Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Joe Biden’s inauguration this morning, following the tradition of past American presidents and their spouses attending all inaugural ceremonies. Michelle wore a raspberry dress and coat for the event.
Today is deeply personal for the Obamas, since Biden served as Barack’s vice president. Michelle shared her thoughts on today’s inauguration on her Instagram, revealing her relief that Donald Trump’s time as president has come to an end.
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“Today is the day,” she wrote. “After a disturbing era of chaos and division, we are entering the next chapter of American leadership with the inauguration of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Right now, I’m feeling more than just relief at putting the past four years behind us. I’m feeling genuinely hopeful for what’s to come.
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the kind of leaders our nation deserves—decent, hardworking people who reflect the best of our values,” she continued. “Most of all, they’re guided by empathy, honesty, and a willingness to put the needs of our country before their own. They’re determined to make life better for all Americans, and I know they will bring us back the stability that has been sorely lacking through what has been a devastating pandemic. Not to mention, we’ll have terrific examples of leadership in @DrBiden and @DouglasEmhoff, as our new First Lady and Second Gentleman.
“It’s no secret that the work ahead will be challenging. And no one person, even a president, is capable of waving a magic wand and fixing the problems that persist in this country,” she added. “But this past year I’ve seen folks from all over America step up like never before, whether it was peacefully protesting against racial injustice, registering first-time voters, or simply making sure a neighbor could safely get their groceries. It feels like we might finally be getting some momentum. And with @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris in the White House, we can once again start thinking about building the future we want for ourselves and our children.”
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