First, Vice President, Mike Spence was sworn in by the Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, with his wife, Karen Pence and their three children standing beside him.
Soon after, the Presidential oath was administered by the U.S. Chief Justice, John Robert with Donald Trump holding two bibles in his hand – one of the Bibles used by Abraham Lincoln when he was sworn in, on March 4, 1861, and the other his own.
Vice President Mike Pence took the oath with two bibles, as well – one of his own and one that belonged to the deceased former President, Ronald Reagan, his political hero.
The swearing in took place on a specially built platform on the west portico of the Capitol while thousands braved the slightly inclement weather to watch the historical moment when power exchanged hands.
Eight years of the Democratic administration was handed over to the Republicans – the Democrat Obama White House was transformed into the Republican Trump White House this historic day.
Having been sworn in the President addressed the nation, in fact, the whole world, in a not too long speech but long enough – 16 minutes to be closer to exact.
He started by thanking Chief Justice Roberts, President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, outgoing President Barack Obama, his fellow Americans and the people of the world.
“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come,” he started, after the initial thank you.
In his speech, he expressed gratitude to President Obama (now former President) and his wife, Michelle Obama, “for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.”
“Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” he continued.
What he said reflected his campaign theme of transferring power to the people. He gave the image that the political system was a failure and the people were not being served the way they should be. He painted a pretty dismal picture of the political status quo.
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left. And the factories closed.”
Ironically, Trump’s Cabinet includes quite a few billionaires such as billionaire Betsy DeVos, former Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO, Rex Tillerson, former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin, Washington and Wall Street Specialists, and many elected officials, current and old which raises the questions about the conflicts of interest theories.
He ended his speech with the following words:
“So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words — you will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you. God bless America.”
One will find different analyses and interpretations of President Trump’s first address as the 45th President of the United States; however, those who have missed the full speech can read or view videos and form their own individual interpretations – it’s all over the internet.
Earlier in the morning, there were attempts by protesters to disrupt proceedings with number of them lined up across a security blockade near the Capitol Building. Later, some time before the President took charge, a crowd of protesters were given chase by the police for vandalism in the downtown area. Pepper sprays were used by the police in riot gear to bring the situation under control.
Later during the day, after the transfer of power, when the new President Trump was at the luncheon with lawmakers, more clashes between police and protesters were reported, this time with a far larger group.
Soon after the swearing-in formalities were over the President signed the first few documents as President of the U.S. – President Trump also confirmed each of his Cabinet nominees by signing their formal nominations including other members of the now incumbent administration.
At the Luncheon, President Donald Trump was gracious enough to thank Bill and Hillary Clinton, saying he was honored by their presence. He went as far as asking them to stand, and the former “First Couple” was honored by a standing ovation from all present.
During the parade at 3:30 p.m. EST, the President briefly emerged from his limo twice, walking and waving at the crowds with First Lady Melania Trump at his side.
As the day progressed more reports of violent clashes between demonstrators and the law enforcement officers kept coming in. According to Acting Chief of Police, Peter Newsham, 95 protesters had been arrested until then. “Significant” damage to several businesses in the downtown area was caused by the violent demonstrators according to Newsham.
Until then at least three police officers had been injured as further reports of violence kept coming in.