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Signs of a new Presidency come with voices and displays on the Central Coast

Inauguration Day displays
Throughout the Central Coast there are many Inauguration Day displays. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Inauguration Display
Throughout the Central Coast there are many Inauguration Day displays. (Photo: John Palminteri)
Inauguration Day flag
Throughout the Central Coast there are many Inauguration Day displays. (Photo: John Palminteri)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States comes with clear signs of a new administration and an emotional reaction from the American public.

Some homeowners in the Central Coast have shown their support with red, white and blue displays, balloons, flags and in their comments.

With a long and contentious campaign, there are still many supporters of former President Donald Trump who have not yet joined in on the healing of the divide, and may not, during this administration.

Kerry Smith, a Santa Barbara resident, was overcome at the ceremony. "I couldn't be happier fact is, it even brought tears to my eyes."

The oath of office for Biden and Kamala Harris, the first female Vice President, has proven to be memorable for many Americans.

Voters said the road ahead will be very challenging. "He's not going to waste a moment and I am excited to see what happens in the first 30 days," said Smith.

Political analysts say Biden will have to work quickly which conditions seem good.

If the Biden's Presidency is going to work,  Congress has to break through on many key issues, according to a former college professor from Michigan now living in Santa Barbara. Larry Kugler said, "they (Congress) have been pretty obstructive in the past and  I don't see any evidence yet that they are going to change their ways."

What still needs to be dealt with on this Inauguration Day is that millions of people did not vote for President Biden.  They still have a voice and want it heard. "

"I think some of our freedoms might be curtailed but as an American I go with the majority.  I think he and his Vice President are open to,  to  the people I certain pray that," said Dan Villano.

 One of the more impressive moments of the inauguration were the words of 23-year old poet laureate Amanda Gorman who went to school in Santa Monica.  A former school principle Marianne Kugler said, "if we have a lot of young people like that we don't need to worry about anything else."

.Biden has pledged to reach out to all Americans and develop a unifying Presidency. Kugler said, "having lived a long time and having seen a lot of Presidents I believe their attitude towards listening to people eventually  makes a difference."

In the spirit of changes, Smith said, "hopefully people will let their grudges go, because at the end of the day we all have to unite to make this a successful time in our lives."

Many of the issues that shaped the campaign involved the coronavirus crisis, economic recovery, environmental issues and international relations.

This morning Rep. Salud Carbajal (D)-24th District tweeted:

Congratulations to our new Vice President @KamalaHarris & thank you for your service to California! Today's inauguration marks the first day of a new era. I'm excited to work with the Admin to recover from #COVID19, invest in infrastructure, address the climate crisis, & more.

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