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John F. Kennedy war der erste amerikanische Präsident, der einen Dichter einlud, bei der Inauguration ein Gedicht zu sprechen. Der 86-jährige Robert Frost hatte ein Gedicht mit dem Titel Dedication geschrieben, kam aber über die ersten Zeilen nicht hinaus: loomings-jay.blogspot.com

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In the august occasions of the state  …
Bei der Inauguration von Joe Biden trug Amanda Gorman ihr Gedicht The Hill We Climb vor, sie ist mit zweiundzwanzig Jahren die jüngste Dichterin bei einer solchen Zeremonie. Sie hatte ihr Gedicht noch nicht ganz fertig, als sie im Fernsehen die Ereignisse vom 6. Januar sah. Da schrieb sie ihr Gedicht zuende: And then on the Wednesday in which we saw the insurrection at the Capitol, that was the day that the poem really came to life. And I really put pedal to the metal. Und sie schrieb den Tag mit in ihr Gedicht hinein:
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,

Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith we trust.
For while we have our eyes on the future,
History has its eyes on us.

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At 2:12 p.m. on Jan. 6, supporters of President Trump began climbing through a window they had smashed on the northwest side of the U.S. Capitol. “Go! Go! Go!” someone shouted as the rioters, some in military gear, streamed in. It was the start of the most serious attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812. The mob coursed through the building, enraged that Congress was preparing to make Trump’s electoral defeat official. “Drag them out! … Hang them out!” rioters yelled at one point, as they gathered near the House chamber. Officials in the House and Senate secured the doors of their respective chambers, but lawmakers were soon forced to retreat to undisclosed locations. Five people died on the grounds that day, including a Capitol police officer. In all, more than 50 officers were injured.

Licht an! Trumps düstere Präsidentschaft endet

Spätestens mit der Angelobung Joe Bidens geht am Mittwoch in den USA die vierjährige Amtszeit von Donald Trump zu Ende, die politische Antithese zu den Idealen der Aufklärung. –  Essay von Gerald Schubert: derstandard.at

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