'Today we pray for wisdom for the new president,' Nebraskans react to inauguration

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 21:37:59-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It's a day to turn the page.

Rep. Don Bacon was present at Joe Biden's inauguration, putting a video on Twitter saying we should be grateful to live in the greatest country in the world.

“Today we pray for wisdom for the new president," Bacon said.

In a phone call a few hours later, Bacon said Biden gave a unifying speech and that he’s a man of decency.

He also was proud that the country held the ceremony just two weeks after an insurrection at the Capitol.

“Our constitution survives and that’s a great thing for our kids and grand-kids. I want to pass on this legacy to our future generations,” says Bacon.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry said in a statement that he appreciates Biden’s call for unity and “the President delivered a bridging inaugural address––a mix of old and new, a bow to the left, a hand to the right. Progressivism and tradition. Lady Gaga and Garth Brooks."

Here in Nebraska, Precious McKesson says she was emotional during the ceremony. She helped Biden win Nebraska's second district and was the state’s electoral vote for the new president.

After that hard fought campaign, she says Wednesday was about coming together.

“They’re just not just representatives for Democrats. They’re representatives for all Americans, and they represent all of us now and hopefully we can move forward and really start this healing process because we’re all in this together,” says McKesson.

We also witnessed the first woman to assume the vice presidency. McKesson says that has a big impact for women and girls across the country.

“For so long we have had to fight our way into party politics, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, you have to really fight to get in there.”

While the tough step of governing comes next, Nebraskans hope the peaceful transfer of power brings Americans together.