President Donald J. Trump took the oath of the office and became the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20th 2017 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Roy Blunt issued the call to order. Next, Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, The Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White-Cain have given readings and invocations.
With dignitaries and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton (accompanied by Hillary Clinton, Trump’s rival for presidency and the winner of the popular vote) in attendance, the incoming President and Vice President were sworn in. The first to take the oath was Michael R. Pence whose oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Then, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Donald Trump. The oath ceremony was followed by the Marine Band’s “Hail to the Chief”.
Then President Trump delivered his Inaugural Address. Many characterized his speech as inappropriate for the occasion, inflammatory, divisive, too closely related to his campaign rhetoric, offensive to both parties, not to mention disrespectful of Obama’s legacy. Obviously, the same speech is open to many interpretations.
Following the Inaugural Address, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Rev. Franklin Graham and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson delivered benedictions.
The event concluded with Jackie Evancho singing the National Anthem.
Protests were held in Washington D.C. during the Inauguration ceremony. More protests were held in all 50 States. Some are on-going. The day after the inauguration a huge (200,000+) Women’s March on Washington is taking place.
A new chapter in America’s history has begun.
The new President achieved business success already. He doesn’t need money or fame. He is patriotic. He is against “establishment” politics. He notices some problems that are troubling us all. He is the oldest President to be sworn into the office. Based on his age and history, he’s been there, he’s done that and as an individual, he succeeded at everything he took on so far.
While concerned about the many controversial goals of the platform he’s run on, we are wondering what will Trump’s presidency mean for us. There is a possibility that we might be asking the wrong question. So far no one raised the question of President Trump’s expectations of the presidency. It may just be where it’s at.
What does HE need from the presidency he fought so hard to win? Given his history, accomplishments and age, he may just put America ahead of his business interests and make America his legacy “project”. He has run against all odds. He was elected against all odds. He may just put America first and for “self-serving” reasons – and against all odds! – be a good president. There is a chance that President Trump’s presidency will not be defined by his political rhetoric but his personal “agenda” of leaving a positive legacy.
Political affiliations aside, no American takes issue with America being great. Hopefully, the varying definitions of greatness will eventually align.
Guys, before you set my stake on fire: I’m merely looking for some hope for us ALL! As individuals we have to move on, a little hope is badly needed…. Just doing my job. Don’t shoot.
Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich