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CMU professor talks significance of inauguration

CMU professor talks significance of inauguration
CMU professor talks significance of inauguration(Yzabelah Roberts)
Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 6:39 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 at 9:13 AM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -

History was made Wednesday as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were officially sworn into office.

To get insight into the significance of the day, we sat down with Colorado Mesa University Political Science Professor Justin Gollob to find out.

Gollob specifically made note of the high-security presence, which hasn’t been seen at any inauguration of that magnitude.

Gollob also noted the somber atmosphere of Wednesday’s ceremony, directly related to the modern challenges facing the nation in the midst of the pandemic.

He explained that normally, the day would have had a much more celebratory tone.

“This one seems to be magnitudes greater in terms of really understanding the role that the inauguration was playing in the time that it was being conducted, more so than in inaugurations past,” says Gollob.

Some other historical pieces from the inauguration were of course the first woman to take office as Vice President Kamala Harris, and the absence of the outgoing President, Donald Trump.

Previous inaugurations closest to this one, would have been after the attacks on 9/11 and after the recession in 2008, according to Gollob.

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