Tears everywhere at the departure of Trump
The occasion proved all too much for the nation's best and brightest
Presidential inaugurations are always an emotional affair, but today’s certainly were a grade above. This time remarkable numbers of America’s best and brightest struggled to keep the tears at bay… Did we miss any?
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I’m sure I’m not the only one who teared up a few moments ago, and last night during the Covid memorial ceremony. We have much to savor at this moment, but the greatest is that Donald Trump no longer has the nuclear codes.
— Steven Pinker (@sapinker) January 20, 2021
A skinny Black girl descended from slaves…I am in tears.
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) January 20, 2021
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning“ Psalms 30:5
Tears of joy and prayers for our nation and the entire world ❤️#BidenHarrisInauguration
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 20, 2021
Just walking the dog and finding myself in tears. Relief? Patriotism? That ceremony restored something inside.
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) January 20, 2021
We must allow ourselves to take it all in, feel the moment, cry tears of relief…
…and then we get to work!#Inauguration2021
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) January 20, 2021
That moment. Inviting everyone in America to sing “Amazing Grace” together … it was hard to get the words out through tears. But it felt beautiful to do that with folks all across the country. #Inauguration
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) January 20, 2021
Congratulations to our first ever female @VP Kamala Harris. I cried real tears today. That hope is alive feels good.
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) January 20, 2021
I am so happy everybody. Happy and in tears!
I felt a shift in the Spirit realm. Darkness has lifted. I feel it.
We’re gonna be okay. #Love and unity will be the way forward.
Thank you, God!
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) January 20, 2021
Goosebumps. Tears. Hope. #AmandaGorman
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) January 20, 2021
Anyone else crying? Just a little?
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 20, 2021
Watching President-elect Biden make his way to Washington, DC on CNN brought me to tears. I felt something I haven’t felt for a long time: HOPE. ❤️❤️❤️
— Chip Coffey (@chipcoffey) January 19, 2021
Had tears in my eyes after seeing the look on Dr. Biden's face as her husband took the oath of office. #Inauguration2021
— Angelica Brown (@AngelicaB2290) January 20, 2021
Yup. Watching on CNN with tears in my eyes. To all my American family, friends and colleagues, congratulations on the inauguration of your 46th President. https://t.co/os0YySbrjh
— Jim Al-Khalili (@jimalkhalili) January 20, 2021
I feel the burden of living in my country under President Trump has been lifted from my shoulders. For me, the relief brings tears of joy. I rejoice in knowing it’s a new day and a new way with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) January 20, 2021
Overwhelmed with tears of joy @KamalaHarris @JoeBiden
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) January 20, 2021
Is anyone else crying?
— Charlie Condou (@Charliecondou) January 20, 2021
The first woman Vice President. It’s been so long coming. Tears.
— David Aaronovitch (@DAaronovitch) January 20, 2021
What an amazing moment. Hope & healing were given new meaning today. It brought tears to my eyes & restored my faith in American leaders. I felt the promise of a new beginning in the face of all the grief & pain that we’ve seen—a reason for joy & pride in our resilience & grit. pic.twitter.com/t9njNpOuxw
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) January 20, 2021
Damn it My eye filled with Tears and my heart ❤️ full of pride watching and hearing our Military Bands . @USArmy @USMC @USMC @USAFBand @USCG @SpaceForceDoD God Bless America! pic.twitter.com/Qe3UqsZqCb
— Russel L. Honore' (@ltgrusselhonore) January 20, 2021
I don't think I've been this proud of being American. I can't stop crying and this is something that I am not used to.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) January 20, 2021
Really and truly can’t stop bursting into spontaneous tears of relief.
— Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) January 20, 2021
There’s an old saying: “The happiest two days in a boat owner’s life are the day he buys it and the day he sells it.” As a conservative, I was unhappy the day Donald Trump won the 2016 Republican nomination, more unhappy the day he won the 2016 election… and relieved today that he is no longer President of the United States of America.
That said, the “tweets” by the twits in this article are pathetic. Nauseating. And emblematic. Tears? For the likes of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris? Seriously? ( We lived with the shenanigans of Kamala Harris in California. We know what will now be inflicted on the entire country. )
Slobbering, emotional hyperbole has always characterized the Hollywood elite, and this is as fine an example of that as may be found. Unfortunately, an awfully large swath of the American public follow gurus like Oprah Winfrey and various other vacuous celebrities and just slurp up this saccharin nonsense. The irony here is that the guy who just left the White House was one of those self-same, egotistical celebrities whose intellects are on a par with kindergarteners.
Goor riddance, yes. But God help us as this new wave of morons takes the helm. The ship of state is foundering. And we’ve invited the inmates to run the asylum. To mix my metaphors. ( And why not? Everything else in this country seems mixed-up. )
Utter despair at Unheard putting this mind numbing drivel up.
Is the editorial team solely American now.
It’s clearly lost the balance of across the board articles.
If that was Chinese or say Russian ‘elections’ guess what the bias would be.
Don’t bother, just watch the BBC.
Fortunately I don’t watch MSM (so I could be wrong) that leaves me to catch the ‘news’ elsewhere.
Sorry this board has levelled down with the rest of the MSM particularly because the comments are the key to very interesting and diverse points of view. All lost now a sad sad day.
I suspect the idea was to provoke lively debate – more than anything else.
But you are right about the overuse of US topics on nearly all U.K. media. Common language payback for colonisation activity I suppose…..
Maybe it was put-up as a reminder of how pathetic these people all are.
The problem with “the best and brightest” is that they think they really are [best and brightest].
According to psychology’s definition of sociopaths, narcissists and egomaniacs, they never look in the mirror of introspection. Their bitter repudiation of such remonstrances as they have been offered during the past 12 years – the Tea Party in the USA, Leave victory in our British referendum, Donald Trump’s election as president in 2016, various populist party gains across Europe during 2017/18 – and their complete refusal to deduce anything from those criticisms, proves this point in spades.
What, on their part, have they achieved these past 25 years? –
* Pointless endless winless wars in the Middle East – very gratifying to the Military-Industrial Complex, ruinous for everybody else.
* A recession post 2007, caused by the trashing of the world economy which is basically slaughtered. It has an unliquidatable debt of $600 trillions (not a typo) and, via its broken big banks and helplessly indebted worthless government bonds, is just waiting to fall over.
* Mass immigration from the Third World and other poor countries into the relatively peaceful, successful, productive First World, meaning social alienation in the latter (both among natives and immigrants) in the short term and the transformation of the latter into Third World countries in the longer term.
* Ferocious bullying, as with ‘woke’ cancel culture and political correctness run mad; rule by fear; less and less freedom of speech and assembly for any views not Left-orthodox. This ought to worry everyone. If speech becomes forbidden, all that is left to dissentients is violence. For decades, assassination was the only method of political discourse available in the Arab world.
Above all (in every mortal sense of the term) the creation of a society in two camps: a smug self-endorsing ‘meritocracy’ without merit, elites without competence (cf Public Health England), which comprises those who have political authority, most of the media shilling for them, academe telling everybody what to think, big money (not small businesses): all collectively operating as one endeavour ruling in their own interests; and the rest of society, a serfdom of rule-takers.
Not a healthy series of accomplishments, is it?
Who are these bunch of conceited cretins?
I only recognise two of them, although it is satisfying to note how deplorable they are.
They might be the ‘basket of deplorables’ we used to hear about?
Never have I felt more pride at being British than I do after scanning that load of vomit inducing old cod’s wallop. Thank the good Lord we don’t have that kind of ceremony in the UK, can you imagine? Honestly. Get a grip people, the man’s half dead already.
Of course they’re happy, it’s back to normal, the corrupt corporate warmongers are back in charge
Shows how having a common language leads to confusion. Can’t make head nor tail of them . Funny bunch over there. Can’t imagine the Europeans crying like that.
I realised that the first time I went there. More foreign than the French by miles.
I cried when Boris saved me from Jeremy Corbyn – or maybe it was not a coincidence that I stubbed my toe.
Anyone old enough to remember the inauguration of Jimmy Carter in 1977? An awful lot of self-important people from the creative industries were filled with joy as a “proper” Democrat president was sworn into office and a new true post Nixon era was about to begin.
It didn’t work out too well. Be careful what you wish for ““ as they say.
These people may yet come to learn what oppressive government is.
Read Trisha Greenhalgh’s views on COVID measures, and it’s clear that she not only knows what it is. She wants to implement it.
‘Chills at seeing Biden and Harris sworn in’ I really get this line from above, but did not watch as I suspected my reaction would be stronger than that.
If I want to be subjected to the echo chamber of righteous ‘progressive’ twitter-sphere then I know where to go…Twitter. No need for it to infect unherd as well.
But the chocolate box style painting of Biden & Harris is fun – straight out of a peoples republic propaganda painting.
However much they fawn and spin, they can’t get round the fact that these fraudsters were installed behind barbed wire and with 26,000 troops between them and their own people. They ordained it thus, for black propaganda reasons, not security.
That last one from Mike Portnoy makes 1950’s communist propaganda posters look nuanced.
Seems I am woefullly ill-informed about the ‘great and good’. Only recognised three of the names above. Who are all these weepy people?
Mostly people who had vowed to leave the country 4 and a bit years ago.
Attention seekers of course. American attention seekers, it’s what they do best.
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