The Presidential Inauguration Ceremony commenced yesterday with the wreath laying ritual at the Arlington National Cemetery by President-elect Donald Trump after which the President-elect attended the “Make America Great Again” concert and rally at the Lincoln Memorial.
Among the performers were country singers Lee Greenwood and Toby Keith along with Jackie Evancho, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Missouri State University.
Notably, top level entertainers were missing from the concert proving the transition team’s inability to attract them. In a brief statement to the audience, the President-elect vowed to unify the nation and “make America great for all our people, for everybody.”
The President-elect who stayed overnight at the President’s Guest House across the White House, as is the custom for an incoming President-elect, on getting up this Friday morning made his first tweet at 7:31 am saying, “It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES – THE WORK BEGINS!”
The President-elect’s first stop was the St. John’s Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square, a short drive away from the President’s Guest House. He was accompanied by his wife Melania Trump for the hour-long service.
The Trumps were due to join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for tea on the south portico of the White House soon after the service.
The incoming and outgoing couple are scheduled to drive down together in a limo along Pennsylvania Avenue at 10:30 am local time, for the swearing in ceremony which is due to be held just a short time from now.
Meanwhile, the White House will undergo a transition of its own when the Democrat Obama’s White House will transform to the Republican Trump White House.
The oath taking is due to be held on a specially built stage on the west portico of the Capitol. After the new President has been sworn in, there will be a formal speech by him after which the swearing in of Vice President Mike Pence will mark the conclusion of the transition of power.
Thousands of people have arrived at the venue, an estimated 900,000 supporters and protesters among heavy security in the Capital since yesterday. Roads have been closed, and there are blockades set up all around the city.
As anti-Trump protesters gear up for their demonstrations, arrests around the city are on the cards.
On this Friday morning of historic significance, the outgoing President in his last tweet as President of the USA said, “It’s been an honor of my life to serve you.”
“You made me a better leader and a better man,” he wrote. “I won’t stop, I’ll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by our voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love,” he tweeted.
On being asked by reporters if he was feeling nostalgic Obama replied: “of course”.
“Thank you,” was what he said when he was asked for any last words.
The ceremony is being attended by three former presidents, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton; Hillary Clinton will also be at the ceremony. The other living former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush will not attend due to health reasons