The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:28 pm

Local reaction to President Joe Biden swearing in

The following was released on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021:

INDems Statement on the Inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President of the United States

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today issued the following statement celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the new President and Vice President of the United States. Biden is now the 46th president to hold office with Harris becoming the first Black, Asian, and woman to ever hold executive office as Vice President.

“Today marks the start of a new era for the United States and a time when we all must come together to help solve the toughest problems facing Indiana and our nation. President Joe Biden will bring a pedigree of experience that's needed to lead and unite the country out of the darkness the last four years and the pandemic have brought us. Vice President Kamala Harris will shine in her role that's not only historic but will set an example for future generations.

There will be many days ahead where we must as a nation fight the demons of our past, and the Indiana Democratic Party will call for accountability along the way. Those battles are for tomorrow, because today we must celebrate this moment where a majority of Americans collectively exhale knowing there's a competent, compassionate, patriotic leader sitting in the Oval Office again.” - John Zody, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party



Brown Vows to Work with Biden-Harris Administration to Put Ohio Working Families First, Honor the Dignity of Work

CLEVELAND, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement to mark the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Brown looks forward to working with the Biden-Harris Administration to implement policies that help working families in Ohio get ahead and that unite the country in the face of ongoing national hardships.

“Today, I join Ohioans and the rest of the nation in celebrating the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. American workers will finally have someone on their side in the White House, and millions of girls – especially Black and brown girls - all over the country are seeing that there is no limit to their dreams, and they belong in every room where decisions are made. I look forward to working with President Biden, Vice President Harris and my colleagues to rise to meet the challenges before us, bring our country together and continue our fight for the Dignity of Work.”


Young Attends Inauguration with the Adjutant General of Indiana

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today attended the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the United States Capitol. Brigadier General R. Dale Lyles, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, joined Senator Young as his guest for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

“The peaceful transfer of power is an essential component of the American experiment. Witnessing this uniquely American tradition once again reminded me of the immense responsibilities we have to protect this republic. I stand ready to work with the new administration to find common ground wherever possible, and to ensure every American has a fair shot at success,” said Senator Young.

“I would also like to thank the Indiana National Guard members who were mobilized to our nation's capital to help ensure a safe Inauguration, as well as their Commanding General, Brigadier General Lyles who joined today's ceremony as my guest. From deployments around the globe to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and now helping to ensure the peaceful transfer of power, the men and women of the National Guard continue to make Indiana proud,” Senator Young added.


Allen County Bar Association Statement on Inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris

As members of the Allen County Bar Association, we believe in democracy and the rule of law that is its foundation. Various courts throughout the United States

considered dozens of lawsuits regarding claims of impropriety related to the November 3, 2020 election. The courts confirmed that the 2020 election was properly and

fairly conducted with accurate and certified results.

We have seen both the fragile, yet resilient, nature of our democracy through events of the past two weeks. On January 6, rioters disregarded the rule of law. Their

actions were not protected under our Constitution. Rather, they were violent and inconsistent with the peaceful transfer of power. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violent attack on America's Capitol and Constitution on January 6th.

Yet we are hopeful on this day. We applaud Congress for completing its Constitutional duties in the face of this unprecedented domestic attack. And today, we

have witnessed the resilience of our democracy with the peaceful transition of power through the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris.

As lawyers, we have a special relationship to the rule of law, and a special responsibility to persuade our fellow citizens of its importance and to continue fighting to ensure that the rule of law will not only survive, but that it will also prevail. The Allen County Bar Association is committed to defending and upholding the rule of law, knowing that true democracy cannot exist in its absence.

Douglas Dormire Powers, President and Sarah L. Schreiber, President– Elect


Statement of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden


I strongly support the statement of Archbishop Jose Gomez, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, on this day of the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as 46th President of the United States( I encourage all to read this statement. I am grateful for the Archbishop's clear articulation of our position as non-partisan pastors in relation to our newly elected president, the second Catholic president in our nation's history.

Our nation needs unity and peace, healing and reconciliation. Let us pray for this intention. At the same time, we are called as Christians to work for these ends. We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, including those with whom we disagree. We reject all violence and hatred. Even when there are profound disagreements in politics, we must respect one another and engage in discussions with civility, rejecting hateful rhetoric and personal attacks. As President Biden stated in his inaugural address: “We can see each other, not as adversaries, but as neighbors.”

During the election season, I spoke and wrote about our political responsibility as Catholics. I called on the faithful to hold fast to the teachings of the Church and not to adopt positions of either political party that are inimical to the truths of our faith, and not to be blinded by political ideology. In his statement, Archbishop Gomez states: “We work with every President and every Congress. On some issues we find ourselves more on the side of Democrats, while on others we find ourselves standing with Republicans. Our priorities are never partisan. We are Catholics first, seeking only to follow Christ faithfully and to advance his vision for human fraternity and community.”

Catholics in our country were pretty evenly divided in the recent election, with half voting for Joseph Biden and half for Donald Trump. No matter how one voted, we should not be divided by political allegiances or by ideologies. We must be united in our common faith and in charity, united with the Pope and Bishops in fidelity to the Church's moral and social teaching and to the obligations of justice and charity that we have in society.

There are issues and policies of President Biden and the Democratic Party with which the Church agrees. I look forward to progress in working together for comprehensive immigration reform, eradicating racism, abolishing the death penalty, protecting the environment, etc. At the same time, there are issues and policies of President Biden and the Democratic Party with which the Church profoundly disagrees because they “would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender” (Archbishop Gomez's statement). Our religious liberty is another deep concern. We will engage with the new Administration and with Congress, as we always have done, to protect human life, to support marriage and family life, and to guard religious freedom.

We must never tire in our efforts to build a culture of love, solidarity, peace, and justice, based on our belief in the fundamental dignity of every human person. In fidelity to the Gospel of Jesus, we have a preferential love for the poor, the weak, the outcast, and the marginalized. I believe that the Church's social doctrine not only positively contributes to our nation's political discussions, but also addresses underlying problems, including our culture's increasing moral relativism and distorted notions of freedom (on the “right” or on the “left”), which hurt the common good of our nation.

Let us pray for President Biden and his Administration as well as for our Congress. I pray also that the Church may truly be a leaven in society for greater unity and harmony.


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