A reader says “How unpredictable life can be….yesterday fluked a ticket to the Inauguration and am now standing in Union Square with thousands of others.”
Sunrise over the Capitol, Inauguration Day [iPhone image supplied]
The day of pageantry and ritual — orchestrated both to celebrate the installation of a new commander in chief and to symbolize a peaceful transfer of power — began with a church service and included a military review, a triumphant parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and evening balls. Washington Post
The Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States
President-Elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-Elect Michael R. Pence will be sworn in to office on the west front of the United States Capitol (5:02:08)
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### time.com 4:34 PM ET Updated: 8:31 PM ET
Donald Trump’s Unprecedented, Divisive Speech
By David Von Drehle
In a rancorous first speech, the new president announces a sharp U-turn in U.S. policy, “America First”
The inauguration of a new president is always a balance between the national legacy and the promise of a fresh start. It is common for the speaker to try to set himself apart. Nevertheless, when Donald John Trump stood for the first time as the 45th President of the United States in a light rain to deliver his address, he went where no president has gone in more than a century. Trump’s message was not on the order of John F. Kennedy’s torch passing, or Ronald Reagan’s declaration that government is the problem. It was not even a 21st century version of Andrew Jackson’s attack on corrupt and incompetent Washington. In 16 mostly harsh, mostly confrontational minutes, Trump laid out a view of America’s destiny and place in the world that would alienate his predecessors dating back to Theodore Roosevelt and beyond.
It may go down as one of the most consequential—or one of the most misleading—speeches in the history of presidential inaugurations. Newly sworn into office, Trump announced a U-turn in the foreign policy that has defined America’s place in the world for more than 70 years. And while he was at it, he savaged the record and the motives of a large number of the men and women seated around him on the West Front of the Capitol. For all his reputation as a builder, he entered office as a wrecking ball. His choice of Vice President Mike Pence and his Cabinet appointments have been sharply conservative, but President Trump’s first message to the world was as radical as they come, and as populist as a pitchfork. If he truly means what he said (always a pertinent question for a fellow who once said he enjoys being compared to P.T. Barnum), Washington is about to become even more rancorous. And the world is in for some very big—and entirely unpredictable—changes.
FebMar 2016 cover detail [economist.com via AP]
Trump Presidential Inauguration 2017 (FULL EVENT) | ABC News
Trump Inauguration begins at: 1:04:02
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Donald Trump, now the 45th president of the United States, promised that he would work tirelessly for every American and vowed to put “America first.” Trump told Americans, “This moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.”
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### telegraph.co.uk 20 Jan 2017 • 7:39pm
Donald Trump’s inauguration proves our revolution is in full flow – I can’t wait to see where it goes next
By Nigel Farage
This has been a very exciting week to be in Washington. A presidential inauguration is simply a massive event. And what I have found truly astonishing is the impact of Brexit on the American mind. As I walk through the streets – and even during a visit to Arlington Cemetery – people simply call out “Go Brexit!”. It is quite extraordinary. Many people want to come up, talk and say: “Thank you! You guys started it and now we’ve got Trump”. Despite the fact this is a big all-American event, there is a genuine feeling that Trump taking over the White House is part of a bigger, global movement. Our critics, looking at Trump’s candidacy and his speech yesterday, would call it the rise of populism. I would say it’s simply a return to nation state democracy and proper values. For this inauguration is not just a change from the 44th President to the 45th President of the United States. This is a genuine political revolution.
As you can see from the various people that Trump has appointed, be they generals or self-made millionaires, the political class in Washington has simply been bypassed. Trump of course must be careful and needs to keep his elected Republicans onside. But be in no doubt – everything will be different from now on. It will be a presidency where Twitter will continue to feature hugely. For as we were reminded at his inauguration, this is a president who is never frightened to say what he thinks. I have to say that, packed with his supporters, the whole event felt like a coronation. No wonder then that Trump was entirely true to himself and gave an incredibly powerful speech, reiterating of all of his campaign themes. It was an intensely patriotic oration and a genuine attempt to try and bring people together. I loved every word of it and cheered along with the crowd.
But what was particularly telling was to cast my eyes up at America’s political class and former presidents sat on the podium. They looked as though they were sucking lemons. That was the day’s most powerful statement that this was not a normal transfer of power. This is a political revolution that will make America great again.
Many in the liberal media elite here will never take to DJ Trump. I’m sure Donald won’t mind. He won and today he is king of the hill. I personally believe he has the qualities to be a very good president indeed. He is going to bring back money to America. He is going to bring back jobs to America. He is going to bring back proper border controls to America. That is what the American people elected him to do.
But Washington does have its share of protesters, many of them out in the street making quite a lot of noise. I expect over the course of the next few days there will be several demonstrations. The comforting thing though, is that the mood and atmosphere of these protesters reminds me of nothing so much as Bob Geldoff and his friends in the United Kingdom who would love to reverse Brexit – noisy but irrelevant to the direction of travel. Soon enough, even the noise fades away. Take comfort DJT.
The big political question on everyone’s lips here right now (besides what to expect of the new president) is where this mighty political bandwagon is heading next. For after the huge success of 2016, many out here in America are now asking if we will see more of the same in 2017. They are wondering whether the revolution we have seen in Britain and America will roll out across the rest of Europe too.
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