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Opinion | Celebrating President Biden’s Inauguration: ‘A New Day in America’

To the Editor:

Re “Biden Is Sworn In as 46th President” (nytimes.com, Jan. 20):

Given everything our country has been through at the hands of the former president, this is the first time in four years I can breathe easy knowing that the man who is replacing him will treat the job and the American people with the dignity and respect we expect.

While no one knows what a Biden presidency will be able to achieve, at least we will not be subjected to same unending barrage of abuse and turmoil that masqueraded for leadership under his predecessor. For that I am truly thankful.

Here is one American wishing President Biden and his team the best of luck.

Michael Scott
San Francisco

To the Editor:

President Biden’s Inaugural Address struck just the right tone. We face significant issues in the months and years ahead, but if we can work for the common good, as he stated, there is little we can’t achieve together as a society. It will require hard work, but it is a new day in America, and together we can reach new heights in combating the pandemic, reducing inequality and unifying our country.

Steven M. Clayton
Ocean, N.J.

To the Editor:

What is this strange and wonderful new world we have awoken to? Our new president smiles and laughs. He speaks of hopes, of dreams. He hugs, he worships, he encourages; he sheds tears without shame. Four dark years seem to have disappeared like a thief in the night.

“It’s a whole new day!” my wife shouts, the first words from her lips as she leaps from bed. A new day, indeed.

Philip Taft
Hopewell, N.J.

To the Editor:

The bookends of the Trump presidency: his inaugural speech about “American carnage” and the last days of his presidency with the carnage that he created.

The ceremony by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at the illuminated Reflecting Pool at the Washington Monument to honor the more than 400,000 who have died of Covid-19 in the United States was beautiful, heartfelt and a moment that finally allowed Americans to grieve. And you could imagine the nationwide tears and collective sighs of relief as a much-needed transfer of power took place.

Susan Berger
Glencoe, Ill.

To the Editor:

Twelve years ago today, I wept when I saw John Lewis come out on the stage at the first Obama inauguration. I couldn’t think of a person alive that day who deserved more credit for what was about to take place.

Today at the Biden inauguration, that honor goes to Representative James Clyburn. Unquestionably his role in calmly and passionately making the case for Joe Biden to the American people brought us to this day that could well have been the beginning of a second Trump term. For that, our nation owes him an everlasting debt of gratitude.

James P. Pehl
Marlborough, Mass.

To the Editor:

As I watched the inauguration with my 91-year-old father, Amanda Gorman’s reading of her poem made us both remember and celebrate the power of words to heal and inspire. It made us remember why we desperately need poets. This poet lifted the room and our battered hopes and grieving spirits and, I suspect, those of the entire country with her words:

Somehow we weathered and witnessed
A nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished

She also wrote:

There is always light
If only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.

May her words blanket social media to reach us all and heal this nation.

Katharine Jones
Woodstock, N.H.

To the Editor:

We have a president again.

Matthew Wolin
Teaneck, N.J.

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