‘I’m a 10 out of 10 tonight’: Elizabeth Warren was flying high after Inauguration Day

"I think we’re headed in the right direction.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren arrives at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. –Drew Angerer / Getty Images

After Sen. Elizabeth Warren summarized the Inauguration Day events to Rachel Maddow Wednesday night, she put her feelings into one simple phrase: “I’m a 10 out of 10 tonight.”

Warren spoke with the MSNBC political commentator hours after the inaugural events took place, a day when Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ascended to the presidency and vice presidency. It was also the day Democrats took control of the Senate, along with staying on top in the House.

“Here we sit tonight, and we have a decent man as president of the United States, one who believes in the competency of government,” she said.


Warren also exclaimed about “a fabulous poet laureate,” referring to Amanda Gorman, who arguably stole the show during the inauguration, reciting her poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

When asked about the hours-old Biden administration’s staff picks, Warren said she would have to get to know some people, but praised the choices of Rohit Chopra to lead the Consumer Protection Bureau; Deb Haaland, the first Native American woman to lead the Department of the Interior; and Gary Gensler, chosen to head the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“These are people who have good values and who are competent, who are smart, who are going to get things done,” she said. “And this means the president is going to be in a good place to tackle the two problems he’s got to tear straight into and that’s COVID and the economy. So right now, I think we’re headed in the right direction.”

Watch Warren’s interview with Maddow:

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