In a ceremony in Washington D.C, Trump placed his left hand on a family bible along with a bible that belonged to former president Abraham Lincoln and promised to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution as he took the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts with his wife and first-lady, Melania Trump, by his side.
In his inaugural address, the 45th President showed no interest in revamping his attitude to be perceived as more presidential, as he kept the bombastic and charismatic attitude that won over the heartland voters who felt let down by professional politicians. In his speech, Trump vowed to restore the nation’s strength and rebuild it from within by bringing back American jobs, strengthening borders, and making it possible for every American to have the opportunity to live out their dreams.
“We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, every foreign capital, and in every hall of power,” Trump said. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land, from this day forward, it’s going to be America first!” Trump painted a picture of a nation of mothers and children trapped in poverty in the inner cities, referring to them as “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones,” and that crime and gangs had robbed the nation of its potential. “This American carnage stops right here, and stops right now,” Trump continued. “A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.” Trump went on to say whether you are black or white, all Americans bleed the red blood of patriots. The final note of Trump’s address was to the American people as he said, “You will never be ignored again.”
Although the inauguration was for a man who was viewed as a very untraditional, the inauguration itself had many traditions which were followed. The Trump family attended a private worship at St. John’s Church, which is traditionally known as the church of presidents. The Obamas greeted the Trumps at the North Portico of the White House before hosting tea. Obama had wrote a letter for Trump and left it on the Resolute desk in the oval office, which is another tradition from an outgoing president to the next incoming president. Other traditions of an inauguration are a ride to the Capitol between then-current and incoming presidents, which Trump took with Obama, and the first couples dance at the inauguration ball, which Trump will have with Melania.
After Trump’s swearing in and inauguration speech, former President Obama and his wife boarded at helicopter which took them to Andrews Air Force Base, where Obama gave his last address to the American people to which he thanked them for their support. The Obamas then would board a plane which would take them to Palm Springs, California where they will have a relaxing mini vacation. The Obamas will remain in Washington until their daughter Sasha finishes high-school.
After the Obamas left, Trump conducted his first order of presidential business as he signed documents to formerly nominate his cabinet picks, after that, Trump attended a lunch, and went off to lead the inaugural parade, then the inaugural ball afterwards. The inauguration of Donald Trump is the 58th inauguration in the nation’s history, with the first being for Harry S. Truman, who gave the order to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan.