Trump Inaugurated in D.C.


Alexis Burch, Online Editor

On the West Front of the Capitol Building, President Barack Obama stood on the right side of a podium crested with the Seal of the President with First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. They waited patiently for the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to begin.

Former Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, accompanied by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who shook Trump’s hand, attended the ceremony.

Two Marines opened the double doors after Donald John Trump was announced as the 45 President of the United States. Trump took a few steps and paused briefly to give the crowd a thumbs up.

The swearing in began after a series of prayers, which according to the New York Times, broke the record for number of religious prayers and invocations during an inauguration ceremony.

With an unreadable expression, Pence placed his left hand on the Reagan family bible, raised his right hand and swore to support and defend the constitution from enemies.

Next was Trump, who appeared calm during his oath. After, he shared hugs and kisses with his family members as cannons fired.

During his speech, Trump addressed the “depletion” of the military, the “trillions” of dollars spent overseas, outsourced jobs and “radical Islamic terrorism.” He focused mainly on the American dream and the new direction he plans to take the country in.

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” Trump said. “From this day on, it is going to only be America first,”

Trump wanted the crowd in Washington, D.C. and at home to observe today as belonging to the American people.

“This moment belongs to you,” Trump said. “This is your day, this is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.”

Read below for Trump’s full inauguration speech.