Yesterday’s inauguration ushered in a transfer of power, that long-standing American tradition, in a new way. This time around, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris got their turn to lead our country, symbolizing the start of an era that many were eager for. Here are our Top 10 Inauguration Moments.
Number 10. The sunshine popping through right as Father O’Donovan gave the invocation. It had flurried just a bit and was very blustery yesterday, but just as Father Leo O’Donovan began his invocation, the sun began to shine through the clouds as if on cue.
Number 9. Coats, coats and more coats. From Vice President Harris’s stepdaughter Ella Emhoff’s gorgeous Miu Miu number to Dr. Jill Biden’s sparkly custom Markarian, the ceremony was full of amazingly beautiful overcoats.
Number 8. Purple. Did you know the reason why so many of the women at the Capitol yesterday wore purple? Red and blue make the splashy color, so it was a sign of bipartisanship and of their hopes for more unity in the future.
Number 7. Bernie’s mittens. There was nothing better than seeing the sea of designer outfits. And then Sen. Sanders made an appearance … with a coat perfect for Northeast winters, complete with oversized mittens. His look sparked dozens of memes, bringing some humor to the day.
Number 6. Lady Gaga channeling “The Hunger Games.” Lady Gaga waltzed in in full Gaga glory, with a ball gown skirt and a fitted jacket on top. The full ensemble was completed by a gigantic dove carrying an olive branch. The gesture made sense with the olive branch, but many couldn’t help but notice how much the singer looked like she was a character out of “The Hunger Games.”
Number 5. Former presidents coming together. Seeing the trio of former presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — gave us hope for the future. Their conversation praising peaceful transfer of power was especially relevant.
Number 4. J. Lo’s stop at Sephora Georgetown before the big day. We were so excited to learn that the multi-hyphenate star, along with her husband Alex Rodriguez, stopped by Sephora Georgetown prior to the inauguration.
Number 3. The men and women who helped keep our city safe. We were so grateful for all of the men and women who helped the inauguration go off without a hitch.
Number 2. Poet Amanda Gorman. Gorman, 23, made history as the youngest known inaugural poet. She is also the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. Her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” delivered with flair, gave a powerful message to the country.
Number 1. History being made. Nothing was better than watching history being made, particularly with Kamala Devi Harris being sworn in as vice president, the first woman and the first woman of color to hold the office.