1:49pm PT by Chris Gardner
Kerry Washington, Rihanna, Dan Levy and More Respond to History-Making Inauguration Day: "The Decency of It All"
After a tumultuous four years under the leadership of President Donald Trump, Wednesday's presidential inauguration procession may be best remembered for how civil the ceremonies were. Even on Twitter, previously home to consistent and vicious attacks from Trump, the biggest controversies to emerge thus far belonged to Bernie Sanders and his wool mittens and Jennifer Lopez for inserting "Let's Get Loud" into a medley of "This Land is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful."
"The decency of it all," wrote Schitt's Creek star Dan Levy in response to the event that saw Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sworn in as president and vice president of the United States. Harris became the first Black woman and first South Asian woman to hold the post, a meaningful moment for Mindy Kaling who posted an image of her daughter watching on as Harris took the oath. "It matters," she wrote.
It also mattered to many that the ceremonies featured the youngest inaugural poet ever in Amanda Gorman, an instant sensation, A-listers like Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, country superstar Garth Brooks and a speech from Biden that mirrored the moment of political discord, a raging pandemic and hope for change under a new administration. "I’ve known [Joe Biden] since I was a teenager. I believe in him," wrote Maria Shriver. "I believe he is a good man. I’m so hopeful on this day at this moment. He asked all of us to join him at this difficult moment in restoring the soul, the hope, the decency, the love of our country and of each other. I’m so in. I hope you are, too. I hope you can find it in your heart to give him a chance, to acknowledge the huge challenges facing him. He will need all of us. Let’s all try."
Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo posted, "We are going to be okay. From the wreckage there will be renewal, from the wounds will grow compassion and character, from the division will come clarity, from the despair will come wisdom, from the loss will come community."
Scroll down for more responses from Hollywood notable names.
The decency of it all.
— dan levy (@danjlevy) January 20, 2021
Sooooo much work to do. But TODAY I want to celebrate. And pray. And revel in our tremendous power (even against all odds) to make history happen.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 20, 2021
In my lifetime, I’m not sure where the best Inauguration speech falls, by I am positive I just heard the most important inaugural speech of my lifetime just now.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 20, 2021
I feel like a dark cloud has been lifted.
— cassian elwes (@cassianelwes) January 20, 2021
We are going to be okay. From the wreckage there will be renewal, from the wounds will grow compassion and character, from the division will come clarity, from the despair will come wisdom, from the loss will come community.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 20, 2021
Bono: "As an Irishman, I’ve always believed America isn’t just a country, it’s an idea, one the whole world has a stake in. Lady Liberty’s been bruised and battered these past four years...
— U2 (@U2) 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
It matters. Happy Inauguration everyone. pic.twitter.com/eGZWpQAWoh
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 20, 2021
For all the pomp and ceremony, for all of this being about Joe Biden’s inauguration for president, a job he has wanted for decades, the ceremony was broad, diverse, and beautiful. It was so much bigger than being about just one man... How refreshing.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 20, 2021
Chills watching Kamala walking in the White House. It only took 244 years.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 20, 2021
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 20, 2021
I’m so excited to go back to work and be able to actually focus because our country is in safe, competent and empathetic hands.
— Liz Hannah (@itslizhannah) January 20, 2021