In the early hours of Saturday morning, Australian time, Donald Trump will be sworn in to office as the 45th President of the United States of America.
It’s an event that dozens of Democrats are boycotting and several celebrities have publicly declined to attend.
But the one person whose absence we could all excuse will be sitting right there on January 20.
A woman the President-elect threatened to imprison. A woman he called “the devil”.
His opponent, Hillary Clinton.
It’s been confirmed that both she and her husband, Bill, will be present as Pesident-elect Trump takes the Oath of Office on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, creating a tragically Shakespearean finale to her 2016 bid for the presidency.
Politically, ideologically, the pair proved to be among the most polarised Presidential candidates in living memory.
Immigration. Gun ownership. Gay marriage. Abortion. The gulf between their policies was even larger than their party lines would normally suggest.
But by accepting a seat on Friday, the former Democratic candidate is proving that two things matter more than politics: tradition (historically, most defeated candidates have attended the victor's inauguration) and respect, both for the presidential office and for the US democratic process.
By accepting a seat, she's staying true to the sentiments she so graciously expressed in her November 9 concession speech, that "We owe [Donald Trump] an open mind and a chance to lead".