tv The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN January 19, 2017 1:00pm-2:01pm PST
>> you hear greenwood at democratic rallies? >> yeah, depends where we are in the country. further west, south. >> it's fair to say this is a distinctly republican lineup of entertainers. >> for sure. >> was >> as we discussed earlier, there were other entertainers who didn't necessarily support president-elect trump who were invited to perform, who said that they would -- let's listen in. we're just being told that it's five minutes. >> five minutes away. >> thanks to my executive for producer for making me interrupt that. what i was saying, there is this idea of -- that a lot of entertainers agreed with of just coming to honor the presidency, honor the peaceful transfer of power, honor the event, honor the nation. but there was a backlash and a lot of liberals were very critical of those entertainers who said they were going to perform, and a number of them pulled out. but we will hear from some of them. sam from sam and dave, the
famous blues group, sam and dave of soul man fame. >> they're the ones who you followed around for a summer. >> i followed dave. i didn't follow sam. he will be performing. and then in between different acts, d.j. robby drums will be performing as well. >> you talked about the people who said that no way, no how, i'm not going to show up. the people who did are saying, and who are going to be performing and it is going to be a lively concert, are performing in some cases because they genuinely support donald trump, but in other cases it's because they genuinely support this country. and they say this is about a peaceful transfer of power. and as we're talking about this, what struck me is we talk so much over the past 18 months about this unconventional guy, donald trump. this is as conventional and traditional as it gets, getting off the big blue plane, going in the motor cade to arlington, laying the wreath, coming here. this is what presidents do to
kickoff their celebration. and that's what donald trump is doing. >> it's been pretty traditional. i think that's fair to say. it is interesting also, one of the thing that's been going on is there have been individual girl scout troops that are going to be marching in the inaugural parade tomorrow. also individual girl scout troops that are going to be participating in the saturday women's march, which in many ways is a protest of donald trump. >> absolutely. >> and there has been a backlash against the girl scouts for letting girl scouts march in a inaugural parade which a lot of people find odd given the girl scout tradition is letting individual troops participate in civic participation however they want to. wolf blitzer, you covered a few of these. do you agree with dana this is a fairly traditional inauguration so far despite it is a fairly untraditional president-elect? >> very untraditional
president-elect, but a very traditional inauguration. i've covered several of them, and it's unfolding the way it's supposed to unfold, precisely with a very somber ceremony at arlington national cemetery, now a very different event over at the lincoln memorial. david gregory among others is with us right now. you've covered a lot of these inaugurations as well. >> yes. >> so far so good? >> so far so good. it's a great part of our country, our democrat democracy transfer of power. there are a lot of people who come here, a lot of them supporters of our president-elect, others may not necessarily be. but to see this in person, to experience history is really -- i can remember being a student here in washington and going to my first inauguration just as a student. i talked to friends who live in northern virginia who rented out part of their house, rented a room, and they had actually from access hometown, a mother and
daughter from chicago land who were coming to see the inauguration. so, it's worth remembering how exciting it is for americans of all political stripes to come see this close up and to take part in an strachl began sa of democracy which includes this concert we're about to see. >> tate bennett is with us, our newest cnn contributor. welcome to cnn. >> thank you. >> i think it's fair to say we're going to see a new washington starting tomorrow. >> i think so. you have to remember we're coming off a presidency that was culturally aware, using celebrities to its advantage. that is going to be a different type of administration we're going to be seeing. but exciting nonetheless, just maybe a different breed of glitz and glamor. >> it's exciting, to a certain degree unpredictable. >> exactly. >> because it's donald trump. he will be the president of the united states. we've watched him very closely over many years, but especially over the past year and a half, two years as he was running and he actually won. >> exactly. i mean, no one -- maybe most of us might not have predicted this
moment. but as i'm walking over here, americans were filling in and people had their banners and the guys were rolling up their carts to sell the trump paraphernalia on the street corners. it was feeling very exciting and electricity was happening and it's going to be here. >> david axle rod is with us as well. what's going through your mind right now? >> i can't claim with a straight face to. predicted he would be here today, so, let's get that straight. a couple of things. one is i was a 9-year-old at linden johnson's inaugural. i was one of those people pie-eyed watching a inauguration. one of my earliest experiences. i'm thinking today also of the incoming white house staff, the incoming cabinet and their staffs because as people are celebrating this moment, they are contemplating that at noon tomorrow, the responsibility of running the united states government will be theirs. and, so, there is always that in the back of your mind. it's an exhilarating moment on the one hand. on the other hand, you're a bit,
you know, daunted about what's about to happen. >> you were with president obama exactly eight years ago when that responsibility all of a sudden dawned on him. he was then the president of the united states. no longer simply president-elect or a candidate. >> it's quite a transformation. and, you know, that particular, i told the story before, but we were -- there was a threat of some action on the inauguration and so there was quite a bit of activity behind the scenes that nobody was aware of. but for those of us who were about to step into office, the realization of the enormous responsibilities that we were about to undertake were very clear from the moment he stepped on that stage. >> you've been covering this first, soon to be first family for a while now. give us a little insight what's going through their minds. >> i think this is incomprehensible for most of the family. this is a role they never thought they would play and i think they're awestruck. these are traditions that --
this is a show business family, right? these are not strangers to the spotlight. they've been -- the children have been in the spotlight their entire lives, but this is a very different kind of spotlight, a tremendous amount of responsibility. and i think they are really -- you're seeing them really appreciate that and watching that dawn on them. they're letting it play out in the public. they're posting about how awe-inspiring this is for them. so, this is really a millennial version of the first family that you're seeing for the first time. these are adult children and it's just really interesting to watch that play out. >> jake and dana, this concert where you are over at the lincoln memorial getting ready to begin. >> that's right. and beyond the individual acts, i have to say, this is really a moment for the country. this is going to be the first time that the american people see president-elect donald trump in the role of commander in chief with the first family. we will hear from him at the end of the concert. he will address everybody. and it's just a big moment.
i think a lot of people are used to seeing president-elect trump in campaign events. they're used to seeing him in certain setting. >> in the tower of trump tower -- lobby of trump tower. >> in the board room, et cetera. >> exactly. >> this will be -- every time there is a new president, it's a little strange at first to see him in the new role. >> so true. >> and try to adjust your brain around the fact this person is the one we're going to hear from the next four to eight years. the person who didn't seem prepared for it is now in charge, ready or not. but this is somebody who has not been a governor, has not been a senator, is the first person to be elected president without ever having held public office or a military rank in the history of this nation. >> you think barack obama had been sworn in before as state senator, as united states senator. george w. bush had been sworn in with a bible as governor and on and on and on.
he's never been sworn in before for anything. >> in the 19th century, people who will been generals who were then elected to the presidency. he is the first person who has neither been a public servant or an officer in the military. so, this is really new in the sense of he's never really been in charge of a public sector or military enterprise. now, of course, he's a very successful businessman with a global business empire, but it's just going take an adjustment for people to wrap their heads around. you heard the chair of the presidential inaugural committee talk about he has seen the transfer again as the weight of this office has started to settle on the shoulders of donald trump. >> that's right. but before that happens, which is going to be very soon, there is going to be a celebration here. he is going to appear as the celebration is beginning and it's going to end, not surprisingly, with a fire work display, which is the ultimate
show of celebration in america. i should say that the company doing the fire work display holds the guinness world record display. >> to be involved in this inaugural you have to be associated with reality tv show or world records. >> this is the seventh consecutive presidential inauguration they're doing. if you hear the announcement they're doing behind me, they're saying this is a celebration that is about to begin. >> it is about to begin. as soon as it begins, we will shut up and let it begin. lee greenwood will be one of the first performers we will hear from. this will be the fourth president for whom he performs at the inaugural, having performed at the inaugural of ronald reagan, george h.w. bush and george w. bush. when we talk about president-elect trump in his inaugural keeping with tradition, lee greenwood is part of that family tradition to quote a different country music star. >> as is the mormon tabernacle
inquire and the rock ettes. as you said, the most fascinating thing as americans are really people around the world, it's going to be to lay our eyes on donald trump and melania trump and watch them watching the celebration and try to imagine what's going on in their minds. >> yeah. i mean, as we all know and as president-elect trump has discussed, they did not think this was going to happen. they were not expecting it. they wanted it to happen. he worked very hard for it to happen. but they were not expecting it. so, there is a certain reality that takes place with any president-elect. we talked about this the first intelligence briefing that one undergoes as president-elect. when you hear about the actual threats to the nation and the responsibility you have. >> you know, before coming on with tom barak, the president-elect's very good friend, he was saying not only does he think that the president-elect is going to be less glib when he actually takes
the oath of office, he said we just had to get him out of trump tower. we just had to get him out of his comfort zone, out of his familiar surroundings where he does things as candidate trump and before that businessman trump. and being in the oval office is definitely not a familiar surrounding for donald trump or anybody. >> no, and it's true. there have been different moments throughout this process where you have seen humility in president-elect trump who is not particularly known for humility. to be fair, neither was his predecessor. but he has really shown moments of saying, i'm honored. i'm honored to be here, i'm proud to be here. he did that early on in the process, quite a bit when he would do interviews and people would take him seriously. he was honored to be taken seriously along with others in terms of his policy positions and others. and then, of course, it was a wild ride with the primaries and
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♪ >> we're back at the lincoln memorial at a concert celebrating the inauguration of president-elect donald trump. and mr. trump will soon make his entrance on the eve of his swearing in ceremony. we're listening to a little john phil philip so usa right now. in a few minutes we'll hear from the actor john voight. >> that's right. he's just going to kickoff the
if he festivities. he likes to make an entrance. >> he enjoys a big entrance. >> he loves the beauty of theatrics. we saw that the first night of the republican convention. we understand he's going to come down the stairs here which i don't remember other president-elects, almost presidents doing, do you? >> we're going to listen to the national anthem. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the presentation of colors, the playing of the national anthem, and the retirement of the colors. ♪ ♪
i'm so honored to be here to welcome you all to the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states, donald j. trump. [cheering and applauding] we have all been witness to a very grueling year and a half for the president-elect. we have been witness to a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if god could reverse all the negative lies against mr. trump whose only desire -- whose only desire was to make america great again. [cheering and applauding]
he certainly didn't need to job. and, yes, yes, god answered all our prayers. [ applause ] because here it is, we will be part of history, all of us. and president lincoln , who sits here with us, i'm sure, is smiling knowing america will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people no matter their creed or color. [cheering and applauding] so, my friends, let us rejoice in knowing that from this time on, we will see a renewed america. the spirit of america is perhaps
best captured by one of our country's most beloved patriotic songs written over a century ago, "america the beautiful," and here to perform his own version of this truly american classic is a grammy award winning rock and roll hall of fame member, and a soul music legend, and it gives me great honor to introduce the legendary sam moore. [ applause ] ♪
grace on thee ♪ o, o and crowned thy good with brotherhood ♪ from sea to shining sea if you want to help me sing it ♪ america, oh, america my god shed his grace on thee why don't you listen to me when i say ♪ and crowned thy good with just a little bit of brotherhood ♪ from sea to shining sea ♪ o, o, o yeah
♪ yeah, yeah ooh [cheering and applauding] >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, representing the heritage of american military music that traces back to the revolutionary era, performing a medley of songs from the 18th and 19th centuries, please welcome the united states army old guard p fife and drum core.
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welcome back to cnn's live coverage of the make america great again welcome celebration, the beginning of the inaugural of the 45th president of the united states. we're here at the lincoln memorial. we are expecting president-elect donald trump to join the festivities any moment now. coming down, descending from the stairs of the lincoln memorial and joining his family. we are beginning, dana bash, to hear what sounds like the beginning of the donald trump campaign play list. we are hearing rolling stones, you can't always get what you
want. it was an untraditional song, not the kind of campaign song one is used to for a nontraditional candidate and campaign. >> absolutely. he chose, he personally chose his music. this is one of the songs and the fact that it's playing now, we were just talking about the fact now we feel like we're in very familiar trump territory because we hear it so much. but it is kind of ironic. you can't always get what you want, as the man who got exactly what he wants is about to descend the stairs of the lincoln memorial to really start the festivities for his inauguration. >> we don't really know what to expect here. we are told by tom barak, president-elect trump's friend of several decades and the chairman of the presidential inaugural committee that this will be a unifying event, weekend, a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power, a celebration of america. that's what the inaugural address will be tomorrow. but the very first speech here this evening, actor john voight gave an address that i think it's fair to say was not
particularly unifying. >> no. >> talking about a barrage of propaganda lies that the public had never seen, attacking donald trump, a man who only wanted to make america great again, who didn't have to enter the presidency, but through the grace of god, god intervened and delivered the presidency to president-elect donald trump. it was a comment, a speech that found favor in this crowd of trump supporters, not surprisingly, but not exactly what i was expecting -- >> no, not unifying. >> given what tom barak said that we were going to hear. >> not unifying, but maybe not surprising given that tends to be john voight's m.o. pretty much wherever he goes, especially when it's politics. i do have to say you mentioned the crowds. as donald trump finished laying the wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington cemetery, i texted an aide with him saying, can you ask mr. trump how he feels right now? >> an incredibly momentous
event, incredibly powerful event. >> exactly. >> you realize really what it's all about, the weight of the nation is on your shoulders. >> so, here was the president-elect's response to me, via his aide. the crowds are double what we anticipated. it is a very special day. this is my addition, #classic trump. and the crowds are very loud. we're looking out at the mall here, at least the reflective pool and it is packed with people. >> oh, yeah, thousands of people definitely here to celebrate the inaugural of president-elect trump. and that's no surprise. but certainly not what you were looking for, about the weightiness. we should note that tom barak told us he is seeing his dear friend donald trump transform, change as he goes from private citizen to the commander in chief. and as he stands right near the memorial for the 16th president and looking at the memorial for the first president, surrounded
by memorials for the brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the wars abroad, in korea, in vietnam, in world war ii, world war i, and, of course, that moment at the tomb of the unknowns, honoring long before dna testing was available, honoring the people that we don't know what happened to them, but they were lost in battle. >> no question. you're right, i was fishing for something intro speculative. he doesn't always do intro speculative. the fact he said it is a special day. as we sit with the lincoln memorial behind us, i don't know about you, jake, whenever i come here, i try to come here pretty often, as often as i can as a local. i think about the history of this memorial, not just abraham lincoln , but everything that has happened here. this is where people come to march, to -- >> to march on washington. we just celebrated martin luther king day. >> precisely. and we saw so many of those images on monday when people were remembering martin luther
king. but this is such a platform for people to come here and speak their mind and use the tools of democracy, which is the ability to speak their mind. you know, the fact that john voight can stand there and say what he's saying and all these people can cheer. i know this is going to sound maybe really cheesy, but this is what democracy is all about. and this is what this two-day span is about, is celebrating that democracy. >> sure. and eight years ago when there were stars like beyonce and others performing behind us, celebrating president-elect obama at the time -- >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it is our honor to present to you the president-elect of the united states, donald j. trump, and his wife mrs. melania trump. [cheering and applauding]
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