, not his wallet’s best interest – but the country’s. That doesn’t mean he’s not going to make mistakes or I’m going to love everything he does. But it means I feel a huge sense of relief.

    • Anners says:

      To my dear American friends – I’m so glad that competent adults are in charge again. I know everything won’t change immediately, but I have hope that the future will be brighter for you all 💛

      And while they are not my leaders, I absolutely teared up as VP Harris was sworn in. What a lovely day of firsts!

    • paddingtonjr says:

      @Becks1, ITA. I may not have agreed with everything the presidents prior to Trump did, but I respected them, if only because of the office. As the commentators said during the Inauguration today, there has always been a peaceful transfer of power, whether the incoming/outgoing were bitter rivals or friends. The outgoing president writing a letter to the incoming is a tradition as is the incoming president seeing the outgoing to Marine 1 and sending him off. It is respect for the office and for the traditions of our country. Biden will be a return to that and I believe he will try to do his best for the country’s citizens, whether they voted for him or not. He will make mistakes, not everyone will be happy, but he will try and he will be a president who represents us well.

    • lillyfromLilloet says:

      When I saw Pence sitting in the audience and speaking with VP Harris and Sen Klobuchar, and all the Republicans showing up because it was the right thing to do, all our former presidents who were able to make it back, and our nation’s leaders milling around and talking civilly to each other I thought, wow, the adults are back.

      Just seeing our elected officials dressed in their best and honoring our nation’s transfer of power by speaking to each other after the ceremony brought tears to my eyes.

  4. KeepCalmandBergeron says:

    Man the ladies are rocking the looks! Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, the stepdaughter of Kamala with the awesome jacket!

    Also, Amy Comey Barrett looks completely ridiculous in that judge outfit and looks so out of place.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Also all the women look amazing. Michelle Obama hit it out of the park, Pelosi looks great, and Dr Biden and VP-Elect Harris are gorgeous.

    • Duch says:

      I loved Amy K’s coat too – not a color many can pull off. and our Poet Laureate’s bright yellow coat too. everyone looked great.

  6. Nicole says:

    MObama looks so good. The color! The pants! The curls. Fashion for days. Kamala and Dr. Biden look good too. But Michelle! Effing Michelle!

  7. Becks1 says:

    LOL GWB had to give his scarf to Laura, I thought she looked like she was going to be cold when she walked out.

  8. Becks1 says:

    HAHAHA for a minute I was like, why on EARTH is ARod there???? Then I remembered…..oh right, J Lo haha

  9. Myra says:

    For the first time ever, I’m watching the inauguration of another country’s president. If you listen closely, you can hear the world’s collective sigh of relief.

    • SarahCS says:

      Same, I’ve just come in from a walk and watching the playback. I watched Kamala first and I’m sobbing for so many reasons. the whole world needs this right now.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      Same @myra

      I am so happy and relieved for Americans, and the world.

    • MyOpinion says:

      @ Myra, I agree! I have been so excited for this day, I have barely slept in two days! I haven’t watched any of it yet, I needed a tranquil moment after reading this news with Moscow Mitch and his refusal to give up power to Schumer, which he rightly deserves. I will dance on his grave when he dies, I am that fed up with this useless congressman that puts his power and control, over the people who elected him.

  10. Lady D says:

    I am so very happy for my American neighbours. I will be giving the Biden’s a standing O in my living room today.

  11. ce says:

    It’s so nice to look forward to the future again! Thanks Celebitches for helping me get through

    • MyOpinion says:

      @ ce, my sentiments also! I had to come here for peace after reading the news. But I am so hopeful and I know that sanity has entered our lives again.
      Thank you to all of you for helping me cope.

    • Giddy says:

      Same, same, same. Celebitchy and all you lovely informed celebitches have gotten me through this horrible period. I have also been blessed to have a texting group of 4 friends that were my other main support. I sat, watched it all, cried, texted my friends, and felt such gratitude and pride. It was a glorious day.

  12. Edna says:

    Jill Biden is slaying it in that periwinkle outfit. Love it.

    • sa says:

      I’m watching on msnbc Rachel Maddow or Joy Reid also called her outfit periwinkle and now I’m wondering if the color on my tv is off. Periwinkle is a purpley blue, her outfit looks more like a greenish color to me.

      I see her outfit (which I also love) as closer to seafoam than periwinkle, do I need a new tv?

    • Ang says:

      Periwinkle is a shade of purple; this is turquoise and teal

    • Ang says:

      Periwinkle is a shade of purple; this is turquoise and teal

    • SarahCS says:

      Whatever the colour I’m applauding her coordinating mask effort yet again. We’re off to a good start.

  13. Alice says:

    Look at Dr Biden, so beautiful in that outfit!!! Happy happy day celebitches!!!

    • Rise & Shine says:

      She is! Everyone looks great. And yes, a happy day finally. We are listening to and playing Louis Armstrong now…What a Wonderful World today. Better times ahead!

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m watching three different versions lmao. Only listening to one of course. So historic. So therapeutic to see normalcy. Madam Vice President. Oh happy day.

  15. TeaForTwo says:

    Are both VP Harris and Pres Biden wearing purple (dress and tie respectively)?

    Wow. What a statement if so.

  16. BB says:

    I’m here for all of this! Love Kamala and Joe, I hope we appreciate them while we have them in office.

  17. Soupie says:

    Watching with tears of joy.

  18. mellie says:

    I absolutely cried like a baby when VP Harris walked down those steps, same when President Biden did….just tears of absolute relief and thankfulness.

  19. Stacy Dresden says:

    Ridin’ with Biden!!!

  20. Mariatia says:

    I can’t watch! I can not even sneak my phone out. You guys are all ihave! Let the good times so so happy

  21. Lissdogmom02 says:

    So very happy. Ding dong the nazis gone.
    Yay for us.

  22. Stacy Dresden says:

    EW! Why is Roy Blount speaking?

  23. Midnight@theOasis says:

    Finally we have arrived. It’s a brand new day. The ladies all came to play today…the fashion is on fire🔥

  24. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Michelle even has falsies! She’s perfect from head to toe.

  25. Nina Simone says:

    Michelle looks PHENOMENAL. I mean I gasped.

    • Dierski says:

      Same – I’m reading her book right now so I feel even closer to her, haha. She looks incredible today!

  26. Midnight@theOasis says:

    Lady Gaga did a good rendition of the National Anthem. Her outfit is typical Gaga

    • wanderingBy says:

      Seems to me like post-civil war cosplay? The braided black mourning ribbon, the crazy gold eagle, the corseted top and huge skirts?

      Would love someone who really knows fashion to explain it to me!!

  27. FHMom says:

    Gaga nailed it

  28. IMUCU says:

    Lady Gaga looked a little nervous there!

    • IMUCU says:

      Gosh, this is the first wave of relief I’ve had since the election. So happy for them and all of us!

  29. Dierski says:

    YESS GAGA! She was awesome- nailed it!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      She did such a good job! I LOVED that she really put this moment in context of what happened on Jan. 6th. When she turned around and looked at the flag while singing, “and our flag was still there”, I totally lost it. She is an amazing performer. The PERFECT person to sing that song on this day. She put all the subtext in there.

    • Badrockandroll says:

      Canada’s national broadcaster has an interesting backstory. Although it lauded Lady Gaga’s performance, the CBC indicated that Francis Scott Key was a slaveowner who sought to execute abolitionists. I did not know that, but I did know that Amazing Grace was written by a reformed slave merchant. In either case, both tunes beat YMCA or anything by Lee Greenwood!

  30. Midnight@theOasis says:

    Madame Vice President. YESSSSS!!!!!

  31. sa says:

    I’ve had moments today where I could feel the emotion welling up, but I’ve managed to stave off tears until now. I am now full on ugly crying.

  32. Becks1 says:

    I got teary-eyes during VP Harris’s oath. What a huge day.

    • SarahCS says:

      Same, I held it in until she finished then that was it. Not even American, just so happy for everyone who is.

  33. BearcatLawyer says:

    Jennifer Lopez has always kind of annoyed me, but I love the suffragette white outfit.

  34. sa says:

    Somebody just called me, do they not know there is an inauguration going on? Rude!

    • schmootc says:

      Some dingus scheduled a meeting at 9:00 today. I chose not to attend. Sorry, more important thing to do!

  35. Dierski says:


  36. BeeCee says:

    I just watched live at work, with tears in my eyes.
    Congratulations America!
    Much love from Canada today <3

  37. Traveler says:

    Watching with tears of joy and hope.
    Love and peace to all here who have helped me maintain my sanity and have shown me there are so many good people still out there.

  38. minx says:

    This horrible nightmare has ended. Lots of work to do, but I’m enjoying the moment.

  39. Soupie says:

    He’s only begun to speak and he’s absolutely nailing it. Forcefully. With dignity and grace. I’m crying so hard.

  40. Other Renee says:

    I can’t stop crying. I’m overcome with joy, relief, gratitude and something I haven’t felt in the past four years: hope.

  41. CFY says:

    SA, I had a call with my dept leader for right now, and this morning she rescheduled it for next week, apologizing that she didn’t look at the date and time when sending the request. I had a few calls this morning and most people have acknowledged there’s not a lot of work going on right now! I’m lucky to work with so many progressives.

    For the last several months, I’ve had one image in my mind that I called upon whenever I really spiraled over this election cycle. And it was Joe Biden with his hand on a Bible on Inauguration Day. My heart is full today, and I am all kinds of emotional about our first Madam Vice President.

  42. lanne says:

    Thank the lord! I’m watching this with my students today. What a relief it is.

  43. Bohemian Angel says:

    Congrats to all Americans that wanted Trump out, I’m really happy for you.
    Loving the inauguration, Lady Gaga did a wonderful rendition of Star spangled banner, I like the song Jennifer Lopez sang as well.
    Michelle Obama is giving me hair envy, my god, she looks stunning! Love the Obamas!

  44. Sofia says:

    It’s over. It’s finally over.

    Welcome President Biden.

  45. Traveler says:

    Great and meaningful speech from President Biden

  46. Soupie says:

    I almost forgot what it feels like to be proud of our President. A TRUE Macho Man, not a racist, classist coward. Who’s also a Teddy Bear.

  47. Pusspants says:

    So thankful trump is finally out of the WH! These are the only reasons I want to read about trump again:
    1) he’s going to jail
    2) he’s going broke
    3) he died
    4) he got penis cancer

  48. Nev says:


  49. Insomniac says:

    What an amazing day. Did you all see that Eugene Goodman, the officer who lured the racist mob away from the Senate, was escorting VP Harris today? Every time I stop being weepy for a minute, I see something like that and it sets me off all over again.

  50. Sayrah says:

    What a day 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  51. Midnight@theOasis says:

    Amanda Gorman was awesome as poet laureate. I loved her reading.

  52. Reece says:

    Just to be a little petty today.

    Dear Kate,
    THAT is how you wear a headband with style.
    You’re welcome.

  53. DiegoInSF says:

    JLo was so so good!!! What a powerful moment that was.

    • MF says:

      Yes!! I haven’t always thought of her as a great singer but I loved her performance. Very heartfelt, strong, full of presence. And her white outfit was 🔥

  54. Liz version 700 says:

    Amanda Gorman the poet laureate was so amazing. She was breathtaking.

  55. Caitriona O Reilly says:

    What a wonderful, positive speech by President Biden , congratulations from all here in Ireland , go rachadh Dia leat x 💙 ❤

  56. Sofacat says:

    That whole ceremony was class, decency and dignity personified. So hopeful.

  57. nicegirl says:

    I am very grateful to you all.

  58. Gab says:

    Handsome is a stretch I’d say. He’s older than my dad and I’m not young. In the eye of the beholder.

  59. Levans says:

    Thank you all for community You all have provided. My tears of relief that our national nightmare has come to an end. We have much work to do to rebuild but at least we have removed the person fanning the flames. We have a President who acknowledges the danger of white supremacy, a President who can actually say the words white supremacy. The work begins…

  60. Pusspants says:

    I was loving all the women’s colorful coats and thinking, “hmm, I guess I wouldn’t be able to wear my puffer coat to the inauguration.” Then I just saw Warren in a similar puffer coat snd it made me smile. Love her practicality!

  61. Elizabeth says:

    Who’s the ice blonde with the GIANT gold eagle pin? I have to know lol

  62. death by bacon says:

    I’m not feeling the make friends with your enemies pitch. Prosecute and jail those terrorists.

    But ya folks look great

  63. February-Pisces says:

    Congratulations to all my American friends here. After 4 years of hell this day is something to celebrate. I hope America and the rest of the world can heal from the trauma and hatred that trump brought to the world.

  64. GuestwithCat says:

    What a wonderful inauguration. I’m just sad my daughter was stuck on Zoom school and could not see history in the making. Her school was off yesterday but not today.

    I couldn’t help think of how much Joe was probably missing Beau and Kamala missing her mother.

    My husband and I toasted the swearing in of both president and vp with glasses we ordered from the Inauguration store. Unfortunately the champagne glasses haven’t shipped yet. But we had other official whiskey glasses, t-shirts and buttons. Lol. I don’t drink for health reasons so I had ginger ale.

    I’m looking forward to so much. The restoration of empathy, kindness, decency. Competency. Our place in the world with our allies.

    The speeches were great and the poet laureate was absolutely incredible. Bernie Sanders had great mittens.

    Our day has come! It feels good.

    Be well, fellow Celebitches.

  65. Mel says:

    Michelle Obama was on fire with that outfit. Amazing. Lady Gaga, not so much.

  66. Anonymous says:

    Please get help. Trump has played you for a gullible idiot.

  67. Becks1 says:

    McConnell just made a joke? Like an actual joke? I chuckled. What is happening here?!?!

  68. K says:

    I just feel better. We are still here. Now let’s do the work. Let’s keep going together. All of us.

  69. Dana Dayen says:

    Alright then. Get cracking, Joe.

  70. Lizzie says:

    Dignified, touching and beautiful.

  71. Katebush says:

    From NZ, feeling so relieved to wake up and see Biden in office and Trump gone. Thank God! We can all breathe again!! I’ve taped the inauguration as it was on in the middle of the night for us. Looking forward to watching it today x

  72. NTheMiddle says:

    Happy tears when VP Harris was sworn in. Hillary Cinton summed it up best on her posted on her Instagram with a pic Harris and her grand-nieces:

    It delights me to think that what feels historical and amazing to us today—a woman sworn in to the vice presidency—will seem normal, obvious, “of course” to Kamala’s grand-nieces as they grow up. And they will be right.

  73. Shirley says:

    Such a great day! Thank you CB friends for getting me through the past 4 years!😊

  74. Case says:

    Happiest day I can remember in a long time. Beautiful ceremony. Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris! So happy for them! At long last, good leadership. I’m so grateful and hopeful.

  75. K says:

    Also…Amanda Gorman!! That work of
    hers. My heart.

  76. EllieK says:

    I am SO SO SO SO happy. WOW! It has been a 4 year battle. I work in media and have had to see all the awful Trump headlines and am THRILLED to have a trustworthy honorable President who has empathy, love and determination to make the country better. Let’s get these vaccines rolling!!!! Happy Inaug day, ladies! <3 Will be pouring one out tonight for Biden/Harris.

  77. Det20! says:

    Same here for me in Germany, I started crying when they announced Sotomayor and Harris, and tears flowed all through her being sworn in, and then some more for good measure later. So so so relieved. You could really hear people of the world breathe sighs of relief. There is a difficult path ahead, but we can now look at it with hope again.
    And I am not a huge Gaga fan, but I do think she has a beautiful voice and I absolutely loved her version of the anthem. JLo also slayed it. And Amanda Gorman was utterly amazing. Great speech by Biden, too. Can you imagine, we don’t have to wake up to a lunatic toddler tweeting racist messages and dangerous lies from the WH at 5 am. I will now treat myself to a nice dinner and some wine. Love to you all and may we find our way forward where we can see and be the light.

  78. Alarmjaguar says:

    I just want to say thank you, Celebitches, for getting me through the interminable last four years! Kaiser, you did the lord’s work with your political posts, and your giggles on the podcast gave me life! You guys are the best. Here’s to a new day

  79. TIffany says:

    This pandemic adjusted inauguration really should be considered the norm in the future. I thought that it flowed great.

    Between that and the convention last year. I see no reason why not to do it that way again.

  80. Dee Kay says:

    I woke up out of a dead sleep at 5:55 am Pacific time and thought, “He’s gone.” I knew Trump left D.C. at 5 am my time, 8 am Eastern time. I went back to sleep resting easy for the first time in what felt like forever.

  81. Darla says:

    The women all look so amazing, really. Wow. I have that scarf that Hillary is wearing, the rouched one. I’ve had it for years. I am sure it’s not the exact one, but it looks the same. The color too. I almost died when I saw Michelle Obama. WOW

  82. Liz version 700 says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen … we made it. We still have a functioning democracy. We survived Trump by the skin of our teeth….but we survived!

  83. Roo says:

    I have cried so much today. Tears of joy and delight. Tears of relief and a release of four years of stress and worry. I am fairly stoic usually, but today was cathartic. I found MY country again, the country my parents emigrated to with high hopes and dreams, the country that has given me so much opportunity to do good and to do well. I can breathe. I am home again.

  84. L4frimaire says:

    It really was a great ceremony. Biden’s speech was amazing and really swept away the gloom and bleakness of the Trump fiasco. So proud of everyone up there today and amazing to see VP Harris sworn in, and how she took the reigns from Pence and saw him off, a role the President would usually do if no-show 45 hadn’t slinked out of town. I was actually happy Trump wasn’t there and it gave the inauguration a much more hopeful, optimistic feel. The poem by Amanda Gorman was fire and appreciated the Hamilton references. FLOTUS Dr. Biden looked beautiful. It feels like there is a genuine reset. This is a good day.

  85. Leah says:

    I cried watching the ceremony this morning. Then celebrated.

    I’m so happy for Joe and Kamala and for us. It’s like the US got rid of an abusive bf and his annoying grifter family.

  86. Midnight@theOasis says:

    Y’all. The grifting has started for the Trump Presidential Library😂😂😂

  87. RoyalBlue says:

    what a wonderful day for America.

    i am thrilled for our American friends as a new page has been turned.

  88. Christine says:

    I have spent this entire day, crying my feelings out. I am so grateful that we have a President and Vice-President that I am proud of, again, that I believe this country can breathe again. I turned 18 and started voting in the early 90s, I was a Republican then, and I was a proud voter, still am, full stop. I had to pull my car over to the side of the road when the news announced that Bill Clinton beat G.H.W. Bush. I really loved everything about G.H.W. Bush, politically. As it goes with getting older, my political leanings changed.

    Remember when Obama and McCain were the offerings? I could have gone either way, except Obama, it could not be anyone other than Obama…That was when my adult self spoke up and told me that my parents were voting for their reasons, and I had my own soul, independent of them.

    I know, I am wordy, I have always been so, and my family hates me for it, but this day? It feels even more important than the day a BLACK MAN became President. Shocked. I am shocked it came to this, but I am so glad President Biden and Vice-President Harris have the ball, for the next four years.

  89. Delilah says:

    Well said. Well said 👏. Ceremony does well to reassure and uplift.

  90. Anna says:

    Beautiful celebration and definitely cried all morning from relief and joy…but I had to turn it off when JLo started singing “This land is your land, this land is my land”…like, hello? Are we really going to celebrate so directly with a song that claims Indigenous Native American land as “ours”, a song about colonization? I don’t know, it just felt like a bad choice especially with the message Biden-Harris have been trying to promote. That said, it was beautiful ceremony, last night and today, and I am so, so happy and relieved and feeling really hopeful! We made it! Thank you, Black women (saving this country again…let’s hope it returns the favor)! Thank you Indigenous leaders! Thank you to all who went the distance to make this happen!

  91. JackieFox says:

    How on earth do people find this man handsome and sexy?

  92. Ms. Lib says:

    Thank you CB.
    Best coverage of a monumental event.