Calls For Unity, Hopes For Normalcy

Jan 21, 2021

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.  

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