tv Inaugural Committee Chair Tom Barrack Speaks to Reporters at Trump Tower CSPAN January 18, 2017 1:47pm-1:57pm EST
c-span will have live coverage of all the day's events and ceremonies. watch live on c-span and c-span.org and listen live on the free c-span radio app. preparations for the 58th presidential inauguration are well under way in washington. tom barrett, chair of the presidential inaugural committee, spoke with reporters at trump tower in new york city. and gave details on how plans for the inauguration are shaping up. >> inauguration is going to be amazing. and what we're doing is trying to orient it toward the greatest tribute to america. the only peace time transition of partisan power that ever happens this way, to the focus for this president-elect, since he is a celebrity is really on the place, on the place, on the history, on the tradition.
martin luther king day is monday, a great epic start. and great epic verbiage for what all this means. and there will be a series of events leading up to thursday. thursday is the kickoff of it all. thursday night will be a candlelight dinner, which has been tradition. and each of the dinners and each of the venues is really oriented to just allow people to breathe the place rather than the actors on the stage, it is about the stage. so thursday and friday are the two big days that -- the swearing in, the capital, the staff is amazing at how they planned it. so it will be commemorative moments, thoughtful. >> you talk about actors. if you can tell us how concerned are you, you have enough performers, people to do readings, songs, all of that.
are you satisfied that you've got what you need to fill the day as it were on a typical inauguration day? >> yeah. overwhelmed. look, i think -- we're fortunate in that i feel we have the greatest celebrity in the world, which is the president-elect. and side by side with that is the current president, who is also a great celebrity so what we have done instead of trying to surround it with what people consider a-listers and say what we'll surround it with is the soft sensuality of the place. we have all of that. but it is in a much more poetic cadence than having a circus-like celebration that is a coronation. that's the way this president-elect wanted it. so i think it will be contributive, it will be beautiful, but the cadence of it is going to be let me get back to work, because the people that i'm presiding over america are back to work. >> last question, you talk about what he wanted. tell us what he has told you he
wants. what are some specifics that he wants to be a part of the inauguration. >> he really wanted it to be about the people, not about him. so his instructions to me,me, b the way, which is the worst job in america. he gave the best job in america to all the bright guys, he said, you be the party planner. was to figure out how to relate 200 years of history, a couple hundred billion dollars of investments in this place at a moment where we have to build bridges. he knows what his con stit u ency is. his direction to me is the campaign is over, i'm now president for all of the people. i want to you build a bridge and tie them back in. heal the wound and get back to work on saturday morning. >> that was his instruction. >> is there anything that deviates from previous, is there anything you're doing sort of
for the first time. and i wanted to ask about the announcer. i don't know if you already addressed that but there is commentary about the announcer who has been doing it longer than i've been alive, anyway. he's been replace bd by someone mr. trump knows. can you tell us about that. >> yeah, it is a delicate challenge by abiding by tradition and president-elect is a interea traditionalist. so he is abiding by that and having his fingerprint on a fresh campus. mostly he is abiding by tradition. especially in a swearing in ceremony. in that moment when you look up that west capitol entrance and the shift of power in a moment goes from a very strong fourl man of one party to another very strong powerful man of noeranot party, that cadence traen digs of america allowing power to
change like that. of course he has his fingerprints on what bible, what versus, who is there to help him. >> and the announcer too. i wanted to specific ask about that announcer. no hard feelings there? >> i don't think there's any hard feelings anywhere. >> everybody would like to be in. close to the president and president-elect. i think there is a spot for everybody and of course he needs to put his signature on things that are important. >> who did he choose for announcer? >> i don't know. we'll find out. >> is there any opportunity for president-elect to mix or mingle or talk to other former presidents, presidents bush or clinton? >> sure. they are are there on the podium. if you remember the podium is built out on the west site looking to the washington monument. they are sitting across from him. timing and sequencing is all very tight. but they will all be within shouting distance of each other.
>> there is no private time that is expected at all? >> no. the holding rooms, as they all come through the capitol, there is holding rooms where they have an opportunity to see each other but there is no organized interaction. >> i know in previous inaugurations, the president and president-elect sometimes, i think, go from the white house. so president obama, have you heard from the white house about anything? >> sure. they've been very gracious in extending an invitation for coffee or tea in the morning. >> oh, so the traditional, i think that's what happened eight years ago. so president-elect and family comes over there and they ride together -- >> i don't think the family. i think the president-elect and first lady-elect. >> and four of them ride together? >> yes. they will have coffee or tea, spend half hour or so together, then go over there. that's a great moment. >> thanks for your time.
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