People want the podium disinfector's job

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The podium disinfector becomes instant inauguration hero

People online respected the work he was doing.


Libby Cohen


Posted on Jan 20, 2021

President Joe Biden was inaugurated on Wednesday, but a lot of people online thought the person disinfecting the podium stole the show.

The podium disinfector cleaned the microphones in between speakers including Lady Gaga who sang the National Anthem, inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Biden, and others. The job of disinfecting the podium comes as the inauguration took place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Everyone at the Biden’s inauguration appeared to be wearing masks, but speakers would remove them at the podium. The livestream caught a few glimpses of the man wiping off the podiums and microphones.

A lot of people online respected the work he was doing.

“Would kill for this dude’s job as presidential podium disinfector…. IMAGINE that honor,” one person tweeted.

“My third-place hero of the day: the guy who rose to become the Official Inauguration Podium Disinfector,” another person added.

“Shouts to the podium disinfector—the hardest working man on inauguration day,” someone else tweeted.

“How do I get the job as the podium disinfector,” another account posted.

“Petition for the podium disinfector to receive a Medal of Honor,” someone else said.

“Wait a minute.. Who did I have to talk to to become the official inauguration podium disinfector?! #InaugurationDay,” one person added.

The inauguration comes at the same time that the United States surpasses a deadly milestone of over 400,000 Americans dead of COVID-19. The man disinfecting the podiums did what he could to keep the gathering as safe as possible amid a pandemic.

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*First Published: Jan 20, 2021, 12:35 pm CST