Donald Trump’s Inauguration
The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States marked the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President. A public ceremony was held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The inauguration theme is “Uniquely American”, a phrase that highlights the inaugural ceremony as “a uniquely American expression of our Constitutional system”. The theme also stresses the peaceful transition of power, and that the American people are “united behind an enduring republic”. The inaugural ceremonies held in Washington, D.C., from January 17 to 21, 2017, included concerts, the swearing-in
The inauguration was planned primarily by two[why?] committees: the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Although the election was scheduled for November 8, 2016, the congressional committee began construction of the inaugural platform on September 21, 2016. Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, were formally elected by the Electoral College when it met on December 19, 2016. The win was officially certified by an electoral vote tally by a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2017.
The inauguration theme was "Uniquely American", a phrase that highlighted the inaugural ceremony as "a uniquely American expression of our Constitutional system." The theme also stressed the peaceful
transition of power, and that the American people were "united behind an enduring republic."
Joint Congressional Committee
The swearing-in ceremony and the inaugural luncheon for President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence were planned by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, a committee composed of United States Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, committee chair Roy Blunt of Missouri and Chuck Schumer of New York, and United States Representatives Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Kevin McCarthy of California and Nancy Pelosi of California. The committee was overseen by the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Military support to the 58th inauguration was coordinated by Joint Task Force National Capital Region, providing musical military units, marching bands, color guards, ushers, firing details, and salute batteries.
The national anthem of the United States was sung by teenage American recording artist Jackie Evancho. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Missouri State University Chorale also performed. The Rockettes also performed, although three of the dance group opted not to.
Presidential Inaugural Committee
The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee organized several other inauguration‑related events at the direction of the President‑elect and Vice President‑elect of the United States, such as the train ride, concerts, parade, balls and prayer service. The chairman of the committee was Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a real estate investor and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Colony Capital. The committee was expecting to raise $70 million. The co-chairs of the committee were Lewis M. Eisenberg and Roy Bailey. Committee members included casino magnates Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, Steve Wynn and Phil Ruffin, oil entrepreneur Harold Hamm, businesswoman Diane Hendricks, coal businessman Joe Craft, Gail Icahn, wife of Carl Icahn, and Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets.
Timeline of Inauguration Day
At around 8 a.m., Donald and Melania Trump left the President's Guest House to attend the St. John's Episcopal Church for morning service, a tradition with every president since James Madison. While entering the church, Melania Trump was first seen wearing a sky-blue dress with astructured shrug and matching gloves, reminiscent of former first lady Jackie Kennedy. Trump's family and friends, along with his Cabinet nominees, also attended the service. On his way out of the church, Trump appeared teary-eyed, with a friend of Trump's recalling: "He was emotional. Can see it hitting him." After the service, Trump, Pence and their families attended a tea hosted by President Obama and Mrs. Obama on the South Portico of the White House.
View across the National Mall as Trump takes the oath of office At 11:55 a.m, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas swore Mike Pence in as the 48th Vice President of the United States, with Pence's hand on the Bible of Ronald Reagan. Shortly after noon, Trump was sworn into office by Chief Justice John Roberts and became the 45th President of the United States, with his hand on his childhood Bible and the historic Lincoln Bible. After being sworn in, Trump received the traditional 21-gun salute in his honor. Trump then delivered his inaugural address to the crowds as the President of the United States following his swearing-in ceremony.
Following a tradition in which the president elect is allowed to chose a painting as a background to the swearing-in ceremony, Trump chose The Verdict of the People, an 1854 work by George Caleb Bingham. Hung on a partition wall behind the ceremonial head table in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, the painting drew unwanted attention to its owner, the Saint Louis Art Museum, due to its depiction, according to historians, of the public reaction to a likely proslavery candidate’s election victory.
Trump's inaugural address
Inaugural Adress of President Donald Trump.
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The first inaugural address, in full, made by Donald Trump after being sworn in as the forty-fifth President of the United States on January 20, 2017.
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Putting "America first" was a major theme in Trump's inaugural address.
Schedule of events
The schedule of events commenced on January 19 with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery attended by the President-elect and Vice President-elect. A concert titled "Make America Great! Welcome Celebration" was held at the Lincoln Memorial afterwards. The following day was the inauguration ceremony at the United States Capitol, followed by the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue and the inaugural balls later on. A National Prayer Service will be held on January 21 at the Washington National Cathedral. In 2016, UPI reported that Donald Trump's inaugural address would be written by Stephen Miller, who was the speechwriter of most of his campaign speeches; nonetheless, also in 2016, CNN reported that Trump would write it himself. Finally, a day before the inauguration, CNN reported that Trump claimed to be writing it himself in early 2017 and that he had written it himself. The new President and Vice President also attended several dinners honoring them, and there was a ball honoring the Armed Forces and first responders.
Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Rockettes, 3 Doors Down, Sam Moore, Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, The Piano Guys, DJ Ravidrums, Big & Rich, ] the Talladega College Tornado Marching Band, and The Frontmen of Country were all confirmed as performers for various inaugural celebrations.
Former Presidents attending
Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack
Obama, along with their respective wives, the First Ladies, all
attended Trump's inauguration, including Hillary Clinton, Trump's
main opponent in the election. George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush
did not attend the inauguration due to health reasons.
Boycotts and demonstrations
As of mid-December, there were 20 requests for demonstration permits for Donald J. Trump's inauguration, including Bikers for Trump, and the Women's March on Washington, scheduled for the day after inauguration day. Supported by nearly 200 activist groups and organizations, the Women's March is to demonstrate on issues which they perceive to be under threat from a Trump presidency, including racial and gender equality, affordable healthcare, abortion rights and voting rights.
A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir resigned in protest because of the LDS Church decision to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration. The singer, Jan Chamberlin, stated that she felt "betrayed" and that she "simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events." She stated that the Choir is "endorsing tyranny and fascism by singing for this man". More than 35,000 people have signed an online petition disagreeing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's decision to perform at the inauguration. According to the organizer of the campaign, most of the signatures are from members of the LDS church.
A number of artists who were approached to perform at the inauguration refused; these include Celine Dion, Charlotte Church, Elton John, Moby, Rebecca Ferguson, Garth Brooks, Andrea Bocelli, and
Kiss declined offers to perform at the inauguration. On January 15, Jennifer Holliday pulled out of the ceremony due to gay rights issues with the incoming administration, and apologized to the
LGBT community for initially accepting an invitation to perform.
During the inauguration ceremonies, hundreds of violent protestors committed acts of vandalism, such as lighting a limousine on fire, smashing storefront windows, and "burning flags, throwing bricks
and rioting en masse." At least 217 protestors were arrested, two policemen were taken to hospital and additional four police and at least one other person were injured.