The Unusualness of the 2021 Inauguration—and Inaugurations More Unusual Than That

Normal inaugurations? They're strange too.

There were the masks. There were the ranks and rows of rippling flags, filling in for the usual spectators. That was thanks to COVID. There were massed troops, thanks to the Trumpist assault on the Capitol on January 6. And thanks to the departure of the worst president in our history, so far, with the possible exception of Andrew Johnson, there was a g…

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