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Biden Inauguration: Katy’s Anthem, Bernie’s Mittens And Other Offbeat Moments

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Joe and Jill Biden
Joe and Jill Biden catch the fireworks from the White House balcony 

Joe Biden is officially president, Kamala Harris is the country’s first Madam Vice-President and Donald Trump flew off to play golf – all of that we expected.

Here’s a look at inauguration day’s more offbeat moments you might have missed.

Katy Perry’s Firework

Hard to find any dry eyes or downbeat comments after the white-clad Katy fired off her epic anthem to close out a historic day in front of the Washington Monument – and the Bidens.

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Although Firework as a song has drawn many interpretations, from sex to firework safety to LGBT rights, it seemed a pretty good fit here.

The exploding background didn’t do any harm, but the lyrics weren’t too off track either.

“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag/Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?”

Well-known Twitch streamer hasanabi tweeted “katy perry is right, trump DID make me feel like plastic bag!”

Oh and the song swept back into the US iTunes chart of course.

Bernie’s mittens

Pictures of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders bundled up in Washington’s near-freezing weather quickly made the rounds on social media.

Bernie Sanders at the 2021 presidential inauguration
Joe Biden may be president but Bernie Sanders’ mittens stole the show

Many pointed out, and initially made fun of, his patterned brown wool mittens. It turns out there’s a sweet story behind his distinctive (and sustainable) winter wear. The mittens were reportedly made by a schoolteacher from his home state, using repurposed wool sweaters and recycled plastic bottles.

The teacher, Jen Ellis, was surprised to see the senator wearing them on the campaign trail last year.

As the former challenger of Mr Biden during the Democratic primaries, many were quick to joke that Mr Sanders must be in a foul mood sitting at his rival’s inauguration. It didn’t take long for the senator to become a viral internet meme.

That’s cold

Speaking of the temperature, a nod to Senator Cory Booker for one of the more pointed barbs of the day.

The New Jersey Democrat got more than 100k reactions for his Facebook post welcoming the inauguration no-show of the 45th president, Donald Trump, saying it was -45.1px transparent lineOne Twitter responder said it was +46 by noon.

A historic fist bump

Barack Obama – the country’s first black president – exchanged an inauguration day fist bump with Kamala Harris.

The moment was celebrated as a historic passing of the torch between the two political trailblazers, the only black Americans in history elected to serve in the White House.

Eugene Goodman escorts the vice-president

Kamala Harris had a special security escort today: Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman.

Mr Goodman has been hailed as a hero after his actions during the storming of Capitol Hill earlier this month. Footage from inside the deadly insurrection shows the officer singlehandedly steering a mob away from the Senate chamber, while the lawmakers hid inside.

Mr Goodman accompanied Ms Harris in his new role as deputy Senate sergeant-at-arms.

Amanda Gorman for president?

And finally – Wwe knew to expect poet Amanda Gorman in the inauguration line-up, but we did not know how much she would resonate with people around the world.

“When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?” began Gorman, the country’s youngest ever inaugural poet.

At today’s celebration, the 22-year-old performed her poem titled “The Hill We Climb” – penned after the Capitol riots. The writer and performer became the country’s first national youth poet laureate in 2017.

Today, the self-described “skinny black girl, descended from slaves… [who] can dream of becoming president” has found “herself reciting for one”. But her ambitions don’t end there – according to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ms Gorman has promised a future presidential run of her own.

His way

Before Joe took over, Donald first had to leave.

Perhaps not all of the Trump administration could be called carefully choreographed, but the strains of Frank Sinatra’s My Way ringing out as Air Force One swept Mr Trump out of the presidency and off to Florida is hard to fault.

We can’t say for sure he planned it himself and the other tunes banging out at Andrews base – Billie Jean, YMCA, Fortunate Son and Elton John’s Funeral for a Friend – saw some head-scratching.

Mr Trump’s a big fan of Sinatra apparently. Though it’s not reciprocated – Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy, said her father loathed the then real estate mogul.

The other Trumpism drawing attention was Melania’s outfit change.

Social media were quick to point out that Mrs Trump had used her flight from Andrews to Florida to quickly update her wardrobe to suit her new, post-first lady life.

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Melania looked somewhat funereal as she left the White House…
Melania and Donald in Florida
but landed in Florida with a colourful, chic and pricey Gucci dress

Some noted her bright smile after touching down in Florida – an apparent contrast to how she looked at her husband’s inauguration four years ago.

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