Donald Trump Takes Oath of Office as 45th President of the United States

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Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States Friday .

WASHINTON D.C. — Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States Friday during a time-honored inauguration ceremony that encapsulated the peaceful transfer of power that is a hallmark of American democracy.

On a raised platform on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol, Trump placed his left hand on one Bible that dates from his childhood and another that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and raised his right hand in the air as he promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

Under gray skies and in front of a crowd stretching most of the way from the Capitol toward the Washington Monument, Trump took the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts with the new first lady Melania Trump by his side.

Trump revived some of the hardline rhetoric from the campaign during his inaugural address.

“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said with Obama looking on.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also attended the ceremony. Hillary Clinton, who Trump defeated in the November election, was also in the audience in a show of support for national unity and the peaceful transfer of presidential authority.

Watch President Trump’s inaugural address here.

The swearing-in was one of many traditions that began unfolding early Friday morning. Trump and his family attended a private worship service at St. John’s Church, known as the church of presidents. The Obamas greeted Trump and the new first lady, Melania Trump, at the North Portico of the White House before hosting them for tea.

Earlier in the morning, Barack Obama wrote a letter to Trump and left it on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, as outgoing presidents typically do for their successors. As Obama left the Oval Office for the final time, he was asked if he had any words for the American people. “Thank you,” Obama said.

The customs and symbolism that are playing out — from Trump’s ride to the Capitol with Obama to the First Couple’s dance at an inaugural ball — are familiar. But the circumstances of this inauguration — the 58th in the nation’s history — could hardly be more unconventional.

When the presidential primary season began nearly a year ago, few thought Trump could survive the battle for the Republican nomination — much less beat Clinton to win the presidency. He will be the oldest president sworn in for a first term and the first president with no previous diplomatic, political or military executive experience.

But his populist campaign deeply resonated with Americans who were fed up with Washington’s political class and felt left behind in the globalizing economy.

Day of ceremony

Trump began a day of ceremony Friday morning by attending the traditional inauguration day worship service. When they arrived at the White House, Melania Trump brought a gift for the Obamas in a blue box wrapped in a bow, which the President handed into an aide before returning for a photo.

Trump took the oath of office, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, on two Bibles, one that he used as a child and the other used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration.

In what is always a poignant moment, the former president and his family will soon head to Andrews Air Force base for a farewell ceremony before taking one last flight on the presidential jet. The Obamas are heading to Palm Springs, California, for a vacation.

21 comments

  • Where Eagles Dare

    “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
    When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.” -Donald J. Trump

  • NEVER LOOKING BACK AGAIN!

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah! We finally broke away from the shackles of a 2 term President who shrouded us in guilt for being white, and banned us from our Constitutional rights for 8 years. SET US FREE AGAIN MR. PRESIDENT TRUMP,……SET US FREE!

    • Givemeabreak

      I have never felt guilty for being white. Have no reason to. I haven’t done anything wrong to experience such guilt. Why would you feel guilty?

      • Givemeabreak

        Are you so sure? Why don’t you read about it? Instead of watching dumb cat videos on the internet, spend some time reading about it. All of the information is out for the people that want to see, or you could just go on trusting blindly. Sometimes the more you know the less you wish you did because you can’t unknow it.

    • sw

      You talk of a Constitution.That was destroyed back in the early 2000s after 9/11. You didn’t pay attention, did you?

      • Givemeabreak

        Did you miss out on the Patriot Act? No due process. Would you like to get tried and convicted because they believe you might be trouble without evidence or proof? Big brother is watching. Next we will have the thought police and the destruction of words.
        It is easy to give up freedoms but much harder to get them back. Many Americans died to protect these rights and we just have it away because they had us all scared.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        President Bush went through Congress to go after Iraq and it took 13 months to do it…a good amount of Democrats voted for it, too. (In those 13 months our MSM telegraphed TO THE WORLD that we were coming, which gave Saddam plenty of time to truck his stockpiles of chems to Syria. They were there alright.) The Patriot Act was also passed by Congress because the 9/11 terrorists trained right here in America. So where was The Constitution compromised?

      • Givemeabreak

        I know what happened, I remember because I wasn’t 5 years old. Your comment does nothing to dispute or challenge what I just said. Try reading sometime. Educate yourself, I can’t do it for you.
        Do a search what liberties where surrendered because of the Patriot act if you are too young to remember and then come back and talk with me.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        My first reply was to SW, not you, and it had to do with The Constitution, but you felt you had to jump in. As far as educating myself just to talk to you goes, I’m over qualified now. At best, you’re a pompous ass.

      • Givemeabreak

        Still didn’t learn a thing? Just keep on talking without actually doing any research. The ignorance still goes on. Our country is in trouble because of low information voters on both sides of the isle. If you want to better our country do your patriotic duty and read a book.

  • Time Flies

    Wow, it was just a few years ago that I was a baby and Bush was coming into office. Now I’m almost an adult and getting into college. Looking forward to seeing how this will turn out.

      • Time Flies

        I’m going to a private college so hopefully no brainwashing of any sort will happen. I’m just hoping to pull through and achieve my dream career. College will have many obstacles but I will persevere and surpass.

      • E

        What college did you attend that brainwashed you? I never had a college professor tell me what to think, but there were many that encouraged me to think for myself.

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