Here is a brief recap of Donald Trump’s inauguration:
After several readings, Mike Pence was first sworn in as 48th Vice President of the United States.
Then, Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
In his speech, Trump thanked previous presidents of the U.S. and said Americans were grateful for them.
He stated that he and the citizens of America are joined in an effort to restore America’s promise to the people: “We will face challenges, confront hardship and get the job done.”
Trump noted that every four years America gathers to carry out the orderly transfer of power. He thanked the Obamas for their time.
He carried on to promise that the power will be restored to the people:
“Today we are not merely transferring power from one party to another… but we are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the people.”
He claimed a small group in Washington have reaped rewards that weren’t shared with the American people:
“The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. While they celebrated in our nation’s capital, struggling families could not.”
Trump advocated for the people. He stated how Americans just want safe neighbourhoods for their families, good schools for their kids, and good jobs for themselves—and that this is a reasonable request.
“From this day forward,” he stated, “a new vision will govern our land. America first.”
He attested that every decision will be based on the benefit of America:
“We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.”
Trump is, essentially, promising to bring back “The American Dream.” Whether that is a good thing or not, time will only tell.
Let’s just hope that he means it when he says America—and people in general—are stronger in unity; that we must strive for solidarity. Opening our hearts to patriotism leaves no room for prejudice.
He concluded his speech with a promise to “make America great again:”
“We will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. And yes, together, we will make America great again.”
Trump’s speech was followed by prayers from a rabbi and a pastor who pointed out:
“In the bible, rain is the sign of a blessing. And it started to rain Mr President when you came to the platform.”
I’m sure everyone can, at the very least, take this as a sign of hope, regardless of their political stance.
That concluded the inauguration ceremony, and everyone began to file out. The Obamas left in a helicopter, headed to the airport and then on to California for a family vacation.
Obama made another farewell speech at Andrews Airforce Base, while Trump signed documents at Capitol.
The inaugural lunch is to follow.
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