DIANE PHILLIPS: The light of hope shines again as shameful Trump leaves the stage

JOE Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President. (AP Photos/Andrew Harnik)

JOE Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President. (AP Photos/Andrew Harnik)


Diane Phillips


ON Wednesday, a huge weight was lifted off the shoulders of the world. Donald Trump left Washington.

As the chopper carrying the most divisive president in US history lifted off the ground, it was almost as though we were free to breathe again.

I never expected the sensation to be so physical nor the sense of freedom so palpable.

It was one of many surprises of Inauguration Day 2021 that will be etched in memory. The sense of renewal, of hope, of promised unity was restored, not just in America or for Americans, but for people around the world who felt like, finally, America could get back to being America again.

Gone was the man who, despite some successes, including standing up to China, spread lies daily on a foghorn called Twitter.

Gone was the commander-in-hate who incited a riot on January 6, urging followers to believe his most recent lie that the election was stolen from him and he was counting on their action to take it back.

Gone was the man who endorsed white supremacy by his silence when it reared its ugly head in churches and at ceremonies. Gone was the man with blood on his hands who scoffed at mask-wearing, social distancing and other warnings by experts and lied to his fellow Americans, promising them they were winning the war against COVID even as the 400,000th victim lost his life.

That sense of relief at the departure of the man who will probably go down as the worst president in US history was complemented by a feeling as close to jubilation as you can get when talking about politics.

Watching the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, renewed and restored faith in the democratic process, in what Ronald Reagan said in 1981 was the “miracle” that has occurred every four years without fail since George Washington was President. It was not just black America that proved Martin Luther King right about the ability to overcome. America itself said we shall overcome and they did and the world watched and applauded with lifted hearts and buoyed spirits.

In my small office, we watched the entire procedure, the arrival of former Presidents and spouses, the music, the good humour of mistress of ceremonies Amy Klobuchar, the reprieving of a shred of legacy by Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell, the swearing-in ceremony, the many tender moments.

In our office with four women and one young man, all the women wore pearls in honour of Sen. Kamala Harris, now Vice President Harris. With CNN and NBC on our monitors, we tried to work or fit work in between a valiant speech or a dramatic performance but every time there was another reason to celebrate, we all gathered around one screen or another, masks still on, reminding ourselves to distance when we all wanted to jump and hug and laugh and cry.


NATIONAL youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

We clapped so loud when Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks performed we thought our hands would hurt. Then we clapped even louder when national youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman urged us to “be the light” and we were spellbound when the new President delivered what is perhaps the best and the most badly needed positive inauguration speech in the annals of American politics.

There was one detail we did not focus on until later when we looked back at the images and realized that the new President wore a purple tie and the Vice President wore a shade of purple. The Colour Purple, the name of a book by Alice Walker about a nearly-broken girl who is the victim of incest and all the bad that life can dish out to a poor black child in the Deep South, took on new meaning. The colour purple on this inauguration day ushering in a new and welcomed era in American history symbolized the blending of Republican red and Democratic blue.

On this day, January 20, 2021, the colour purple took on new meaning, unity. It was the first promise Mr. Biden kept, even before he was sworn in as President. That was a good signal, Mr. President. No, a great signal. We in The Bahamas are rooting for you, just like former President Barack Obama said. Keep the purple flowing.

It’s still not time to celebrate

The Bahamas was included in a list published this week of countries winning the battle against COVID. The website endcoronavirus.org divided countries into three categories, those winning the battle, those nearly there and those that need to take action.

The Bahamas with 8075 cases since the start and nine new cases on January 20 was one of only 27 countries in the world to make the winning list. Most countries, including the US, fell into the need to take action category. The US has suffered 24,434,283 cases since the start with 193,617 new cases on the same day that The Bahamas was repeating its single digit performance.

There was one day in the past week when The Bahamas totalled minus 1, a case that was reclassified from the previous day and no new cases at all.


EMPTY stores on Bay Street.

Winning one battle, but are we losing another? How long can we hold on?

Congratulations to the health and medical experts and to a government that heeded their advice to control the spread of COVID-19 in a country whose population is plagued by co-moborbidities and whose health care system could have been easily overwhelmed. But the cost to economic well-being is evident in the photos of downtown Nassau and in Grand Bahama. Boarded up doors, shuttered shops and papered-over windows, locked arcades and empty storefronts, For Rent signs and roll-downs that don’t open at what should be the start of another business day are outnumbering the retail stores still open for a business on a daily basis.

Thank you, once again, to John Bull for your presence and your perseverance and to fine stores like Coin of the Realm. Downtown Nassau will rebound.

Sometimes, it’s just hard to hold your breath for as long as it takes to stay alive.


GodSpeed 2 years, 8 months ago

Donald Trump was the greatest US President of our time that was ruthlessly demonized by a corrupt news media establishment which is nothing more than a political propaganda arm for the DNC. He put America first and by putting America first the Bahamas would have benefited greatly.

Joe Biden is a senile, hair-sniffing deviant and corrupt husk with a literal crackhead pedophile for a son that he used as a conduit to sell America out for personal financial gain. I assume that will only increase now through the usual "non-profit" channels. Joe Biden hasn't even been in office a week yet and is already wreaking havoc on our economy and things will get much worse for us and for the Americans the longer these corrupt incompetents are in power.


Proguing 2 years, 8 months ago

Yep, to hell with all the peace treaties signed by Trump. We can finally get back to regime changes, invasions, torturing, bombings etc. That fresh smell of white phosphorus has been missing for 4 long years...


GodSpeed 2 years, 8 months ago

Precisely, the first US President in so many decades not to start illegal wars for profit. That's partly why the establishment hated him so much. The only time CNN praised him in the last 4 years was for bombing a Syrian airbase. Those people are pure evil and I'm sure Biden and Co. will have them making blood money again shortly.


sweptaway 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh the democrat stain brought to fruition by crooked lawyers and judges to not investigate the fraud election by Dominion ! Please tell us how President Trump hurt your feelings ? We now have 25 thousand troops in Washington DC living in parking garage because Democrats hate the military .Antifa frauded the masses and overrun the capitol building ,but it was Trump supporters ,who by the way clean up their own trash and police the areas they congregate. The capitol of the United States has a fence and 25 thousand troops there to protect a senile fraud unelected president and a known Whore who run with Willie Brown married man Mayor of San Francisco to get where she is ! Save your distain for your ignorance of facts and when you get to the gas station and pay 6 dollars a gallon for your broken down car because they say its good for you ,remember President Trump brought you all prosperity by Making America an oil producing nation and brought peace to the middle east ! He did not make the China Virus! lord knows how PLP and FNM love them Chinamen! Now go get your can corn beef and cracker to feed your brood because that's all you can get and wear your mask because all this is because they say you need to and we will fine you money you don't have for not for a virus that's in reality no worse than a flu! You need to be in by 8 pm because the flu come out after dark ! No job no home no money no food ,but we know what 's good for you .


JohnQ 2 years, 8 months ago

Once again. Poor Diane, her woke whiteness is showing.

Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born in 1925, he met his death at the hands of an assassin in 1965. Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for black civil rights. Malcom X had it right many years ago when he said and I quote;

"The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn't taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man."

Poor Diane.


The_Oracle 2 years, 8 months ago

Trump declared he would "drain the swamp" The swamp showed its true size and reach, and drained him. No different than the Bahamian swamp, aside its size.


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