- The Washington Times - Friday, January 20, 2017

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri helped kick off Friday’s presidential inauguration ceremony by citing lines from inaugural addresses of past U.S. presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy.

“Today, the legislative, the executive, the judicial branches of our constitutional government come together for the 58th inauguration of the president of the United States,” said Mr. Blunt, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

“We’ve come to this place again — commonplace and miraculous,” he said, channeling words from President Reagan.

“A national moment of celebration, but not a celebration of victory — a celebration of democracy,” he said.

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