On Friday, America and the world witnessed a moment of history, the peaceful transfer of power.
Despite a bitter fight during the campaign, Hillary Clinton, together with former President Bill Clinton attended the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, and their presence was an example of the values the country holds. The 69 House Democrats who were absent, should have taken a moment to reflect. Some commented that it was a pity they didn’t show up, they excluded themselves from history. The Clintons’ presence was a graceful end of an important political dynasty. The Democrats who didn’t participate should understand that Donald Trump is now the President, we have just one President at the time and the country needs to move forward.
There are indeed people in the country who are not happy, or maybe afraid about the future, but the Presidential inauguration on Friday was a celebration of American democracy. The world witnessed throughout the day on Friday how America does the swift, elegant transfer of power.
The morning started with attendance at the St. John Church service, where sources say that Donald Trump was emotional and hugged all his team, probably the solemnity of the moments he would live through during the coming hours had started to sink in. In the morning, Barak Obama and Michelle, welcomed Donald Trump and Melania to share intimate moments over a cup of tea. Michelle expressed empathy for Melania as she experienced what it takes to raise kids in the White House.
Throughout the morning, large numbers of people, mostly Trump supporters gathered at the National Mall, including thousands of bikers.
The Vice President, Mike Pence was sworn in by the Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas on Ronald Reagan’s Bible. Later in the evening while passing by journalists at the White House, he stated “It is a very humbling moment for me”.
All Donald Trump’s children gathered to witness the oath of office, a powerful moment for the entire family. They played a big role during the campaign and it seems that they will continue support their father. Also at the ceremony were ex-presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush and Barack Obama, witnessing Donald Trump join this very exclusive club, where many have noticed, that despite differences, there is camaraderie and traditions upheld, including the personal letter, a hand written note that each president leaves in the Oval Office for the incoming President. Abraham Lincoln’s Bible was taken out from the library and during the ceremony, Melanie Trump held it as the new President used it as well as his family Bible. The Republican leaders brought in the next president and an Invocation was made from Gospel of Mathew, the 5th Chapter.
The new President’s speech will continue to be discussed in details for the next days and pundits from left to right will analyze it under different angles. There is consensus that the speech was not conservative, but populist, addressed mainly to the people who elected him. President Trump said “The transfer of power is to you, the people, not the politicians, who thrived, but the people who suffer… This moment belongs to you, it is your celebration”.
The speech was religious and spiritual, keeping in tone with Kennedy, Bush and Reagan speeches. Donald Trump promised to put America first, “when America is united, America is unstoppable”. The speech was characterized as a somber discourse, a continuation of the campaign speeches.
Chuck Schumer, the Minority Democrat leader gave a short speech and said “We Americans always have been a forward looking, optimistic people.”
As the helicopter with former President Barack Obama and Michelle took off, taking a last tour of the White House, a new political era has begun. How the new President Donald Trump will be able to keep the promises he made to the American people, remain to be seen, but many open minded Democrats are ready to give him a chance.
After the ceremony, the participants went to a luncheon, where the atmosphere was cordial, and at the end Donald Trump mentioned Hillary Clinton and thanked her and Bill for coming. The first lady, Melania Trump was very elegant in blue, dressed by Ralph Lauren and she has already been compared with Jackie Kennedy.
Tens of thousands of people lined up along Pennsylvania Avenue to witness this important moment in history, as Americans and people of the world welcomed the new President on his way to the White House. They walked together, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence, surrounded by children and grandchildren.
At the White House there was a hive of activity, the 97 people who work there, butlers and maids, started their day very early in the morning. Everything was packed and the Trump family did not find any object that belonged to the Obama family. The Oval Office was rearranged for the new first family, and the house stocked with everything from personal objects and toiletries, to food items in the pantry that was filled up waiting for the new President and his family.
Three celebratory balls took place in the capital, the Liberty and Freedom Balls at the Convention Center and the Armed Services Members Ball at the National Building. The celebration was subdued and traditional in line with President Trump’s vision who wants to bring back the glamor and tradition of earlier times. The First Family together with the Vice President’s family, danced to My Way, by Frank Sinatra.
The next months will be the challenge of how Donald Trump will transition from a CEO of his business to the CEO of America, responsible through his actions to the people who voted for him and all Americans, and while doing that, watched by the entire world. It was a memorable day that showed why America is exceptional and the Americans, despite their differences, get together to celebrate their country and the democracy.
Defying all odds and predictions, Donald J. Trump is now the 45th American President and the history will judge him, not by his words, but by his actions.