Donald Trump Inauguration Day live blog

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Here we go, America: In two hours, Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States — and a fascinating period in our country’s governance will begin. Here’s when and how to watch, and the AJC will have you covered all day and well into the night with a team on the ground in Washington, D.C.

Along the way, post your thoughts and reactions below. I’ll update this post with my own as we go through the day.

UPDATE at 11:17 a.m.: Three of the four living ex-presidents — soon to be four of five — are in attendance and have been introduced. Included in their company is a certain ex-First Lady and contestant in the 2016 election:

Good for her, and good for America. And to those Democrats who decided to skip this event in protest: If Hillary Clinton had the gumption to be there, you should have, too.

UPDATE at 11:54 a.m.: Mike Pence is officially the vice president, having been sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas. He could well be the most active and powerful vice president in some time, if not all-time.

UPDATE at 12:00 p.m.: It’s official. Trump has taken the oath of office.

UPDATE at 12:32 p.m.: If you expected Donald Trump’s inauguration speech to represent a step back from the rhetoric of the campaign, you were wrong. Oh, were you wrong.

From the very beginning, Trump demonstrated his populist message still animates him. He is leading “a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people,” because “for too long the capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people did not. … their victories have not been your victories.”

“That all changes right here and right now,” Trump said, “because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.”

This was a populist speech, but it was not a particularly partisan one. What’s important to ask, he said, is “not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. … the people (are) the rulers of this nation again.” Consider that a warning to congressional Republicans, sure of themselves after their own electoral success, not to cross him.

The results of this misrule, he said, were numerous: “poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories … an education system flush with cash but which leaves our … students deprived of knowledge.” And he gave these results a name which will surely go into the history books: “American carnage.”

To counter the “carnage,” he called for rebuilding “with American hands and American labor.” His administration’s creed would be to “buy American and hire American.”

But if this language was intended to make clear to other nations that, as Trump reiterated, it would be “America first, America first,” Trump also extended a hand to racial and ethnic minorities who largely voted against him: “We will rediscover our loyalty to each other. And when you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”

And, later: “It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: Whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red of patriots.”

As for how the speech ended, no prizes for guessing:

“Together, we will make America great again.”

Folks, this is the WYSIWYG President. Don’t act surprised from here on out.

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FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Inauguration protesters vandalize city, try to disrupt Trump’s oath, police arrest nearly 100

http://tinyurl.com/gslav58

“It’s a little jarring when you’re in a peaceful march with drumming and chanting and the next thing you know flash bangs are going off around you,” said Daniel Hultquist, a protester from Rhode Island. “People that throw rocks and bricks are undermining the cause.

Hear hear, Mr. Hultquist. Where you go, they'll follow and the two cannot be separated in the public's eye. They're YOUR cross to bear.

Sad but true. 

Enjoy.

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Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 I'm guardedly excited.


Guardly excited ?


That a man born into extreme wealth and privilege. Who used that advantage his entire life to only enrich himself.


You are excited because you think that narcissist cares about you.


Im telling you he doesnt. He is going to make a lot of money being Presidnet.


That is what motivates him. Always has.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@Hedley_Lammar More power to him. There are limits of course, limits like the lines Hillary was clearly crossing. Stock market shoots up, makes it easier to retire sooner and pass my job off to someone younger. Reagan back in the day instituted an investment tax credit which created a tremendous career opportunity for me (any many, many others). Point is, people (except the truly dependent needy) can whine that they aren't on the train, or they can jump aboard for the ride. This ride, so far, is sweet.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Both Michelle and Melania look lovely.

Melania's dress is beautiful and I like Michelle's hair that way.

It's a woman thing. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Wasn't Monica Lewinsky technically a First Lady for a time?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@AndyManUSA#45 No she wasn't.


She was an intern who had consensual sex with Bill Clinton while he was in office. Clinton then famously lied about it


It was in the news.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Do you think when Melanie was cheating with a then married Trump she thought she would be first lady someday ?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

GEEZ!

A permanent stain...

You keep talkin' stains and I keep visualizing you in a theater somewhere, Pee Wee.

STOP already!

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

A Populist Star trek into the great unknown. 

No doubt we'll encounter some pleasant and not so pleasant sites along the way.

I'm guardedly excited.

STAND UP AMERICA! 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

It's done the former administration has been replaced with a new administration. Obama, for the most part was criticized by his critics for his failed policies even though there are those who say it was because of his skin color, which wasn't true. The new president and his administration should also be judged on the effectiveness of their policies not prejudged on the personal likeability or un-likeability of the president or members of his new administration.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@SGTGrit even though there are those who say it was because of his skin color, which wasn't true.


The majority of GOP voters think he was born in Kenya and is a Muslim.


Yes it was because of the color of his skin.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Hedley_Lammar @SGTGrit

You have no way of knowing this but when Obama was elected I made one prediction and one prediction only.

What was it?

That no one would be able to criticize his policies without being accused of racism.

Turned out to be true.

If nothing else, liberals ARE predictable!

They need to burn their playbook and start from scratch.


RidgecrestDawg
RidgecrestDawg

Kyle, i'm not sure that this day and the days to come should be so doubt ridden & full of uncertainty. The democratic process is meant to weed out wildcards, especially at the top. Yet we just somehow elected a wildcard, one who wanted to include military hardware in his inauguration parade no less. 


IMHO, I think this is the culmination of 25 years of conservative hyperventilating on the stump, in church and in the "media" about how bad things are - mainly as a tactic for gaining power. 


Unemployment is at a historic low, we aren't in any major military conflicts (although terrorism is an issue), the economic fundamentals are solid and growth is returning. You can quibble around the edges since things aren't and never will be perfect, but our new President has basically convinced a vocal minority of the country that we're in some kind of crisis. 


We're not in a crisis. Some things need work and policies need debating. Heck, change is good


But convincing people that things are bad when they're not really bad... well, that is alarming. Plenty of history on that point Kyle.


We'll see...  



bu22
bu22

@RidgecrestDawg Get out of your bubble.  Economic fundamentals are very concerning.  Those without a college degree have been stagnating or declining economically on average.  Foreign policy is a disaster.  Terrorism is a huge concern.  What is the figure?  70% or so think the nation is going in the wrong direction.  A small minority think like you.  Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were both reactions to that.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RidgecrestDawg Because things can always be better than they are, it is easy for demagogues like Trump to take advantage of that.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@RidgecrestDawg The stock market has spoken. Soros has publicy acknowledged his wrong bet (though he still believes his bearish view will prevail in the long term). So OK, things are great, right? And people were worried about the Russians interfering?

Bruno2
Bruno2

So, I get home for lunch and put on the TV to catch some of the inauguration festivities and am greeted by the sight of Libs throwing rocks at the police.  I'm hoping the cops crack some heads big time today.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@Bruno2


Its time for the great uniter to united us all. Because Obama did such a terrible job at bringing country together.

Caius
Caius

“for too long the capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people did not."

This statement by the President is completely true. But President Trump, like most of his supporters, still does not get it. The problem is that the people keep sending the same "reapers of the rewards" to congress decade after decade. No one is to blame but the people, or more correctly, the voters.

Only when Republican voters have the courage to vote for a Democrat to replace a do-nothing Republican incumbent will the people gain their rewards. And the same applies to Democratic voters.

And unfortunately for the President most of what he wants to do requires a majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate. Early money is that in the 2018 elections the voters will send the great majority of incumbents back to congress.

And in 2020 we will talk about the revolution that disappeared into "the mists of day".




Bruno2
Bruno2

@Caius Wouldn't you say that voting for a true "outsider" for President is a step in the right direction.

lvg
lvg

Presidential Clown  is going to unite the country- what a Joke!

MarkVV
MarkVV

The most gracious, decent President in recent history succeeded by the most vulgar one.  The most ungracious, insulting and stupid inauguration speech in recent history. God save the USA.

bu22
bu22

@MarkVV I don't think Barack is the MOST vulgar one.  LBJ was worse than him.  And I think HW was probably even more gracious and decent than his son.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@bu22 @MarkVV LBJ was a vulgar man in private. Trump is vulgar man both in private and in public. No other President we have known directly has been as gracious and decent as Obama.

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

DJT knocked it out of the park!

Kudos to the opposition party pols who showed up; shame on those who did not.


McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@stogiefogey


For those who were worried that this country will shrink into isolationism and protectionism. Your worries have been confirmed with this speech. Thank you America.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

Credit to Hillary. She took it on the chin but still kept on trucking.


Now its up to Trump to unite us. God have mercy on this country.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

Worst inaugural speech in history. As if it was written by a short-fingered child.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

Correction - worst inaugural speech that there ever was or ever will be.
What an utter disgrace this man is.

A permanent stain on American democracy.

JFMcNamara
JFMcNamara

@Eye wonder It wasn't bad.  It was just extraordinarily pessimistic.  America is doing pretty well. 

JFMcNamara
JFMcNamara

@Kyle_Wingfield @JFMcNamara @Eye wonder That's what I was getting at. He had the attention of everyone in the world at that point in time.  He could have gone for a Unity message...  I guess it was a Unity message.  He just started by tearing America down first.

mick2k
mick2k

Hallelujah Donald John Trump is OUR President... Against all odds, against all other politicians of every political stamp. America has won its' greatest victory before the battle  begins. Populism forever and for everyone! 

God bless OUR President Donal J Trump.  

Ychromosome
Ychromosome

You surely realize there's something not right in the head with DJT?

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

We are watching the end of America.  Sad.

It was a good run.

RIP USA

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Yep, Bush and Obama hanging out together


"He's going to wreck everything we built."


"I know."

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Look at that crowd, even with the threat of rain and terror attacks and crazed liberals chasing you all around.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45

Let's not forget that McDonalds has served more meals to more people than any other restaurant.

mick2k
mick2k

I never thought Populism would ever reemerge in America once again - let alone in globally  -  and the GOP have the principles of its' Founder restored. Not since Lincoln have the Americans had "a man of the people" as our President and our government of, for, by the people be quickened.   


What a grand day a great day a wonderful day, the forgotten American man and woman have been remembered. Our New President brings real hope and  already he has brought genuine positive change to the nation before he has been sworn in as the leader of our Republic.

"Make America greater than ever before" 

We the People have your back President Donald J Trump.

bu22
bu22

@mick2k For all the negatives about DJT, he understood the high school educated blue collar people who have been forgotten by all and usually denigrated by the Democrats who used to get most of their votes.  Nobody else did.

bu22
bu22

@mick2k Sounds like you had an advance copy of the speech.  The forgotten men and women....