While the outgoing guy skipped the proceedings, there was a lot of presidential authority on hand (but I’m not bothering with a picture of Dan Quayle). We don’t usually do vertical images, but Michelle Obama deserves it:
Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez ably filled the Inauguration Diva role and brought the star power Donald Trump always wished he could draw. And when Lady Gaga gestured at the flag of the recently attacked Capitol as she sang “and the flag was still there,” it gave incredible resonance to the usually stale anthem.
Garth Brooks repeated his 2009 inauguration feat of winning over some people who really did not think they would enjoy Garth Brooks.
In a show of unity, the Obamas, Bushes, and Clintons joined Biden and Harris for a wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery:
And there was just a whole lot of joy on display: