It’s Official: President Trump
Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States.
He became the 45th president at 12:01 pm, January 20th, 2017.
The inauguration happens every four years, outside, at the Capitol.
There was a brief ceremony that included mainly family, lawmakers, and religious leaders.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, led Mr. Trump through a 35-word oath vowing to defend the Constitution.
Mr. Trump had his hand on two bibles, one that his mother gave him and the one that Abraham Lincoln used when he was sworn in 156 years ago as the 16th president.
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President Trump then gave a short speech promising to put “America first” and said that his swearing in signaled the moment when the “people became rulers of this nation again.” You can read the full speech on NPR’s website here . Some news analysts criticized his speech as being a bit “grim” and “joyless” for a celebratory event.
It’s estimated that there were between 700,000 – 900,000 people watching in person on the National Mall. That’s a lot of people, but also less than turned out for President Obama. You can see pictures side-by-side on Vox.com by clicking here.
Former presidents were in attendance including Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and of course, the man Mr. Trump is replacing, Barack Obama.
President Trump’s election opponent, Hillary Clinton, was also there. She had three million more votes than Mr. Trump but failed to win the electoral college vote, which is what counts. She also would have been the first female American president had she won. Many people imagine that it must have been difficult for her to witness someone else being sworn in.
Notably absent were approximately 60 lawmakers who boycotted President Trump’s inauguration.
After a parade this afternoon and inaugural balls this evening, massive marches will be underway Saturday. The Women’s March on Washington is expected to be the biggest one. To some extent it is protesting Mr. Trump and language he used during his campaign toward women and others. But it is also meant to be a show of unity for women of all races, religions, and abilities … and the need to expand their rights, according to the official website, www.womensmarch.com. There will be “sister” marches in many cities around the world.
In the meantime, Mr. and Mrs. Obama flew off in a military helicopter to begin a well-earned vacation. And their bowls of apples and almonds at the White House are being replaced by Mr. Trump’s preference for Doritos and potato chips. There will be some redecorating and settling in as well.
Then Mr. Trump will get down to the challenging job of being president for all Americans.