Today, President-elect Donald Trump officially becomes President Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. Though clouds of popular votes and protests hang over the event, the mood was largely positive among those those filing into the stands. Among those present in the crowds, Paul Ryan and Bernie Sanders were seen on live coverage.
(All times are rough and Central Standard Time, all images are from the Yahoo News live-stream.)
Live-streamed of coverage were interrupted at 9:37 AM by coverage of some protests being moved off a street by police motorcycles and some form of spray. Some of he protesters held banners indicating they were communist anarchists in part. Chants of “Whose streets? Our streets!” could be heard over the voices of commentators.
At 9:42 a window was smashed and pepper spray and tear gas were sprayed by law enforcement. More anarchist flags could be seen. Additionally, a vast majority of the protesters shown were in black, a technique to disguise individuals in a mass of similarly dressed people. This is known as “black bloc”.
The Chief Justice and the rest of the Supreme Court were seen entering as well as Former President Jimmy Carter. President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama left the white house at 9:50 AM. Shortly after, Former President Clinton and Hillary Clinton arrived at the inauguration site.
At 10:03 AM, the President-elect and current President arrived.
At 10:27 AM, Chants of “Trump” swelled up from the crowd.
At 10:32 AM, Trump’s name was announced and he processed up to the podium.
A series of inspiring prayers from various Christian denominations followed as well as a mesmerizing performance from the Missouri State University Chorale.
At 10:54 AM, Mike Pence was sworn in as Vice President, barely holding back his emotions as he finished the pledge with “So help me God.”
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir then performed “America the Beautiful” to perfection while reproductions of previous iterations of the flag hung behind them.
During his inaugural address, President Trump spoke of the need to resist globalism and the endless funneling of money to other countries. He spoke of bringing back our wealth, borders and dreams. He spoke of the need to rebuild the infrastructure of America while using the underemployed or unemployed.
Other than political issues, President Trump spoke of a deep need for unity and the plausibility of this unity. It was made clear that this unity comes through patriotism and, “A new national pride”. Trump showed how he might attempt to unify people when he said, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” This quote also serves as a rebuttal to racist extremists, illustrating that President Trump rejects their views. This may also illustrate Trump’s softer view on LGBT rights than many conservatives.
A highlight line from his speech which sums it up quite well is, “From this day forward its going to be only America first. America first.”
Trump spoke of a seeming tendency to the positive side of isolationist ideas when he said, “We do not seek to impose our way of life on others, but let it stand as a shining example.” If one overlooks his other statements on Islamic terrorism, this may be some indicator of foreign policy where it does not involve terrorism. Trump ended his speech with his campaign slogan of “We will make America great again.” and “God bless America.”
Jackie Evancho performed the national anthem artfully. The cameras briefly showed Former President Barack Obama silently mouthing the words with his hand on his heart. After the ceremony, Trump and Obama stopped for photos and Obama soon departed on the Executive One helicopter.
For better or worse, another piece of history has been made and another successful peaceful transition of power has been conducted. 2017 has begun, and now the Trump administration has begun as well. Strap in. Here we go, everyone.