It is official. At a little over noon EST January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The unlikely campaign of the ultimate outsider candidate, the plain-talking real estate billionaire and reality television star, has now achieved the ultimate outcome.
The “Donald” is now the new occupant of The White House. After he was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, President Trump delivered a 16-minute inaugural speech against a backdrop of raindrops.
While critics of Trump, who enters the White House with only a 44% approval rating, will say that the speech was just a continuation of his campaign rhetoric, the presentation was authentic, simple, and inspirational.
And just like a favorite song, it ended with his signature sign off, “And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you. God bless America.” The only missing element was the Rolling Stones song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” which became what some might call an ironic choice for a musical theme.
Trump’s inaugural speech hit all of his key themes, including that the forgotten man and woman will be forgotten no more, and that he as President will put America first on the economic and national security fronts.
Trump also delivered his cornerstone populist message which is that his victory belongs to the American people. “This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country,” Trump said building on the “I am just the messenger” communications, which have become a recent hallmark of his campaign rallies and post-election public addresses.
Trump is now officially a member of the very small club which includes only five other living members, former presidents Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush, and of course Barack Obama. All of the above were in attendance with the exception of George Herbert Walker Bush, who was recently hospitalized along with his wife Barbara.
So now that #44 Barack Obama has handed the baton to #45, Donald Trump, the real work to rebuild America will begin. However, January 20, 2017 remains a day to celebrate American democracy and the peaceful transfer of power.
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