Former staff member for George H.W. Bush speaks at Purdue on Inauguration Day

Purdue University is celebrating Inauguration Day with a series of events online.

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 5:44 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2021 8:58 PM

PURDUE UNIVERSITY (WLFI)—Wednesday's swearing in of President Joe Biden and Madam Vice President Kamala Harris is no doubt one of the most unique ceremonies in modern history.

In curious times Purdue University is still making strides to celebrate democracy, holding several Inauguration Day events online.

"I was just talking about the transition from my perspective," said Purdue graduate and CEO of Avantus Federal, Andrew Maner. 

More than 20 years ago Maner was also a staff member for George H.W. Bush.

"I was a newly-minted Purdue grad and was a part of that transition," said Maner. 

Maner was a featured speaker Wednesday. He said he spoke to people about the uniqueness of a one term president and the emotions around that.

"The peaceful transfer of power is an incredible part of our nation and President Bush when we lost the election in '92 he was very firm with us about, that this we have to protect this part of our great country," said Maner.

Maner said he wanted to convey a deep message of hope.

"The only advice I can give people is to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide and just breath and know that our country is a resilient place and people govern it and the beauty of the whole thing is we get to choose," said Maner. 

In terms of Purdue's event as a whole, Dean for the College of Liberal Arts David Reingold weighs in.

"Well we thought it was important to put together some educational programming for our students and as well as our alumni. The Inauguration is a historic day," said Reingold. 

Reingold said the goal is to bring historical perspective to a day that follows many politically tense moments in America

"We thought it was particularly important to make sure our students and our community had some appreciation for the historical context," said Reingold. 

The last event ended at 7 P.M. Wednesday. 

You can re-watch events from earlier in the day including Andrew Maner's speech by clicking here. 

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