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45th inaugural parade of president donald trump. i'm joined by michael gerson and janelle chief political correspondent. start with you. next week the work begins looks like donald trump will wait for the heavy stuff until monday. what does that week look like for him and congress how do they get their steps in order? >> i thing i think they have lot of the ground work done is reversal of executive order. actually working groups, feder federalist society on this top topic. environmental regulations. he has a choice, does he go after the dreamers. does he do the -- undo the executive order which changed enforcement allowing young people to stay in the country. it would be a sign of aggression if he were to do this.
we'll see. >> dickerson: how democrats probably rethinking things, that bernie sanders probably liked in the speech but mostly think about opposition to donald trump. what does their week look like now? >> i think they're preparing for the attempts -- they're looking at the confirmation hearings, still making our way through that process. and who is going to -- energy in opposing confirmation. looking at the hearings last week or this past week you get the sense that -- rex tillerson are on the oppose list as well. u.n. ambassador.
>> dickerson: what do you think mike pence talking about his role, what is your take on his role and how crucial he'll be to donald trump? >> i think he's the ambassador for the congress in a certain way, from the administration. he does outreach i think that is true. he was not in the house of representatives a moderate. medicare part d and other issues. it's interesting now that he's viewed as the voice of reason in the administration. but will members of congress will do outreach to pence. >> part of the complication here will be that what the republican congress has sounds very different from what donald trump has proposed or what he's talking about. about health care where he --
get health insurance and republican lawmakers say, you know, access to health insurance not going to promise universal coverage. maybe to translate trump's rhetoric to republican lawmakers, maybe smooth over the rough edges but the gaps. >> the infrastructure for the president i think for paul ryan. and down here for president trump. so, in those areas where trump and ryan overlap they're going to get things done very quickly i think. but there are disagreements in priority. >> dickerson: bob schieffer has joined us, we're also going to see, maybe next couple of weeks, a supreme court nomination from donald trump. what do you think that will do to an already busy washington?
>> schieffer: we won't see any joining together here. because whoever donald trump picks is going to be controversial for all the obvious reasons, we don't need to state them here. that is something that the nation is split on, the issues that have to be divided by the court, women's issues, all of that. constitutional issues, there is strong disagreement. whoever he picks i think is going to be a difficult line. >> there are some on democratic left who feel very resentful about what happened with mr. garland, refusal to have a hearing on garland during obama's last year in office is something that used to be answered in some way, shape or form. i have a sense that any supreme court nomination forward is going to have -- not just typical but maybe even cause for
similar kind of -- >> schieffer: might be a little bit of revenge to some of the opposite. >> the judicial nominees are very much a process. >> dickerson: one of the things that is voting on james mattis, the secretary of defense. one of the things i've heard from senate republicans -- mitch mock channel said this on "face the nation," those who are worried about donald trump's position on russia they're very happy to have james mattis around. because they think he has a clear view of what putin is, nato, that americans -- >> it's true, also with the dan coates as director of national, there is huge division, though. mattis would not have given that inaugural speech which was deeply isolationist. in rhetoric and in fact. it questions some of our most basic commitments in asia and
europe. there's a big difference between what i saw in that speech and rex tillerson and general mattis represent in their whole careers. >> the other thing, john, is that a lot of democrats want to get mattis confirmed. of course, you take people like amy klobuchar, democrat, very worried that no one will really know who speaks for america right now. with these tweets coming at all hour of the day and night, have no idea if they're going to continue or not. i think it will be very important to get somebody in there like mattis confirmed and so when he speaks people will know who is actually speaking to the government. >> i heard another version that have which mattis has standing, four-star general. because of my experience and
relationship with the foreign capital is causing a problem, he needs to correct it. mattis has the strength with that. >> dickerson: jamelle, do they have potential nominee that they would like to focus in on, that they would not like to see? >> i know among sort of activist is on devos. for department of education. and sessions in particular there's lot of worry about his position. activists are not very satisfied with bob that is shame.
we were prepared as a nation to do criminal justice reform in many ways, people in the libertarian right, certained about the level of incarceration, people on the left as well. seemed very much on the table, thatl like a lost opportunity. >> about to take a swing, violent crime is falling that the policy consensus is that we're a bit too much. >> dickerson: here we see a band from tennessee sounds like they're playing "rocky top" there as part of inaugural parade. bob, the senate -- people like the one donald trump gave today if you believe the commentary that this was just to his base, he has favorability rating of 40%. you need to get 60 votes, is donald trump going to put up with slowness of a senate that needs 60 votes are they going to be able to get 60 votes? >> schieffer: he may have no
choice. as this was a speech for the people who put donald trump up on that podium taking that oath of office today. there was no sense of outreach whatsoever. but the senate is a very different place. we have talked about this, i was in the senate just before the republican convention began, not a single republican senate leader that i talked to, i cooperate find a single one who thought he was going to win. they were all worried about losing their majority. he's not particularly popular up there. i think one of the things we may see happen, we may see a new kind of bipartisan foreign policy here. that includes people like lindsey graham, john mccain on one side, some people, democrats on the other side. that may form a coalition of maybe, i'm not saying against donald trump, but will provide alternatives to some of the things that he might advocate.
at this point we don't know. that's the lesson of this campaign. we simply don't know. and a lot of democrats you talk to, a lot of people in the foreign policy community especially democrats and republicans, those who have worked in administrations, democratic and republican, they think that real danger to the country is when other nations don't know what the u.s. policy is, don't know how we feel about our alliance. that's where i think you may see this coming together of democrats and republicans on the consensus. >> dickerson: james mattis now being approved. >> i would just add if the president and his executive office on the likes of the legislature, biggest institutionalist is mitch mcconnell. he was would defend rights of
the institution, he believes in the process. i think we can expect that there might be a little pushbuck from leadership of congress. >> one of the x factors in all of this just the fact that donald trump, quite unpopular. i'm not sure how that figures in to his agenda moving forward. one thing for popular president to have a closely divided congress and can push through policy using popularity. when you enter office already with substantial deficit and you are pushing some controversial policies and you have a narrow majority, there are a lot of places where nervous lawmakers have a chance to jump on board. that is going to -- that will be problem for donald trump. especially after get past that. >> schieffer: every president's power comes from how popular he is and how much support that the congress thinks he has out there among the
american people. the one thing that people in congress understand is power. and if they sense a weakness they will run right over it. >> although he does have that special power with their base in the republican party which you worry, if you're republican lawmaker worried that he might turn misfiter account against them and though he's not broadly popular, he's very popular 'mob their base voters. michael, a question about persuasion. the art of the president is the art of persuasion inside the building and the public. give us your sense of whether that is still true with respect to this theory. how does donald trump use the power or bully bull pit to convince that portion of country that isn't already with hill. does he need to or are we so partisan that it's basically just make sure your team is with you, get your legislation through and you don't need old fashioned way to go and build a big national -- >> there are people who have
given up on the possibility of persuasion or possibility of coalitions, genuine bipartisan coalitions, i think that is a terrible mistake. george w. bush was elected after a very difficulty lex where he lost as well. one of his first calls was to ted kennedy about no child left behind. you have to reach out particularly in the senate to responsible senate members if you are going to have signature achievements if you are going to get things done, it can't just be executive orders you need to have the congress. >> dickerson: jamelle we heard donald trump on election night talk about unity, talk about reaching out to the other side, that he had done really nothing since then in that respect. he also during campaign talked his view of deal making you bet growth sides together you work them out. but there has been no
traditionally presidents not towards bipartisan but while he is an independent in a sense attacking both sides he's not really singing the traditional song of let's both get together, reason together. >> i think part of this is that there is a genuine major ideological gap between the two sides. you're not going to bring democrats into the room for a deal on repealing the affordable care act. that is signature policy of the last president who was their president. not going to be able to do that. i think for trump if he wants that kind of bipartisan deal making you do have to -- when it comes in, i don't think trump is necessarily ideologically committed to things like a mass change to distribution of medicare or medicaid. the republican congress certainly s. you have the congress own particular agenda, you have trump who sort of seemed agenda oogenous
particular on though issues theo cooperation needed here. won most of the votes in this election, don't work with him. >> schieffer: michael gerson, do you think trump is a republican? >> i think that he is a right wing populist, there are right wing populists inure respect right now, the relations and the national front in france. there is a genuine reaction against globalization, immigration, economic changes that come with global labor markets. i think that was a plurality winner in the party, he didn't win majority. he was a plurality winner as president of the united states. he has never really been a majority thinker in either the party or the country. i don't know how he gets where he wants to go just with the
framework that he has set outright now. >> dickerson: we hear that th the -- there they are the trump family after brief respite in the new residence are now making their way out of the white house what look like walkway into the reviewing stand. let's to go major garrett who is at the white house. >> john, we have an answer for a couple of questions that have cropped up in the last couple of hours. why those empty seats on the bleachers right along pennsylvania avenue by viewing stand. i've been e-mailing with tom barrett the chairman of the presidential inaugural committee he said because things have run so far behind schedule a lot of the vip, cabinet families, big donors were trapped on capitol hill because of the congressional lunch ran so late. also told me that the secret service and dc metro police barricadedded five times as many streets as they have 2349 past that people on capitol hill who
wanted to make it to the parade route simply couldn't get l. another complicating factor, john, which i think is interesting for all of us to consider, because of the delays many of the female guests for these rhode island p seats are also attendees of the inaugural ball, the choice of seeing the parade or getting home and preparing in their gowns for the balls this evening they decided to do the latter to go home and change as opposed to being here. that's why the bleachers are so constick wallly empty. it wasn't for lack of demand, they had seats but couldn't make it here because of the delays and road closures. we see first family making their way to the reviewing stand, they're not going to miss the parade. but that does explain at least partially why there are so many empty seats on those bleachers right here at pennsylvania avenue traditionally. based on my experience one of the hottest tickets to get.
they just can't be used. >> dickerson: author of many books including one on jackson quoting saying that the inauguration is last thing the president can control. but apparently even hard to control things on inauguration day with logistics and all the security around there. bob, what is your sense of the festivities surrounding donald trump in terms of tonight and the balls is this the standard event for one of these inaugurals or -- >> schieffer: i think he wants to get on to work, this is about business, it's not about glitzy parties and so forth. the other side of it is they had very difficult time getting a list inter takenners to take part in any way -- entertainers in any way. the crowd that came to the inaugural was much more that we
have seen in recent years. i would estimate about a third of the people who came for barack obama's first inaugural. it's just not as big a deal. i don't mean to be deprecating toward the president and administration, but just didn't get the crowd. >> dickerson: i think what is first "hail to the chief." >> the vice president of the united states michael r. pence and mrs. karen pence. >> dickerson: there is the vice president. have yet to see donald trump emerge. >> schieffer: a much shorter parade. when eisenhower i think it ran
about five hours. >> dickerson: it was -- >> schieffer: this being hour and a half. >> dickerson: donald trump and the new first lady. >> mr. president, how does it feel to be the 45th president of the united states? >> unbelievable. beautiful, thank you. >> dickerson: hear the new president responding to a few shouted questions.
>> in 2001 at this point i went to the west wing was in the roosevelt room, took the portrait of him down, you feel tremendous honor to be there every day. it is, for all these people who serve it is a big deal. >> oh, yes. dickerson: white house during last few hours has been a flurry of activity as they have been doing -- michael guess described in every room, painting, changing, was that still going on when you first checked in, the smell of fresh paint. here we are with the first -- >> ladies and gentlemen, the
[ cheering and applause ] >> dickerson: we've been talking about next week and the actions of the new trump administration. you mentioned dreamers and executive action with relating those who were brought here -- born in america to undocumented parents, what other early actions in terms of the real effects, direct effects on people's lives might we see? >> the decisions about health care are going to have the greatest effect on people's lives. in fact, though, the policy process that the white house does not made those decisions. sometimes trying to interpret things don't exist. in fact there is no plan yet that the administration has for
repeal and replace. but they want to do it quickly, mitch mcconnell says it's going to take time. there's going to be a little push and pull there. >> the length of the democrats to get affordable care act, the passage, a number on popularity, to number on obama's popularity. trump is in precarious situation here, it does take a year, year and half to get repeal and replace do all of this, you see kind of what republicans and democrats protest house members, going to be -- >> not saving money for the most part. these are often very expensive policy alternatives. >> major garrett here, we were just talking about that moment when new staff walks into the white house, the paint is still fresh from the quick paint job, just the moment of feeling a
part of history. tell us about the trump staff. >> interestingly enough, john, i can tell you something that is a little bit behind the scenes information. steve bannon, chief advisor to president trump, one of the most powerful voices in what is going to be a set of four very powerful advisors to president trump just took a tour of the white house press area. he was surprised how small our offices were are how cramped the quarters are and as he said to me, very populous, very common man, i said, well, now that you've seen it can we stay? he said, well, yeah, i didn't think this was so populous, so ordinary in its composition this looks pretty ordinary, we can live with this. i said, well, then, so can we. not altogether that important to the american public but it is suggestive of something that does happen when you arrive at the white house. whatever notions you might have
had about what it is or isn't are dissolved by your actual presence here. when you see where the press works, see what your office looks like, you come upon the oval office, all of this architecture begins to convey its history and its institutional weight to you. you respond 20 it differently. mike gerson described his experience coming to the west wing in 2001, mike and i used to be colleagues at u.s. news and world report we discussed that, it's an enormous privilege to walk into these gates. the white house talks to you all the time, whether you're a staffer or reporter covering it, that's just beginning. i think steve bannon who i believe was one of the voices skeptical about the white house press corps wondering if we might be better relocated elsewhere is coming to a different appreciation, all the architecture here, where we worked how we might work with us or at least deal with us covering this president on day-to-day basis.
>> dickerson: major, while we're on the question of steve bannon let me quickly get your take on his influence on the speech we heard today from donald trump, you mentioned his comments about populism, he's seen of course the center of the intellectual thinking inside the white house about the nationalist, populist message what do you see? >> that it was written by steven miller the policy director for the campaign now for this incoming white house. then as it was drafted and redrafted by president trump you can see steve bannon keeping that populous message front and v. i guarantee you the voices of kellyanne conway and reince priebus might have suggested softening here and there. other stanza saws, is that didn't make it. steven miller and steve bannon, these two have been for good long while really driving this
nationalist slash populist message into donald trump's speeches. they did so in closing days of the campaign and they kept them there in the inaugural address. >> dickerson: watching the trump family. as they settle in. >> john, if i can offer another thought if i could. we're talking about steve bannon. i've had it described to me by several people who have been working very closely within the trump transition, an interesting organizational situation for this president. it goes like this. four people believe they're the chief of staff to president trump. steve bannon is one of them. kellyanne conway is one of them, reince priebus who holds the title is another, jared kuschner is the fourth. they all have the kind of access
and regular interaction that may make them feel like chief of staff meaning the person who has the very last word and most persuasive on key decisions for president trump. working that out, will be a very important organizational task for this president and his advisors, and dealing with each other and their relationship with the president as his decisions are made and funneled to the president i think going go to be fascinating part of not only organizational challenge, putting this action agenda that the president talked about forward. >> dickerson: you see the city of new york police department. michael gerson, major makes a great point about dash you worked in the white house where there was famously the iron triangle between karen hughes, paul rove and joe, three powerful people from george w. bush's time all came to washington, andy carr the chief of staff was put in the
mix. just a second there, michael, you're watching cbs news coverage of donald trump's inaugural parade. michael, expand on what major was saying about this idea you just have so many people at that one level, they can walk into the white house and talk to the president. >> andy carr always said that the most important thing was to present one or the other from dominating. the president needs to get some diverse voices around him. there will always be strong personalities. but there has to be some balance where there's an actual process where everyone gives input instead of having the president's ear and talking to him last. they will have to build a structure around a very impatient man, not an easy thing. for chief of staff reince priebus it's a tremendous organizational challenge. >> dickerson: you know history, there have been some clashes
between white house that are epic. >> schieffer: think back to the reagan administration where ronald reagan gets elected he brings his west coast, his california friends, ed meece was the leader that have crowd then of all things, they chose jim bakker who was george w. bush h.w. bush's campaign manager in the primaries against reagan, he came in, he started representing the other side of the house. the thing was, that jim bakker was one of the single best politician, is that i have ever known. and he got the thing organized and he made sure that reagan got both sides of the story. but he didn't allow one side or the other to dominate. that is the thing that the chief of staff has to be able to do, every white house you have factions, it's just the way of
the world. >> they have prior executive experience that fits them in navigating the best actions. the world that he is the boss, there is not that much debate, not that kind of structured dynamic, that adds additional complication. >> dickerson: first president without military or government experience. michael, what do you think his first lesson will be. one, sometimes that things are running late because they're out of your control. do you think there's a fast lesson that a president learns? >> yeah, he is going to gets some frustration particularly with congress and it's going to be temped to turn to twitter in order to try to turn things around. and he will find that the rules are different when you're president of the united states. if you use a twitter account to
attack an individual, that's someone without due process. this is government now not just individual candidate attacking someone it's an abuse of power under those circumstances. i think have to determine when and how he can use his populous twitter approach and not going to be easy. >> if he goes after someone in congress depending on who it is, not just their office or anything, but i think he will learn that lawmakers have their own independent power based in their own independent support that they can rely on that gives them real measure. >> you all know what i'm talking about, people say things on television and tell slightly different story when you get them off camera. and these last weeks leading up to this, during this transition,
if you talked to republicans, if you talked to democrats, if you talked to people who served in both the administrations the one thing that really worries them is this tweeting. i think if they can have their wish it would be, stop tweeting. >> let's check in with margaret brennan two is across from the reviewing stand, what do you see? >> well, i can hear very loudly the music here in the review. i can see general flynn, the new national security advisor to donald trump smiling ear to ear as the army passes by, the band here. next to him i see gary cohn figure well-known on wall street from goldman sachs now one of the economic advisors to donald trump. the front row seat here is really getting a good look at people who just seem utterly thrilled with the pomp and
circumstance of this time-honored inaugural tradition. donald trump obviously is center stage for all of this but his closest family here around him cheering and applauding very visibly fort veterans of america as they pass by. and of course, the new york pipers who pass by from the emerald isle society the other new yorkers from west point and others that have been here passing by the stand. this is high school band from louisiana passing us now here on the ground. >> dickerson: margaret, what is the rest of the crowd there on his new front lawn in the nice reviewing stand, how much are the rest of the crowd do you have out thereof well wishers? >> well, i got to say it's a very different point of view than when i was just a few yards down at the other end of pennsylvania avenue. the empty bleachers were in
front, right next to the treasury department. my view right here in front of the rhode island ip section is a packed crowd to the right and the left of the president here along with his cabinet. people are cheering, they're waving flags. i wouldn't call the bleachers packed, but they are full. you can of course see all the camera crews on the front lawn of the white house there as well. >> dickerson: margaret brennan from us. across from the reviewing stand, thank you. we'll take a brief break for a moment you're watching cbs coverage of the 45th president of the united states inaugural parade. i've been on my feel all day. i'm bushed! yea me too. excuse me...coming through! ride the gel wave of comfort with dr. scholls massaging gel insoles. they're proven to give you comfort. which helps you feel more energized ...all day long. i want what he has.
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the sun has set in washington, running about an hour and a half behind schedule. but that doesn't seem to be dampening the spirits that we're seeing in the reviewing stand right in front of the white house where the parade is proceeding. jan crawford has been following the parade at the capitol. what are we seeing? >> what we've just seen go by, will now appear in front of president trump in the reviewing is the marching tornadoes, they have come up here from alabama. the only historically black college performing in the parade. when they announce their decision to perform there was enormous amount of backlash. the president of the college was asked to resign they started campaign, go fund me campaign that raised more than half a million dollars not only to pay for their trip, get them new uniforms, they said we're not
politicians we're musicians and they decided that they were going to play. they now are walking in front -- marching in front of the reviewing stand right now before president trump. only black marching band at historically black college in alabama,. >> dickerson: alabama's own jan crawford reporting for us tonight, thank you very much. let me bring in jamelle bouie of "slate" and michael gerson of the "washington post" and john dickerson of course with us, the anchor of "face the nation," proposition, gentlemen. that is the trump administrati administration's last easy day. >> it is supposed to be the high point of unity in your administration. although the speech did a little of that, i think. the question is, this high point of unity is not very high.
so many division, is that seem to be very cultural in nature. that is dividing the country in ways that aren't good for legislators, just aren't good for common purpose among citizens. >> which raises the idea, jamelle bouie, that maybe the inauguration of president trump says less about president trump more about us, the nation. >> looking at the map of the election you see stark divide between rural areas and urban areas, you see racial divides. trump's coalition, i would say upwards of 85% white where as clinton coalition took the vast majority of the votes of america's nonwhites. all of these divides in education, geography, ethnic, racial, those are reflected in trump's inaugural address. those will be reflected going forward in part of the issue as
well of unity is that at least president trump's opening legislative package or opening gamble is repudiating what came before. this isn't building on, this isn't taking more concerted direction very much this previous president did this thing i'm going to get rid of it. that alone sets the stage for political division because you're go fog have entire side that will say, no, listen, we had our turn you're not going to get rid of the things we accomplished. >> i think it's worth saying that donald trump is speaking for genuine economic fields of concern. the people he's speaking for have been hit hard. also communities, family structure problems all these reinforcing difficulties that across division in america. he has raised an important set of issues, i don't think shutting down trade and shutting
down immigration are going to solve this problem. i think it's going to require a lot more than that. >> i think you're exactly right. there are two challenges, one are the distracting issues taking away from what brought you there you think of bill clinton and gays in the military, you have bound up tape issue you didn't talk about the things that we elected to you talk about. that's the first challenge. second on affordable care act, or on infrastructure bill, if there's not something in the infrastructure package that donald trump wants say for rural communities, for fixing roads or delivering broadband which a lot of the rural senators in congress want. then not speaking to that constituently. on the affordable care act there is very strong case to be made depending how you put the replacement together, a lot of the people who might be the most nervous are in the trump coalition. white voters in that period ten years before medicare and many of them in rural areas where health care is a little tricki
trickier. in a lot of the choices that are made, we're going to see the real tension between what he's promised and who brought him and realities. >> we're saying on all those fronts, too, that some of the things that he was elected to do are themselves inherently divisive. on immigration, he was elected because voters wanted a harsh approach to immigration and some voters i spoke to over the course of the election, crackdown of immigration, that is divisive, there's no way to accomplish that without alienating a lot of people. not just latino community but many of the communities. certain boasting as well that may end up damaging any attempts to find votes on the other side with the other priorities. >> donald trump do not have to reach out to majority of americans to be nominated. he did not have to reach out to majority of americans to be elected, does he have to reach beyond his constituencies now to govern?
>> a great test. the reason -- normally you would say, of course he does. because he's got to find votes in the senate for example to get 60 votes to pass anything he's got to do something that's popular -- popular enough to pull over some democrats. lot of things, also if the public really is against you then you start losing some of your republicans. then donald trump likes to have crowd that's cheering for you, so if he loses his crowd altogether that can be a problem. but there were lot of things -- i started by saying, of course he needs to be able to persuade a larger group than those who were most supportive lot of times in the campaign where we said, of course he has to build his coalition, there's a ceiling you can't grow it. he found a way around that's what he did in business and finding a way around the traditional rules, did he it in the campaign, it's much harder to do in the presidency but he's going to try. >> schieffer: michael gerson is donald trump a republican? >> i think it's a really good
question. he won a popular republican establishment. that was his main campaign organizing principle. a number of republicans and new voters, people from outside the party, people like paul ryan s saying, people were showing up that he'd never seen before. i think that was -- saw it in the crowds, these are not traditional republican crowds often. i think that he has to legislative victories as republican because there's no other structure. you have to get mcconnell and ryan to carry legislative package. but i think he's positioning himself as populous not as republican. >> one way to look at the question is, trump represents this group of republican voters that don't actually have much representation among republican elites. these are people who really began voting republican in the last 25 or 30 years.
one of the most interesting facts from the primaries is that trump brought in a lot of republican presidential voters who weren't necessarily voting in republican primary. what we're witnessing is this lag between what the republican base is and who the officials are. will give us a sense of whether that will shrink if we get trump's style, congressional candidates who are running primaries against existing republicans, but for now it is there. that you have a president who represents a very different chunk of the republican voting population than what the lawmakers represent. >> something really interesting in the house of representatives to see the relationship between the trump caucus and the freedom caucus, conservative people. because the policies are not overlapping in many ways. that speech was a government-sen particular speech today. it was not talking about free
markets and individual choice and all those traditional free market principle. >> let's go down to our margaret brennan as we watch the parade passing by. >> you know, scott, as we watched the horses walking by right now i have to tell you just a moment ago there was really nice moment. i don't know you can see or if we can go to the stands but right behind that panel there was -- just stepped away. of course as i said. that. the newly named defense secretary, confirmed defense secretary, james mattis was legendary marine corps general and marine corps band walked by they turned looked at him you could see him perk up.
there he is right now in the front row. james mattis just came back here and waving and clapping giving thumbs up and really the first notably confirmed cabinet secretary for the new trump administration enjoying a moment there with the marine corps that he served for so long. now we're seeing the sound of indiana, of course mike pence, newly named, newly confirmed excited about that one. his home state there. lots of applause. >> few reporters in america have watched the assent of donald trump the way our major garrett has. he was there at the very beginning and followed trump coast to coast and border to border throughout that long
campaign. major? >> if i've heard one thing leading up to this over and over from trump supporters talking to me and people that they think are like me here in washington, when are you going to stop underestimating donald trump. that is a central question they keep asking me and collectively everyone here in washington, they say, potential for donald trump is enormous because they believe those trump supporters he can pick the lock, create bipartisan alliances because he's not ideological and partisan conservative way necessarily. that is their great hope. something they believe donald trump will achieve as president and i will tell you having traveled this country for 16 months, i will say understating donald trump is risky risky business. >> major garrett, when i was r was it in those 16 months that you began to think, hey, this could go all the way? >> you know, i can't really pinpoint a specific time for
you, scott or our viewers but i can tell you that i would say maybe by the 60th rally i went to the crowds just never waned they got more enthusiastic, willing to wait longer and longer. it began to dawn on me i'm seeing something i have to understand what is right in front of me. don't ignore it. don't ignore what is telling washington and the political class in this country. i would say that was probably just before the republican national convention and certainly every day thereafter i thought to myself, more and more, this is real and it could very well happen. >> schieffer: john dickerson, when did ureal lies this could go all the way? >> dickerson: maybe not go all the way but i remember, june of 2015 when donald trump rode down the escalator and announced, everybody had a chuckle. i started to go at rallies to
the other candidates, ones at the top of the polls, scott walker rally all of a sudden start talking to people who do they bring up unbid en, not scott walker they were talking about donald trump. these were people not trump ca camp, having covered politics so long you would recognize as buchanan voter or a grass roots conservative voter, these were not people you would normally think of being in the trump camp. i don't agree with everybody, he's a little coarse but said some interesting things. in that summer of 2015 bringing him up when smart people, so-called smart political people were making -- not taken seriously that's where i thought, something more here than people know. >> let me show you an image that we just received from the white house photographer, pete souza it's an image of president obama on board the marine helicopter circling the white house just
one last time. on his way out of the city. jamelle bouie, eight years, first african american president, what is the meaning of the obama years? >> that's a big question. i think there are a lot of different meanings for the obama years, want to focus on right now, it's just extent to which, obama really did capture the hopes and optimism of many americans and specifically african americans who never saw something like that was possib possible. and who jealously guarded that in 2012, turned out specifically to make sure that obama would stay in office. i think that is something you cannot he erase in talking to democratic voters over the last month or so. talking specifically to voters over the last month or so there's been recurring theme which is -- regardless of what
happened with trump, regardless of the policies that get repealed or whatever you can't take what obama meant to us away from us. >> michael gerson, final thoughts on the donald trump presidency as we see him stan standing there with his 10-year-old son barren. >> i would say this is unapologetic man. he's part of a movement, he's going to act that way. you saw today his promise was to act that way. >> thank you very. there will be much more inauguration coverage on your local news on this cbs station. on our 24-hour streaming news service, cbsn and on a special one-hour edition of the cbs evening news. then, in prime time, gayle king and john dickerson will host a special called "change and challenge" the inauguration of donald trump. be sure to note that's tonight
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