tv Inauguration of Donald J. Trump CNN January 20, 2017 6:00am-11:01am PST
are john f. kennedy and ronald reagan. growing up as a jfk fan, i memorized jfk's inaugural address. ronald reagan's was memorable as well. what they had in common was summoning the country to a challenge and also appealing to american greatness and what the country meant as a whole. that was their sort of historic themes that two of those people shared. it went over very well in a day for each of them. i think he's going to follow somewhat in that path. i think this is going to be more my guess here, more philosophical than agenda driven. >> ba cory sellers, a number of democrats not attending, but story goes on. >> it does. i think the right to protest is as american as apple pie. the fact they're not here is their right. today it's not about the man, but about what of our glatest american traditions which is
about the peaceful transition of power. while we may not be fully excited, i remain hopeful, although the morning started out with donald trump getting a sermon from someone who is anti muslim, homophobic and brings a lot of controversy with him, i'm hopeful at 12:00 donald trump shows attributes we haven't yet seen from him on the campaign trail. the number one attribute i'm looking for is empathy. i'm hoping donald trump can understand the struggle of so many americans in this country. people are looking at him now, the onus is on him to bring this country together. right now, i, like many democrats, many americans, remain hopeful. today is an amazing day where we understand and recognize america is already great, but today is about the greatness of this country. >> we'll hear from six religious leaders, i interview franklin grab, rabbi hire, the first orthodox rabbi to address an
inauguration, i think the first since sometime in the 1980s, he told me. also reverend rodriguez who was not a donald trump supporter but decided to attend. we had been talking about, a lot of people talking about what melania trump is wearing. i want to go over to cnn style who are eminently qualified to even discuss this. derrick, what do you make of melania trump? >> we can confirm it's ralph loren she's wearing. we were joking that it's a brilliant first lady costume. >> not only is she channelling, as douglas said, the jackie kennedy vibe, and she doesn't even need to say that mrs. kennedy is going to be her roelt model because her clothes are saying it for her.
ralph lauren built an empire on the myth of the american dream. the woman he's been most recently associated with in the political sphere is actually hillary clinton. >> there's a rumor going around that hillary clinton, too, will be at ralph lauren. something i wanted to point out about what she was wearing is the heels are so high. >> heels are always high. >> but it's not the most practical idea to wear those high of heels for the skip down to capitol hill. >> i can confirm, too, that i am also wearing ralph lauren. i know america is wondering. >> show us your shoes. >> the heels are not quite as high. it's also interesting, when the vehicle opened that they came out of, you can see what appears to be a gift, looks like a
tiffany box. the obamas started a tradition that they brought a gift to the bushes when they first went to the white house. i don't know if that's what that is. it will be interesting to see if they are presenting something to the departing first family. >> they'll be having coffee with them later. that would be a perfect time to exchange a gift i guess right now at the white house, the outgoing president is apparently meeting with white house staff to say thank you and say his final good-byes. >> that's going to be a very emotional thing. i've seen him interact with these folks and they with him, and they become family. it is a very, very hard moment when you say good-bye. the president said it's not the job that he will miss, but the people. they are principal among them. watching melania trump, i want to say a word for first ladies
generally. they rarely ask for this responsibility. they're mostly reluctant conscripts. that was certainly true with michelle obama, and it did take her more than a few months to really find her footing. she was mostly concerned about getting her kids situated a keeping her family whole. she really searcd f h identity as a first lady. it took some time. she didn't ask to be here. melania trump didn't ask to be here. >> having worked for the reagans, nancy reagan had a difficult time in the beginning. let it not be forgotten a couple months in she was shot. she was apoplectic about this. it took her a while to sort of get her groove, and she was pilloried in the press and she turned it around where she dressed in rags and came out saying secondhand rose. >> for melania trump, michelle
obama will have great advice in terms of how to build a life here. she obviously moved her mother down here to look after the kids. at some point she had reluctance about moving to washington but decided to do that and really created a life for herself in washington. >> we're waiting for the president-elect and the entire trump family to be leaving st. john's. they will then proceed to the white house. our michelle kosinski is standing by there. michelle, talk about what is going on inside the white house right now. david axelrod was talking about sort of the emotion of those good-byes to the staff. we saw that photograph last night of blank frames on the wall outside the oval office, pictures of the obamas taken out, waiting for pictures of the trump family or whatever pictures they want to go in there. >> reporter: we've seen this scene now stretch over the last few days, staffers cleaning out their offices, taking the last
bits that they've left behind, e-mailing out their good-byes, soming to visit different people throughout the west wing, to say their good-byes in person. and the mood has been very, very sad. many of them, they've been so busy throughout the administration. they didn't take the time to try to find jobs for afterwards. some of them already have, and some of them will continue to work for the president and first lady. but many of the lower level staffers say they just haven't had time to figure things out. they're still figuring out what they want to do with their lives, and they have a sort of sense of sadness that they openly talk about. so this morning, arriving here before wn, people described it as surreal. so of the staffers described it as apocalyptic. the president and his family spent their last night in the white house. early this morning you could see president obama through the
window in the butler's kitchen talking to staff. we know he's saying his good-byes and thanking people as well this morning. >> i also want to bring back in derek blasberg and vanessa freeman. as we wait for melania trump and the president-elect to leave the church, you were talking z about melania trump wearing ralph lauren. first ladies have often worked with a particular designer. i think nancy reagan wore a lot of bill blass and maybe adolfo. does that tradition continue? ? >> there's been a lot of hesitation i think particularly with melania trump because the fashion industry wasn't necessarily embracing to her. there was confusion over which designer she would pick. it's not a surprise show chose ralph lauren, an american icon of american style. >> what's interesting is yesterday when she made her
appearance at arlington, she wore also an american designer and a young independent one, ferrari. at the dinner she wore reem acra who is a lebanese-born name. she's really sort of engaged in some sort of outreach to the fashion community and looking at designers and all their diversity. >> it's interesting because michelle obama really raised the bar of what it means to be a first lady and how to embrace american fashion. it looks like in the past 48 hours, it's something in melania's head. >> something like this can change the life of a young designer that the first lady starts to wear. >> certainly someone like ferrari, whose name was known to very few regular consumers before this moment is going to experience a time in the spotlight that she probably had never anticipated. >> interesting note about that, with michelle obama, immediate
verbal praise in the fashion industry. we're curious to see if melania has the same kind of positive effect. >> yeah, what kind of backlash they may experience. >> the interesting thing to me, you have ivanka trump who has her own brand and she's worn her own brand consistently during the campaign. >> and the company has marketed that. >> right. and she's been criticized for it. now ivanka trump is going to have a different role. we don't know if she's going to have a west wing office, but certainly tracked to be the most influenced first daughter in history. will that stop? she is separating herself from her brand right now. so the question is will she also separate herself from being a breathing, walking advertisement for the brand. >> malia and sasha didn't have their own brand. >> they didn't. but they might now. >> we'll take a quick break. we're awaiting donald trump, the president-elect, his wife, his
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episcopal church. the trump family inside. momentarily they will be emerging and driving across the street, very, very short drive over to the north portico at the white house where the trumps will be received by the outgoing president of the united states and the outgoing first lady of the united states. jake, this will be a significant moment when president obama and michelle obama basically say good-bye to the white house but also welcome in the next president of the united states, the next first lady of the united states. >> it's a tradition that began in the 1800s, the outgoing president and incoming president coming together.
i think it was 1837 martin van buren outgoing, andrew jackson incoming came over together to the inaugural ceremony. that was the first time that happened. that has been a tradition that has gone on ever since. it was sometimes more bitter than that. john adams didn't go to thomas jefferson's inaugural after jefferson beat him. we should point out hillary clinton will be here today. not only will president obama, the outgoing president, but because hillary clinton married former president bill clinton, they will be here today. all of this pageantry and all these traditions are rooted in much more than just symbolism. these are moments where the nation is trying to come together, trying to put painful episodes, painful campaigns behi them it's just a beautiful day in terms of how much it's steeped in history. first inauguration, 1789, george washington.
we'll have another one today. >> momentarily we'll see them driving over to the white house. >> if you see in the lower right corner of your screen, that is where the president, president trump will give his inaugural address. that's stephen miller, the policy aide, but also someone who helped write the address. he's obviously checking it out. the other thing i want to say, i don't know about your guys, but i want want to know what's going on inside. you always see the outside of this church. dan scavino in charge of mr. trump's social media, took a picture inside. so we can show you what it looks like. a bird's eye view. check that out. i don't remember ever seeing inside. do you remember ever seeing inside on inauguration day? >> not on inauguration day. >> you see the president-elect and melania trump are right in the front row at this private
prayer service. no cameras allowed inside. it was a private service for the trumps and their friends, their family, in order to begin this day on a religious note. >> it's really remarkable and a treat, frankly, to be able to see what it's like inside that very intimate prayer service. >> you heard the sermon also involved building walls around jerusalem from nehemiah, john king. we've heard a lot about building walls. >> it will be interesting to see if we hear when the president at that point does outline his agenda for the american people, does he bring up specifics or is it more, it's time to get things done and change washington. remember, one of the reasons he disrupted the republican party and took over the republican party, one of the reasons he beat an established well-known political figure like hillary clinton, even though voters expressed doubts about donald trump, questioning whether he was up to the job, he won the presidency because they want him to change this town and they
believe he will create jobs. you can look at negative polling numbers, the least popular in modern history, there is some hope in the country that his business experience and disrupting washington will lead to a better economy. we'll see how this plays out. as we wait for this moment, is remarkable. so much of today is continuity of government, the american democratic experience. we turn the page without skipping a beat. the current president hands off to the next president. consider the history. the history here, you cannot forget that donald trump spent a couple of years of his life trying to delegitimize the presidency of the whan who is about to hand over the white house to him. president obama said i have a job, i have to be a professional, this is what i have to do. >> they learned that from george w. bush. they said george w. bush and his team set the gold standard for a peaceful transition.
>> jeff zeleny is getting new information on the inspiration for the president-elect. >> donald trump indeed has been studying history on his own. he's been reading i'm told and watching and even listening to old inauguration addresses from years gone by, particularly i'm told drawing optimism from ronald reagan. as you know, you're on the west front of the capitol. i'm on the other side of the capitol, on the east front. until ronald reagan, all the nation ceremonies, we're on the east front of the capitol, facing the supreme court and the library of congress. after 1980 it switched to the west front. i am told that donald trump is particularly inspired by that. you can see behind me here, this is the carriage entrance of the senate. all the vips will be coming in this door, particularly hillary and bill clinton. we'll be watching for them. it is a big moment that they are coming here today as well. donald trump looking at all those old addresses, even
president obama's i'm told to draw inspiration for what i'm also told will be a shorter speech than it was eight or four years ago. wolf. >> thanks, i want to go to sar ra murray. you're learning more about the tone of the president-elect's address once he becomes president. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. we saw donald trump last night saying he will be the president who unifies the country. we can expect him to say something along those lines, to hit the theme of unity. that is not going to be the driving force of this speech. the driving force of this speech is the notion of putting america first, putting the american people first, the american worker first. wolf, donald trump's aids knows he is not known as a stunning orator. he is not going to deliver a speech the way we have seen from president barack obama. they believe and donald trump believes he's an action-oriented kind of guy. he's not going to lay out a laundry list of proposals, but will lay out his vision for how
he'll make the lives of the american people better. he and his aides believe that's how he's going to unify the country, by convincing people he can make their lives better. >> we'll stand by for that. jake, we have been told maybe 20 minutes for his address once he delivers the inaugural address. >> relatively short inaugural address. they've been closed-lipped about what's in there. there's been a lot of talk of getting to work, his and dane. we heard that last night as he spoke last night at the lincoln memorial. we heard that in the last week or so talking about things he promised voters during the campaign that he wants to do, especially when it comes to rewriting trade deals and trying to bring more jobs. i heard an interesting analysis the other day from an economist. don't take these numbers specifically, but it was something along the lines of growth in this country has been about 2.5%. but really when you break it
down, for the top 20% of the country growth has been about 5%. for the bottom 80% of the country it's been at zero. and in that, i think we can see one of the reasons why president-elect trump was able to inspire so many people in places like pennsylvania and wisconsin and michigan, people who feel like they've been ignored. people who feel like washington, d.c. has not treated them with dignity, with any sort of regard in terms of the trade deals they've made. i think president-elect trump feels very inspired to get to work on those issues. my understanding is we're going to hear some of that reflected in his speech which should be relatively short. thankfully not as long as your first inaugural. william henry harrison, and spoke for an hour and 45 minutes. >> way too long. >> apparently he really got sick from the white house water, but that's another story. the shortest -- fun fact, the shortest inaugural address in
history. >> george washington. >> you saw it. 145 words. >> could have tweeted that speech. >> almost. >> in that ronald reagan speech, jeff zeleny was saying donald trump considers one of his idols. he said washington is the problem, government is the problem. that was the theme of reagan's first inaugural. it will be interesting because trump's candidacy was such an outsider. he says he's working more closely with the republicans in congress, ran against them in the primaries, mocked them as much as the democrats. he's not only trying to unify the country, also trying to -- one of the reasons he's here today is because the american people don't think this town works. they think this town would mess up a free lunch. that's donald trump's challenge. to jake's point, never held elective office, never served in the military. his task is to make this town work. that's why he was elected. >> we'll see president obama leaving the oval office in a few minutes. we're told he has left the
traditional letter written by one outgoing president to an incoming president. he has left that letter -- >> this is the video on the lower right-hand part of the screen over here. you see the oval office. you see from the rose garden, and you'll see the president writing -- leaving that personal -- a tradition, every president leaves a note, a letter for the incoming president. >> we've seen the one george h.w. bush left for bill clinton which is entirely in keeping with his character, graceful and beautiful note. in the last couple days the national archives released the ones left by bill clinton for george w. bush and george w. bush for barack obama. they're all of a theme about, it's a tough job, but the american people are a wonderful and resilient people. honor them, honor this office. and i suspect president obama wrote something similar. they tend to be very nice and inspiring notes. >> we don't know what he said in
private to donald trump in that note. but we do know what he said in his final tweets under the @potus handle. he said it's been the honor of my life to serve you. >> there we see the president walking in the oval office. >> looks like he'll leave that notoriety there on the desk. >> on the resolute desk. >> that's remarkable. >> you see the ladder to the right to the door here, the next five hours, once they leave for this inaugural, the staff has to turn that building around in the course of four or five hours. that's also part of the remarkable nature -- >> this is amazing to be able to get a peek in the window of the white house as he's spending his final moments there. >> so much action going on in that building today within the next six hours. they redo 132 rooms, move out one family and move in one family. the best movers in the world. >> it is tradition, such a
beautiful tradition. >> there he is. >> let's listen. >> how is the rain holding out? >> so far, so good. >> are you feeling nostalgic? >> of course. >> any final words for the american people? >> thank you. >> any final words for the american people. thank you. >> he is grateful to the american people. he had eight years as president of the united states. let's listen one more time. >> good morning, good morning. keep the rain away, will you? >> we're working on it.
>> there you saw the vice president and dr. jill biden walking there as well. anderson, these are moments that certainly everyone will remember down the road, very historic day. >> it's extraordinary to see that, not just the peek inside the white house, but then to see president obama, vice president biden. david axelrod, eight years ago you were there as they moved in. what do you think as you see president obama about to leave? >> first of all, i think about those two men who were rivals, they ran against each other. they didn't know each other all that well when joe biden was chosen as vice president, and they've become such close friends. there are many instances in history i which presidents and vice presidents go their own way and don't have much of a relationship. >> saw that with bill clinton and al gore. >> yes, and i suspect george w. bush and dick cheney aren't in
close touch all the time. i think these guys will be friends for the rest of their lives because of what they went through together and the bonds that they grew. so that's one thing that occurs to me. i've spoken to the president in the last few days. i think he's well satisfied that he did his best, and he is not leaving there -- his fingerprints won't be on the door jam. he believes this is a healthy thing, this transition of power, and he is ready to move on. >> he's also 55 years old. he has a whole other act, several acts -- >> that is one of the things he thought about when he ran. the time was right. he thought it was the right time for him to make a contribution, but he also knew that he'd be done with his presidency and still hopefully many useful years ahead of him. i expect to see him not as a leader of a party or the point of a spear in a political debate, but in trying to inspire others to step forward. >> yet, as between those two, as
between the vice president and the president, the younger man's political role is cast and over in terms of elective office, but maybe not the vice president. the vice president leaving that door ajar as he gets ready to get back on an amtrak train and go back to delaware with the political future still undefined. >> anderson, barack obama's fingerprints may not be on the door jam, but there are many americans wrapping his arms around that leg as he gets on the elevator saying please don't go. boyz ii men said it bez, so hard to say good-bye to yesterday. president obama has been the consummate leader, the consummate president throughout this entire transition. he keeps saying it's ability we, about yes we can, we shall over come. a lot of people are taking his lead and embrace today for what it is. it is an american tradition. the president of the united
states who is leaving with overwhelming support is instructing so many people in this country to at least give donald trump a chance. >> we should also just point out they're running a little late. they were supposed to leave the church about 15 minutes ago. this is really choreographed down to the minute this entire day. i'm sure there'some amount of time that's a pad for them to catch up. >> one thing i wanted to say about president obama and joe biden is that both of these men are men who spent most of their lives in public service. joe biden certainly. and so you have an incoming president -- >> excuse me. there you see donald trump, melania trump after the church service, escorted by secret service. you also see tiffany trump there with her boyfriend with her boyfriend, ross mechanic is there. let's listen in.
>> it is no small feat moving the president-elect at this point. moving the president is about the toughest job for secret service that they have. there's going to be a certain amount of waiting while they get all the vehicles in a row and everybody in their vehicle. you also see there vice president-elect mike pence, his wife as well. david axelrod? >> what i wanted to say is we talk about this as a tradition. i actually think it's more than that. anyone who has any sense who is about to assume the presidency should take advantage of these moments to ask for spiritual
sustenance because it is an incredibly difficult job. so i think there is a purpose to these moments of reflection before you step into the most difficult job on the planet with so many consequences attached to every decision you make. >> one of the things, you see that pointed scene of president obama in the oval office for the last time, and then you see what's going on here with the secret service and everything. we talk about how often -- about this office being the most powerful on the anet. this city is named for the first president of the united states who was in his day very powerful, very popular and made it his choice to leave after two terms and set the pattern. it was broken by franklin roosevelt. angry republicans after four terms, four elections for franklin roosevelt made it a constitutional amendmentment.
there's a reason for it. human beings of all stripes like power. we see this all around the world with dictators, et cetera. the founding fathers wanted to make certain, and george washington in particular, that you were on your way out the door after two terms. and that's what we are literally seeing here. >> the job is so immense that by the end of two terms -- maybe david you can talk about this -- there probably is a sense that, could i have done this another four years? should i have done this another four years? >> reagan said, if he could have, he would have liked that third term. >> he would say that he feels like they is a better president today, that he's learned a lot. >> exactly. >> but there needs to be a renewal, there needs to be new energy. >> that is what the country has voted for, they've voted for change, wolf blitzer. washington is about to see an awful big change, an enormous change for this government, for this country.
>> certainly one that will be presumably full of lots of surprises down the road. we're watching this all very, very closely. jake, they're over at the church literally across the street from lafayette park, they'll be driving to the north portico where they will be received by the outgoing president of the united states and the first lady. they will then go inside for a little private coffee or tea and have an opportunity to talk. >> then they will ride over together which is a tradition dating back to 1837. it's a beautiful tradition, even if the president -- if the incoming president is one who has defeated the outgoing president, that's how it's been done since 1837, since martin van buren was outgoing and andrew jackson was incoming. it really represents, in the most stark way the peaceful transfer of power.
one person may be popular with half the country and unpopular with t other, and then the reverse, comin tother, saying we are all one. >> looks like the motorcade has started to move. it's a large motorcade. when you travel with a president-elect or a president, it's not just two or three cars. it's a lot of cars that are moving in the same direction. lots of security as well. fortunately, dana, the weather is okay right now. it was raining a little bit earlier. >> don't jinx it. >> you just woke up the weather gods. >> it stopped raining which we're grateful for, approaching 45, 50 degrees. >> it's okay. we can all handle it. a little rain never haurt anybody. donald trump joked in his speech last night that if it does rain, america will see that it is his real hair. he's prepared for it, trying to be jovial about it and take his lumps as his father used to say
to him. as we wait for donald trump to go over to the white house to meet with president obama, when we saw that remarkable video just a few minutes ago of barack obama's final moments in the white house as president of the united states, just before that, even ten minutes before that, he sent what we believe will be his final tweet. he said, as we look forward, i want our first steps to reflect what matters most to you, share your thoughts with me at obama.org, a new website president obama has set up. ready to go, to continue to communicate with the american people, his supporters and so forth. >> we were talking about how non-traditional president-elect trump is. barack obama i suspect is going to be a very non-traditional former president. first of all, he's not leaving washington. he's staying here for at least a year while his youngest daughter
finishes up school. he will be living in the same neighborhood as ivanka trump and jared kushner in d.c. he has also made it very clear that, as much as we've been told by david axelrod and others that barack obama really admired the george w. bush and george h.w. bush model of being quiet, letting the other president -- letting the new president have his say, maj his agenda, he has already drawn lines in the sand as to where he will voice opposition if he feels donald trump is encroaching on dissent or the press, derting children who are in this country undocumented. >> voting rights. >> voting rights. discrimination against minorities. he has said those would prompt him to come forward and speak out. he said other traditional political battles he won't wage in on. i think it's going to be non-traditional for president obama as well. >> john king, you see the
motorcade moving from the st. john's episcopal church. they'll be driving around lafayette park, heading towards the north lawn, the north side of the white house. we will watch this -- all of us have been former white house correspondents. we know that area well. >> and we've been through this remarkable day. president obama, as we discussed earlier, gave great credit to george w. bush, said despite handing over the house in that case from republicans to democrats, that george w. bush was so personal about the transition. >> there they are. the vice president joe biden is there with dr. jill biden. they'll be receiving mike pence. let's listen in as this happens.
>> that was part one. getting ready for part two. the vice president elect has arrived. the outgoing vice president has received him, and now we'll wait for the president-elect to arrive and then the president of the united states will receive him. >> if i may, when i interviewed mike pence a couple days ago, he was telling me privately how -- this is not going the surprise anybody -- how gracious the bidens have been. he was with his daughter charlotte in her early 20s. she'll live in the residence at the naval observatory where the vice presidents live.
i said have you seen your room yet. she said, oh, yeah, the bidens have let us in, let us check out where we'll be living. again, hey said they have been, not surprisingly, so wonderful to the incoming vice president and his family. >> it occurs to me after seeing this massive motorcade and obviously once you become popular enough you get secret service protection, and once you become a nominee, it increases more significantly, let alone president-elect. >> there's the president and first lady there at the red carpet. they'll be receiving the president-elect of the united states and the next first lady of the united states. this will be a moment -- let's see if we can listen. >> classic.
>> so there you see it. the outgoing president of the united states and first lady, the incoming president -- that was, jacob, the pretty amazing shot when you think ability the history of these four individuals and this very majestic transfer of power here in the united states. >> a lot of water under the bridge in terms of the things that have been said, particularly by the president-elect about the outgoing president, barack obama. they are both being incredibly gracious and graceful before the
cameras, especially. we're told also behind the cameras it has been a relationship where president obama has really done everything he could do try to help the transition, to try to smooth the waters and have this be as peaceful and as constructive a transition as possible, and president-elect trump has said it's gone great and their relationship couldn't be better. >> he immediately, president obama, accepted the results of the election on november 8th and began this very smooth transition at their level, although some of the aides at a lower level, not necessarily all that smooth. but at the top levels, very impressive. >> that's right. all the way leading up to this very moment that we saw. and i just have to say, for our viewers at home, i'm sure a lot of people saw what happened. it's a first test and a first reality of the cameras being on you, and you heard president obama joke about the fact that you've got to learn this protocol. this is what happens.
when melania went in for a shake, and michelle went in for a hug. it was a little kind of get to know you that could very well happen to any of us in private, except they're going to have very few of those moments, especially when it comes to this. >> john, this is where they receive guests, a president of the united states, a first lady of the united states, the north portico of the white house. >> jake went through the history. a bit of an awkward moment when you see the greeting and the hug. but the world is watching this. everybody in the country is watching this. a lot of democrats who are mad about this are watching and they see their president leaving after eight years and they say, hey, this is important. the symbolism is critical. this is one of the more fascinating questions. president-elect trump has repeatedly said how grateful he is for the president, not only the support of the nuts and bolts of the transition, but his advice. conservatives have krenged sometimes when he said we'll
keep in touch. we'll see if that happens. barack obama is about to join one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. most of the living presidents, george h.w. bush not in good health, preside rter, president clinton, barack obama joins the club here. as jake noted, to stay here in washington, we don't learn about most of the conversations presidents have with ex-presidents on big national security questions. it will be interesting to see if donald trump reaches out to barack obama, seems unlikely, and yet because he is new to washington, new to this, i'm told when they. >> reporter: in the room trog, donald trump jokingly said to barack obama said i want to learn the secret of how you keep your approval rating up. in a lighthearted way. one of the many fascinating questions about not only how does the new president govern, but what does a young ex-president, barack obama, especially since he's staying so
close while his daughter finishes school, how public and how much does he communicate with the new guy. >> talk about popularity, nobody more popular right now than michelle obama. she used that over and over again in the campaign, at the end of the campaign, to try to help hillary clinton, to make her the successor to her husband and to continue her husband's legacy. there's probably no one in the obama family, maybe the daughters, but i would venture to say that michelle obama has probably been the most frustrated by what -- >> former president bush and laura bush, by the way, not in this car. but right in the back seat, there you see laura bush, the former first lady and president bush on the other side. they are here. as we've been pointing out, bill clinton and hillary clinton will be here as well, as well as jimmy carter who has gone through some medical issues, but he's goecing to be here as well. a lot of history. john king, jake makes a really
important point. the whole world is watching right now. let me quickly go to jeff zeleny because he's right near where laura and george bush are. jeff, set the scene for us. >> reporter: we're on the east front of the capitol where george w. bush and laura bush are sitting in an suv. there's a bit of a motorcade backup here as several vips are preparing to come to the capitol for this event today. we saw of course it was eight years ago when the bushes climbed into the hecopter and went off on their way. now since there is such a backup, quit simply there are so many vips. we're close to the vice president here, we may get a moment to ask him a question or say something here. this is a moment here in time where he is coming back to the capital.
hold on one moment. mr. president, what do you think about today? mr. president, how is your father doing? how is my mother doing? what do you think about today, mr. president? [ inaudible ] >> we're here to see president-elect trump. >> we're seeing former presidents bush and mrs. bush going in. he said his parents are doing better, his mother and father are doing better. he did not answer a question about donald trump, what he thinks about today. again, we're reminded of the history and this moment when he returned to the capital eight years ago after he flew away and took his leave back to texas. >> get ready because hillary and bill clinton will be showing up fairly soon as well. there you see the helicopter
that will be taking the soon to be ex-president of the houses out of the capital, heading to joint base andrews and flying to california. >> it is not uncontroversial that people like bill clinton and hillary clinton are coming today. they're liberals, there are progressives, there are democrats who are furious with them. they say they are normalizing president-elect trump. and yet i have to say that whether it's george w. bush and laura bush who made it pretty clear they were not supporting president-elect trump during the campaign, or jimmy carter or bill clinton, they all feel, their reason for being here, is that they are being patriots, they are putting the country ahead of their own personal feels. this also has to do with how we've seen president obama behaving in the last couple of months.
>> that was a moment indeed, jake, that really symbolizes this transfer of power in washington. >> not to put too fine a point on it, donald trump led an effort to suggest that barack obama was born in africa, a falsity, a lie. there you see mr. obama putting that aside, i'm not going to let that bother me, this man was chosen president freely and fairly by the american people. >> eric trump, the son and his family arriving. these are vips, jake, arriving right now at the capitol for the inaugural event. >> i believe they have five kids, don junior. >> those are his two oldest
kids, don iii and kyle. >> let's listen in. ♪ >> there's ivanka trump and jared kushner walking in. donald trump jr., an avid outdoorsman. >> we're going to continue to watch this very closely. let's take a quick break. we're getting ready for the inauguration to get moving up here on capitol hill. we'll take a quick break. we'll be right back.
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see? >> so we're right here. right in front of where the swearing in takes place. this is an incredible, incredible vantage point. the band has just begun. this is the president's own, the applause, this is the president's own u.s. marine band, they have been playing since, i think they said this was their 66th inauguration. we are right here where mr. trump will be sworn n it's starting to fill in, we have seen some members of congress, a number of people. you can see all way up to the mall, it's definitely a poncho situation kind of day. i was talking to a family who came in from texas, they had a front row seat. they actually had the plastic cap for the cowboy hats.
kate, there was some bad weather earlier, it was raining, now it seems to have cleared up. tell us about the people you're meeting out there. >> can you guys hear me? >> we hear you. >> hi, guys, sorry. there you are. so if you don't have a ticket, if you don't have a ticket, this is the first section, the closest up you can actually get. we've been here since gates opened. there are a lot of folks from all over the country who are getting here. they've really started to gather. the atmosphere down here is much like a trump rally.
they're all very upbeat, no one really cares about the fact that it had be it has been raining axial. they're waiting to see the president and president-elect. we've got those jumbotrons over here, walter will show you, every time the shot comes up with the president-elect, the crowd cheers, then falls silent in order to listen in and hear what's happening on the video screen. hey, guys, where are you from? >> kansas city. >> why did you want to be here today? >> it's a great opportunity to take my son and witness something like this. it's just incredible. >> is this your first inauguration? >> yes, it is. >> is this your first? >> yes. >> why did you want to be here to see donald trump? >> yeah, we've been supporting trump from the beginning and we're happy he won. we wanted to come here and celebrate with our peers and colleagues. >> and you're going to do that this morning, everyone is waiting here. as you can see, they're ready
for it all to happen here on the national mall. back to you all. >> thanks very much. the moment will be intense, jake, as we get ready for the swearing-in ceremony. the president, the new president will be sworn in, the new vice president will be sworn in and then we will hear the inaugural address. in the meantime, the vips, they are showing up. >> we just saw some walking through capitol hill, some of president-elect trump's key staff members. kellyanne conway, who will be going with him to the white house. we also saw hope hicks, press secretary during the campaign, who will also be going to the white house. and of course boris epstein, who was a frequent presence on cnn during the campaign. we'll see a lot of these folks. you have to give them credit, it was really a small band of believers who were with president-elect trump. and a lot of people, a lot of republican staffers here on capitol hill, a lot of
republican officials out there in the heartland were skeptical of president-elect trump, opposed him,idn't join his team. and so you have this core group of supporters who have been there from the very beginning who are really being given the kind of treatment that you would expect. >> that's sheldon adelson from las vegas, one of donald trump's supporters. >> and donald trump just joked the other day, something about how sheldon only spends $125 million to get him elected. only $125 million. >> which is not even a penny when it comes to sheldon adelson's pocketbook. you mentioned vips coming in. we talked earlier about the fact that donald trump's youngest son barron was not at the church
service. we did see him coming in with the rest of donald trump's children. so we expect him to be here is he ceremony to witness history for the first time, it just happens to be history that his father is making. >> you and i covered the bill clinton administration. you'll see bill clinton and hillary clinton arrive here for this ceremony. they are going to be observing it. he's the former president, but she really is the story right now. she will be here suffering what has been a bitter loss. >> that sends a signal too so democrats in the country, republicans in the country as well, people watching around the world trying to figure out what is this moment. jake noted a few moments ago, some house democrats are boycotting, others don't want to normalize or accept the trump presidency. it is a fact of life, donald trump is going to be the 45th president of the united states.
donald trump and hillary clinton have not been together in the same room since the al smith dinner in october. th we've only seen her a few times, a couple of public speeches. people have bumped into her hiking. >> sightings in the woods. >> sightings in the woods. but her presence today, it does send a signal. the grumbling about it among deo ats shows you, again, the stat o our divided and very polazed decracy. all the celebration, all the majesty of today won't erase that. and there are big questions about the future of the democratic party. president obama steps aside, the clinton chapter in democratic politics is over. big questions about governing in washington and big questions about how the president-elect, soon to be president, again, how does he extend his hand, how does he extend his words, what is our conversation a month from now about the governing style? does he reach out to democrats? there are a lot of democrats who say how can he give a speech to
unify the country today when in the ten weeks since the election he hasn't done a lot of that, he hasn't called us in, he hasn't said he would do this. today is about majesty, transf. >> mike pence has done outreach to democrats, more in the senate than the house, but they have a republican majority and they have a lot on their plate, trying to do one-on-one meetings with democrats including his one-time rival tim kaine. the thing about it is, this will be i believe the second biggest protest, when we're talking about democrats or people in congress of the opposite party not showing up. biggest since richard nixon. >> something like 60-something house democrats not attending. >> i believe it's about that. having said that, the fact that hillary clinton, the woman who was thinking that she was going to be back there raising her
hand and putting her other one on the bible, is showing up, sending a signal not just to all america but perhaps to those democrats that, you know what, to make a difference you've got to show up. i know that you can make a difference by protesting, send a signal by not being there, but it's a very different approach to take, that i think that she is showing leadership on, to the people in her party who want to listen. >> the perspective of the trump team is that there have been democrats not just protesting what he has and made done but calling him illegitimate. this is obviously a sore subject for donald trump. we see newt girich and calista capital. walking through the john boehner, former speaker of the house. >> all the vips are arriving right now. sara murray is getting some new information for us on what
happened in that private church service a little while ago. sara, what are you learning? >> wolf, i'm told it was a moving ceremony. i spoke with a friend of donald trump who said the moment was hitting him, donald trump was clearly emotional, as he was leaving his church, he took time on his way out to hug the various members of his incoming cabinet and even appeared a little teary-eyed on his way out. we know this pomp and circumstance, the sorceremonial stuff, is not what donald trump is usually into. but it's clear this day, the moment, the magnitude of it is beginning to sink in, wolf. >> it will sink in even further as we get closer and closer to that magic moment. >> we were just talking about how president obama was meeting with members of the white house staff. we just were told that they presented him with two flags, one flown on the first day of the obama presidency, and the
second one flown this morning, the last day of the obama presidency, moving gifts from the white house staff to outgoing president obama. >> as we watch john boehner, who was the speaker of the house until about a half a year ago, maybe even longer, walked through there. it is a reminder that this movement that put donald trump in this place where he's going to be, started on his watch and started probably six, maybe eight years ago. but probably more six years ago. that put john boehner in charge of the house. it swept republicans into the house. they took control of the majority. and it was that tea party movement, that anger at washington, that morphed into the movement that backed donald trump. the antiestablishment. he was the very personification of the establishment. >> he lost his job because of it. >> he got rousted.
now he's back for the first time. there's a steve bannon. >> one of the top aides to the incoming president. he'll have a significant role in the white house. jared kushner, reince priebus, who will be white house chief of staff. >> the trump team's perspective is that they are not being treated fairly, not given the deference and respect that any incoming president would get. this is not my point of view. the national cathedral choir, students from the school here part of this choir associated with the national cathedral, that was controversial, that they sang here. parents did not want their students, their children to be singing to inaugural of donald trump. the director of the national cathedral gave a statement saying this is what we do for presidents, we offer this every time, we are setting an example
of civility for president-elect trump and for everyone. but even that act of singing at an inaugural by the national cathedral choir became controversial. that's one of the things that president-elect trump and his team have been responding to. again, take that as you will. >> so much of this event has become so controversial for democrats, and about 60 of them in the house of representatives, not in the senate but in the house, are boycotting this inaugural. >> this is my night. i go back to george h.w. bush after the '88 presidential campaign. and i don't remember anything even close to this in terms of rawness, the boycotts, each side accusing the other of being -- whether it's illegitimate or being too political or not try to bring the country together. and to jake's point, we say these things, we have democrats, john lewis, the civil rights icon, says he views trump as illegitimate.
that's a debate within the democratic party. each side has their view. this week normally becomes the week when everybody says let's set that aside, let's be americans, let's celebrate the transition of power. that has not happened in the fullness that it normally does. again, who you blame or who you don't -- >> the clergy has arrived. you see franklin graham there, you saw rabbi marvin heir from the simon wiesenthal center in los angeles, he'll be participating in this inaugural, timothy dolan among others, now you see members of the u.s. military. >> to close the point quickly, who you blame for this or who you assign for responsibility for this likely depends on your partisan perspective out there in the country. but without a doubt, it is one of the challenges facing the president-elect who has to govern in this environment where the republicans still run the house and the senate but by smaller majorities and he
doesn't have a relationship with democrats. >> we're watching it closely, there you see john boehner, former speaker of the house. anderson, the vips are showing up, pretty soon we'll be seeing the former president and the incollein colle coming president, all of them will be here. >> that's right, we expect about 15 minutes from now to see president-elect donald trump with president obama as they leave the white house and head over to capitol hill. also melania trump and the first lady will be riding together, a tradition that started in 1937 with martin van buren and andrew jackson, they were the first ones to ride together to the swearing-in ceremony. and as we watch there, you see newt gingrich, his wife calista, sheldon adelson and his wife. it's interesting. douglas brinkley. so much has been made of the democrats who are boycotting, not showing up. i was looking back in the
history. back in -- i mean, we think it's incredibly contentious now. back in 1797 -- excuse me, 1801, it was john addams refused to attend jefferson's inauguration. >> absolutely. and a lot of times these incoming and outgoing presidents just don't like each other at all. the famous photo of fdr's inaugural is, he's trying to chat up herbert hoover and hoover turns and want nothing to do with him. jimmy carter and ronald reagan's was very, very tense. the funniest ones of these journeys was when theodore roosevelt decided not to run and william howard taft came in. and it was snowing in dc here like crazy. and r. kept saying, this is my blizzard, ts is my snow. and taft was like, no, this is my inaugural.
theodore roosevelt was making it all about himself. >> teddy roosevelt, in his second inaugural, actually wore a ring that had a lock of abraham lincoln's hair. assess did, it was given to him by john hay. hay had an incredible story, he was abraham lincoln's assistant, he took some of the death beard hairs and it got passed on. hay became secretary of state. >> that's jackie evancho, she'll be singing at the inauguration, a huge moment for her. as we watch more and more people arriving. cameras are not obviously in where president obama -- and staff, david, you're saying are not involved either. >> no, this is something just between them. >> i think it's important to stress that this is the 45th president in the long history of our republic and there are only a handful of people on this
planet who really understand the pressures of the presidency. the archives released in the last few days, the incredibly gracious note that george w. bush left for barack obama. people say, well, how do you do that after a campaign in which, you know, frankly we were very hard on bush's record as president. and it is because this is a very, very small -- so far, a fraternity of people who understand the awesome responsibilities and pressures of this job. and john king was asking before, will donald trump call barack obama. he may. because there aren't too many people you can talk to when you're president. >> this letter tradition was begun by ronald reagan, i believe, who left it for his successor, his own vice president. bush picked it up. and it's become a thing. >> bob dole being brought in. >> to me, the photograph, the epitomy of the peaceful transference of power, because many of us who used that
expression today, was that moment when the trumps arrived at the white house and were greeted by the obamas. i personally wish all democratic members of the house were here today. because i think as president obama said the day after the election, our electns are an intramural scrimmage. wee still one team. we're not republicans first, we're not democrats first, we're americans first. and when they can embrace like they did on the steps of the white house, i think it sends a great message. >> i think we should talk about this president's club. if you look at the relationship, george bush left that incredible letter for barack obama and said, now you will start to understand this office. and they have established a very strong relationship. >> they have. >> michelle obama has grown so close to george w. bush. >> i'm sorry, i just want to go over to jeff zeleny. is this the clintons? >> indeed, we'll see former secretary of state hillary clinton getting out of the car right now with former president bill clinton. madam secretary, how does it
feel to be here today? >> how are you feeling, madam secretary? >> oh, boy. >> mr. president, how are you feeling? >> so of course we see them walking into the capitol there, not answering our question how it feels to be here today. certainly, anderson, you can imagine the emotion going through hillary clinton's mind. she in fact wanted to be here today but in a very different sick. but again, as we've been talking about all morning, this is a moment of history, of peaceful transfer of power. she is coming here for that reason. an aide of hers last night told me it is difficult for her but she knows she has to be here and she wants president trump to do well for this country. but we cannot overstate how challenging this is for her here today. >> we're seeing former vice president dick cheney, his wife lynn cheney, as they come in.
you were saying about the clintons. >> we talked about the efforts of barack obama throughout this transition, we've talked about george w. bush and all of those people who had some bitter brawls with donald trump throughout this campaign season. i think hillary clinton is an example of what's right about this country on this day. i think she's being very strong. she knows she represents 65,800,000 voters who voted for her. she does have the accomplishment of winning the popular vote and all these things. but today she's former first lady of the united states, a former secretary of state, and yes, she's here to embrace her formal rival who is going to be the next president of the united states. but it's also a graceful exit from the main stage. i mean, the clinton dynasty in democratic politics is over. the democratic party is no longer the party of those individuals who may be the generation of chuck schumer, elizabeth warren, hillary clinton, joe biden. instead the democratic party is the party of mitch landrieu, the
party of kamala harris and these young up and coming leaders. i think that today is an amazing show of strength and leadership from hillary clinton. it's also the graceful end of a dynasty and a legacy. even more importantly, i think that where she began with her activism, at the children's defense fund, you'll kind of see that go if you recafull circle s out of the arena of politics and back into the arena of activism. >> a third of the democratic members of congress are not attending. david axelrod, when you hear democrats on twitter or elsewhere talk about not wanting to normalize this day, what do you think of that? >> you know, just to encourage twitter outrage, i will say, i find it bewildering. because the fact of the matter is that donald trump will stand on that platform today. he will take the oath of office.
and he will be the president of the united states. it used to irritate me when people will say, your president. and i would say, no, not my president, our president, we only have one at a time. and that is the case here. and so yeah, i find it -- i find it irritating. and i don't think it's healthy. the fact is, we have business we need to do as a country. and we need to try and do it together. i'm looking for donald trump to outstretch his hand today and ask people to join him in that work. but if he does, people need to reach back. >> i'm looking for donald trump to see if today he reaches his hand back to hillary clinton. i remember after the hotly-contested 2000 race, george w. bush in his inaugural thanked vice president gore for what he called a contest conducted with spirit and ended in grace. and i'm wondering if donald trump will do that today to
hillary clinton. >> there's kellyanne conway. it's also i believe her birthday today. but she is a crucial adviser. >> there is a lot of precedent for this. even thomas dewey, who was from new york, was supposed to be president, and was here. a long line of people who were bitterly defeated. president carter opened his inaugural address by paying tribute to gerald ford. >> hillary clinton had to endure chants of "lock her up, lock her up, i'm going to put her today." i don't believe she's completely healed from the campaign. she has to be here for the country. but her animosity towards donald trump i think still survives and will be there for a while. >> to underscore something that david said, taking absolutely nothing away from the president-elect in these final 90 minutes or so, i just don't
view this as a celebration of him. that was the disagreement that i had with the 60 house democrats. to me, what's outside the windows behind us is a celebration of democracy, of the institutions that hold this country and bind us all together. at 1:00 in the afternoon they can go back to opposing one another. for just that moment i think it's important to stand united as americans. >> it will be interesting to see how donald trump sees this. >> he is putting his hand on a bible that abraham lincoln swore his oath on. and lincoln was the one who said with malice toward none, with charity for all. i hope that some of that spirit is reflected. >> let us remember in terms of not going along with things, seven states of the union had seceded by the time president lincoln put his hand on that bible. >> would you have to be sure one
thing we don't do is castigate those that are afraid and angry. when people say they don't want to normalize this, we have to embrace and understand what they mean by that. a lot of people in this country wokep this morng not feeling uberant, not feeling excited about the possibilities o tomorrow, who are afraid and depressed and worried. i understand david and michael's point. i think at a moment like today we have to show some empathy and respect for those individuals. one thing donald trump has to understand about this office is that i respect this office of the presidency like nobody's business, i think we all do sitting on this stage. but respect has to be earned from the man. it's not just given. >> i was going to say, the limo ride to me is fascinating because here you have melania trump sitting with michelle obama, president-elect trump sitting with president obama. oftentimes you see in history, this transition has been difficult, it was a difficult limo ride for nancy reagan and
rosalind carter, they didn't speak for the whole two miles. we have seen from one administration to the next, if you're going from a democrat to a republican or someone who is a one-term president and who lost to the person who defeated them, it can be very awkward. we haven't seen anything quite like this. but i'm sure we would love to know what's going on inside that limo. >> i will bet there will be conversations on these journeys. we've seen it already. >> that first meeting between president obama and president-elect trump lasted far longer than it was supposed to last. and both spoke -- >> and there was a meeting that same day between melania trump -- and as i mentioned earlier, i think michelle obama has a real empathy for the position of the first lady coming in, especially one with -- a first lady with -- >> let's go back to wolf blitzer. >> they're getting ready, anderson, to leave the white
house. we'll see them walk out that door of the north portico of the white house to this historic inauguration. what's going on inside, it would be great to hear about it, unfortunately it's a private session, jake, so we won't be able to listen in. >> that's right, we just saw nikki haley, south carolina governor, now u.s. ambassador to the united nations, walking in. we're seeing a lot of dignitaries, we saw the cheneys. a lot of the republicans who got on board the trump train, newt gingrich, speaker boehner, bob dole, seem to be more enthusiastically walking through the capitol, perhaps. we saw dick cheney and lynne cheney. >> john, when they walk out, the body language will be significant, but it does appear to me they have a pretty good
relationship. >> it appears, jake called it water under the bridge, there's a lot of water under that bridge. how genuine it is, but they have decided at least in public, but everybody says the private conversations have been productive between the president-elect and the president. donald trump is new to washington. donald trump's hotel is just a few blocks from the white house. donald trump, when he was here, came out at the balcony. for the president of the united states, maybe he's sharing the story of his ride up with george w. bush. again, it's part of the message that you have the democratic president who is leaving, our first african-american president, we're closing one chapter in american history and opening a new page that's unpredictab unpredictable, because donald trump was not a traditional republican. >> the ride itself is part of the majesty of the day.
we heard our colleagues talking earlier about how some people don't like it, some people aren't willing to take an hour and celebrate the american democracy. clearly the soon to be former president of the united states and soon to be 45th president of the united states have decided from day one to work this relationship, to do it right. >> an interesting story from the ride that took place 16 years ago, some of the young people might not remember, it was pretty contentious, the election of 2000. it didn't end on election day, there was a big recap in florida. during that ride, with bill clinton and george w. bush, from the white house to here, to the capitol, there were lots of protests. it was very ugly. an. and they bonded over being attacked. they had a conversation about what it was like for george w. bush to be going through this and seeing all these people yelling how much they hated him and how much they thought he was illegitimate. bill clinton, after eight years of the clinton presidency, knew
a little something about being attacked. so they had a moment there. so if you're a member of the presidents club, as of today there are six living u.s. presidents including donald trump, i think that ties the record for the most number, the biggest number of living presidents. >> you see rudy guiliani and his wife walking in, the former new york city mayor. dana, he's going to have a role, he will be a cyber security adviser to the trump administration. >> he wanted to be secretary of state. >> exactly. >> didn't exactly work out for him. >> not exactly the kind of role that he wanted, to your point, jake, he wanted to be secretary of state, made that very clear, in a very unusual way, publicly. but i think there was a lot of concern about him getting confirmed. and therefore he wasn't given that job and other jobs didn't work out for him. i think this particular role might be well-suited for him, because it is his expertise, how he's made his money since he's
left politics. go your point about the whole idea about the story, i love that you told about bill clinton and george w. bush in the car. >> this is bob dole, by the way, being he is escorted. >> bob dole, again, somebody who wished that at some point in his life he were up there putting his hand on the bible, taking the oath. he ran for president in 1996 and lost to bill clinton. but before that, there was a very intense campaign between bill clinton and george w. bush's father. so this car ride that you described is even more noteworthy and touching, given the fact that the families really had a lot of animosity. and now look at them. the clintons and the bushes, i mean, george w. bush and bill clinton joked that they're long-lost brothers. they're actually quite close. and it kind of gives you i think as an american a lot of hope that people who can be so different and so divisive and
have such personal animosity towards one another can bond and learn to work together for the greater good. >> we just saw debbie wassermann schultz, the democratic congresswoman from florida, former chair of the dnc. she's not boycotting today's inaugural, she is here as well. among the democrats, it's interesting to see who shows up and who doesn't. >> you have these vips here, they're all using their phones to take pictures. >> we didn't have super computers in our pockets when i covered my first inaugural, not all that long ago. to the point about the camaraderie, the exclusive club of the presidents and the ex-presidents, one of the great questions for this president, this was a very rough campaign, he won the electoral college and lost the popular vote, has what appears to be a cordi w white h.
you mentioned bill clinton has a conversation with george w. bush, barack obama is having it with donald trump, given their history that is remarkable. will washington go back to its partisan party line votes, which we saw for eight years during barack obama's presidency? or will it be different because trump is different? we won't know for months, probably. the biggest question i have is what happens after. we should celebrate democracy today, people have their partisan views, but there are so many questions about this new president because he is so different and so new to us. >> we've been watching, john, members of the incoming trump cabinet. he saw dr. ben carson, he's nominated to be the housing secretary, and others as they are walking in right now. among the vips who are coming in. >> one of the people who just walked in is former senator dan coats, the president-elect's choice to be director of national intelligence. one of the controversies this
weekend is how many of trump's nominees will be confirmed on day one. it looks like james mattis, secretary of defense, and the homeland security secretary. some are saying john brennan, the cia director, should be kept on until there is a new one. john brennan has been harshly critical of donald trump on the way out. so i would view that as most unlikely. >> it looks like mike pompeo, the cia director designate, will be confirmed on monday. john kelly will be the secretary of homeland security, he'll be confirmed later today. general mattis will be confirmed as the defense secretary. >> we're looking at it looks like mitch mcconnell, senate majority leader, republican of kentucky, whose wife, elaine chao, is president-elect trump's nominee to be secretary of transportation. and served in the bush administration as labor secretary. the trump transition team making the case that there's no reason why elaine chao who in their
view is a relatively noncontroversial, nonlightning rod nominee for the contact -- >> you see the trump children there too. >> -- why she shouldn't be confirmed on day one. as john said, the two least controversial, jim mattis, former marine general who will be the head of the pentagon, secretary of defense, and john kelly, another marine general. >> here is the house speaker. >> i think they'll convene at 4:00 later today to confirm them. >> there's paul ryan and kevin mccarthy. >> it's the senate and house republican leadership. coming in right there all together. and paul ryan is a great example of how the republican party here in washington, the republican establishment, was not thrilled with the idea of donald trump being president of the united states. he never went to a trump rally until after he was elected and was quite stunned at the fact that he went to a rally in the
state of wisconsin where a lot of republicans, he said he didn't recognize a lot of them because they were former democrats or at least new voters, and it gave him a sense of how things have changed with donald trump as president. paul ryan certainly excited about having a republican has president, because he's a policy wonk and he can get a lot of things that he's had on the back burner done. >> senator bernie sanders, who came close to getting the democratic nomination. john mccain, another nominee who almost got there but not quite. >> you see the senators, they are here, the congress mmen, senators, the incoming cabinet, a lot of the vips, military personnel. through those doors president obama and the first lady michelle obama will be walking out together with the incoming
president donald trump and incoming first lady melania trump. after their coffee, their tea, their hour session inside the white house, a private little meeting, they'll b walking out, getting into the motorcade, driving to it up to capitol hill for this moment in american history, a truly important moment that i want to reiterate what we've been pointing out, this is something that we're watching closely but the whole world will be watching as well, because the signal will be significant. >> the trump children making the walk down, we'll see them soon on the platform, the walk that their father will do not too long from now, that remarkable view that he's going to have as he walks down those stairs and sees not just the capitol grounds but the mall filled with people. >> on the left side of you're screen, you see the white house, we're waiting for president obama and president-elect donald trump to emerge from their
meetings as well as first ladies obama and trump to emerge from their meetings. here are members of the supreme court attending the inaugural ceremony. >> the chief justice will swear in donald trump to be the president. clarence thomas will swear in vice president mike pence. >> the vice president-elect's office says that will be the first time an african-american swears in a president or vice president, the first time an african-american has administered the oath. >> yet another reminder that today is about transfer of power and a ceremonial day. we'll have a supreme court nomination fight ton our hands quickly in the new year as well, democrats have hard feelings that the republicans refused to consider president obama's pick for that vacancy. one of president trump's first
acts will be picking a replacement for antonin scalia. >> one of the things donald trump did was give a list of conservative judges, because there were conservatives skeptical of president-elect trump, who had been a democrat, and had given money to democratic candidates in the past including hillary clinton. he said his nominee would come from that list. the other day he says he thinks he knows who he's going to pick and nominate to the supreme court. they only have eightudges on the supreme court right now. >> if you think the battl we've seen over the cabinet choices has split washington and has the democrats in a tizzy, wait until we have the supreme court fight. >> but i've talked to a lot of republicans who were elected to work in this building who are looking forward to -- there's the democratic leader there, chuck schumer. as i was saying, i talked to a lot of republicans here who want president trump to do the supreme court nomination very quickly because it will be the
unifying thing for republicans. if he picks anybody on that list you talked about, jake, most republicans -- >> the reason that chuck schumer was there and roy blunt, the republican senator from missouri, they're the co-chairs of the inaugural event that is about to take place. they were at the white house themselves. they've been both very involved in all the logistics, all the preparations for this important ceremony. and it is a truly important ceremony. once again, let's not forget, the president, the first lady, the incoming president and incoming first lady, they'll be leaving the white house. it's now 10:40. they were originally scheduled to leave around 10:30. but, you know, there's always a little bit -- >> senator elizabeth warren is here. a lot of people wondering if she's going to run for president in 2020. she is one of the strong liberal voices in congress. she has been a tough questioner of some of the president-elect's nominations, nominees for the cabinet.
let me ask you a question. did senator schumer, senate democratic leader, did he say that all -- i think it's all 21 judges on that list of possible supreme court picks that donald trump agreed to, did he say every single one of them was out of the mainstream? >> yes. he doesn't think any one of them is in the mainstream. out of the mainstream and what they're going to do about it is a very different question. he also said that he is not wedded to the idea of letting a vote happen. they're limited in the raw numbers but they still have the power of a filibuster for the supreme court. >> they need 60, republicans have 52. >> i digress, i apologize. >> i want to go to jim acosta, our senior white house correspondent, he's getting new information. you're hearing, jim, what they might be talking about when they drive over from the white house up toapitol hill. >> wolf, it has been ver cordial between president obama and soon to be president trump.
when we saw them arrive at the white house earlier this morning, the president of the united states was all smiles, as donald trump walked up the steps into the white house. they're going to be taking this ride into history shortly, i'm told by one official this is not a new beast. are they riding in a new beast today, the presidential limesam ses presidential limousine, is it a new beast, no, that's not the case. i'm told these two leaders have been speaking to each other during the transition more than we know, having more conversations over the phone than the public knows about. obama aides do caution, though, that, you know, the president is not gushing with praise for donald trump. he wanted to do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition of power. and he is very, very concerned, wolf, let's make no mistake, about the road ahead for the country.
but at the same time, these two men have gotten along very, very well during this transition process. it says a lot about what's coming up next for this country. and we should point out, though, wolf, just a few moments ago, earlier this morning, the white house put out one of its last tweets under president obama. it is quite striking what this image shows, it shows president obama and congressman john lewis holding hands in selma during that historic visit that the president took to alabama to celebrate civil rights achievements carried out by john lewis and others. it's notable, wolf, that this tweet was issued by the white house the very day that barack obama's handing over the oval office to donald trump, just days after donald trump got into that very nasty back and forth and the congressman, the congressman referring to donald trump as not legitimate, and donald trump saying that john lewis was "all talk and no action." so a show of support there from the president of the united
states. he's not boycotting this inauguration, wolf, but he does appear to be showing some support for the congressman and the other members of congress on the democratic side who are sitting this out. one final thing, wolf, that i want to point out. that letter that president obama left in the oval office for donald trump, aides to president obama are not saying what is in that letter. that is the custom, that is also the case when george w. bush left the white house and left a letter for president obama, to ensure that these two leaders have private conversations from time to time, presidents should be able to to do that over the course of history, wolf. >> jim acosta, our senior white house correspondent, jim, thank you very much. jake, they're running about 15 minutes behind the schedule. once again, there is some padding. and won't take very long for them to it in that motorcade and drive up pennsylvania avenue, five minutes, ten minutes top. >> i'm pretty sure they won't run into traffic. >> we know they won't run into
traffic. >> we've been driving around this morning trying to get here, security pretty intense around the nation's capitol. >> the secret service taking it very seriously. >> jimmy carter, former president jimmy carter walking in among all the persiresidents. >> rosslyn educatca carter. >> george h.w. bush and his wife are recovering from illnesses in the hospital, they won't be here. >> here is chief justice of the united states, john roberts. >> he will have the important responsibility of swearing in the 45th president of the united states. >> we all remember eight years ago when he did it with president obama and he had to come back, there's stephen
breyer and ruth bader ginsburg and samuel alito. we all remember eight years ago when he stumbled a little bit. sonia sotomayor. there's clarence thomas, who will be swearing in vice president elect momenike pence. anthonny kennedy, the swing vote on the court. >> eight justice. as we pointed out, the president-elect says he will be nominating someone very, very soon, maybe, john, in the coming days. >> he promises to get off to a quick start. his adviser kellyanne conway who we saw in her festive red, white, and blue jacket, on her birthday, says he will issue executive orders this afternoon. she says they want to get off to a quick start. in the next week or two he expect donald trump to send up a name for the supreme court.cin g fascinating, as we wait for the
president of the united states and the president-elect to come out of the white house, for donald trump, a man of considerable wealth, new yorkers think new york is the capital of the world, i say that with no disrespect, when the marines are outside the west wing, that means the president is in the oval office. the transition from donald trump into that building to me is one of the more fascinating questions, how he -- >> this is joe biden, the vice president and the vice president-elect, they've been meeting with their families, they'll be driving together to capitol hill. presumably we'll see joe biden and mike pence walking out momentari momentarily. and they will then be followed by first ladies, incoming and outgoing, as well as the president and the next president of the united states. they'll be driving up in that motorcade.
>> vice president-elect pence and vice president biden both have simar jobso do. remember, barack obama had been in the senate but only for four years. and joe biden really was an emissary to capitol hill for him. and there are the other first ladies. >> here come the first ladies, the incoming and the outgoing first ladies. let's listen in. i think mike pence and joe biden will be walking out next. it's interesting that the incoming and outgoing vice presidents will be in one limousine taking them over, and
the first ladies in a separate limousine, and the president and the next president will be in another. there's a long motorcade. here come vice president biden and vice president-elect mike pence. we'll listen in. mike pence, the governor of indiana, not much longer. i think he's already given up that position. he spent ten years in congress, he knows the congress. now the president will be walking out with the president-elect. they will be getting into the limousine. and then finally that motorcade will take off for capitol hill. >> you know, mike pence was --
what a remarkable split screen moment that we just saw. the president and the next president getting into that limousine to head up to capitol hill. and there on the right part of the screen you see the former president and hillary clinton now walking in. they'll be observing this inaugural. >> and it must be very difficult right now for hillary clinton to be here. obviously having worked so hard to be here under completely different circumstances. >> i have to say, that moment, it gave me the chills, not for any reason other than it's just a reminder of how nobody ever knows what their fate is going to be. to just literally see donald trump walk out the door with president obama, get into his car to go to his inauguration, and hillary clinton walking with her husband who was president, knowing she will never be at the
very same time, wow. >> the two men who denied her the presidency in one car. the president of the united states who beat her in the 2008 primaries and donald trump who beat her in this general election. a remarkable day. >> i can only imagine what must be going through her mind right now, two months after this presidential election. she got more votes, popular votes, but you know what counts is the electoral college. that's why donald trump is sitting with president obama in that limousine right now, driving up to capitol hill. and she's standing there with her husband waiting to be an observer. >> one of my great inauguration day memories is when bill clinton left office, he invited four of us who had been with him in the early days to go back with him to washington. they call that executive one. >> they're going to introduce the former president and first
here together with the former first ladies who are here as well. the left part of your screen, you see the presidential motorcade taking the president and the incoming president, first ladies, the vice president and the incoming vice president, their wives as well. this will be the parade route later in the afternoon, driving up pennsylvania avenue towards capitol hill, a short drive. there won't be any traffic. all of these streets around the capitol have been totally cleared. no traffic at all. people will be standing. let's listen into the introductions. >> announcer: the guard presents our national colors. ♪ ♪
>> all right. on the left part of your screen you see the motorcade taking the president and the next president and the vice president and the next vice president up to capitol hill for the inaugural for the swearing-in ceremonies. you see the vips have already gathered, getting ready for the formal start of this inauguration. jake, it's not going to take a long time. it's a relatively brief service. we will hear the inaugural address, we anticipate that will be 20 minutes by donald trump. >> that's right. we're told that donald trump took some inspiration from john f. kennedy's inaugural speech in writing his own.
he's been pretty close-lipped as to what's in it. but we're told it will be a relatively short speech. it would be great to be a fly at wall in that limo,president obama and president-elect trump are right now. >> two men so different in so many ways yet both of them represented to voters change and both of them spoke to voters. >> announcer: william jefferson clinton. >> let's listen in. [ applause ] ♪ >> we're here for you. [ cheers and applause ]
♪ ♪ >> so there you have the former president and hillary clinton, they are there joining the former president jimmy carter and rosslyn carter. former vice president dick cheney, lynne cheney, they are there as well. jeb bush -- i don't think jeb bush is there, but george w. bush is definitely there, and laura bush. >> and the hillary clinton twitter account just said, gave an explanation of why she's here. it says, "i am here today to honor our democracy and its enduring values. i will never stop believing in our country and its future." >> hillary clinton is wearing white today, it's a color she likes.
>> dana, you were making an important point about the hillary clinton dress. >> well, the color white is the color of the suffragette movement. and she happens to like the color. i know that. but it also is quite symbolic that she's wearing that the day that she attends her opponent's inauguration, hoping that she would be the first female president of the united states. >> the motorcade has now arrived up on capitol hill. the president, the president-elect, they will be walking in with the vice president and vice going up to the inaugural platform for this historic moment indeed. three former presidents are there as well. unfortunately former president george h.w. bush is still in the hospital, unable to attend. >> right now there are six, or as of noon or so, in about an hour, there will be six presidents, which i believe is a
record or ties the record for how many living presidents there are at a time. and, you know, george h.w. bush, we all wish him well and hope he gets better, but five out of six isn't bad for an inaugural event. >> as we're all sitting in front of this amazing scene, it really is remarkable. what an american experience. obviously we're very lucky. >> there's the first lady, melania, the next first lady of the united states, melania trump, there right next to her wearing the blue, the first lady wearing the red. >> if you see to your right, this is the ultimate american experience and image. you have the supreme court, you have, as you were saying, jake, as many living presidents and first ladies, former vice presidents, members of congress. it really is remarkable. and this kind of pomp and circumstance is more modern and
more recent. but since -- someone's coming in, the crowd is cheering. since the amendment, the 20th amendment to the constitution, that made it on january 20th at 12:00 noon, the country has really expected to see this as an example. it looks like that's the president-elect. >> we're told -- >> president obama inside the capitol. >> they're both inside now. >> a lot of hands to shake. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the children of vice president mike pence. >> thank you, sir. >> good to be back.
>> hello. hello, everybody. >> are you going to reverse the immigration order in the next few days? >> congratulations, sir. >> we're moving. >> we saw the vice president, joe biden, dr. jill biden, mike pence, they're walking in, his wife is there as well. earlier we saw the president, the president-elect, roy blunt, one of the inaugural chairs, the senator from missouri, he faced a tough reelection but he got himself reelected, and the speaker was there, paul ryan, all of the leaders of the house, the democratic, republican,
leaders of the senate and the house, they are there for this important historic moment. and there you see ivanka walking in with jared kushner, the family, the children. it's a moment, don junior, eric trump, those are the four children. there's barron, the youngest son, as well. >> the five children. >> barron is only 10 years old. they are all there walking in. they will see their dad become the next president of the united states. >> most of 2016 was spent, first it was impossible that donald trump would be the president of the united states or even the republican nominee. then it was improbable that he would be the nominee for president of the united states. it is imminent, as we watch the family come out for the ceremony on this remarkable day. again, first you have the escorts bringing the family through the building, soon to be former president and future
president. it's a remarkable thing to watch. the leaders of the trump organization, the family, and so many questions, again, as to how this plays out, how important his family is to him inside the white house as they take over the brand that made donald trump who he is today before he entered politics. ivanka is a trusted adviser, as well as her husband, one of the many things we'll learn as we go forward here, how this new white house works. >> although eric and don junior, their roles are supposed to be cordoned off from policy making because they'll be taking over the family business. they did play a role during the transition. >> they certainly played a role during the campaign. >> oh, yeah, absolutely. >> both of those sons, they were very, very important throughout the campaign, often appearing on television and giving speeches.
once the president and the incoming president are introduced, this huge crowd that is gathered here on capitol hill and the washington mall, you can see it's going on, you have a better view than i do, you can see it's very large. >> announcer: eric trump, tiffany trump, and barron trump, escorted by the house of representatives chief administrative officer phillip g. keykoe. [ applause ] ♪ ♪
is there as well, younger sister tiffany, eric and don junior, the other sons of donald trump are there as well with their respective families. so this is a moment, especially powerful, for these children and grandchildren who are there as well of the president-elect of the united states. >> and we saw eric trump surveying the crowd. i'm an an expert lip reader but i believe he said "unbelievable," just looking at the masses of humanity that stretch all the way from the capitol to the washington monument. >> a huge crowd is gathered here. i hate to say it, dana, but fortunately the weather has cleared, it was drizzling earlier in the day, but fortunately it's good right now, not too cold. the sun is not out there. but it's definitely a lot better than it could have been. >> absolutely. beer than it was this morning,
when it was raining. i'm not going to say it, i'll let you say it, if it starts to rain, we can blame you. >> you can get an idea from that shot right there how much this sea of humanity has these red hats, the "make america great again" hats. throughout the crowd. >> they've really come out in big numbers, john, to see this historic moment unfold here in the nation's capitol. >> large crowds are a trademark of the trump campaign, as recently as yesterday he was talking about the crowds and the campaign. it's going to be an interesting perspective for the president, soon to be president of the united states, to stand out and look at this. this is his moment. this is all of washington. it's an important moment for the country. jake was reading secretary clinton's tweet about how important it was for her to be here for the country. when donald trump steps to that podium with the presidential seal and looks out at this, this is his day and his moment as
well. a remarkable turning of the page here in washington. as i said, throughout most of the campaign year, even people on his own team up to halfway through election day didn't think we would be sitting at the donald j. trump inauguration for 45th president of the united states. >> now that the trump children have been announced, mrs. obama and dr. biden will be announced, followed by mr. trump, mrs. pence, then president obama and vice president biden, finally president-elect trump will be announced to the platform. [ crowd chanting "usa, usa" ] ♪ >> the crowd chanting "usa,
usa," a very impressive crowd that has gathered on capitol hill, from the mall all the way to the washington monument, maybe further up there as well, people have gathered, and the are about to have a moment that they will always remember, when donald trump is sworn in is the 45th president of the united states. jake, this is something that donald trump hlf probably until relatively recently didn't anticipate would necessarily unfold. >> i think he's talked about how nobody was as surprised on election night as he was. i believe he'll have two bibles with him, his family bible and the lincoln bible. the lincoln bible was given to the library of congress by the lincoln family, and it was one of the bibles that barack obama used when he was inaugurated in
2013. he used three different bibles. he used his family bible, the lincoln bible, and he also used martin luther king's bible. so it's not unusual to have more than one bible for when you take the oath of office. abraham lincoln's bible will be part of the ceremony again today. just part of the rich history of this country. and how much things change. john, inside the lincoln bible, there's a reference to the supreme court justice tenney, one of the key votes on the horrific dred scott decision. then years later you have barack obama putting his hand on that bible on which tenney's name appears. it shows you how things change in this country yet there is still respect for history and those who came before. >> and sometimes when presidents open the bible to a certain passage that they want to be open while they are -- while
they're getting the oath of office, sometimes like in the case of president obama, he raised his hand, his right hand and put his left hand on the closed bible. >> hillary clinton and bill clinton, jeb bush, george w. bush, and george bush is there, george w. bush and laura bush are there, jimmy carter, rosslyn carter, they are all there to participate in this truly hitting moment. >> george h.w. bush, the only living president not here, his former chief of staff andy card, he said he ha bee in touch and both george h.w. bush and barbara bush are doing better, they're both hospitalized in houston, that's good news as well, we wish george h.w. bush and barbara bush the best as
♪ >> this is an important moment, i just want to point out, as we take a look, there's the energy secretary nominee, governor perry, former governor of texas. all the prospective cabinet members are there. they're on the platform, they're getting ready to watch this hitting moment unfold. you can see that everybody shows up with their little cameras, with their iphones, they're taking pictures.
it's a special moment. there's bernie sanders, the mocratic presidential candidate, heot close, jake, but not close enough to get tha democratic nomination. >> you know, there was some overlap ideologically between sanders and trump, in terms of how the system is rigged. let's listen in. >> announcer: mrs. michelle obama and the wife of the vice president, dr. jill biden, he is escorted by the democratic staff director on the committee on rules and administration. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank you.
♪ ♪ >> there you see the first lady and a former first lady, and dr. jill biden, they are there as we well. a disconnection between hillary clinton and michelle obama. i don't know what you know about the personal connection, but it seems to have been pretty good. >> they became friendly obviously even after having fought that hard battle for the democratic nomination against one another in 2007-2008. it's worth pointing out i think that michelle obama really stepped outside the normal traditional first lady role. and i think it's fair to say she campaigned harder for hillary clinton than she ever did for
barack obama. she really was on the trail, throwing some vaguely referenced but clearly elbows in the way of the president-elect. she worked her heart out for hillary clinton. >> especially after that "access hollywood" tape came out and michelle obama gave an emotional speech saying she had to do this for women. it's a remarkable reminder that michelle current president of the united states, said donald trump was unfit to be commander in chief. today they'll walk out together momentarily. it's what we do in america, we put campaigns behind us, even very, very bitter campaigns. you see the different faces, including secretary clinton's, it's just remarkable. >> we're not going to be seeing the introduction of melania trump and mrs. pence. they will be introduced to this
>> the introduction of mrs. trump and mrs. pence will be followed by president obama and vice president biden and the last introduction will of course be the president-elect mself, donald trump. >> and the crowd he in crowd stretches to the he washington monument. >> announcer: mrs. melania trump and mrs. karen pence, escorted by mrs. abigail blunt, the
barron. you also see ivanka trump and tiffany trump behind them. ivanka trump and her husband jared kushner are going to be key parts of her father's white house. jared kushner will be a top adviser and ivanka trump is moving down to washington. she's going to play a role, a policy role. as of yet we don't know what it will be and where her office will be, whether it's in the white house or the adjacent building. ♪ >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the president the united states, the honorable barack h. obama, and the vice president, joseph r. biden, escorted by senate democratic secretary, senate democratic
rules committee ranked member charles schumer and house democratic leader nancy pelosi. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> there you see the president meeting with the family, the kids, the children, the adult children of the next president of the united states. the president is there, the vice president is there. now we're about to see -- hear the introduction of the vice president-elect mike pence, and it will be followed by the
introduction of the president-elect, donald trump. there you see the president of the united states with the vice president and the former presidents are there as well. >> yucking it up there, george w. bush made some comment about how president obama hadn't shaken his hand. it's incredible, after all the animosity of an election, how much, witness you become a member of the presidents club, how much of that can be put away. because there are literally only six people on earth who know what the experience is like and you're one of them. >> i think the introduction is coming right now. the introduction of the vice president-elect mike pence, he'll be introduced next, followed, as i point out, by the president-elect donald trump. they'll be on the platform, they'll all be there. you see the president receiving the members of the supreme court
♪ ♪ ♪ >> the vice president-elect mike pence, vice president joe biden, you see the former presidents, the current president, he'll shake hands with hillary clinton. i think he shook hands with her, i'm not exactly sure he did. meeting with the family. there's melania. this is a moment that mike pence probably didn't necessarily anticipate. >> there would be questions
whether he would be able to be reelected governor of indiana. but he was asked to be vice president, and he has been a dutiful soldier and a good representative, an envoy for president-elect trump on capitol hill. he used to be a member of the house republican leadership here. he has lots of relationships. he will be sworn in. there's the vice president and the president. he will be sworn in, mike pence, using a bible that was used during one of the reagan inaugurals. we talked about how mr. trump will be using one of the lincoln bibles. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, escorting the president-elect, stacy mcbride. the senate sergeant at arms. the house sergeant at arms. the chairman of the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies, roy blunt. rules committee ranking member and senate democratic leader charles e. schumer. the speaker of the house of representatives, paul d. ryan. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. mccary.ajority leader kevin
♪ >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint congressional committee for inaugural ceremonies, the honorable roy blunt. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you l. you have a seat, you can sit down. mr. president, mr. vice president, mr. president-elect, mr. vice president-elect, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] today the legislative, the executive, the judicial branches of our constitutional government come together for the 58th
inauguration of the president of the united states. millions of people all over the world will watch and will listen to this event. 36 years ago, in his first inauguration, it was also the first inauguration on this side of the capitol, president ronald reagan said that what we do here is both commonplace and miraculous. commonplace every four years since 1789, when president george washington took this exact same oath. miraculous because we've done it every four years since 1789. and the example it sets for democracies everywhere. washington believed the inauguration of the second president would be more important than the inauguration of the first. many people had taken control of a government up until then.
but few people had ever turned that control willingly over to anyone else. and as important as the first transfer of power was, many historians believed that the next election was even more important. when in 1801, one group of people, arguably for the first time in history, willingly if not enthusiastically gave control of the government to people they believed had a dramatically different view of what the government would, should, and could do. after that election, they actually discovered a flaw in the constitution itself, which was remedied by the 12th amendment. thomas jferson at that inauguration, beyond the chaos of the election that had just passed, said, "we are all republicans, we are all federalists." after four years of civil war,
lincoln's second inaugural speech tried to find reason for the continued war when he pointed out that both sides prayed to the same god. he had earlier written about those fervent prayers that one side must be and both sides may be wrong. but in 1865 he looked to the future. and the memorable moment in that speech was, "with malice toward none and charity for all." in the middle of the depression, the country was told that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself. and president kennedy talked about the obligation in democracy to country. the great question that day was, "ask what you can do for your country." so we come to this place again. commonplace and miraculous. a national moment of celebration. but not a celebration of victory. a celebration of democracy.
as we begin that celebration, i call on his eminence, tell me o timothy dolan, to provide readings and the invocation. [ applause ] >> the prayer of king solomon from the book of wisdom. let us pray. god of our ancestors and lord of mercy, you have made all things. and in your providence have charged us to rule the creatures produced by you, to governing the world in holiness and righteousness, and to render judgment with integrity of heart. give us wisdom for we are your
servants, weak and short-lived, lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws. indeed, though one might be perfect among mortals, if wisdom which comes from you be lacking, we count for nothing. now with you is wisdom who knows your will and was there when you made the world, who understands what is pleasing in your eyes, what is conformable with your commands. send her forth from your holy heavens. from your glorious throne dispatch her that she may be with us and work with us, that we may grasp what is pleasing to you. for she knows and understands all things and will guide us prudently in our affairs and safeguard us by her glory. amen.
>> from the gospel of matthew, fifth chapter. god blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him. for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. god blesses those who mourn for th will be comforted. god bless es those who are humbe for they will inherit the earth. god blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice for they will be satisfied. god blesses those who are merciful for they will be shown mercy. he blesses those who are pure in heart for they will see god. god blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called children of god. god blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. and god blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
for you are the light of the world. like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. no one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. instead, a lamp is placed on its stand where it gives light to everyone in the house. in the same way let your good deeds shine out for all to see that everyone will praise our heavenly father. respectfully in jesus' name. >> we come to you, heavenly father, in the name of jesus, with grateful hearts, thanking you for this great country, that you have decreed to your people. we acknowledge we are a blessed nation with the rich history of faith and fortitude, with the future that is filled with promise and purpose. we recognize that every good and every perfect gift comes from
you and the united states of america is your gift, for which we proclaim our gratitude. as a nation we now pray for our president, donald john trump, vice president michael richard pence, and their families. we ask that you would bestow upon our president the wisdom necessary to lead this great nation. the grace to unify us. and the strength to stand for what is honorable and right in your sight. in proverbs 21:1, y instruct us that our leaders' heart is in your hands. gracious god, reveal unto our president the ability to know the will, your will, the confidence to lead us in justice and righteousness, and the compassion to yield to our better angels. while we know there are many challenges before us, in every
generation you have provided the strength and power to become that blessed nation. guide us in discernment, lord, and give us that strength to persevere and thrive. now bind and heal our wounds and divisions and join our nation to your purpose. thy kingdom come, thy will be done. the psalm has declared let your favor be upon this one nation under god. let these united states of america be that beacon of hope to all people and nations under your dominion, a true hope for humankind. glory to the father, the son, and the holy spirit. we pray this in the name of jesus christ amen. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the missouri state university chorale.
>> the missouri state university chorale practices and performs two blocks from my home in missouri. so it was easy to find them. we're pleased they're here. [ cheers and applause ] it's also a great opportunity for me to introduce my colleague, the senator from new york, chuck schumer. [
applause ] >> my fellow americans, we live in a challenging and tumultuous time. a quickly evolving, ever more interconnected world. a rapidly changed economy that benefits too few while leaving too many behind. a fractured media. a politics frequently consumed by rancor.
we face threats, foreign and domestic. in such times, faith in our government, our institutions, and even our country can erode. despite these challenges, i stand here today confident in this great country for one reason. you, the american people. [ applause ] we americans have always been a forward-looking, problem-solving, optimistic, patriotic and decent people. whatever our race, religion, sexual orientatn, gender identity, whether we are immigrant or native-born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty, we are all exceptional in our commonly held
yet fierce devotion to our country, and in our willingness to sacrifice our time, energy, and even our lives to making it a more perfect union. today we celebrate one of democracy's core attributes, the peaceful transfer of power. and every day we stand up for core democratic principles enshrined in the constitution. the rule of law. equal protection for all under law. the freedom of speech, press, religion. the things that make america america. and we can gain strength from reading our history and listening to the voices of average americans. they always save us in times of strife. one such american was major sullivan ballou. on july 14th, 1861, when the
north and south were lining up for their first battle, a time when our country was bitterly divided and faith in the future of our country was at a nadir, major ballou of the secondariry volunteers penned a letter to it is one of the greatest letters in american history. it shows the strength and courage of the average american. allow me to read some of his words, which echo through the ages. my very dear sara, he wrote, the indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days. perhaps tomorrow. if it is necessary that i should fall on the battlefield for my country, i am ready. i have no misgivings about or lack of confidence in the cause in which i am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter.
i know how strongly american civilization now leans upon the triumph of the government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the revotion, and i am willing, perfectly willing, t lay down all my joys in this life to help maintain this government and to pay that debt. sara, my love for you is deafless. it seems to bind me to you with a mighty cables that nothing can break, and yet my love of country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield. he gave his life on the battlefield a week later at the first battle of bull run. it is because sullivan and
countless others believed in something bigger than themselves and were willing to sacrifice for it that we stand today in the full blessings of liberty in the greatest country on earth. and that spirit lives on in each of us. americans whose families have been here for generations and those who have just arrived. and i know our best days are yet to come. i urge all americans to read the full letter. his words give me solis, strength. i hope they will give you the same. now, please stand while the associate justice of the supreme court, clarence thomas, administers the oath of office to the vice president of the
>> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. >> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> the duties of the the office on which i am about to enter. >> the duties of the office on which i am about to enter. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. [ applause ] ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ o beautiful for patriot dream ♪ ♪ that sees beyond the years ♪ thine alabaster cities gleam ♪ undimmed by humanears ♪ america ♪ america ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪ ♪ from sea to shining sea ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪ ♪ from sea to shining sea
[ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, it's an honor to introduce the chief justice of the united states, john g. roberts jr. who will administer
the presidential oath of office. everyone please stand. [ applause ] >> please raise your right hand, and repeat after me. i, donald john trump, do solemnly swear. >> i donald john trump, do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully
execute. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. ♪ [ applause ]
>> chief justice roberts, president carter, president clinton, president bush, president obama, fellow americans, and people of the world, thank you. [ applause ] we, the citizens of america, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. together we will determine the course of america and the world for many, many years to come. we will face challenges. we will confront hardships, but
we will get the job done. every four yearse gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to president obama and first lady michelle obama, for their gracious aid throughout this transition. they have been magnificent. thank you. [ applause ] today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from washington, d.c. and giving it back to you, the people.
[ applause ] for too long a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost. washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. the establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. their victories have not been your victories. their triumphs have not been your triumphs and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
[ applause ] that all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. it belongs to you. [ applause ] it belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across america. this is your day. this is your celebration, and this, the united states of america, is your country. [ applause ] what truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. [ applause ] january 20th, 2017, will be
remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. [ applause ] the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. [ applause ] everyone is listening to you now. you came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. [ applause ] at the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for
themselves. these are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. this american carnage stops right here and stops right now.
[ applause ] we are one nation and their pain is our pain. their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. we share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. the oath of office i take today is an oath of allegiance to all americans. [ applause ] for many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of american industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. we've defended other nations borders while refusing to defend
our own. [ applause ] and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while america's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. we've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. one by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of american workers that were left behind. the wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. but that is the past and now we
are looking only to the future. [ applause ] we assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. from this day forward, it's going to be only america first. america first. [ applause ] every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit american workers and
american families. we must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. i will fight for you with every breath in my body, and i will never, ever let you down. [ applause ] america will start winning again. winning like never before. we will bring back our jobs. we will bring back our borders. we will bring back our wealth. and we will bring back our
dreams. [ applause ] we will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. we will get our people off of welfare and back to work rebuilding our country with american hands and american labor. [ applause ] we will follow two simple rules. buy american a hire american. [ applause ] we will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to
let it shine as an example. we will shine for everyone to follow. [ applause ] we will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth. [ applause ] at the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the united states of america and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. when you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. [ applause ]
the bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when god's people live together in unity. we must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. when america is united, america is totally unstoppable. [ applause ] there should be no fear. we are protected, and we will always be protected. we will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by god. [ applause ]
finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. in america, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. we will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. [ applause ] the time for empty talk is over. now arrives the hour of action. do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. no challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of america. we will not fail. our country will thrive and
prosper again. we stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the histories of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow. a new national pride will lift our sights and heal our divisions. it's 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. [ applause ] we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great american flag.
[ applause ] and whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of detroit or the wind swept plains of nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. [ applause ] so to all americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. you will never be ignored again. [ applause ] your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our american destiny. and your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us
along the way. together we will make america strong again. we will make america wealthy again. we will make america proud again. we will make america safe again. and, yes, together, we will make america great again. thank you. god bless you and god bless america! thank you. [ applause ] god bless america. [ applause ]
remember the words who may dwell on your holy mountain, one who does what is right and speaks the truth. who knows that when you eat the labor of your hands, you are praise worthy. that he who sows in tears shall reap in joy because the freedoms we enjoy are not granted in purportuty. while it is not for us to complete the task, near are we free to desist from them. dispense justice for the needy for they have none but their fellow citizens and because a
nation's wealth is measured by her values and not by her vaults. bless all of our allies around the world who share our beliefs, by the rivers of babylon, we went as we remembered zion. if i forget the o jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. the doer of all these shall never falter. may the days come soon when justice will dwell in the wilderness and righteousness will abide in the fertile fields and the work of righteousness will be peace, quietness, and confidence forever. amen.
>> mr. president, in the bible, rain is a sign of god's blessing. and it started to rain, mr. president, when you came to the platform. and it's my prayer that god will bless you, your family, your administration, and may he bless america. the passage of scripture comes from 1 timothy chapter 2. i urge then first of all that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. for all those in authority that we may live peaceful quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. this is good. it pleases god, our savior, who
wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth for there is one god and one mediator between god and mankind, the man, christ jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. now to the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only god be honor and glory forever and ever in jesus name. amen. >> we thank you, father, for letting us share this great moment together. let us not take for granted the air we breathe or the life you've given us. we were all created by you with one blood, our own nation to dwell upon this land together. we're not enemies for brothers
and sisters. we're not adversaries but allies. we're not foes but we're friends. let us be united by the bond of your spirit. today we pray for our 45th president, the vice president and their families and give them the wisdom to guide this great nation, the strength to protect it and the hands to heal it. we bless president donald j. trump. we ask that you give him the wisdom of solomon. solomon kept peace among many nations and joseph dreamt more for the world. mend our hearts and stitch together the fabric of this great country in the spirit of the legendary gospel songwriter, oh deep in my heart i do believe the world will see us through i do believe. we are on our way to victory. i do believe. we will walk hand in hand i do
believe. we shall live in peace i do believe. oh deep in my heart i do believe america we shall overcome. and may the lord bless and keep america and make his face shine upon us and be gracious onto us and give us peace in the mighty name of jesus. amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome jackie evancho accompanied by the united states marine band. please stand for the singing of "the national anthem." ♪
♪ o say, can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? ♪ ♪ and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave? ♪ [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing it while the president and official party depart the platform. you will be released by sections shortly.
♪ >> and so now the united states has a new president. the 45th president of the united states. there he is. donald j. trump. he takes office after delivering a speech, jake. a speech he could have delivered and often delivered throughout the 18 months of his campaign. he delivered the speech that got him elected president of the united states. >> it was very consistent to the trump brand absolutely. i have to say, i think it's fair to say this is one of the most radical inaugural speeches we've ever heard. it was purely populist. it talked about the forgotten people. it attacked washington while standing inside the center of washington, d.c. surrounded by washington insiders. there was nothing really particularly conservative about this republican president's speech. it was pure populism. and in fact, it looked at the united states and the role of
the united states in a way that departures greatly from what we've heard from all of his predecessors on the stage. obama, bush, carter. it talked about america first as his priority. it was completely consistent with his brand i have to say. had a nice part at the end talking about how whatever color you are like the soldier, black, brown or white, we all bleed the red blood of patriots. i have to say, i think it will go down in history as one of the most radical speeches ever given by a president. >> but very consistent, dana, with the themes he uttered throughout that campaign. >> he did not forget who brought him to this dance. no question about it. very, very sharp. very specific about looking inward to america. a very nationalistic populist speech talking about how he is going to make sure that he looks out for the people who feel left behind and focus on this country and focus on them and their
needs first. no lofty rhetoric here. it's not what this is about. it's not who he is. no one expected that. very short sentences. very to the point. and there's no reading between the lines in any of the speeches and sentences he gave. he explicitly said america first more than once. >> so many times the themes that came through during the campaign, when he wrote that speech, he clearly had a tremendous influence in writing those words. >> if you are a trump voter, you heard from your new president what you wanted to hear consistent with the campaign. every decision, he said, would be america first. whether taxes decision. infrastructure decision. a border decision. a national security decision. said everything would be through the prism of america first. it was a dark view. even a pessimistic view of where we are at the moment. statistics would tell you illegal border crossings are down. didn't sound like that from the
speech. statistics would tell you we have 4.7% unemployment. he talked about how terrible things were and how horrible it was in the country. he spoke of gangs and drugs and american carnage at a time, again, the outgoing president would tell you not that there aren't problems in america but crime is largely under control in america. this is a trademark trump. this is how he campaigned. it's his brand of populism. what a scathing indictment of this town at large. not just the democrats. of this washington establishment, he said, enriched itself and benefited from politics but not the american people. he's off to a start that's very anti-establishment. >> former president obama about to be escorted by president trump to that helicopter that will take him over to joint base andrews and flying off to california. anderson, lots to assess based on what we just heard. >> there is indeed. we'll continue to watch for the departure of former president obama and mrs. obama from
executive one, that helicopter which is waiting to take them off. let's get some quick thoughts from gloria borger. >> i think this was an unusual inaugural speech. it was a continuation of the campaign very much. i think it was kind of a fist bump of a speech. this is what i'm going to do. this is what i campaigned on. and then he gave the kind of literal fist bump when it was over. i think that -- i couldn't help but thinking about the president sitting there when he talked about the american carnage that they had presided over. i'm not quite sure that that would have gone over well with them. i was also surprised that in some way he did not pay some tribute to hillary clinn. i expected as george w. bush did to al gore when they had a hard fought fight. i thought that would have been a unifying moment for him. he did not do it. to me this was donald trump that
we saw during the campaign saying i didn't win. you, the american public, did win. >> by unity to country we'll rediscover our loyalty to each other when you open your heart to patriotism, there's no room for prejudice. >> there were words that were aimed at trying to unify the country. then there was statements like we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the great american flag. we salute the same flag but not everybody in the country feels like they have an equal share of freedom, which is a big concern of many. this was a full throated as has been said populist manifesto and he lit this town on fire. he made very clear that he believes it's america first. we're going to protect our borders. we're going to protect our jobs. we're going to draw a line around this country and fight that fight and he laid down the gauntlet. he also said one thing that i
think will be remembered by others, which is we'll no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining but never doing anything about it and said we're going to change everything from the better. and he took it on his shoulders to say he's going to do this. he'll be held accountable for that in years to come. >> he was criticizing republicans as well as democrats there. >> if you took this transcript and you removed the pomp and circumstance, you take away reference to the chief justice of the supreme court, it's a speech that could have been delivered in michigan, wisconsin, or pennsylvania on november 7th. i kept waiting for that paragraph, that beyond just extending an olive branch given that 60 democratic house members saw fit not to be here. to gloria's point to acknowledge bill clinton and not to in the same breath to say and of course secretary of state was really surprising to me. >> there you see president trump, former president obama. they are walking toward to exit
heading toward executive one, the helicopte that will take the obamas o of washington d.c. >> i think the speech was very much not only like his campaign speech but a shorter, more clearly voiced version of his rnc speech. there was not a lot of i in this speech in the way there was in that rnc speech where he said i alone can fix it. a lot of we in here. we're issuing a new decree. we'll seek friendship. we'll rediscover our loyalty to each other. i think most people no matter where you're from, no matter what station in life, it was very easy to understand this speech. i don't think it was a speech that is going to change the minds of any of those folks of the 65 million or so who do not like donald trump and are afraid of him in some ways. >> this is such an historic moment now. it's something every president we have watched go through. let's just listen in as we watch
former president obama, president donald trump, 45th president of the united states, going toward executive one. mrs. obama as well. the bidens will not fly out on this helicopter. they depart by car as is part of tradition. as we wait for them to appear, is this what you excted? you said he was looking at reagan and looking at jfk. >> i've been sitting here going back to ronald reagan's inaugural speech. it's very much like this in particular reagan had a passage in there where he says that this in essence that the government is not ours. it's yours. it belongs to the american people. that's more or less exactly what donald trump is trying to say. >> i think the speech is going to appeal to a lot of people who are hurting. parts of it could have been delivered by bernie sanders.
the words of the address were very much an indictment of those. i don't think he was surprised by them. i think he kind of expected that, but i'm sure he's wondering exactly where this is going to lead now and what of those things that he put in place are going to endure. >> former president obama, michelle obama, are going to joint base andrews. we'll hear him address his staff and then he'll go to california for some time. let's watch.
>> very emotional moment for the former president barack obama. there you see the new president of the united states donald trump with melania trump, the first lady of the united states. the former president now with michelle obama. they're on this helicopter. it's called executive one. it will take them to joint base andrews. they'll then board a plane to fly out to california. he must be going through an emotional roller coaster right now. >> it's hard to imagine what he's going through. he obviously put on a good face. he was having pleasant small talk with president trump. they were joking around. michelle obama, former first lady michelle obama, rather
stoic and there were moments when the camera caught her that it seemed like she was really having a tough time understandably perhaps given what she and her husband were able to accomplish and now they're leaving it behind and obviously given the results of the election, a very, very intense day. president obama, michelle obama leaving the white house with very unusually high approval ratings. immense popularity amongst the american people. >> her popularity is even higher than his popularity. he's leaving according to our poll at 60% approval. >> that's his personal approval rating. but let's just look at the objective reality of where this country was eight years ago when he's the one that took that oath. the economy had collapsed. we were in a major financial crisis. the car companies were in trouble. go on down the line.
you know, it's not perfect. obviously the voters wanted change. but donald trump is starting out at a better place than barack obama was. i think that is an objective factual truth. >> let's watch this moment. >> john, this helicopter will take out for joint base andrews. about a ten-minute ride. former president obama and former first lady michelle obama are out of washington headed toward palm springs. >> their youngest daughter still in school in washington d.c. they'll be in d.c. for at least another year.
taking a little break which is traditional to give the new president time. just think of the turning of the page here. a two-term president that's 2,991 days when you count one leap year if you serve two terms. this is the first time he's on executive one. it was marine one when you're president. air force one when you're president. a dramatic change. from an historical standpoint you see the wave here. remarkable picture. the helicopter on the other side of the capitol from where we are. you have to go back to jefferson, madison, monroe. you have to go that far back in the history books to have three consecutive elected two term presidencies. clinton, george w. bush and barack obama. we now begin the presidency of donald trump in a new political era in washington. what a majestic shot. when george w. bush left, they went by the white house and did
a pass by. i don't know if they'll do that. we'll see if it happens here as -- >> looks like it is about to do a little final tour for the president and the first lady. the former president and first lady. a little tour of washington. maybe go around the white house one last time before they head out to joint base andrews and get on a much bigger plane and fly out to california. this is a moment that they knew it was going to happen, but, jake, once it happens, reality sets in very quickly. >> when you think about how meticulously choreographed this day is and what it is supposed -- the message to the american ople. you have the new president, vice president, a the first and second ladies there standing on the other side of the capitol waving to the outgoing president and first lady. that's not a moment that just organically happens. that's choreographed.
the message that all six of those individuals are trying to say to the american people is we're friends. we're americans. everything is going to be okay. this is a departure from what you're used to. everything is going to be fine. whatever your politics and however you feel, that is what they were trying to say with that message, with that moment, and it was a moving moment. >> it's something we shouldn't take for granted. we are seeing a military helicopter taking a president off after a peaceful transition. no tanks in the streets. no military coup. this is what the founding fathers set out to do three centuries ago and it's still happening and we really shouldn't take that for granted. >> you have to give president obama a lot of credit. right after the election he wanted to have that gracious peaceful transfer. he made it happen. he made it work. and the new president, president
trump, is grateful for that. >> next time we see this helicopter will either leave or come to the white house with president trump aboard it. at the moment you can see it flew over the capitol and now doing a loop around the washington monument and back over so the president and the -- former president and former first lady can look out one last time at the white house complex as they fly by. now they'll go just outside d.c. to joint base andrews in maryland outside of d.c. passing over the crowds gathered here for the trump inaugural. >> they're leaving washington and head over the potomac a bit and then head out toward joint base andrews which is in suburban maryland. the next thing on the agenda for the president and the first lady is a luncheon. there will be a signing ceremony first. but then they go to a luncheon before they head back on this parade route that will take them back to the white house. >> this has been a tradition for several decades now. it's a tradition. it's a welcoming of the new
executive branch by the legislative anch. the united states government obviously split into three different groups, judicial, executive, legislative. the lawmakers are saying to the new president, welcome. >> you see senator mccain there, john mccain, at this luncheon. statutory hall. a beautiful hall in the capitol. >> i want to note at the moment after this happens, everybody talks about what they just saw and just heard. the new president, donald trump, is about to have lunch with the people he just said spent the last years, he didn't put a number on it, enriching themselves at the expense of the american people. so this is the creative tension in washington, d.c. right now. donald trump is a republican president. as jake noted after the speech, there was nothing ideological about that speech. he didn't talk about conservatives and tax cuts or didn't lay down any markers. much more of a trump brand of populism agenda. washington is in this fascinating feeling out period right now. you have a republican senate and republican house.
they say relations with the president-elect have improved from the campaign when he was running against them as much as against hillary clinton and the democrats. but there are many of his priorities, even some listed there, infrastructure for example, where a lot of republicans say we're for improving roads and bridges but we're not for blowing up the budget deficit. how are we going to pay for that? now begins even though this is still part of the ceremony, begins the feeling out process of how to actually get things done. >> and you mentioned that he's going to do some signing. some of it is pro forma like putting his new cabinet in place or disbanding the old cabinet. some of it is going to be very soon keeping his promises. trying to keep his promises and the question is whether or not he's going to keep promises he made over and over on the campaign trail in his words to unsign president obama's executive orders. the transition now, the white house staff has said that we should expect some things very soon. they've been closed lipped.
i'm not sure if they knew what they would do first, second and third and when they would start. not surprising to see it happen today or tomorrow over the weekend. >> if you look at the lower right-hand corner of the screen, you can see that's union station. the bidens are about to do what they did for years. 30 plus years when he was a united states senator get on that amaktrak,he train to ington, delaware. >> we should know that former vice president biden isn't going soft into that good night either. we'll hear a lot from him over the next few years. he'll be in washington d.c. he's setting up a think tank of sorts with the university of pennsylvania in philadelphia. he is going to be outspoken and active as well. one point i want to make about lawmakers and what president trump just basically had been saying about them and the former president is that the most
partisan moment of the entire inaugural so far came, i think, when the senate minority leader chuck schumer spoke and he gave his speech as one of the two co-chairs of the inaugural committee and many members of the crowd, not here close to president trump, but other supporters of president trump f were heckling him and booing him and chanting trump's name and chanting other things i won't say on television. and it was interesting because of all of the lawmakers on capitol hill that donald trump is going to be dealing with now, he's actually closest with chuck schumer. he's given him money. supported him in the past. chuck schumer is his senator. it's interesting even though schumer is a partisan democrat and will butt heads, interesting that schumer is the first to get
the wrath of the trump supporters. >> we'll learn how much of this is for performance and performance is important in politics. i'm not saying that critically. how much of this is rhetoric and positioning and how much is real? he has a relationship with chuck schumer. he called him chief clown in a tweet. is that real or are they going to do business? >> yes and yes. >> anderson, we're about to see president trump sign some orders. there are plenty of activity before that parade begins that will take the president and first lady and their entourage from capitol hill down pennsylvania avenue back to the whithoe. >> all part of the tradition of e day. the question also will donald trump and the first lady, will they exit the vehicle at some point as presidents have done so often in the recent past? let's continue with our panel here. we stopped you.
i ju >> i just want to say that he has authored now a form of patriotism unrecognizable to the left or the right or to the world. for the right he says patriotic protectionism can lead to prosperity. that is not what conservatives say about protectionism. he believes that patriotic protectionism is a pathway to prosperity. >> it used to be. >> that's not what you think nowadays. he also says to the left, very interesting, patriotism is a cure for prejudice. now, that is an interesting approach. we'll see. that's not the normal position that you have about patriotism. and to the world he actually now says the united states is now a radically ordinary country. we will be petty. we will be small. we will be focused on our own interest and we're abandoning that inspirational city on the hill position that reagan talked about.
this is a very -- it's a very patriotic speech but patriotism unrecognizable to the world, to the left, to the right, and i don't know where it leads us. i think the world is adrift. i don't know who leads the world now. >> i think he's saying that the shining city on the hill has been devastated and needs to be rebuilt. that's a different thing all-togethall altogether. >> but not the u.s. telling other countries what they should be doing. the u.s. is going to be a shining example that everyone is going to want to do what the u.s. is doing. >> in other words, i think to some degree that this is a neoconservatism that came into power in the bush years opposed to the reagan years. >> the difficulty is if you're trying to completely eliminate and wipe out radical islamic terrorism from the face of the earth, i mean for many presidents, that has led to nation building in a lot of places. can you do one without the other? >> i think he's going to try. >> i was struck by howeligious
and spiritual the speec was in tone. we talk about h similar it is to a stump speech in a lot of ways. i thought he struck a religious tone i haven't seen him strike on the stump speech. he had this line that the children whether they are from detroit or nebraska are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator trying to locate commonalty in a spiritual rhetoric that's familiar if you think of kennedy or reagan or even bush but frankly isn't that common in the rhetoric of obama or in donald trump during the campaign. i think that's an interesting departure. >> he said people will be the rulers again. that is a populist manifesto. that could have come out of william jennings bryan. there was a builders manifesto. something fdr would like. the bright spot was infrastructure. we're going to build bridges and hospitals and so i thought it was interesting.
he seemed to be underlining something the democratic party is hoping he might do first is jobs and infrastructure. nobody is going to complain about that. i also would like to say, anderson, i thought it was donald trump's best speech he ever delivered in his life. i don't think he had one as good as that on the campaign trail. it did strike a unity tone. no ragged edges to it. he didn't really offend people. we'll cherry pick good lines and the bad. >> do you agree with what jack tapper said? it's the most sort of radical inaugural address that perhaps -- >> i don't agree with that. i think considering how radical donald trump has been on the campaign trail, i thought this was pretty dialed back for him. a line like when you open your heart to patriotism there's no room for prejudice. people wanted to hear that from him. he said nothing incendiary. that's one positive thing. he did not attack the press. one of the standard features of
a trump speech is the attack on the media. he avoided that. i thought that was an encouraging moment. >> presidential. >> i think what he was trying to do and he did this well is talk about what he called the forgotten men and women in this country and he said you will be forgotten no longer because this government is now yours. one of his best line was it's not which party controls our government but whether our government is controlled by the people. and that, of course, is the populist message and what he's saying to the people sitting right there up on the stage with him was, you know, you guys have failed. both parties. >> one of the radical things about it is not that different than what he said on the campaign trail but to say it on the west side of the capitol with former presidents sitting there and all of the political elites sitting there. >> you asked me earlier what president obama was thinking. i think he may have been thinking you should have been here when i was standing here eight years ago, brother, if you
want to know what carnage looks like and the economy was shrinking and we were losing 800,000 jobs a month and now we see where we are. 75 straight months of job growth. we've seen both incomes rising for the last year or two. poverty decreasing. and i'm sure, you know, his view is much different than donald trump's view. donald trump was speaking as he did to the campaign and j.d. vance has written about folks in this country who believe that they have been left behind in this economy. >> just to explain what we're seeing. there's going to be a luncheon in statuary hall. >> i want to say i think it's a
speech that will be well received by 46% of the american people. what i'm surprised at -- i'm surprised that you take away from this a message of unity. that's what i was waiting to hear that i didn't. where in here is the pitch that says i know a lot of you didn't vote for me. i know that i lost the popular vote to secretary clinton. i want you to be part of this as well. here's the overture that i'm making to you in the name of national unity. we're accustomed to that from presidents even if it's pro forma and we think they don't mean it. maybe those days are over. maybe he won't feel the need to even say those typical words moving forward. that was a surprise to me. >> there was a time in an august speech he gave where he talked about his own rhetoric and having regrets about some of his rhetoric saying if he caused pain, he regretted that. in some ways i think he could have worked that into this speech. he obviously didn't.
a way to reach out would have been to walk over and shake hillary clinton's hand. i don't think he did that. i didn't see that on camera. >> or mention women. he never reached out to women which i thought was a big mistake. >> you know, just to van's point, this america first speech really america only is what he was saying really suggested that for the first time since world war ii, america which is the only real superpower left, is not going to play the leadership role in organizing affairs and that has really dramatic consequences. >> you see former president obama, mrs. obama, talking with some of the service members that they have worked with obviously over the years. i think they're going to speak to -- do you see how he is talking with her? he is like that with everybody. you see him in the white house talking to the custodians and
interns. he's just that way. i think that's a part of why he's so beloved. people get the idea that he's as real as can be. michelle obama talking about things that are unusual. michelle was not pretending to be overjoyed. donald trump didn't pretend he likes hillary clinton. authenticity revolution happening in american politics. it's welcome in some places. unwelcome in others. sometimes refreshing. >> kind of wish you had thought bubbles over people's heads during this inauguration. >> as that helicopter is leaving, this is now donald trump's washington. this is donald trump's administration. this is his town now. it all rests on him. >> i want to read the first sentence from john f. kennedy's inaugural address. we observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom symbolizing an end and a beginning signifying renewal as well as change. in short, that's what we saw here. there is change coming. big change.
>> he went on to describe what america's obligations are in the world. >> in the middle of the cold war. the cold war of today is islamic radicalism and he took it on. >> he said he would eradicate it. he didn't say how. >> you know why i didn't think it was that radical coming from donald trump? ronald reagan shattered the mold when he said government is the problem in his inaugural address. i heard that before. reagan said that in a different way but didn't shock me because ronald reagan had done something very similar. >> we came here as change. we came here as change in 2008 and 2009 and what donald trump is going to learn very quickly is he can rail against the political establishment in this speech, but when that helicopter took off, he became the political establishment. he is the establishment. he is going to have to be -- he's going to have to take account of that as he moves forward. he can't run against his own
government. >> also, how he adapts, you know, he used to run his own company and able to effect change instantly based on his decisions. this is a very different town. it's going to be very interesting. >> you don't get a chance to fire congress. you don't get a chance to restructure the constitution or rewrite it. but i do think the thing that was shocking to me about the speech was the retreat from the role of america as an inspirational force in the world. i'm a dove. i'm not trying to put boots on the ground every place. there's a special nest to this country and certainly over the past 50 years, you expect our leaders to acknowledge that. in fact, he was saying the opposite. i think, listen, if there were other great alternative, if russia were some great force or china was a great force, if isis was a force, fine. let's all just pack up and go home. there are no alternatives better than this one in the world. you expect to hear that from the president and you didn't.
in a speech calling itself patriotic. that's the thing that's new. the new patriotism is for america to be petty. i think that's shocking. >> what he said is america first. that's what he said throughout the campaign. we're going to protect our own borders. >> let's listen in here. >> good to see you. hi, christine. >> former president clinton talking to congressman. i wanted to hear if there were any thoughts by her on the day. >> this point, you're right, he said it's america first. the question is are america's interests served by walling america off from the rest of the world and can you keep the impact of what goes on in the rest of the world away from our shores. we have seen the chinese strutting at the economic conference because of the perceived withdraw of america
and that enhances them in that part of the world. is that in america's interest in the long run. so america first is a great slogan. i think it will play very well with many americans right now. as a practical matter, is it a strategy for success, security, prosperity. >> in the lower right-hand corner of your screen, we're waiting for former president obama to speak at joint andrews base. [ applause ] ♪
the american people and their ability, our ability, to join together and change the country in ways that would make life better for our kids and our grandkids. that change didn't happen from the top down, but it happened from the bottom up. it was met sometimes with skepticism and doubt. some folks didn't think we could pull it off. there were those that felt that the institutions of power and privilege in this country were too deeply entrenched, and yet, all of you came together in small towns and big cities, a
whole bunch of you really young, you decided to believe. you knocked on doors and you made phone calls, and you talked to your parents who didn't know how to pronounce barack obama. and you got to know each other. you went in communities that maybe you had never even thought about visiting and met people that on the surface seemed completely different than you. didn't look like you or talk like you or watch the same tv programs as you, and yet once you started talking to him, turned out that you had something in common. it built. and people took notice. and throughout it was infused with a sense of hope. as i said in 2004, it wasn't
blind optimism that drove you to do all of this work. it wasn't naivety. it wasn't willful ignorance to challenges that america faces. it was hope in the face of difficulty. hope in the face of uncertainty. you proved the power of hope. and throughout this process, michelle and i just have been your front men and women. we have been the face, sometimes the voice, out front on the tv screen or in front of the microphone, but this has never been about us. it has always been about you. and all the amazing things that happened over these last ten
years are really just a testament to you. in the same way that when we talk about our amazing military and our men and women in uniform, the military is not a thin 's a group of committed patriots willing to sacrifice everything on our behalf. it works only because -- [ applause ] -- of the people in it. >> we're going to break away from the former president. current president just had some signing orders. i want to listen in. >> we'll take that pen. >>
>> he's going to be terrific. he's going to get approved. i'll give you a different one. do you want elaine? >> no. mr. president, the leader wants a pen. >> the leader should have elaine. >> you get price back. >> i'll take him. >> you did very well yesterday. rick perry. >> better than carson. >> okay. who would like rick perry? >> tough group of people here. th're learning the hard way.
betsy. education, right? i think chuck wanted it. this is a rough group. >> it is. next. i think we're going to need some more pens by the way. labor. he's going to do a good job. >> this is a person who has gotten great reviews. not well known. this is the veterans administration. i think chuck might like that. >> i'll make a trade. >> you can make the trade.
>> thank you. >> this is what a lot of people want. john kelly. he's a good man. >> chuck, you're going to put the cap on it or get your shirt stained. >> john kelly. >> you should get something. >> are you getting more pens back there? this is fun? >> it's an equal number for the cabinets. >> i think dan -- >> the vice president should get one. >> if we run out of pens, we will use the same one. >> we may have to recycle a
couple pens. >> okay. areat trade negotiator. >> smart. >> i have a pen already. >> mike po. he's going to be approved. here's one that i think nancy would like. she would like a double. sco scott. he's going to do a great job. >> speaker would like that. >> not just one world series with his team and the family.
i think nikki is going to do a great job. >> we're running out of people to give them to. >> we have two nikki haleys. is she applying for two positions? okay. the governor. longest serving governor. china loves him and he loves china. a good man. >> he would be natural resources. he's for the renewable standard.
>> longest serving governor in history. here's one that's not at all controversial. he's must from new york. you should know him. david is going to do a great job. back there. okay. thank you. one more. proclamation. >> day the patriotism proclamation. >> all right. >> i think we're done. [ applause ]
>> going this way. >> you got it. >> predent trump jt signed three sets of documents there in a ceremony first official ceremony signing documents as president of the united states. he signed a waiver that will allow general james matis to become secretary of defense. signed that waiver bill into law
passed by the house and the senate. he also signed the cabinet positions and other senior positions. he had to do that as president. he's now the president. went through and signed all the nominations for cabinet and other positions that require senate confirmation like, for example, the u.s. ambassador to china. finally, he signed a proclamation declaring a national day of patriotism. patriotism. first official business now done. >> what a lot of voters probably saw just there was a side of donald trump that they had not seen. that is the behind the closed doors personable schmoozer that enabled him to be a successful businessman in many ways. it's the person that his staff members love and adore, whether at the trump organization or now in his administration and before that the transition. and you saw him joking around. people might not know when you sign a bill, there is a tradition of giving those pens
away. often when a president signs actual legislation, it's just one signature. they take 15 or 20 pens just to sign something so sign one signature just so everyone can have a pen. he was handing them out. they were schmoozing and joking around and trading. elaine choi on set to be his department of transportation is married to mitch mcconnell. you saw bartering going on as to how he could get the pen that was used to sign his wife's formal nomination. you also saw, i might observe, the fact that he has a very close relationship with chuck schumer was very apparent. people in that room that are friends of his. mcconnell and pence and then the one he kept turning to because he recognizes him, he's given him thousands of dollars for his campaigns in the past. he's now the senate democratic leader and an opponent of his is chuck schumer. a lot of give and tak and a lot
of king. a remarkable moment. i don't rememr it being shown before. >> the fact it was -- one of the reasons is was so remarkable is they were joking about their differences. using pens and signatures and nominees going down the line to, you know, let loose and let the air out of the balloon a little bit. funniest on that was when donald trump was signing the official signature to nominate the epa. democrats can't stand him and think he's the worst person for the job. he said i'm going to sign this nancy, it's for you. that's so important. this is what used to happen in washington. people understand and know where each person stands and know their differences but the fact that they can find some comedy. some laughs.
some humor. let's just hope that that continues. >> this is a man who thinks he can do this job. he thinks he can perfect this job. we saw in the course of an hour the inside game and outside game. he railed against these people he was joking with and about to have lunch with saying all establishment had let the american people down and that this town had enriched itself at the expense of a little guy out there. that's the outside game. the populist donald trump anti-establishment i'm your voice against this town. and there is the negotiator inside game sitting around yucking up. he let chuck schumer a friend from new york who gave him the ben carson pen who democrats aren't terribly fond of and chuck schumer traded in for secretary of veteran affairs. for donald trump to have to get his agenda through, there will be a lot of trading. republicans don't like some of it. democrats don't like a lot of it. he'll have to do a lot of trading. we'll see if this is a first
step or just theater. >> about to have a formal luncheon up on capitol hill. bill and hillary clinton are attending this luncheon, aren't they? >> they just walked right by us. we tried to ask them a question about what they thought about this speech. they ignored that. we're expecting actually president of tted states, new president, to walk behind us just momentarily. this is a very collegial bipartisan lunch that happens every four years. we're seeing members on both sides attend this not just donald trump's close allies like rudy giuliani, even the billionaire casino magnet sheldon adelson but a number of democrats as well. the former president jimmy carter also in attendance here. we'll see if donald trump interacts with the clintons. something we haven't seen since the election. an opportunity to do that because as i said, it's a very collegial, warm event and very
social event and something we're waiting for the president to attend just momentarily. his family walking in just moments ago. >> do you anticipate that president trump will walk right behind you on his way to this luncheon? >> that's what we're expecting. right now we saw reince priebus walk behind us. the president signing formal papers after the speech he just delivered. we'll see if he says anything. we tried to ask him a question as he left the speech. i asked what's your first step that you'll take as president? any executive action? he smiled and gave a thumbs up and walked right by. unlikely he'll address questions but we'll try to get a sense of what is the first steps he'll take as soon as he goes to the oval office later today, wolf. >> if he stops by your microphone and you have words with him, let us know what he has to say.
we'll come right back to you. you see the leaders, democrats and republicans and former presidents all walking in right now for this formal luncheon. >> for people who don't know, every state in the union donates two statues representing individuals from their states who have -- people of some notoriety. there are 100 of them scattered throughout the capitol. >> beautiful hall. you see senator joe manchin in the middle of the screen. he's up for re-election in a couple yes. suspicion that he could vote along with the republicans on some of these sensitive issues. you followed him for a long time. >> some issues. he already said he'll support being very clear he'll support some of probably -- hard to imagine him not supporting all of the president trump's nominees. he is one of several democrats
that donald trump thinks he can do business with if for no other reason he comes from a state where trump did big. >> manchin introduced the nominee to be secretary of energy, rick perry. rick perry, former republican governor, manchin former democratic governor, they worked together before. it was unusual and is unusual for somebody from opposing party who is a current senator to introduce a nominee representing the other party's president. >> this is a very nice way to start this first day of the trump presidency. have a lunch not just with republicans but with democrats. democratic leadership is there. nancy pelosi is there. you see her there walking in. chuck schumer, democratic leader in the senate and former president bill clinton is there and jimmy carter is there. it's a nice way to start off this first formal day.
>> nice way to start and this tradition goes back to president mckinley. it's a nice start. the question -- the biggest question after we get through the ceremony of today and important visuals of today, the message these visuals send to the people of this country and people watching around the world is can you sustain it will be the big thing. the obama election in 2008 was about hope and change. his fundamental message was he wanted to change washington and make it work. >> bottom right-hand corner of the screen you see joint base andrews. that red carpet will take the now former president of the united states, president obama and former first lady, they'll be walking up that carpet and they'll be going up the stairs and leaving washington. not permanently. they rented a house here in washington so their younger daughter can finish high school. they're going to go out to california, palm springs, for a little while. a well deserved few days off. >> no doubt he'll miss this. the trappings of the presidency are extraordinary. we've been blessed and honored
to cover the presidents and men and women in the military that serve. it's a great honor as president. great honor as a reporter when you get to see this especially the service of these heroes and the trappings of the presidency are something quite extraordinary. no doubt the obamas will miss them. they'll also love the -- the president said he won't set an alarm. they get out of the bubble and back to their life. when he came, president obama, now former president obama, he said he would change washington. elected on a wave of change. people were frustrated and wanted a new washington. we see this farewell wave here. quite a shot. >> they won't call it air force one. it is one of those planes that could be air force one. this plane that will take them out to california right now. >> they call it a special mission. executive one. this will be special mission. just to button up the point as we watch these amazing pictures, now the change mantel has been passed to donald trump.
very different agenda. the american people sending a similar message handing the change baton to a very different man and different party as well and going to an outsider -- >> i want to go back -- >> right behind us right now is the president of the united states along with the first lady of the united states walking to the lunch. smiling to the cameras. there he is walking in right now into this very siceremonial lun greeting members on both sides of the aisle. this lunch happens every four years. something that is a tradition of sorts. we'll take a listen right now, wolf. >> we'll pause for a moment. ♪
twice officially. welcome to this inaugural luncheon. the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies has been pleased to host this lunch at least since 1953 with president eisenhower. in 1981, president reagan's first inauguration, the lunch took its current form and moved to this grand hall, which served until 1857 as the chamber of the house of representatives. the statues that line the halls are placed throughout the capitol and recognize important figures in our national history. the collection doesn't change very often but actually since this lunch was held the last time, it has had several additions. rosa parks is now in stat uutar
hall. several of us were there that day. another addition, the leader of the green revolution. this green revolution was about his great efforts to feed people demands and food production and he was really a leader in that area and talking to governor purdue about what will happen as world food demand doubles in 35 or 40 years and the great opportunity we have there. barry goldwater, an inspiration to conservatives was added to statuary hall over the last few years and thomas edison of ohio
who discovered more than 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb until he discovered the one way to make that light bulb. the painting in the middle of the room is from a great moza missou a three painting series. one was stump speaking. one was county election and this is verdict of the people. in the 1850s when this was painted, often it was several days after the election before the results were announced and all kinds of people are in this painting. people from all walks of life. people who are excited. people who are confused. people who wonder what's happened and people who wonder what's going to happen are all there. he painted this painting about the same time that in this very room some of the least successful debates in the history of our country were
being held and of course we paid the price for not being able to find solutions. one of my favorite statues in the building is in a room that i have here in the capitol right now. i had it in the whip's office when i was the whip in the house. one of my favorites. nobody knows who it is. i don't mean nobody can guess who it is but nobody knows who it is and nobody has known who it was since 1930. couldn't have been in the capitol building more than 100 years before people began to wonder who is this person? i think it's a great reminder that what we do here is a lot more important than who we are. so we have work in front of us. it's a wonderful opportunity. it is a great day. i'm asking barry black, the chaplain of the senate, to come and give us our opening prayer.
>> let us pray. eternal lord god, our refuge and strength, we praise you that we have nothing to fear. we can stand fearlessly during this season of peaceful transition because we know your providence will prevail. lord, we're grateful for this inaugural luncheon and for your providence that has brought president donald j. trump to this milestone moment. you have admonished us to pray for leaders and governments so
we pray for our new president. lord, crowned his labors with success. leading him to the destination you have chosen. surround him, his family, and the members of his cabinet with the shield of your divine protection and favor. may president trump seek your wisdom, justice and grace leading with your strength, which reaches out to those on life's margins. the lost, lonely, last, least, and left out. may he remember that those who would leave a legacy of greatness must strive to become
servants of all. lord, inspire our president to perform his god appointed duties with such reverence for you that his tenure will be like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like a rainbow after a storm, and like the singing of the birds at dawn. bless our food and fellowship, we pray. in your sovereign name. amen. >> lunch will be served. >> so it's a pool feed camera. we don't have control over that. they turn it off during the
welcome back, to what has been an extraordinary day. now donald trump the 45 oi president of the united states. donald trump is currently inside the capitol. we watched him take the oath of office at noon today. tens of thousands of people are lined up on the inaugural parade route hoping to get a glimpse of
the president. there's a lot to talk about with our panel. as we await more developments we will bring them to you live from capitol hill and the parade route, the big question is will the president and first lady actually get out and walk the parade route. that likely will. how long that will happen, that we will have to wait and see. van jones, you were talking about just during the break about how effective you thought this inaugural address was. >> i have my criticisms but i think it was an effective speech, we forget there are people out there who are hurting, who don't have jobs and don't have hope and when somebody says there's a reason for that and i'm going to take them on, that gets people's attention and when he talks about some of the pain and suffering in the inner cities,
people say that's just rhetoric, he believes that patriotism is a cure for prejudice, dr. king would be surprised at that. there are some things happening in that speech that are interesting. >> let's play some of that, the use of carnage, let's listen. >> for too many of our citizens a different reality exists, mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge, and the crime, and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much
unrealized potential. this american carnage stops righ here and stops right now. [ applause ] >> wondering what you thought about this phrase, this american carnage. >> it's something that doesn't get talked about or reported on much is that crime has really gone up the past couple of years. we had this really long period there it was slowly creeping down, but he talks about things that don't get discussed as much. obviously crime is low on historical levels but it's a very appealing thing and speaks to many out there. >> i think it's easy for anybody to understand this. he said i'm going to fix your crumbling schools, keep you safe and give you jobs and he has
this way i think of telling a story and some people may think that story isn't necessarily based in reality, but it's very easy to get on board with and i can it's effective, he's thinking about keeping that coalition together, the folks out in the crowd, in michigan, pennsylvania, and wisconsin working class who see globalism very differently than other people do, who see globalism when they call to get their telephone fixed and hear a foreign accent. >> he added a lot of language about inner cities. the real test is when he says this is going to end right here and right now people are going to expect it to end right here and right now and he is derogating to himself enormous responsibility so as a speech it really cut through but he's going to be me
going to be measured against those words. >> he says now comes the hour of action, this was forward thinking and made a lot of prop promise, he kept using the word action because that's what he told his statute he has told his staff, i want some wins. we need to move, so expect these executive orders where he can ju chang things with a pen whether it's later today or tomorrow or even monday, he'll do that right away and the repeal of obamacare and replacement of obamacare, infrastructure, tax reform, this is somebody who doesn't want to sit still. >> can we say there's a consistency about him because now the campaign has completely run its course. he was the same individual he was from the moment he descended that escalator at trump tower all the way until his swearing in, the speech that he delivered could have been a campaign speech he would have delivered
out on the stump and what i'm mindful of anderson, this campaign is never-ending and tomorrow out the windows there will probably be more people than today watching donald trump's inauguration. >> demonstrating. >> demonstrating than in attendance. >> in terms of permanent campaign if you will. that's pretty permanent. that's been going on with bill clinton, with barak obama with george w. bush, that's what presidents do, they have got their argument, and win that argument and that's what it's based on repeatedly. >> but it's based on what they do and and presidents have to do stuff. >> i lost you there. >> it was an american populous manifestive speech. it was well written, not a lot
to subject to, i think the foreign policy part is what scared me. >> a disaster. a disaster. >> what do you think if you're north korea, latin america. >> is from this day forward it's only going to be america first on traded, taxes and affairs. >> if i'm in ohio i like this speech, but i don't know in paris. >> but in beijing. >> we're standing by for the big parade down pennsylvania avenue. awaiting an appearance by the new commander in chief.