Inauguration Day Matters
I usually say something like this every four years (and I would link to similar posts when Bush was inaugurated if I hadn’t screwed up my PoliBlog archive), but it is truly impressive that we have had an unbroken chain of elections and peaceful transitions form Washington to Obama.
Likewise, it is impressive that when president’s terms come to a close, they go away without a fuss.
In terms of world history, there are almost no comparisons to be made. As such, while we Americans are not always as remarkable as we think we are, on this count we have been rather impressive.
So, if possible, I would extol everyone to set aside partisanship and recognize the importance and significance of this institutionalized, orderly process.
There will be plenty of time for partisan grousing and fighting.
(And yes, I do find of the grandiosity of the event to be a bit much, but even so, I think the fundamental point stands).