Newsom’s inauguration was picture perfect, and that’s a shame
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s second inauguration day was as picture perfect as a politician could hope.
Hand-in-hand with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, surrounded by his charming children, the man with the good hair marched across Sacramento’s Tower Bridge on his way to the Capitol. Sunlight spilled though clouds that thoughtfully parted for his big day, as photographers captured the carefully orchestrated moment reminiscent of Barack Obama’s march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. — itself a commemoration of the civil rights march there in 1965.
Then Newsom discreetly slid into an SUV, bypassing the last blocks of walking. He reappeared on a cleverly-crafted round stage that made the crowd look huge, American flags draped at every camera angle, as he gave a speech to usher in his fifth year on the job.
“In our finest hours, California has been freedom’s force multiplier, protecting liberty from a rising tide of oppression taking root in statehouses — weakness, masquerading as strength. Small men in big offices,” he told the crowd. “More than any people, in any place, California has bridged the historical expanse between freedom for some, and…
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