Political experts say Biden inauguration will be "most unique in history"
SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- Local political experts say the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday will be unlike any we've ever seen before. Security concerns and the Coronavirus Pandemic are limiting the size and scope of what traditionally has been a big event.
"It's going to make it probably one of the most unique inaugurations in US history in the fact that you won't be able to have the pomp and circumstance," said Dr. Chad Kinsella, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ball State University.
Kinsella says smaller crowd sizes will offer the nation a sobering reminder of the state of the country during a pandemic and the aftermath of an attack on the U.S. Capitol just two weeks ago.
"I think right now from what I gather it seems like it'll be a fairly small affair," said Kinsella. "It's just not going to be the big to do that it normally is."
Kinsella says he expects Biden's speech following his swearing in to be one of unity and overcoming the pandemic.
"The rumor is that he's going to try to make a very conciliatory speech to try to mend fences so I think there's going to be some people who I think will be really interested in what he has to say," said Kinsella.
Kinsella says even though it will be small, still expect some sort of celebration of the incoming administration.
"They'll try to do some, some things to celebrate as best that they can given the circumstances, so they'll have remote celebrations with people, so on so forth," said Kinsella.