(CNN)CNN Opinion contributors share their thoughts on Inauguration Day in real time.

And now to…ending a pandemic, fixing the economy, curbing disinformation, battling white supremacy, undoing systemic racism, solving climate change, ending growing inequality, fixing our broken infrastructure, reforming the legal system…and that’s just at home. Godspeed.

— Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil (@AbdulElSayed) January 20, 2021

Look at this, a norm re-established right way in the Biden White House. pic.twitter.com/trxOlnwLjG

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) January 20, 2021

Favorite line from @JoeBiden : let’s move beyond “the exhausting outrage” of the last four years. Who else is exhausted?

— Kate Andersen Brower (@katebrower) January 20, 2021

A very dignified inauguration indeed. Sadly, the celebrations and parties are another casualty of the pandemic. #Inauguration2021

— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) January 20, 2021

American Democracy wasn’t just under siege two weeks ago. It was under siege for 4 long years.Democracy prevailed.God Bless America. 🇺🇸

— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) January 20, 2021

A tough path ahead. But it’s stunning how a single morning could begin to heal, repair, and erase the carnage, lies, and sheer madness of the past four years.

— Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2) January 20, 2021

That was one of the most powerful poems I've ever heard.@TheAmandaGorman just blessed the entire country with her brilliance. #InagurationDay

— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) January 20, 2021

In you oh God we discover our humanity, and in our humanity we discover our commonness. That’s a theology I can get right behind. #InaugurationDay #Amen

— Tess Taylor (@Tessathon) January 20, 2021

.@TheAmandaGorman just dropped that incredible poem…and represented the under 30 America that rarely sees itself represented in ceremonies like this today

— Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil (@AbdulElSayed) January 20, 2021

Let us say this is true: “That even as we grieved we grew, that even as we hurt we hoped, that even as we tired, we tried.” -Amanda Gorman

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) January 20, 2021

Garth Brooks captures the moment perfectly. The return of grace to America

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 20, 2021

Goodness wins. Decency wins. Humanity wins. Civility wins. Empathy wins. Inclusion wins. Democracy wins. The Constitution wins. Light wins. Love wins.

— Maria Cardona (@MariaTCardona) January 20, 2021

Joe Biden saved his best speech when he – and we – needed it most. His words of unity and healing are a welcomed change from the past four years.

— Doug Heye (@DougHeye) January 20, 2021

It speaks volumes when the first Presidential Act is a moment of silence. #InaugurationDay

— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) January 20, 2021

After how consistently Trump and others have demonized the left about faith, it's pretty striking that a Democratic President's first act in office was to lead the country in prayer.

— Elliot Williams (@elliotcwilliams) January 20, 2021

What a gorgeous speech. Biden is exactly the man America needs at this moment. pic.twitter.com/xY8Qdd8aeG

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) January 20, 2021

"Uncivil war." How well put. That is the phrase that I will remember from this inaugural address.

— Lanhee J. Chen (@lanheechen) January 20, 2021

#JoeBiden is a fascinating historical figure. A centrist #Democrat who became more left and more aware of race because #BarackObama put him on his ticket and #DonaldTrump disgusted him. #Inauguration2021

— ((Lincoln Mitchell)) (@LincolnMitchell) January 20, 2021

“A winter of peril and possibility” is a pretty good phrase for my feelings about state of the nation, yesterday & today. As always, our family prays for our leaders. I wish them the best & will likely disagree w them often. As always, as Joe notes, that doesn’t make them enemies

— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) January 20, 2021

This inaugural is Joe Biden’s defiant defense of unity and democracy.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) January 20, 2021

Biden doesn’t mention Trump by name, but he makes an important point: Racism and reactionary, violent conservatism didn’t start with Trump. The push of those trying to better this place has always been met by those trying to pull us back.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) January 20, 2021

Biden delivering a classic Biden speech. We can work hard enough, we can work together and there is nothing we can’t do. He believes that and we must as a nation get behind him

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 20, 2021

Is anybody watching the #Inauguration and thinking "Gee, this would be better if #DonaldTrump had shown up." I sure am not.

— ((Lincoln Mitchell)) (@LincolnMitchell) January 20, 2021

“Democracy has prevailed.”Congratulations President @JoeBiden pic.twitter.com/AX5g3pfceF

— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) January 20, 2021

President @JoeBiden !!! America, We did it!! 🇺🇸So many emotions as the tears of relief joy, pride & hope flow… 🌅 #InaugurationDay pic.twitter.com/l2cxSR3BGu

— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) January 20, 2021

My God.I feel such a weight lifted off my chest.Exhale, America. Democracy survived.#46

— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) January 20, 2021

Something I haven’t said in four long years: I’m so proud of our President. pic.twitter.com/hIpmHCQtm6

— Chris King (@ChrisKingFL) January 20, 2021

What a beautiful contrast! After 4 years of hearing disparaging words towards the LatinX community & about immigrants, @JLo delivers “This Land is Your Land” at #Inauguration2021 and even spoke in Spanish. It’s a new day in our nation! 🇺🇸#JenniferLopez #InaugurationDay

— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 20, 2021

The oath to defend against foreign and *domestic* enemies means something more in 2020.

— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) January 20, 2021

The first Latina Supreme Court Justice administering the oath to the first African American, South Asian woman Vice President is bringing me to tears. I am just so incredibly proud that we are here at this moment. God Bless America

— Patti Solis Doyle (@PattiSolisDoyle) January 20, 2021

Sonia Sotomayor swearing in Kamala Harris is an amazing, amazing moment. #InaugurationDay

— Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry) January 20, 2021

Gaga said "I will send this message with this brooch & also I will use that classical training today"

— Openly Black Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) January 20, 2021

I'm so here for @ladygaga ❤️She looks stunning & just nailed the national anthem. 🇺🇸#GodBlessAmerica#InaugurationDay

— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) January 20, 2021

Like the DNC convention, the inauguration is showing that these important events can be remade in the middle of a pandemic to convey a sense of decorum and history–while doing so safely.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) January 20, 2021

I love Father Leo O'Donovan. Former President of @Georgetown, and a Jesuit, his prayer struck just the right tone.

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) January 20, 2021

Bipartisanship is key to moving the country forward, however, without accountability & repentance, there can't be honest attempts at unity. #InaugurationDay

— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) January 20, 2021

We are watching history – and a new chapter for our nation. It is a moment to appreciate the majesty of democracy – not despite the forces who have tried to overturn the will of the people, but because their attack makes it all the more dear. Our Democratic Republic endures.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) January 20, 2021

Realizing I am feeling proud of our country for the first time in four years

— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) January 20, 2021

All the feels watching the first woman to walk out of those doors as the Vice President of the United States.

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 20, 2021

Looking at all the ex-presidents’ assembling to honor the inauguration Joe Biden & Kamala Harris is a reminder what a peaceful transfer of power looks like – and a reminder that what Donald Trump and the insurrectionists tried to do to our country is not who we are as a nation.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) January 20, 2021

I’m surprised by how emotional I feel. Our democracy has been so badly battered, and this is such an important display of resilience. And then there’s Kamala — a barrier-breaker.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) January 20, 2021

Eugene Goodman receives a hero's welcome. Well he should.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) January 20, 2021

Thankful for the dignity and respect of @VP at @JoeBiden #Inauguration pic.twitter.com/5d5N4bZyjE

— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) January 20, 2021

I am watching with the sound off, to let the images really sink in and appreciate the miracle of what we are seeing. We did something rare in history – we voted out a corrupt tyrant and interrupted his process of authoritarian state capture. Your votes mattered. #InaugurationDay

— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) January 20, 2021

How sadly remarkable it is that the presence of outgoing VP Pence is remarkable. pic.twitter.com/UFuEoeglwn

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) January 20, 2021

I was privileged and lucky enough to get a spot on the platform for Clinton's inauguration. Every second is filled with hope, excitement and reverence. A true display of American exceptionalism. Congratulations President @JoeBiden

— Patti Solis Doyle (@PattiSolisDoyle) January 20, 2021

Shallow tweet of the day: Michelle in burgundy cashmere is EVERYTHING. And that Farrah Fawcett hair, god I love her.

— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) January 20, 2021

Soak in the following phrase: "Black officer who held off a violent mob at the Capitol, escorting the first Black/South Asian/female Vice President to be sworn in by the first Latina SCOTUS justice"

— Elliot Williams (@elliotcwilliams) January 20, 2021

GWB elbowing people hello is exactly what I needed to pre-game this thing right.

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 20, 2021

4 years ago. Today's transition wasn't peaceful, but it still went on schedule so the world's dictators cannot celebrate overmuch. America has survived a painful lesson. Now it must put into action what it learned. https://t.co/EWP9adqDO4

— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) January 20, 2021

As if this day were not historic enough, the first Black Woman Vice President will swear in 3 barrier-breaking Senators: the 1st Black Senator from Georgia, the 1st Jewish Senator from Georgia, and the 1st Latino Senator from California! #InaugurationDay https://t.co/lOK9Jee2He

— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) January 20, 2021

It's hard to overstate how important these positive images of bipartisan pomp and circumstance are after the past four years. Our wounds remain open, but this helps healing. We need this.

— Doug Heye (@DougHeye) January 20, 2021

📌Hero Capitol Police officer #EugeneGoodman, the Black man who saved the Senate from White terrorists 2 weeks ago, escorts VP-elect #KamalaHarris into the WH. Classy. #BlackLivesmatter #Inauguration2021

— RoxanneJones (@iamroxannejones) January 20, 2021

Great Presidential speeches capture the President's voice. Obama was soaring and inspirational. Clinton was accessible, speaking the language of the people. Biden's will be great if it captures him…no malarky, practical and above all else optimistic love of America's future.

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 20, 2021

A powerful, restorative image, after the last horrific ones at the Capitol. https://t.co/FLDelsFBaw

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 20, 2021

Two weeks ago, these stairs were filled with Trump insurrectionists trying to overthrow the U.S. government. Today, President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their spouses climb the stairs to be inaugurated into office. pic.twitter.com/egCkFD2tk4

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 20, 2021

Looks like all is calm today in DC. Feels peaceful & normal. I like it. #Inauguration2021

— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) January 20, 2021

“Though we hail from different backgrounds and ideologies, we’re singularly unique, even eternally bound, by our common devotion and service to this wonderful country.” George H.W. Bush @Bush41Library #Inauguration2021

— Kate Andersen Brower (@katebrower) January 20, 2021

Anyone else getting really excited to see the various dignitaries arriving at the Capitol two weeks to the day we witnessed the indignity of an insurrection? Feels like a page is turning. #InaugurationDay

— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) January 20, 2021

I’m not sure if it’s good or bad for Ted Cruz to show up at this. But one things’s for sure, doing so takes a LOT of audacity.

— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) January 20, 2021

Today is #InaugurationDay—but it’s also the anniversary of the first case of #COVID19 in the US. 400,000 deaths later, the irony reminds us what the @JoeBiden Administration will be judged on: ending the #pandemic & building an America where it can’t happen again.

— Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil (@AbdulElSayed) January 20, 2021

As we celebrate today as a sign of hope for American #demcoracy, we must never forget that the opponents of American democracy fought hard to make sure today would never happen. We must also restore #ruleoflaw and bring them, all of them, to #justice. #Inauguration2021

— ((Lincoln Mitchell)) (@LincolnMitchell) January 20, 2021

The first Latina on the Supreme Court is about to swear in the first woman Vice President and we are going to get used to seeing powerful national moments that include zero white people and zero men.

— jess mcintosh (@jess_mc) January 20, 2021

The split-screen difference in mask-wearing at inauguration events and the Trump rally is unsurprising, but striking. That’s going to be Biden’s biggest task: figuring out how to depoliticize the pandemic.

— Elliot Williams (@elliotcwilliams) January 20, 2021

Nice blessing by @BarackObama.You're known by the friends you keep. Notably- Trump did not have Pence by his side today.https://t.co/Hy4yBJa3Ta

— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) January 20, 2021

Listening to my son's 1st grade teacher talk about the inauguration and after asking why today is special, a little girl says, "Because we're getting our first woman vice president" and now is when I start crying. Today won't automatically fix anything, but today is a good day.

— Danielle Campoamor (@DCampoamor) January 20, 2021

Exactly two weeks ago, the US suffered a coup attempt with an attack on the CapitolExactly one week ago, in that same Capitol, Trump was impeached for the second time.Today, Joe Biden assumes the presidency on the steps of that same Capitol

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) January 20, 2021

Next time someone tells you, "it doesn't matter who is president, they are all the same," remember how much of the nation felt on the morning of January 20, 2021. It matters.

— Julian Zelizer (@julianzelizer) January 20, 2021

Today is a day of contrasts as power shifts. Struck by how the two men mornings were so different. Trump left to the campy sound of the village people while Biden listened to the scripture in a church. A change is coming.

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 20, 2021

In a few hours, the first woman vice president will be sworn in by the first Latina Supreme Court Justice (appointed by the first Black president). #InaugurationDay https://t.co/nsRrSFNST8

— Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry) January 20, 2021

Of course there will be mistakes stumbles and scandals – that’s true of every administration. But we won’t see reflexive lying and hyper partisan disregard for democratic norms.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) January 20, 2021

That Americans are only feeling the faint flickers of hope counting down the final hours of Trump’s presidency is a final indictment. One that pales in comparison to the lost lives, the cruelty, racial division, unethical behavior, craven greed, moral reprehensibility of this man

— Dr. Peniel E. Joseph (@PenielJoseph) January 20, 2021

#KamalaHarrisMakingHistory for many reasons, but one way to further understand the lack of diversity in the presidency is that #JoeBiden will be only the 3rd president who is not a white male protestant. #Inauguration2021

— ((Lincoln Mitchell)) (@LincolnMitchell) January 20, 2021

Can we please read the note Trump left to @Biden immediately?

— Laura Coates (@thelauracoates) January 20, 2021

Ya’ll @KamalaHarris is about to be sworn in as the first Black woman Vice President of the United States. Let that sink in…

— Aisha C. Mills (@AishaMoodMills) January 20, 2021

Breathing a massive sigh of relief for a Trump-free DC. Those people have lived with trauma and terror on their doorstep for four years. It is fortunate they know how to party.

— jess mcintosh (@jess_mc) January 20, 2021

In a hopeful sign for the nation, Biden invited top Republicans officials to join him in church this morning — and they agreed.

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) January 20, 2021

Younger Americans should be reminded that defeated presidents do not usually make angry gloating speeches in the last hours of their presidency. #DonaldTrump #TrumpsLastDay

— ((Lincoln Mitchell)) (@LincolnMitchell) January 20, 2021

First example of grace and class early this morning. Joe Biden waits for Trump to get on the plane before leaving for church giving Trump the full screen and avoiding a split screen. Refreshing.

— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) January 20, 2021

Given the circumstances:Trump is right to tout his accomplishments:Tax cuts,Judicial / SCOTUS appts,support for Israel,cut fed regulations & Rebuilt military#InaugurationDay pic.twitter.com/zqhIhn2tIG

— Alice Stewart (@alicetweet) January 20, 2021

Trump decides – in his last HOURS in office — to warn America to “be careful” about Covid, after telling us for months that it was no worse than the flu, not to let it change our lives, contracting and spreading the virus, and not following his own experts’ guidelines.

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 20, 2021

A disgraced president regales a few hundred family, staff and smattering of loyalists with a disjointed and dishonest tribute to himself as he departs the capital he tore apart.

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 20, 2021

Heartened that @JoeBiden, soon to be our second Catholic President, will attend Mass with GOP congressional leaders. Today’s Gospel reading is from chapter 3 of the Gospel of St. Mark: Jesus heals a man. Healing: what a fitting theme for this day and this presidency.

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) January 20, 2021

Donald Trump is leaving the White House within the hour. Re-reading his inaugural speech from four years ago, it’s clear the two words he wanted to define his presidency were “America first.” But the two words that ultimately did were “American carnage.” /1

— Nicole Hemmer (@pastpunditry) January 20, 2021

To appreciate the significance of today, go back and read some of the most famous Inaugural addresses: Jefferson: 1801Lincoln: 1861 and 1865FDR: 1933JFK: 1961Reagan: 1980You’ll see some common themes as discussed in this column: https://t.co/XRVWvIITUr

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) January 20, 2021

Is America better off today than it was four years ago, when Barack Obama handed over the presidency to Donald Trump? The answer is so obvious that the question sounds sadly humorous.

— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) January 20, 2021

Joe Biden is already more popular in polls on Day One than Trump ever was in four years!#InaugurationDay

— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 20, 2021

♥️Joy comes in the morning! How sweet it is to wake up knowing #Trump‘s no longer in charge. #InaugurationDay

— RoxanneJones (@iamroxannejones) January 20, 2021

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