This week's transition of presidential administrations feels especially significant after a bruising election season that culminated in the Capitol riot two weeks ago. A variety of weekly magazines offered different takes on the historic handoff of power with their cover pages.
Time's Feb. 1-8 double issue features an illustration by Tim O'Brien that depicts President Joe Biden looking pensively out the window of the Oval Office, whose desecrated interior hints at the aftermath of the attack on Capitol Hill by a mob of Trump supporters two weeks earlier. Graffiti mars the front of the Resolute desk, a tossed-away MAGA hit sits on the floor amid a mess of scattered papers and stacks of unread briefing books stand in one corner. The biting cover line: "Day One."
“Joe Biden may never unify America," Charlotte Alter writes in a dispiriting essay the cover accompanies. "That may not even be possible in a nation so riven by disinformation and delusion.”