The inauguration marked the beginning of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and of Mike Pence as Vice President. The presidential oath of office was administered to Trump by Chief Justice John Roberts on the Lincoln Bible and the vice presidential oath of office was administered to Pence by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.
Benedictions were given by several clerics (among them a rabbi and reverend Franklin Graham, son of the retired reverend Billy Graham, who for decades gave benedictions at the inauguration of US presidents).
The main theme in the inauguration speech of President Trump was his focus on the interests of the United States ("America first!", "Make America Great Again").
Spectators were far fewer than at the inaugurations of his predecessor Barack Obama, although this was contested by President Trump and his spokesman. Most voters in Washington D.C. had voted for Hillary Clinton, Trump's main opponent in the 2016 United States presidential election.
Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, along with their respective wives, the First Ladies (including Hillary Clinton), had all confirmed their attendance at Trump's inauguration, and were all present. George H. W. Bush, age 92, did not attend the inauguration due to health reasons.
Many groups applied 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. Most of the demonstrators were against the new president, and a few were rioters.
References[change | change source]
- CNN, Dan Merica and Theodore Schleifer. "Bill, Hillary Clinton to attend Trump Inauguration". CNN. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- Jackson, David M. (2017-01-03). "Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush to attend Trump inauguration". USA Today. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
- Fullhart, Steve. "George H.W. Bush, Barbara will not attend Trump inauguration". Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- "Women's March and Bikers for Trump Claim Inaugural Demonstration Spots". New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Media related to Donald Trump 2017 presidential inauguration at Wikimedia Commons
- Military District of Washington - 58th Presidential Inauguration Archived 2020-11-13 at the Wayback Machine
- @TrumpInaugural - Official Twitter account of the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC)