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it is midnight on the nose here in washington, d.c. it's inauguration day. this is cnn tonight and this is a day for the record books. a day donald trump takes the oath of office. 35 words that make him the president of the united states. that happens at noon. just about 12 hours from now. followed by the new president's inaugural address to the nation, a speech he said he wrote himself. then there is the parade and the inaugural balls and trump expected to dance the first dance to frank sinatra's my way. when it comes time for him to sit down, what will he do first? let's get right to david.
the political commentator. douglas brinkley and former congressman steve israel and a political commentator. cnn politics executive editor. thank you very much. there is a lot of folks and officially inauguration day a short time ago. donald trump spoke to supporters and he was talking about his momentous day he had. let's listen. >> arlington national cemetery, i don't know in anyone saw it. so beautiful. so many people. so many people. it was incredible. so we went there. we laid the wreath with mike and it was beautiful. and then we went to the lincoln memorial and had a concert. we thought it would be a small concert. tens of th,000 theousands of pee
there. very few people ever had a concert there, but what they pulled off was incredible. it was an unbelievable period of time. tomorrow seems to be the big one. >> so is he rising to the moment? >> tomorrow he thinks it seems to be the big one. i think it is the big one. he actually takes office. i will give him his ability to kind of relish in the moment during that speech as he was saying that. however i do think tomorrow he has to hit the ground running and give a speech that is very inclusive and has to be sorry, but it has to be somber and he has to acknowledge the times we are in. he has to be a president for all
of the people. you don't have to agree with the policies and he has to try to unite a very divided nation. >> do you agree with that. >> if you are advising donald trump, we need to bounce out of that inaugural. he begins with one of the lowest favorability ratings in history. tomorrow is an opportunity to get a bounce and unify the country. if i were one of his advisers, i would tell him if you give that soaring inaugural speech, don't tweet within hours after that. he will step on his own speech. he is going to lead the largest organization on earth in about 12 hours and he has to quit tweeting. >> kevin? >> i agree with him about the tweets. he does have a tendency to step on his message. i think mark and congressman, there will be unifying themes, but the most important message that i think donald trump wants
to send tomorrow is that it's more in line with the phrase we heard throughout the campaign. make america great again. there will be a lot of america first and foremost in his speech. i think when you strip away everything, this idea of economic nationalism is at the heart of what he tapped into. >> this is a really weighty time. he will get the nuclear codes and you put your hand on that bible. that's serious stuff. what is that moment like? >> the joke's over. you can make fun of donald trump all you want, but at that moment he's our president. he's what weave got. he is going to be in crisis mode from day one in foreign affairs. north korea is threatening to do mischief. we will have to see how he
responds. it's a tinder box in foreign affairs. the nato allies are concerned about him and we are concerned about the relationship with russia. what will china do if he does the wrong thing? we have to pull for people like general flynn and mattis to get around him and talk seriously about foreign policy and get away from this frivolous campaign. don't talk about the 2016 campaign anymore. >> i want to know as a historian, what is that moment like? when you are getting the nuclear code. most said that was the most sobering moment of their lives. >> you realize that you have the power of life and death at your fingertips. the power is larger and greater than you assume. people now in our agencies are really trying to tell you the dark scary things that are happening in the world.
we are not trying to make america panic and fear all the time, but he will be learning a lot. hopefully he will learn from past presidents. look how kennedy dealt with crisis. he studied ronald reagan's diplomacy and history can be his friend. my only concern is that he doesn't have the background. he wings it and in foreign policy particularly, winging it is not good enough. he doesn't put build the wall in the speech tomorrow. a play that campaign line that might please the million people that are here and many of his supporters, but it will reopen that border thing in an ugly way out of the gate. he shouldn't deliver that kind of red meat speech. >> do you think he understands that when douglas mentioned the intelligence community and giving classified information
and the briefings. do you think he realizes that it's not about partisanship and this is about the world and america and the world? >> he is going to realize it. president trump is a smart guy. >> she having issues with the intelligence. >> he figured out how to become president and he has moments of soberness like you saw laying the wreath at arlington national cemetery. if you looked at him, he looked reflective. a few hours later, he is giving the off the cuff toasts at the dinners and it's clear these things are not sustained. now that we are out of the campaign there is no president obama or hillary clinton to trianxie tria trianxietyilate off of. by extension, the country either succeeds or suffers for it. >> he places so much stock in his family and getting advice from his family as advisers. we are going to see if jared
kushner, his son in law will be near the oval office. they will be his advisers, but for this, a 36-year-old meaning jared kushner or his daughter in her 30s, he will need other people and rely on people other than his family to give advice. >> here already does. it's not like they are the only two people. part of his problem is that he has so many people in his era and he listens to what ivanka has to say, but any number of people around him and that's why we see so many different trumps. the last person who was in his ear and that person may have a different view of the next person in his ear. it's hard to tell who he will have around and maybe it's going to be a number of different people. that's why we will see a number of different trumps. >> that's the political forecast. what about the weather for inauguration day? you have the umbrellas ready?
what is it called? i forget. galoshes. i heard heard that in a long time. they are shoes. rain boots. we'll be right back. there is derek. sorry. i thought we were going to a break. what's the weather forecast? >> it literally might rain on donald trump's parade tomorrow i would say. in his own words, the president-elect sounds like the world will find out if indeed his hair is real on top of his head. we do have rain in the forecast. it is called galoshes by the way. it is moving through atlanta where the headquarters is located. as we focus in on the nation's capital, you can see virginia and maryland and the district of columbia. that is where the center of the world will be here over the next
12 hours or so. when we talk climate, temperatures on average over the 45 times this happened, we had an average of 43 degrees. 33% chance of rain. 10% chance of snow, but the polar opposites that president reagan had to deal with in 81. his first swearing in ceremony. back in 1985, he had the warmest and the coldest inaugurations on record. roosevelt and taft had the worst weather with the heaviest rain and heaviest amounts of snow that brought down power lines and trees. just so you know what to expect, perhaps you are heading to the national mall or outside the capitol to watch the events unfolding. they are expecting about a million people to line the national mall. the record being barack obama's 2 247bd 9 inauguration with 1.8 million people.
low clouds and fog will perhaps dampen the mood and reduce visibilities. the rain moves in about noon when donald trump puts his hand on the bible. it will be a wet inauguration and the parade starts to take place about 3:00 p.m. lining the streets there. most of the heavy showers should move on by then. drizzle and low clouds and fog anticipated in the forecast. that will impact the amount of people that will see the day's events. how much rain are we talking? here is the potomac and you can see the nation's capital. what we are expecting between a quarter to upwards of a half inch of rain. that will be most amount of rain. enough to change things up. we anticipate temperatures in
the 40s. as the day goes on, showers move on as well and the forecast clears. you look like a giant standing next to that. i appreciate that. the tiny capitol. did you bring your rain stuff? >> i have an umbrella. >> they are allowing small umbrellas tomorrow. when we come back, donald trump promising what he calls meaningful action after his speech. does he have major executive orders in store?
it is past midnight in washington, d.c. it's officially inauguration day. in under 12 hours, donald trump will be the 45th president of the united states of america. back with me, douglas brinkley and kevin madden. mark, donald trump is dangling the prospect of taking immediate action after the swearing in and not saying what that is. you want to guess? >> no. >> all right. >> nobody knows. i don't think his aides know.
they have acknowledged as much. what he could do is sign executive actions into place that could affect environmental policies that were pushed forward by barack obama. obamacare. he could do something on that or immigration or start the wall. the steps towards trying to build a wall on the southern border. quite frankly, we don't know what he is going to do. >> few positions have been filled. do you think they are ready? >> i do. i think they are a little bit behind schedule. there is always rocky roads and
that's the thing they will be running fine starting tomorrow as well. the other part is that it's always a process and never happens at noon on inauguration. that process will continue and i think they are cog cent that there is a lot of work that needs to be done. >> the "new york times" reported that out of 660 executive appointment, only 29 have been made. that is a strikingly no number. it's also worth noting that donald trump gave an interview to the times of london saying that i know i'm getting inaugurated on friday, but the work starts on monday. any expectations, remember what he said. >> i'm glad you brought that up because we reported that and tonight i was surprised to hear kellyanne conway say something completely different in an
interview. he said he will start on monday. >> here said day on the campaign trail. he could have gotten blazen on his t-shirt and if he waited until day three. they said what happened to day one, mr. trump. he doesn't want them to think he is not going full board the second he is sworn in. >> this has been a very bumpy transition. if you watch the confirmation hearings, people have not exactly inspired confidence in their ability and readiness to lead. steve m nuch an action knowledged or betsy devos who struggled to understand special education. rick perry who recently announced he now knows that the department of energy which he will lead actually has responsibility for our nuclear
warheads. this is not a team that inspired confidence. having said that, i'm a democrat, but i'm an american democrat. i want them to to succeed. i don't think they will be remembered based on what happened over the past few weeks, but they need to get on their game. >> you are going tomorrow? >> sure. >> you will be a democrat who goes? >> sure. >> you mentioned that rick perry who is up for secretary of energy and he was on the hill and would like to close a few years ago. he regretted even making that comment. he had this moment with al franken. watch this. >> i hope you are as much fun on that as you were on your couch. >> well. >> may i rephrase that, sir? >> please. please. please. oh, my lord.
oh, my lord. well, i think we found our "saturday night live" sound byte. >> i like that senator franken never lost his timing and perry never knew. he will end up on "saturday night live" as well. >> that was awkward. maybe a little bit of levity was nice. not totally prepared secretary of energy had their work cut out for them. >> in contrast to what we saw there which was a lighthearted moment and a nice moment in many ways. we saw a bad moment where you saw two senators get vicious towards one another. that's when pat roberts told a
democrat he needed to take a vow. this happened during the hearing that sparked another senator to jump in and criticize pat roberts, a republican. it was a nasty moment. having said that, i think it's going to show how things are going to get nasty. >> it's going to be mean and tough. all right. thank you, everyone. up next, 35 words that make a president. the oath that donald trump will take in just a few hours. i have the worst cold with this runny nose. i better take something. dayquil liquid gels don't treat your runny nose. seriously? alka-seltzer plus cold and cough liquid gels fights your worst cold symptoms plus your runny nose. oh, what a relief it is. like bundling home and auto coverage, which reduces redney. tape, which saves money. when they save, you save.
>> i will faithfully execute the office of the united states. >> it's this moment. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> to the best of my ability. >> these words. >> preserve. >> protect, and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> at the power to transform any citizen into a president. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> don't mess it up. >> that i will execute the office of president to the united states faithly. >> i will execute. >> faithfully the office of president of the united states faithly. >> the office for president of the united states. >> woopsy. >> the office of the president of the united states. >> ready to administer the oath. >> to tell the story, let's start at the beginning with this
guy. the $1 bill himself, george washington. or the next best thing. as our nation's first president, he was the first to recite the oath on april 30th, 1789. >> i george washington do solemnly swear -- >> it's written into the u.s. constitution and the only part meant to be administered word for word. >> proserve, protect and defend. >> they're added these as the bind pledge a new president makes to the country. >> i will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states. >> washington was the first to get a crack at it. >> he took the oath at new york city. most presidents take it outside the u.s. capital. >> the office of the president of the united states. >> the constitution doesn't say who has to administer the oath, but generally the chief justice. >> the constitution of the united states.
>> it was washington's idea to kiss the bible and almost every president after him did the same until dwight eisenhower decided enough of that. he put to rest in 1953 and said a prayer instead. >> thou will make full and complete. >> so help me god. >> that are line is up for debate. the words so help me god are not written in the constitution and they are not sure whether washington was the first to say them, but presidents added them to the end of the oath. two centuries later, the oath remains a sacred tradition in our country. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> this is the grand spectacle of watching a democracy at work where a government hands over a baton to the next government. it does not happen until the words of the oath are uttered. >> i will faithfully execute. >> the office of president of the united states. >> preserve, protect and defend.
>> the words matter. you have to say the words correctly. if it goes sideways, you will have to do a do-over like barack obama did. >> he had a redo in 2009. >> it went sideways for the supreme court justice roberts. >> you prepared to take the oath, senator? >>. >> i am. >> president obama started taking the oath, but justice roberts's language was different than what obama was thinking. >> i barack hussein obama do solemnly wear. >> they were counter posing and it was an awkward moment. >> i will execute the. >> faithfully the office of the president of the united states. >> immediately people called it a botched oath and questioned is president obama a real president. >> the next morning an official named david barron called the counsel and said, you know, we
might want to think about doing this again. that's what set in motion the redo later that day. >> i would describe the atmosphere in the white house as sheepish. everyone was embarrassed to do this again. four years later, he took it two more times. in 2013, january 20th landed on a sunday. when that happen, the president-elect takes the oath privately in the white house and publicly the next day. >> i did it. >> good job. can i call you dad? >> obama has taken the oath four times. the only other president to take it that many times is fdr because he was elected president four times. a little different. of course obama is not the only one whose ceremony has been a little bit weird. for example, it didn't go so smoothly for president truman in 1945. >> harry s truman takes the oath of office as 32nd president.
>> the chief justice said i harry ship truman. his little name is just the letter s. >> faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states to the best of your ability that you will preserve and defend. >> it's settled. did you pick up on that? chief justice william howard taft said maintain instead of protect. >> the constitution of the united states. >> in 1909 when taft himself was sworn in, his oath was misquoted. >> will to the best of my ability. >> while the earlier administrations played fast and loose, obama's camp felt differently because of well, you know. i'm not going to say it. >> obama himself had nothing to do with the decision to redo the oath. it was the people around him. his aides who knew that
politically as much as legally it was very important to establish his legitimacy. they knew he was the first african-american. they knew these false questions had been raised about his birth place. they decided let's foreclose any controversy and redo the whole thing. >> maybe they should go back to the way they administered the oath. >> whoever was administered the oath would ask it as a question. do you solemnly swear and the person would respond by saying i do. >> i do. >> in modern times, the new president repeats every word. >> i will faithfully execute. >> the idea of taking an oath to assume a new office goes back to ancient times. >> i harry s truman do solemnly swear. >> it is shorter than any other official oath. shorter than most wedding vows.
shorter than the hippocratic oath. >> on my honor i will do my best. >> even the boy scouts have a longer oath. it takes more words to promise to get an old lady safely across the street than to get the nuclear codes. how much do americans know about the oath of office? since we like our tests with chicken wings, we headed to the founding fathers bar in buffalo, new york. >> we will be taking the cnn oath of office trivia challenge. are we ready? >> not really. >> all right. >> who was the only president to take the oath of office from a female official? >> lbj? >> it was july judge sarah hughes aboard air force 1 in dallas, texas. >> i didn't know. which president and what year was the first oath of office
that took place in washington, d.c.? >> my mom's birthday? >> 1801. >> this guy is going too fast, right? >> who was the first president to affirm rather than swear the oath of office? >> what's the difference? those are sin him ins. >> that's a president? here's another piece of trivia. when donald trump takes the oath of office, he will be the first president since eisenhower to be sworn in without any political experience. what won't be different is all the fanfare. including the president's own united states marine band. hey, how do i get a marine band? >> we think we played for every presidential inauguration since thomas jefferson. music is central to the
inaugural ceremony and glues the ceremony into when we come to the part of the oath, the music is the thing that i think seals the deal for the new president of the united states. i feel more presidential right now. >> immediately following the oath, we play four ruffles and flourishes. ♪ and then we play hail to the chief which is official honors for the president of the united states. ♪ >> these guys are good. >> this is the first time the new president hears hail to the chief. ♪ when we have an inauguration where the new president is not the incumbent, we play hail to the chief twice. we will play it for president obama for the last time in his
administration and when president trump is sworn in, we will play hail to the chief for the first time for the new president. the oath and the music brings the ceremony to its zenith. >> it may seem like a lot of pomp and circumstance. in the end, it is so much bigger than that. because even when all the fanfare is stripped away, even in a simple home like chester arthur on board a plane in a time of crisis like lyndon johnson, even behind closed doors at the white house to make up for the mistake. it really is all about the oath. 35 words with the power to make a president. and hopefully unite the country. >> thank you. i appreciate that. after donald trump takes the oath of office, he will make the
donald trump's inauguration address is his chance to set the tone for the inauguration. editor in chief of the hill. commentator kevin madden. good morning. happy inauguration day. he has written it to draft himself. with help from steven miller. here's what he said a couple of hours ago. >> i made a speech tonight at the lincoln memorial in front of all of those people. all of those live television cameras. i can't stand them. but actually a couple of them are starting to get honest. i thought it was a very good speech. instead of saying it was a good speech, they are saying it doesn't matter. how will he do tomorrow? they never give you credit.
tomorrow we have a speech around 12:00. it may rain or may not rain. i don't care. doesn't matter. the truth is if it really pours, that's okay because people will realize it's my real hair and that's okay. it's okay. might be a mess, but they will see it's my real hair. we have a speech that i wrote and worked with steven miller who is around here someplace. he is great. he has been with us from the beginning. >> the hair line was a good one. is it unusual for him to write his own speech? >> he has help, no doubt. he is looking at the first draft and he will have say. we were talking about it in the break. i think he will have a unifying speech. i don't think it will be long. this was a nasty campaign. it was terrible in a lot of ways
and not good for the country. that's one of his big challenges. he has to do something along those lines. >> i don't think he thinks that's his job. i think his job is to have a vision. >> i don't think his speech will be unifying? >> i don't. i think it will be a vision speech and everyone will unify behind that vision, but he will lay out here's what i'm going to do like i said. he will reiterate everything he said and say we will do this together and i hope you are with me. i don't think he will say all the lines about i'm the president for everybody and i will worry about everybody. i think he thinks that smacks of what most politicians will do and he wants to get stuff done. >> real quickly, you were in the room when he made that speech? >> yeah. >> how do it go over there? >> it's the audience of all these people are here to see the inaugural. they loved the hair line. that was what made the speech
special. i don't think anything this that room that said they would have any idea. i would be shocked if he goes off teleprompter tomorrow. >> i tend to agree. there will be unifying themes there. there will be an element of unification in the speech. when you write a speech like this, the goal is to ask yourself what's the headline i want driven the next day? the headline that donald trump wants out of the speech is america first. donald trump is going to put america first. i think it's going to be much more about a bolder vision of america being strong economically and on national security. that is really what he is going to drive and it will be much more on brand with what we saw during the campaign. i think he believes it's his job to reinforce many of the themes that got him there in the 50 place. >> he had a rocky start with his own party. do you think he will address the
republicans? >> nothing -- i don't think anything worked as well when it came to unifying republicans as the prospect of beating hillary clinton. hillary clinton is being put into the rear view mirror. it's all about what can donald trump deliver? can he deliver results? republicans recognize that too. the people sent him up there to deliver results and that's their charge right now. i think many republicans are cognizant of that. >> when you see his family at the lincoln memorial tomorrow and they are all standing there and he takes that oath of office and the clintons and obamas will be there coming down the capital steps, it's sometimes that president obama and george bush, it's so hard to understand the magnitude of what they went through. do you think donald trump will get that even if his speech is not unifying.
is that's a big job. >> it's a big job and i think a lot of eyes will be on hillary clinton who had to attend. bill clinton will attend and hillary will be there. i don't think he is going to go through the whole campaign rally speech of how the pundits didn't think i was going to win, but overall there will be awkward moments. she is a former first lady late. >> when barack obama became president, the only full term of office was as a state senator. donald trump lived five lifetimes. if you look at all he has done, it has been remarkable. >> this is somebody who is
coming to a new position and has a skill set. they are going to be there and the speech will make it clear. there is 60 democrats or whatever is not there. they are coming along or they are not. >> what are does it have to do for tomorrow? >> the speech will recognize that and people will find from day one what donald trump is talking about, everything i said i am going to do. they should respect the office. should he not respect the office and the people who have come before him in the way they delivered the speech and in the way they conduct themselves? >> i think he will in the sense with the clintons and obamas, but the biggest mistake is thinking even if he does that tomorrow, we moved into this new phase of a new donald trump. he will be the same that ran for
welcome back to washington. donald trump's inauguration just a few hours away. the gop in the top position here in washington. back with me now john brabender, bob cusack and kevin madden. kevin, the first time the republicans have had the white house, the senate, they have a fairly new president. it's going to be easy for them to get things passed. as you know, there's often a political price to pay with that. are republicans concerned. >> they are aligned on a number of big issues they won on. repealing obamacare is one of them. putting greater emphasis on border security is another. i think there's other issues out there, a number of issues is tax reform. people believe that the current tax code we have right now is
too far complex and it's outdated. so i think those are some of the top priorities that the trump administration and the republicans in congress will focus on right away. >> obamacare and tax reform are big issues especially health care. >> if you look at it historically, you have to move on big items like this in the first 100 to 200-days because pretty soon, everybody starts looking at their election and polling flubs, not as interested in making hard decisions. >> you start losing capital. >> bob, the president and his team, they speak of their victory as a landslide and that they have a plan date. it wasn't a landslide. are they misreading the american public? >> it's all about expectations and nobody thought that donald trump would get more than 300 electoral votes. he did lose the popular vote. they've got to get wins early on. it's going to be tough to get tax reform which hasn't been dorngs comprehensive tax reform since 19 6. repealing and replacing obamacare going to be very
difficult. so they have toe rack up some wins in the first 100-days. i think he's got reach out to democrats in the first 100 days so that democrats are like okay, i can work with this guy on some issue. the big issue there, transportation, infrastructure. >> yeah. >> i don't know. using the bipartisan word, your hopefulness is so cute because. >> aren't we horrible? our little bipartisan. >> did you guys can happen to watch any of the confirmation hearings? did a show earlier this week with maxine waters who used the word impeachment word already relative to this president. my point, i believe strongly that the democrats have decided this was a fluke election. and that they are going to use the next four years to get the white house back and take with it the senate and they are not going to play bipartisan. >> i agree with john. i'm highly cognizant of that that there's still that threat of partisanship on the hill.
but of everybody at the table right now in washington, donald trump has the most political capital. he is going to have to spend it right up front. i think that's why you're going to see big movement very quickly and don't look at it as 100 days. we're used to 100 days. i look at it in a 200-day window. >> i appreciate it. that's it for us. stay with cnn for live coverage of every minute of the inauguration of donald trump. i'll see you back here with all the highlights later tonight. the majority of people bu, pay for data they never use. that's right, most people never use more than 5 gigs. now verizon introduces the one plan that's right for you. just $55 for 5 gigs on america's best network. that's tons of data at a cost that's less than an unlimited plan. and the best part, no surprise overages. finally, all the data you need on the network you want. verizon.
washington. the end of a very full day ahead of an even bigger day tomorrow. president-elect trump is due shortly at a candlelight dinner at union station. you're watching some of the arrivals right now. both the president-elect and vice president elect are expected to speak. governor pence at the indiana ball. it's the capper to a day that brought moments of quiet ceremony at arlington national cemetery and loud celebrations that the next four years will be very different than the last eight. we also heard from the guest of honor, the president-elect making surprise remarks on the steps of the lincoln memorial. >> i will see you tomorrow, and i'm going to be cheering you on. you're going to cheer me on, but i'm going to be cheering you on because what we've done is so special. all over t