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Calls For Unity, Hopes For Normalcy

Vice President Kamala Harris bumps fists with President-elect Joe Biden after she was sworn in during the inauguration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
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Vice President Kamala Harris bumps fists with President-elect Joe Biden after she was sworn in during the inauguration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how an inauguration ceremony during a pandemic can still feel like a return to normal.

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In this week's episode: 

Forty-Six

Joseph R. Biden was sworn in Wednesday as the 46th President of the United States in what was a uniquely normal inauguration ceremony. It was unique because of the pandemic and therefore no crowds, no real parade and no inaugural balls. Plus, there were thousands of armed troops and police that turned Washington D.C. into a hardened bunker. 

But for some observers, it was refreshingly normal. Less talk of "American carnage" this year and more calls for unity, bipartisanship, and promises to put the American people first and to lower the volume of political rhetoric.

Ohio members of Congress were largely unified in their calls for unity.

Snollygoster Of The Week: Cleveland Browns

Columbus was prepared for possible violence at the Statehouse with National Guard troops and law enforcement at the ready. A planned protest on Sunday was lightly attended, however, and the small crowd appeared to leave a bit early so they could watch football.

The Cleveland Browns did not advance to the AFC Championship, but they may have played a minor role in preventing trouble at the Ohio Statehouse.  

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and son. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.