As President Trump stood before the Capitol on Friday morning, swearing the oath of office, a group of Los Angeles City Council members gathered some 2,700 miles to the west to discuss their city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The simultaneous events might have seemed unrelated but the inauguration of a new American leader repeatedly found its way into the conversation at City Hall.
“The Olympic movement is needed more today than ever,” Councilman Gil Cedillo told the sparsely attended meeting. “More at this very moment, at this very minute, it is needed. It is a movement of unity, it is a movement of tolerance.”