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Honoring inaugural traditions, virtually


Jan. 22, 2021
By William Ehart

Wireless Infrastructure Association CEO Jonathan Adelstein has participated in every inauguration since President Bill Clinton’s first in 1993. Joe Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20 was his third representing WIA.

Because the inauguration was mostly virtual, Adelstein didn’t attend any inaugural balls or gaze down on Pennsylvania Avenue from a penthouse overlooking the parade route.

He missed the mingling, but it wasn’t a big a loss for someone as plugged in as Adelstein. The longtime Democratic Capitol Hill staffer was also an appointee of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama and has worked closely with President Biden and his team.

Still, he joined Zoom events from his home out of respect for the presidential changing of the guard—especially this one, coming on the heels of a violent attempt to stop it.

“It’s been a tradition for me,” he said. “So I did the best I could this year virtually because of the spirit that I’ve always engaged in these.”