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."

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