tv Charlie Rose PBS January 23, 2017 12:00pm-1:01pm PST
>> rose: welcome to the program. it's inauguration day in washington and we talk about the inaugural speech by the new president donald j. trump with mark leibovich, mckay coppins, al hunt and margaret talev. >> i would disagree with the notion it wasn't an aspirational speech. i think through the rhetoric there was quite a bit he was promising, ending radical islamic state, ending the carnage, intentionally. he is creating a rather high bar for himself through the rather bleak language he used. also towards noting obama has given him a long way to fall. obama won the popular vote twice, leaving with high approval ratings, unemployment is around 4. once news actually starts happening, donald j. trump will own it and i think a lot of people will come back to the
somewhat aspirational i can do this tone of today and it might be something we have to account for. >> rose: following the analysis, another look at the presidential inaugural speech on this inauguration day. >> 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. >> rose: inaugural day in washington, next. >> rose: funding for "charlie rose" has been provided by the following:
>> and by bloomberg, a provider of multimedia news and information services worldwide. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: donald john trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the united states today in an inaugural ceremony in washington. an estimated 800,000 people gathered at the capitol as he took the 35-word presidential oath administered by chief justice john roberts. >> 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.
the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. congratulations, mr. president. >> rose: while some hoped president trump might use his address as a call to unity instead delivered a speech as a call for action that repeated a constant campaign theme to make america first. >> we are issuing a new deck to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of powe 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. ( cheers and 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. >> rose: president trump also made the bold vow to eliminate radical islamic terrorism. >> we will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unit the civilized world against radical islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth. ( cheers and applause ) at the bedrock of our politics, we'll be a tote ail ledges to the united states of america and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
>> rose: and in dramatic terms, president trump described what has happened in this country as the american carnage. >> mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like too many stones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flushed 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. >> rose: despite this peaceful transfer of power which is a hallmark of democracy, america remains in some ways a divided country. president trump enters office
with less popular support than any new president in modern times. with me now for a look at the president's first day and the weeks ahead, al hunt of "bloomberg view," mckay coppins of "the atlantic," mark leibovich of the "new york times" magazine, and margaret talev of "bloomberg news." margaret, the speech. >> certainly a different speech than the one barack obama gave eight years ago. >> rose: aspirational for sure. >> less specific in terms of the types of groups he would call out both domestically and abroad. president obama's speech called to muslims, hindus, people around the world, mention of allies and enemies. president trump's speech was entirely a u.s.-focus speech. you can say it was focused on his core, but beyond that wasn't focused beyond the shores of the united states other than to suggest foreign interests whether allies or enemies are
all out to get us chickly. pretty striking. >> i agree, but it was quite different than the speech ronald reagan gave in 19981, lacked the optimism reagan had when he was delivering some of the same conservative messages, and it was different than the speech george w. bush gave in 2001 when he was -- you know, he showed such grace and civility towards al gore whom he actually tied with as opposed to lose the popular vote. so it was a very confrontational speech. he talked about american carnage. america has lots of problems. i'm not quite sure there is a carnage abroad in the land, but it was a dark speech in many ways, and i think it's one that certainly appealed to his base. i don't have any question of that. his base i think is about 39 of the american people. i think governing with 39% is going to be a challenge. >> rose: mark? i would disagree with the notion it wasn't an an spiring'sle speech. i think through the bleakness of the rhetoric, there actually was quite a bit he was promising,
ending radical islamic terrorism, ending the carnagage, essentially, he is creating a high bar for himself through the bleak language. also noting obama has given him a long way to falama elected twr vote twice, leaving with high approval ratings, unemployment around 4. once news starts happening, donald trump will own it and i think people will come back to the somewhat aspirational i can do this tone of today and it might be something to have to account for. >> rose: hold him to that standard. >> correct. i was struck about how little effort he made to reach out to the voters who didn't support him in this election. this is a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. i remember talking to republicans on the night of the election, and i remember a lot were excited that if his victory speech he did make a point of reaching out to the rest of the country. you didn't hear that in his
speech today and i guess i'm puzzled as to why. i think everyone here is in kind of an agreement that this was a speech for his base. it sound add lot of the same populous themes he used on the campaign trail but not a speech themed for the whole country. >> rose: i've come to the conclusion while this might have been a populous message, started as a campaign strategy, he's come to believe these things. i think as he spoke that, he constantly comes back to it, he's never left it, i think that's where he is in terms of what he thinks the movement is and what he thinks he has to do. >> i think maybe -- i think he has listened to his base very clearly. i think he is basically terrified of being accused of being a sellout by the people who elected him. one thing donald trump has shown, you know, strangely through the transition is he likes to impress the person in front of him. he will not be surrounded by
establishment. even the body language with the leaders in the house and the senate, the obamas, was pretty warm if i could read body language. we'll see how that evolves. he's trying to play two games -- >> i think that's a good point. the complications and the challenges that it poses, i think he is very attuned to it. in the last couple of weeks he i had everyone will be insured. that's not republican orthodoxy, that's democratic orthodoxy. you know, can he deliver on that, going to mark's earlier point? he also says the government, medicare, should negotiate drug prices. the republicans found that horrifying. if you go to kentucky or west virginia and talk to that base who we paint as right wing religious nuts, they will be for that, too. so i think it will be interesting to see how the paul d on foreign policy, which was barely mentioned today, that cloud of russia is hanging over this administration from the early days. >> rose: he didn't speak to
russia at all. >> he didn't speak to any foreign policy other than the bleak reference we enrich other countries and i assume he was talking about china. >> rose: let's talk at what we saw. there were all these people including hillary clinton on the podium. he did not mention her. i assume that he might do that. that has been often what pays some sense of someone for making a good fight. >> i think one thing that people miss -- you mentioned reagan and bush's speech, if you talk to obama's people, about half, not all of them, there was some regret at his address eight years ago that he was seen as a bit ungracious of george w. bush, partly because he painted a bleak picture of george w. bush's america, the economic crisis. it was a much more political speech than obama himself i think would have an instinct to do. what is interesting about a speech like this, if you are very gracious and bend over backwards to praise your
opposition, you sort of guarantee yourself a 5% or 10% jump. you get a lot of points that way. but he seemed very, very -- you know, very conscious -- >> rose: going into this, and we were there at 11:30, we started at 7:00, and during the entire morning conversations on cbs, it was about this is his moment to show an appeal to unity. >> well, you know, what's really interesting is this does answer the question of how will he change at the end of the transition, right? i mean, he blew through the election -- >> rose: you expected him to shift and he didn't do it in the transition. >> no, he resisted. i think foreign leaders were asking is he going to stop ebeating up on ten misand bring people together when he takes the oath of office? at least rhetorically in terms of the speech, the answer is no.
when you look at the relationship between trump and obama which has been so contentious for so many years with the birther continue varies trump was fueling and obama calling him out and stuff, obama has really made an effort since the election to bring trump into the fold and communicate with him. >> rose: from everything i hear, they have been talking a lot on the phone. >> that's right. what we hear. i think we have to say there were a couple of momen towar the end where he talked abo the soldiers and detroit and nebraska, they were -- i'm going to disagree with mr. leibovich, which is a dangerous position, ronald reagan laid down the gauntlet in '81 but differently. he gave credit to carter. he mentioned mondale, i believe, and he set that predicate, and then he laid out his vision. but he did it with an uplifting, sunny -- sunny is not the right word, an optimism, a can do.
that's what was lacking today. >> rose: absolutely. i was on the national mall surrounded by trump supporters today and i would say it was not a sunny speech for everyone listening to that. but if you're somebody who is a trump supporter who thinks the vision of the country as it is now that trump laid out during this campaign, if you bought into that, then this speech today probably did give you hope. there were several moments during the speech where i would look around and trump supporters were giddy, practically giggling as what he was saying. >> i felt the underlying sense of folks, i'm serious about all of this. i have been talking about it for a long time and i'm serious about all of this and i promise you i'm going to do it. the other sense was he was going to slay all the dragons. of the dragons he wants to slay, are they appropriate targets? >> they're his targets. there were no new dragons that appeared today. these were the old dragons. the biggest dragon he wants to
slay is washington. the biggest dragon he wants to say is the establishment -- >> rose: i will tell you that people like bob gates and a rage rage -- range of other people think washington is the problem because of gridlock and nothing is happening here. >> that is true, but you can't slay a system and what do you have at the end. you have to figure out a way to make the system work for you. that's what i see no indication of. >> rose: how to make the system work. >> reached with partisan doles with the rhetorical message. >> rose: gridlock so farwhelming. you can feel over the heads of politicians. >> so many presidents have run against washington. everybody has a different definition of what washington is -- congress, president, lobbyist, k street -- whatever, the establishment is a distraction and we'll see what he fights for and what the
contours of the debate take the shape of. >> but the reason for the obama administratioobstruction policys about winning or losing or i'm going after you on twitter, it's hard to see how you come together on the stuff you need a legislative deal for other than executive power. we'll see with the first wave of executive actions how much he can do. >> the real interesting dichotomy, if you will, is that, number one, he starts with the least popular incoming president in our lifetime. that should be a problem. on the other hand, he has a more republican congress than any newly elected president since herbert hoover. that didn't end so well, but no other republican in the years since then ever has.
>> rose: he said my first job is to look at america and you will have to pay your fair share and institutions will have to change. >> the thing about populous nationalism is by its definition it's popular with the average voter and sounds good to the average american listening to it. one thing i was struck by the speech, he said every country has the right to look out for their own interests first and that, of course, could be true, but a lot of the global peace and stability we've had over the past half century has been built around alliances like n.a.t.o. where countries are willing to look out for each other in a way that trump doesn't seem as interested in. granted, we haven't heard a lot of specifics, but the way he talks about these things, he doesn't seem like he thinks it's that important.
he said n.a.t.o. is obsolete. so i think a lot of people are nervous about this idea that america is going to withdraw from the world and focus entirely on its own interests. >> rose: go ahead. phao pick a day at random, when the tin horn little dictator in north korea says, you know, i want to go amman mano mano withe president of the united states and ask the chinese to help him and the chinese say why don't you call taiwan. ( laughter ) >> rose: does he lead a movement? he talked about a movement in the speech. >> yes, it got him elected. is it a governing movement, a governing coalition and can it proceed from here? >> rose: it's a populous movement. >> a populous movement and he also explicitly said to the "new york times" when he was visiting six or eight weeks ago -- this
is him maybe trying to schmooze us saying you're going to be very happy with me, and said you will be happy with me as apt but not necessarily a conservative president. that may have been him trying to cater to a largely progressive editorial board which was in the meeting or it could have kind of foreshadowed a tension that will exist between him and the more traditional republican base. >> i think that's absolutely right. you already are hearing from orthodox conservative republicans who are privately very very worried about the trumpism that he has championed and whether that's going to overtake conservatism in the republican party. parties change. remember, goldwater reshaped the republican party. it's not a given that the republican party is going to remain entirely or overwhelmingly conservative party going forward. >> here is the sort of issue i think will really join. this mark mentioned infrastructure a minute ago. you could put together a bill
tomorrow, a huge infrastructure bill that would get a bunch of republicans but a distinct minority and almost all the democrats. but paul ryan and mitch mcconnell probably won't find that acceptable. or you could put together a bill that would get together almost all the republicans, no democrats and probably couldn't get through the senate. so which one -- which route do you go and how do you do it? >> rose: where are we on the security issue with respect to russia and these intercepted messages from russia? >> i think this is a big story. i think this is a drip, drip, drip story and it's going to keep going. >> rose: remind us of the story on the front page. >> there are three close associates of trump, paul manafort, roger stone and carter
page, who there are interceptede correspondence or phone calls from russia, and trump denied having anything to do with it. >> rose: what do the intercepts say? >> i don't know but they exist. the question is can you tie people close to trump with the disruptions in the election? if you can, it's criminal and you can prosecute them. i don't think you will be able to prove the russians are black mailing trump. >> rose: some things in dossier were clearly. >> right. but when i read that "times" story today i wonder would carter page or roger stone -- heaven help us roger stone would be involved inning in nefarious -- or paul manafort, but, i mean, in that sense --
and this is all unsubstantiated. this is really the first time that a new president has come in office with at least a little bit of a cloud hanging over him since richard nixon in $73. >> rose: do you see any humility in donald trump? you're looking at me like are you nuts? he does say, it's not me, it's the movement. it's not me, it's you people. >> but he knows that he needs this base. he knows that he needs this base of disaffected workers in the former rust belt and lots of working class voters across america. he knows without them he really doesn't have -- >> rose: he won this election because he pierced the blue wall. >> he did but he's seen already how difficult it is to change some of these things with regard to the russia investigation what it says to me at large is that
he may get a new c.i.a. director and he may be skeptical about the conclusions reached during the obama administration but he's not going to stop the investigations from going forward. >> rose: and the new c.i.a. director, whatever his politics, is very bright and respected by other members of congress, democrats and republicans -- >> correct, but the key is not the senate intelligence committee. the key is james comey. james comey is in the cat bird seat once again because the f.b.i. is the one that will conduct an investigation about was there any involvement with the trump associates and the russians. so james comey, democrats like bernie sanders are calling for james comey's head, they're out of their mind! >> rose: when you look at the people who have not been confirmed, is it likely some will fail? who would you suggest? >> i don't know. i mean if we were talking about this a week ago -- >> rose: some questions of
insider trading have been raised -- >> yeah, there has been a lot. can't go after them all, you have to pick your battle. >> rose: the theory is if they want to take down one. >> i think the trump team would sacrifice one to get the rest. the teachers yiewnous are upset with betsy devos. >> trump was signing an executive order, the names of the no nominations to his cabint in a signing ceremony, he was giving out the pens and said who wants betsy devos and said, do you want this one, chuck? and he said, no, i don't want that one. ( laughter ) but i think republicans, at least the higher profile republicans in the senate seemed most concerned about tillerson. you don't hear a lot of democrats talking -- >> rose: they basically say that's in the hands of marco rubio. >> rubio, mccain and lindsey graham.
>> i think if they oppose him he'll get confirmed. the democrats are saying if not tillerson, who? and they will find a couple of votes. some who he wouldn't have been the first, second or third choice say he will be a voice of sanity and they don't want rudy giuliani or newt gingrich. i think tillerson will be confirmed. maybe the labor secretary, conceivably betsy devos, mike, is it tom price or mike price, i get the prices confused. >> or carson -- but price, if the ethical problems were to mushroom, he might have a problem, but it won't be more than one. >> rose: let's talk about bill clinton and hillary clinton who were there. i think some of you would know more about this because i was on the air at the time, that when they went to the luncheon that president trump called out bill clinton and hillary clinton and said i have a lot of respect for
them. >> he also walked over physically and shook hillary clinton's hand which had not happened up on the podium. so there was a moment between them. i guess the reports i saw on twitter is the trumps said thank you for coming. that's what was overheard so at least there was a gesture. >> rose: i think cnn had a shotgun mic or some kind. >> c-span. c-span to its unending credit didn't have peopleiacking like us afterwards and just had this boom mic hovering over everyone as they were walking out and you heard bob dole calling over president obama and saying you're a good man, and elizabeth dole saying god bless you, sir. and you had jason chaffetz coming over to hillary clinton and they had some exchange and were both smiling. you just heard a laughter but i didn't hear the words. that's my favorite moment of
television in a big speech when c-span keeps the mics open. i urge every network to do this. >> rose: like piercing the veil. >> yes. >> rose: by every indication in the speech today, donald trump is not changing. >> true. iewnchts i agree with that. >> rose: whether sweeting or everything else. >> the pivot became a senate joke, that he was going to pivot once he won the nomination, once he won the election, he was going to pivot during the debates all three times. >> when comes out with a thumbs up and -- >> and now he's given his inaugural address. he's president. he is who he is. >> daryl royal said you dance with the girl you brung. >> rose: daryl royal did very well in texas for the longhorns.
>> the pivot came after the election. the next day, he said we're not going to prosecute, we're not going to lock her up. i think that moment with obama and the visit to the oval office, that's what looked like if not humility, fear, something that might be mistaken for -- >> he seemed genuinely humble. maybe world events are the thing that will humble him. certainly past presidents have said that. it's not that he can't change, right, it's that -- i don't think of his own volition he's going to suddenly change his personality. the weight of the officenned world events could do that. >> he is the master of stage craft. if he didn't know it well before the a"apprentice," he knew it before the end of 14 seasons. there is still a part of me that thinks today would have been the pivot if there would be a pivot, that if circumstances change and it behooves him, donald trump
can change. >> i think he will in positions, i don't think on tone or marion it was or temperament he will. we're talking on inaugural night. let's remember, tomorrow, there is going to be a massive demonstration in this town of people coming from all over the country. i don't know how that affects -- >> rose: how many are they expecting? >> i don't know the last estimate, mark. it's hundreds of thousands. >> rose: primarily women or -- it is a women's march. the women and the hangers on. ( laughter ) let me tell you for those people who say that donald trump is not a unifier, i teach in the university of pennsylvania, and it came out yesterday a bus is being rented jointly by the women's jewer organization and the pen muslim organization and they are traveling together and has never spent time together. that is unifying. >> rose: how do you read this? he talked about life in urban america talking about crime and
some of the issues and economic insecurity and all of those kinds of issues, will that be looked on as somebody who is committed to do something about the people in urban america? or will it be viewed in some other way? >> i think it depends on who's doing the viewing. >> rose: exactly. i also think there is going to be a gut check come midterms which republicans and congress are going to be nervous about and in the end the judgment on this comes four years from now, so nobody thinks you can fix urban problems or any of that stuff in three months or something. that's not going to be a first hundred days issue, but by the time the midterms are heating up, there will be a way to know about the promises. >> rose: his theme is keep america great. >> that message requires an indelible blueprint for how bad things are on day one and that's what he did today. >> as you said earlier, a lot of the metrics aren't as bad as the
rhetoric was today. i think on the inner cities, this is where infrastructure becomes important. if he's able to get through a massive infrastructure bill, it is really going to help a number of struggling inner cities. >> rose: because that's one of the things the few times he went to urban areas in america he talked about that kind of thing. >> they're talking about the opposite. they're talking about steep budget cuts. you're going to pay for the most expensive parts of obamacare make sure sick people have insurance and renew cities by spending money there. >> what happened to the huge tax cut. >> while enacting the tax cut. i think we're still in the rhetoric stage. where these policies proposals meet up -- >> rose: they said they will come out to a new proposal a day. >> you feel to get to the cuts and how to pay for it, building the wall, revamping the military, healthcare.
it's one after another. so it's going to be interesting to watch how populism winning the republican party evolved, because the root of populism for six years ago was the tea party and debt and the constitution and small government, and this was a very different flavor of the trump populism than we have. what will happen for all those people who were sort of -- all these scared republicans four to six years ago who were saying penance for enabling all the bush spending bills, will they just forget all about that and jump on to the infrastructure bill under trump will be interesting to watch. >> rose: did he talk about social issues at all. >> i don't think abortion was mentioned at all. >> rose: did he talk about supreme court appointments? >> no, but he said in the last couple of days at least he's indicated he has one ready to go which i suppose they will announce in the next two or three weeks. but, i don't know, this may be unfair, i don't think social issues really turned donald
trump on. i think it's kind of interesting -- >> he didn't mention abortion during his convention speech. >> he'll get a flag for it and give a big abortion speech in a few weeks. >> the voters don't care about it. >> i think the overall voters don't. i think the most fascinating and chilling pieces i've seen in the last few weeks is a piece you did in "the atlantic," i think this is the scary part, where you had the foresight to interview john dean. >> white house counsel for richard nixon, key figure in the water gate saga. he told me in the weeks leading up to the election he was having nightmares about a trump presidency and the reason was because he said -- two reasons, one is that he sees in trump a lot of the same kind of dangerous characteristics that nixon had, the obsession with vengefulness, the kind of
boundless ambition, certain sense of paranoia. but the other thing he said is he feels like the institutions in american life to keep the president's power in check deteriorated since water gate. think of the media environment, the partization of congress, even the courts. his argument was basically trump is going to be worse in nixon in terms of corruption but that he probably will get away with it. that's a provocative argument. >> rose: worse than nixon in terms of corruption but will get away with it. what kind of corruption? >> he points to his business entanglements and the alleged ties with russia, but his arguments is any one of these scandals in waiting that's kind of following trump into office, any one of these could kind of blow up on him, and he still doesn't see a scenario where it's so bad he will be forced out of office. it's hard for him to envision in
this environment any revelation explosive enough to force apt out of office. >> rose: he said a lot of bold things but he promised to be bold. if he's going to be bold and i raised this question last night, in fact, what might he do if he wanted to be not just in foreign policy but in foreign policy and domestic policy a kind of nixon goes to china? >> i watched your interesting program last night and, you know, you had a fabulous panel on and nobody really had a great answer to that. you know, maybe smarter people than me like you -- >> rose: let me rephrase it. what can donald trump do that he can uniquely do because he is who he is but would surprise us? >> i would quickly say some kind of racial reconciliation might be at the top. i'm not he would do that or steve madan would want him to do that. >> i think trump probably thinks his nixon and china opportunity was with russia but the only
problem is any entanglement or outreach to russia is so suspect, given all the noise around the election and those associations, anyway, it would be a little difficult for him to pull off. >> rose: did i hear him say we're moving to an era of protectionism? >> i don't know specifically, but i heard protect, protect, protect. he didn't talk about it in the context of trade. i don't think it was in the speech but clearly that was his message. >> rose: his message was we'll tax the hell out of american corporations and put tariffs on foreign corporations if they don't allow us to play on leafl playing field. >> correct and we'll wait till the market is affected deeply and prices go up. again, it's an abstraction when you're not dealing with real world effects but in a few weeks we will be. >> rose: after giving a sense that we all have the same freedoms and salute the same
thing and whether it's detroit, we're all under the same sky and share the same dreams, he once again appealed to his base by saying to all those americans, hear these words, you will never be ignored again, your voice, hopes and dreams define our destiny, we will make america great again. >> that's aspirational. it is. 's putting all the chips on a couple of numbers, though. >> it does. the politics of this, as you said, are great, and he's shown a willingness to tweet out about all the jobs he's saving before he even takes office. now, the reality might be dubious given what was in the works before, what he can take credit for, but i think that's going to be a recurring theme. look at these jobs staying here because of my leadership. >> we've talked a lot about the darkness in the speech which was there but let's not forget some of the great speeches had dark elements. f.d.r. said not only the only
thing we have to fear is fear itself, he that you could about driving the money changers out. ronald reagan said government is the problem. mark was right, it was aspirational but there was a negativity about the aspiration as opposed to the optimism some of the others conveyed. >> rose: thank you for coming. thank you very much. it is a pleasure to have each of you here. we have been talking about a speech. a lot of weight was put on this speech when donald trump came here for this inauguration day. it was a beginning of a definition of him, many thought, and it was an opportunity to see if he would reach out, and it was, in a sense, to see how he viewed his moment, because it is the beginning today of the trump presidency, and in case you missed the speech, we will now on this program repeat the speech, the same speech we have been talking about. thank you for joining us. see you monday.
>> chief justice roberts, president carter, president clinton, president bush, president obama, fellow americans and people of the world, thank you. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and applause ) 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 years, we 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 aide 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 capitol has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne 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 triumoffs 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. ( cheers and applause ) that all changes starting right
here and right now because this moment is your moment. it belongs to you. ( cheers and applause ) it belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across america. this is your day, this is your celebration, and this this, the united states of america, is your country. ( cheers and applause ) what drool matters is not which -- 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. ( cheers and applause ) the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and 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 too many stone -- tomb stos across the landscape of our nation, an education system flushed 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. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and applause ) for many decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the experience 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. ( cheers and 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 without 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. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and applause ) 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. ( cheers and applause ) america will start winning again, winning like never before. ( cheers and applause ) 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! ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and applause ) we will follow two simple rules -- buy american and hire american. ( cheers and applause ) we will seek friendship and good will 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 unit the civilized world against radical islamiislamic terrorism, which l eradicate completely from the face of the earth. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and applause ) the time for empty talk is over. now arrives the hour of action. ( applause ) 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
mysteries 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 stir our souls, 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. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and 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. ( cheers and applause ) thank you. >> rose: for more about this program and earlier episodes, visit us online at pbs.org and charlierose.com. captioning sponsored by rose communications captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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