There’s some talk about shoe changes in the middle of the inauguration. So I thought I’d take a look at shoes just to get it over with.
This is what the arrival footage looks like:
Another arrival shot in tan shoes, same as on C-Span:
But when Jill walks down the hall to the ceremony, she’s wearing blue shoes:
She arrives on the red carpet for the ceremony in blue shoes:
And she leaves after the ceremony in blue shoes:
The media reported Jill was at Arlington National Cemetery for the wreath-laying ceremony, but I couldn’t find any video or photos of Jill there. That was the next event after the swearing-in ceremony. You can easily find photos and video of other wives like Laura Bush in prominent positions there.
But here Jill is for the “abbreviated parade” to the White House after Arlington, back in the tan shoes. It’s not like she changed into flats for the walk.
And here she is arriving at the North Portico of the White House after the parade. In tan shoes:
So, I’m no fashion guy. This by itself wouldn’t seem like the kill shot to me.
But it may be odd that Jill wore special blue shoes for the actual ceremony but tan shoes for the outdoor scenes before and after, especially when all the rest of her outfit, including her blue gloves, stayed the same.
It’s also odd that there is no C-Span footage of the Bidens’ departure from the Capitol building and no Jill at Arlington. There’s Al Jazeera video of the Bidens leaving the blue-carpeted balcony and a little inside the hall. But nothing of them outside coming down the steps and getting into their car.
There’s footage of others like Kamala outside coming down the steps and getting into their cars. There’s footage of Nancy Pelosi waiting for her car, if that’s really her. She seems to wear giant sunglasses in every shot.
In all of the outdoor photos of the Bidens leaving the Capitol I’ve found, the only people in the photo are the Bidens, or the Bidens and a couple of decorative guards.
I kept having the impression that the event was a small cast of big names they made sure to get on camera, and a thousand anonymous extras whose faces I couldn’t make out.
Maybe you all will come up with more.