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Trumps Inauguration: What the day was like

On January 20th 2017, President elect Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America. Trumps inauguration for many supporters was a promise of a fresh start and a better future, and for a multitude of others it was concerning and the beginning of a long and difficult four years.


Every minute of the day was planned out for Trump. It began with Trump attending a private service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, also known as the Church of Presidents. From there he went to the white house where he greeted the Obamas. Then it was off to Capitol Hill along with many other familiar faces such as Former President George W. Bush & Laura Bush, Former President Bill Clinton & Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, and Jimmy Carter. Trump participated in the traditional swearing in ceremony took the oath and then had his inaugural speech which lasted sixteen minutes.


The sixteen minute speech was not a ornate big grand proclamation, it was brief and practical and focused on putting America first and the coming political change in the next four years. Trump talked about the Protection of the US, referring to the border control that he would like to see implemented, the bringing of American industry back to the states, and the growth of our military that has depleted due to the subsidizing of armies in other countries. He addressed himself being an outsider and being able to give a voice back to the people that voted for him and the rest of the American people. Trump, although he praised Obama, spoke of parts of his administration that will have to change. The new President also promised to bring back jobs to the American people, and restore the nations strength, he said “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable”. He also addressed how the nation is losing potential in inner cities due to gangs and mothers,children, and families living in poverty and how everyone deserves the same opportunities. Lastly he ended his address on a very patriotic note expressing his love for the country and the goals and aspirations that we all share by saying “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice” and “It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag”.


After the speech the Obama’s left, and Trump continued on with his busy day. He walked in the inauguration parade and then soon after watched it with friends and family. Later in the evening, President Trump danced with his wife, the First Lady Melania Trump, at the Inaugural Freedom Ball. After that he returned to his new home the White House to wrap up a long day.


Supporters who are thrilled as he assumed power sent him to Washington to change the way politics, and the establishment have been run. But many Americans are also anxious of Trump’s campaign and fears over the consequences of his leadership style. Some of those of Americans all over the nation took to the streets while Trump swore in,  protesting  to confront Donald Trump’s agenda because many are scared the direction in which the country is going.