“In another January, on New Year’s Day 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  When he put pen to paper, the president said, and I quote, ‘if my name ever goes down into history it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it.’ My whole soul is in it. Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this. Bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause.” And with that, Joe Biden gave one of the best inaugural addresses ever under some of the most difficult circumstances; addressing the need for unity, to end our uncivil war, and above all to reclaim the value of truth. We have returned from American descent to American decency. Joe Biden took the oath to defend America against enemies foreign and domestic, and this president actually means it. Goodbye treason, hello reason. From American Carnage, to American Care Age. Today, we finally took time for mourning in America. Biden held a moment of silence for our 400,000 fellow Americans who have died from a virus the last president called a hoax. Empathy and humanity are returning to the Oval Office. Joe Biden’s Secret Service name should be Phew. He has shattered the Aviator glass ceiling and he will end the relentless barrage of lies that soiled the nation. (How awesome would it be if the new press secretary came out and said, “Today’s inaugural crowd was the smallest in history. Period.”) As the son of Holocaust survivors, the parent of brown kids, and an aquantaince of Kamala Harris, I’m pretty sure this is the greatest political day of my life. But there is, alas, another side of the story. Biden called for unity on the steps of a crime scene. And it was a sickening, awful shame that two weeks after betraying the country, Cruz, Hawley, and all the rest of the traitors who voted against the electoral certification got to share the backdrop with Biden. The 46th president declared: “We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.” For the past four years we’ve learned that democracy is a job. And there’s still much work to be done.

+ NYT: Joe Biden’s Long Road to the Presidency.