During Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration, we saw him join three former presidents – George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, to stand in front of the grave of the unknown soldier in the Arlington National Ceremony. It was a sombre break from the near-Hollywood blitz of the rest of the celebrations that featured stars like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. The message of much of the day was that America had just got through a four-year bad patch but now, as the New Republic put it, “The adults are back in the room”. The four presidents – past and present, Democrat and Republican standing in front of the
corpse of a young soldier were united in saying that, essentially, “America is returning to normal.”
Lets hope not.
Because “normal” particularly the “normal” that these presidents bequeathed on America is not for the faint hearted.