This was my third presidential inauguration I’ve covered over my career, and it was so dramatically different it’s hard to describe in words. My raw feelings in seeing our nation’s capitol on lock down — having worked in more than 100 countries and witnessed civil unrest and conflict — brought me to tears multiple times on January 20th. Seeing thousands of National Guard troops guarding the U.S. Capitol and National Mall moved me to anger that we were brought so close to the brink by our own people. Thankfully the day transpired in peace and I had so many wonderful and inspiring conversations to remind me of our resilience, goodness and that we will reemerge from this national nightmare stronger. There are so many incredible milestones we’ve achieved and you can feel the potential just waiting to move forward, so I left the day with relief, renewed hope and strength. — Ed Kashi
A checkpoint outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on January 19, 2021.