‘Restoring the First Brick of Dignity’: Biden Supporters on His Inauguration

For many Americans, the past four years of the Trump administration have been a national trauma. Today, there will be a changing of the guard: Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

Among Democrats, there is a sense of joy and hope, but also of caution and concern.

We speak with a range of his supporters, including activists who had originally hoped for a more progressive ticket and longtime fans who embrace his moderation.


  • Jennifer Medina, a national politics reporter for The New York Times.

  • Neena Pathak, an audio producer for The Times.

A field of flags on the National Mall representing the thousands of Americans who would normally attend the inauguration.
Todd Heisler/The New York Times
  • Urging unity, Mr. Biden has tried to focus on his policy plans. But many of those who elected him are still fixated on his predecessor.

  • Mr. Biden’s long career in public office spanned eight presidents. Now, at 78, he will join their ranks.

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Jennifer Medina contributed reporting.

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