With President Joe Biden taking the oath of office on Wednesday, Washington state’s leaders and lawmakers expressed a range of emotions and reactions.
That included Gov. Jay Inslee, who pointed to a National Mall “free of insurgency” following January 6’s attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
“I am alive with the excitement of national rebirth,” Inslee said. “And, to see the new president honoring those lost to COVID, I know that our hopes for better days ahead are well grounded.”
I took this of the Obamas and the Bidens 12 years ago at top of Capitol stairs after the inauguration of President Obama concluded. A fresh promise then, and a fresh promise now. pic.twitter.com/2T2eSuBxHd
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) January 20, 2021
From Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan labeled Wednesday’s inauguration as “an inspiring an historic moment for our country, and a complete repudiation of the last four years.”
“As we turn the page on this presidency, we must remember that before we can have reconciliation, we must have truth and accountability for the actions of individuals who put self over country in an attempt to violently subvert the will of the people,” she said.
Representing Washington’s Republicans in Congress, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was more focused on policy moves the incoming president is set to make on his first day in office.
As part of his “Day 1” priorities, Biden vowed to withdraw the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a decision Rep. McMorris Rodgers — the Republican Leader of Energy and Commerce — decried as “the beginning