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>> i donald john trump, do solemnly swear. >> pelley: the 45th president of the united states takes the oath and makes a vow. >> for t too long, a small group in our nation's capital, has reepped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. that all changes starting right here and right now. >> pelley: protests against the new president turn violent. and the 44th president says a final good-bye. >> yes, we did. yes, we can. >> pelley: a transfer of power, and a celebration of american democracy. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. helping tonight from washington. >> pelley: for the frofth time, the american presidency has passed from one man to another peacefully, but just blocks away today there were violent protests. donald trump took office at noon eastern time on this 20th of january as the constitution requires on the west front of the capitol, as tradition demands. like all things trump, his inaugural address was uncompromising, populist, isolationist, a philosophy from the early days of the republic, which found its 21st century voice. mr. trump said "on this day, power returns to the american people." the day was filled with tradition. it began with mr. trump and his wife, melania, attending a prayer service at st. john's episcopal church. >> how are you?
>> pelley: then a short drive to the white house for tea and coffee with the outgoing president. mrs. trump came with a gift for michelle obama. the 44th and 45th presidents rode together from the white house to the capitol. ♪ ♪ and in a show of unity, three other presidents-- two democrats and one republican-- were there to witness this passage of power. and so was the woman mr. trump defeated, hillary clinton. supreme court justice clarence thomas adsterld the oath to the new vice president. >> i, michael richard pence... >> pelley: and the chief justice of the united states, john roberts, swore in mr. trump. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. ( applause ). >> pelley: the sound of 21 guns salutedly the new commander in chief. his inaugural address set the tone for his presidency. >> americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their
families, and good jobs for themselves. but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. this american carnage stops right here and stops right now. >> pelley: mr. trump escorted his predecessor to a marine helicopter, and we can only imagine what mr. obama was thinking as he surveyed washington for the first time as a former president. within minutes, the new president got to work, making his cabinet nominations official, and the veteran deal maker got his first taste of washington horse trading. >> tom is not insulted. >> mr. president, mr. president, the leader... >> we raise our glasses to you. >> pelley: the trumps and the pepses were guests of honor at a luncheon at the capitol.
mr. trump and hillary clinton shook hands for the first time since the election. president trump led the inaugural parade along pennsylvania avenue. mr. trump watched from the reviewing stand in front of his new home as bands and marchers from all over america paraded by. it was a dark, drizzly day in washington. president trump's speech forecast a briefort future, but condemned the nation's capital. here's our chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> 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 ) >> reporter: project donald j. trump use his nawgeral address to speak to those who propelled him to the presidency, giving voice to the frustrated and fed
up, the president criticized political figures in both parties. >> for too long, a small group in our nation's capitol has reaped the rewards of government. washington flourished, but the people did not share nonetheless wealth. the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. >> reporter: he revived protectionist rhetoric from the campaign trail. >> it's going to be only america first, america first. every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit american workers and american families. >> reporter: the president's address did not attempt to heal the wounds of the contentious election, but he did make an appeal for tolerance. >> 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. >> reporter: at a congressional luncheon, the president sounded a more conciliatory note, paying tribute to his defeated democratic rival. >> i was very honored when i heard that president bill clinton and secretary hillary clinton was coming today. ( applause ) and i think it's appropriate to say. and i'd like you to stand up. >> reporter: president trump and former president obama were cordial throughout the inaugural, but before leaving washington, mr. obama told supporters, "president trump's rejection of his agenda is just a brief episode in a long, national journey. >> this is not a period. this is a comma, in the continuing story-- ( applause ) of building america. reporter: the president, president trump is attending
three inaugural because. over the weekend, the first family and white house staff will move into the residence, the oval office, in preparation for the first full day of the new trump administration on monday. >> pelley: major garrett in front of the trump white house tonight. major, thank you. john dickerson is our cbs news political director and the anchor of faes the nation. john, inauguration speeches are always about binding the wounds of the election, and pringing the country together, and that's not what happened today. >> no, this was straight out of donald trump's campaign, where he loved the roar of the crowd in front of him, and he gave his speech today to the crowd in front of him, those people who felt like their politicians had betrayed them. thrurp signs he was going to talk about unity, but usually with a unity speech you offer something to the people who are nervous about you as a president, who didn't vote for you. he offered unity, but only on his terms and attacked republicans and democrats, the politicians, by saying those are the ones who sold out those
people in the audience. >> pelley: as you say, he excorrated republicans and democrats alike. can he accomplish his promises, get them through congress? >> he's trying a new route which is basically to say i have a movement and i'm going to use the power of that movement to force you to do what i want. that's the theory. the other theory, though, i'm hearing from the hill, is they think this is a negotiating posture. this is the opening bid. he has got his group on his seed, and he'll work out the detells with lawmakers and we'll have to see how that all shakes out. >> pelley: john dickerson, thank you very much. john will have a prime-time special tonight with gayle king on the inauguration. that is coming up at 8:00 eastern time. more than 60 democratic members of can congress boycotted the inauguration today. so will the new chief executive get along with capitol hill? nancy cordes takes a look. >> reporter: at the stroke of noon, democrats found themselves
out in the code, a mean ort party in the house and senate, now shunted out of the white house, too. >> i was hoping that he would say more to bring the country together. >> reporter: other democrats described the speech as a "dark portrait of america, crime ridden and weak." to people who say this speech was dark, isolationist, what do you say? >> well, it-- yes, it was isolationist, clearly. >> reporter: nebraska republican jeff fortenberry said the party may not agree with its new leader on everything, but there's enough common ground to keep them busy. >> i think there is a great deal to be accomplished that can be accomplish quickly, and i think the people are demanding it. >> reporter: starting with the creation of a cabinet. >> the ayes are 98. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the senate confirmed mr. trump's nominees for secretary of defense and secretary of homeland security. but republicans slammed democrats for holding up votes on the others. >> earlier taed, the director and deputy director of the
c.i.a. reswreend. they left. they're gone. >> reporter: fights are coming soon over a border wall, corporate tax cuts, a supreme court vacancy, and the repeal of obamacare. congressional democrats made a silent statement at the swearing in today, wearing buttons that read, "protect our care." they also began the task of rallying dejected supporters. >> but our response has got to be not to throw up our hands in despair, not to give up. >> reporter: democrats don't want to get stuck with the "party of no" label they pipped on republicans for years. so they made it clear today, scott, that they want to work on some of mr. trump's top issues like infrastructure spending and trade. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thank you. several blocks off the parade route, anti-trump protesters turned destructive and violent. more than 200 people were arrested, and at least six police officers were injured. chip reid has more on this.
>> reporter: protesters dressed in black, some wearing masks, moved through downtown streets, setting fires, smashing storefront windows, some fighting with police. officers dressed in riot gear responded with pepper spray and stun grenades. >> it is our duty to fight for our freedom! >> reporter: closer to the capitol building, members of the black lives matter movement chained themselves affect, blocking an entrance to the national mall. several trump supporters scuffled with the group. >> out of the closet. >> into the streets. >> reporter: members of the l.g.b.t.q. community sang and danced as they blocked another security entrance. cess traveled from new york to protest. >> there shouldn't be a lot of free passing to this. they have to be making an active decision. this can't be, like, a fun event
for them. they have to see the people they're hurting. >> reporter: nearly who dozen groups received permits to protest in washington today, but around the country, in san francisco, houston, and boston, groups also gathered to show their opposition to president trump. >> hell no, no trump! >> reporter: sam agre came to d.c. with a group of hotel workers. >> i think it's going to be four years of constant battling. i'm not a fan of this new administration at all. donald trump has shown time and time again he doesn't care about working people in this country. >> reporter: at one point during the parade, president trump, the first lady, and their son, barron, got out of the car and walked, but, scott, as they approached a large group of protesters, a secret service agent tapped the president on the back. that was the signal to return to the safety of their armored limousine. >> pelley: chip reid along the parade route for us. chip, thank you. coming up next on this expanded edition of the cbs evening news, inauguration day in a midwestern state that made history. and later, we'll give a listen
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>> pelley: all this week, we've been talking to voters across the country, and tonight, dean reynolds is in woes, which until november, had not voted for a republican president since 1984. >> one tomato. >> reporter: frank's diner has been a kenosha mainstay for 90 years, a place where keeping breakfast can include sizzling sides of opinion. >> i think you have a country that was fed up with the establishment and they wanted change and they didn't want a politician. >> reporter: city worker jim roberts, like a number of patrons in this former democratic party stronghold, fervently support the new president. they believe mr. trump means what he says about making the
country great again. >> we are-- we are the door mat of the world instead of the leader. >> reporter: dick gentz is a local accountant. >> i think for me with trump the big thing was just the possibility for change. >> reporter: at the counter this morning, glenn woods agreed. >> he swam upstream against both parties, and i've never seen that before. >> reporter: so you need a disrupture to make things happen? >> absolutely, absolutely. tear 90% of it down. >> reporter: there was one over-riding issue that made woods a trump supporter-- jobs. >> he was the only candidate that seemed to really hammer in that you can't tell people to go get a job if there aren't any. >> congratulations, mr. president. ( applause ) >> reporter: kenosha lies within speaker paul ryan's congressional district, where inaugural viewing parties today erupted in applause-- >> no more obama! >> reporter: and even tears of joy for the new administration's new direction. >> we will shine. >> reporter: but back at
frank's, glenn woods concede his new president is an unpredictable man, leading the nation into an uncertain future. >> i think he's a-- a pit bull, and that has worked well for him, and it's also hurt him. >> reporter: every trump supporter we spoke with today expressed the hope that the new president eventually tones down his combative tweets, scott, but none of them was confident he will. >> pelley: dean reynolds listening to the voters. dean, thanks. up next, former trump campaign advisers investigated for possible links to russia.
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between some trump campaign associates and russia. they are also tracking the finances of some of the hackers linked to the russian cyberattacks on u.s. political organizations. cbs news has learned that investigators have obtained information from human sources and are delving into electronic communications between individuals connected to mr. trump and russian officials. one name that continues to surface is that of mr. trump's former campaign chairman, can paul manafort. in a statement today, manafort said, "the pro-russian narrative about me being pro-russia and interacting with the russian government is a democrat party dirty trick and completely false." hope hicks, a spokeswoman for president trump, said, "we have absolutely no knowledge of any investigation or even a basis for such an investigation." two weeks ago, then-president-elect trump was informed by f.b.i. director james comey of a 35-page dossier
that contained unsubstantiated information about his ties to russia. the document was compiled by a former british intelligence agent. sources say u.s. intelligence continues to probe the veracity of the claims. >> it's all fake news. it's phony stuff. it didn't happen. >> reporter: after the dossier was published online, trump denied the allegations and accused the intelligence community of leaking the material to hurt him. >> and that's something that nazi germany would have done and did do. >> reporter: outgoing c.i.a. director john brennan denied that anyone in the intelligence community leaked that material, but, scott, in an effort to mend fences, tomorrow, president trump is scheduled to visit c.i.a. headquarters in langley, virginia. >> pelley: jeff pegues in the washington newsroom, thanks. up next, inaugural soundtracks. when all politics is vocal.
. >> pelley: nothing is more agreeable and ornamental than good music. with those words from george washington, we end with these inaugural notes from jan crawford. ♪ you make me feel so young >> reporter: in the annals of inauguration galas, it's hard to top 1961, organized by none other than frank sinatra. ♪ give it a simple life ♪ >> reporter: the gala for president-elect john f. kennedy drew all the legends. >> we know it is a great party
because who else could run up a debt of $2 million in three months. >> reporter: the party tradition dates back to 1941, when franklin delanore roosevelt decided to jazz up his third inauguration. ted johnson is senior editor at "variety." >> the whole idea of celebrity being involved in the inauguration is not just in concerts but it's actually the swearing in semoan itself. >> reporter: there have been some memorable moments. >> would you join us, please? >> reporter: a reunion of fleetwood mac. aretha franklin's big hat. and even some controversy. of beyonce's lip sync of the national anthem. but if you didn't notice, those stars were all singing for democrats. >> 80% of the contributions from the entertainment industry actually go to democrats ♪ stand by our man
>> reporter: republicans tend to go country. ♪ we'll put a boot in >> reporter: president-elect trump got headliner toby keith, a blue collar hero with a message trump supporters love ♪ made in america >> reporter: because, after all, it's a party ♪ made in america >> reporter: jan crawford, cbs news, washington. ♪ made in america >> pelley: now, some cbs stations will be leaving us for local programming. gayle king and john dickerson will be along at 8:00, 7:00 central, with a cbs news special "change and challenge: the inauguration of donald trump." you won't want to miss that. for most of you, this special expanded edition of the cbs evening news continues in a moment.
. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> we are transferring power from washington, d.c. and giving it back to you, the people. i will fight for you with every breath in my body, and i will never, ever let you down. >> pelley: on a day of pomp, pageantry-- >> incredible, historical event. >> pelley: ...and protests. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from washington >> pelley: for those of you just joining us, this is a special expanded edition as we
cover this historic day, the inauguration of donald trump, agz the 45th president. have a look at this. this the 44th president, in the last few minutes in the oval office this morning, barack obama left a personal and private message in the top desk drawer for mr. trump. it is a tradition begun by president reagan. then, we heard president trump's message for america in his inaugural address. >> january 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. this american carnage stops right here and stops right now. from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. from this day forward, it's
going to be only america first. we must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. 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. whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. 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. god bless america. >> pelley: organizers of today's event were expecting about 800,000 people on the national mall. so how did the speech go over with them? here's kris van cleave. ( cheers ) >> reporter: wrapped in the flag, hearts on their sleeves, or wearing the signature trump fashion statement, hundreds of thousands turned out to celebrate what the new president promised would be a new start. >> we will make america great again. >> reporter: while most of the crowd cheered, a hand full of protesters showd shouting, "defend democracy" moved through the masses, but they were mostly ignored. others protested at a safe distance. >> there are millions of us. >> reporter: from the vast sea of trump supporters. laurie stanley was hoping the protests would stay peaceful. >> fing we start listening to
each other rather than yelling at each other, maybe we'll find that we have more in common than we think. >> reporter: but that's what what maureen gilligan concluded from president trump's speech. >> it was more divisive than it was kind of bringing people together. so i was hoping it would be more kind of looking at everybody. >> reporter: her college roommate department care. she attended every inauguration but one since jim carter took office. fran malik and his friends took the brave stech advertising their religion, despite mr. trump's vow to ban all muslims. but malik told us he took some solace that the president singled out radical islam and not all muslims. >> radical people are bad people. they're the terrorists. they're the actual terrorists. so we need to stop them gee, i donald john trump do. >> reporter: at the end of the day, pat balderman summed up what many told us. >> i hope he can do half of what
he said he thinks he can do. that would be wonderful. >> reporter: it will be at least a week until we have an official estimate on the crowd size today, but, scott, we know from past experience, the area between the capitol and the washington monument here on the mall can hold 800,000 to 1 million people. today, they did not fill that area. >> pelley: kris van cleave on the mall tonight. kris, thank you. the 70-year-old president wasted no time getting to work today. here's margaret brennan. >> the time for empty talk is over. now arrives the hour of action. >> reporter: within hours of being sworn in, the new president got down to business with congressional leaders, signing nominations for his cabinet picks. but he may wait until monday to take potential actions on immigration, obamacare, and trade, among other programs. >> from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. >> reporter: now president trump will try to turn his
vision into policy. that requires getting congress to approve the rest of his cabinet, now that retired generals james mattis and john kelly have been confirmed as secretaries of defense and homeland security. the president also plans to announce his nominee to the supreme court within two weeks. there's been a vacancy on the bench since the death of antonin scalia almost a year ago. and next week, mexican officials will come to washington to begin talks about renegotiating the north american free trade agreement and building a border wall. mr. trump may also decide to relocate the u.s. embassy to jerusalem, a move that would send shockwaves through the middle east. >> so nice to see you. how are you. >> reporter: the first family will also need to get accustomed to life in the white house. this week, the obama family's belongings were moved out of the executive mansion, and today, in just a few short ourselves, the trump family's were moved in and unpacked. president trump will begin his first day on the job with a historically low approval rating with the american public, and
that could start to complicate his agenda on capitol hill. >> pelley: margaret brennan for us on the parade route there in front of the white house tonight. margaret, thank you. now, let's bring in america's favorite washington correspondent bob schieffer. bob, what did you see today? >> well, it was the shortest ninaugural speech in a long, long time. i think in some ways, though, it was the most shocking. we didn't hear donald trump talking about building a wall on the southern border. in some ways, though, he seemed to be talking about building a wall around the country. he talked about "buy american," "hire american." he talked about bad trade deals. he talked about traditional allies, and for too long, he said, "we have tried to protect their borders while neglecting our own." this was not a republican message. this was something much, much different. and to me, the shocking part of it was the way he tore into
official washington, republican and democrat. there was no outreach to either side as the leaders of washington sat on that platform with him. i also think, scott, if he's talking about building a wall around america, i'm not sure there's a consensus in either party right now for that. i think he's going to have some rough going ahead. >> pelley: in the few seconds we have, can he make progress with the congress now? >> well, that remains to be seen. i'm not sure-- what he said sounded good to the people who put him up there. his hard-core supporters. i'm not sure how well it went over with leaders in either the republican or democratic party. he can't do anything by himself. he's got to have some help up there, and i think he has to start tomorrow to try to find that because i'm not sure this helped him today. >> pelley: the insight of bob schieffer. bob, thank you so much. for only the fourth time in american history, there are now five living former presidents,
jimmy carter, george h.w. bush, bill clinton, george w. bush, and barack obama. george h.w. bush, 92 years old, was the only one who was not at the inauguration today. he is in a houston hospital recovering from pneumonia. today air, breathing tube was removed, and he is improving. blocks from the white house but far removed from the peaceful transfer of power, anti-trump protests turned violent today. more than 200 people were arrested. six police officers were wounded. here's errol barnett. >> reporter: vandalism aimed at downtown businesses prompted riot police to descend on these unruly protesters. one demonstrator threw a flash-bang grenade back apt police. it exploded in an officer's face, leaving him with minor injuries. this is k. street. it's where many lobbyists have their headquarters in
washington, but today, it appears like a conflict zone. you're seeing an example of the thousands of police officers who have been out in force. these are metro officers in riot gear. they're trying to protect people and prevent any more business from being damaged. vivians has lived in washington since the 1980ss. >> i'm just amazed at how many protests there are against the new administration, and i think rightfully so. >> reporter: this trump supporter could barely get a word in with protesters surrounding him. hannah zhang thinks the country is at a crossroads. >> i think trump's election is kind of really showing the two opposite sides of where america is standing right now. >> reporter: more than 60 groups with varying agendas had permits to demonstrate. most agreed on one common point of contention: the president himself. shanelle jacobs says protesters have a right to free speech. what do you make of the thousands of other people who
protested today for many dench reasons? >> i say more power to them. i'm proud of them for actually stepping up and saying that they don't see eye to eye with the-- with president trump. >> reporter: michael coolum drove from connecticut. it's only his first day. why not give him space and time to perhaps deliver on the things that you want? >> i don't think that you can ever wait to demand your rights. >> reporter: now, tomorrow we'll likely see even bigger anti-trump protests, scott, when at least 200,000 people are expected to flood the national mall for the women's march on washington. >> pelley: errol barnett in washington for us tonight. errol, thank you. mr. trump has said repeatedly that he wants a better relationship with russia. so we asked our foreign correspondent, elizabeth palmer, to give us the view from moscow. >> reporter: whether president putin was in his office behind the kremlin walls tonight or at home, he made no comment. earlier today, his spokesman
dmitry peskov said putin was unlikely to watch the inauguration live, but catch it later on the news. "donald trump, "said peskov" "is not our sole mate." that's a frosty change from the surprisingly warm endorsement mr. putin gave mr. trump during the campaign. "he's a colorful and powerful man, and he says he wants to move to deeper relations. how can we not welcome that?" top of russia's wish list is to be treated by america as an equal, not a mere regional powerarchs barack obama once called it. andrei soldatov is an expert on cyber espionage, and he says russian hacking during the election campaign was meant to damage hillary clinton, but it had an unexpected benefit. >> so russia and the russian role became a big story. >> reporter: and is that good or bad for russia? >> it's important for many people in the kremlin to feel that they might be treated as
important country, something like a superpower, and that's actually gives you something to be proud of. >> reporter: important enough that the new trump administration will decide to ignore issues that have poisoned u.s.-russia relations, like the invasion of crimea, or the hacking operation. and if president trump won't offer russia what amounts to a fresh start, scott, there are plenty of signs the kremlin's prepared to play hardball. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in red square for us tonight. liz, thank you. coming up next on this expanded edition of the cbs evening news, will mr. trump's business interests cause problems for his presidency? and later, steve hartman with kids getting a lesson in civics and civility.
>> pelley: presidents are exempt from the federal conflict of interest laws, but president trump enters office with an especially complex portfolio from his decades in business. here's anna werner. >> reporter: donald trump is not only now the president. he's also effectively his own landlord at the trump international hotel on pennsylvania avenue. a building his company leases from the federal government. >> my theme taed is five words-- underbudget and ahead of schedule. that's what we did. >> reporter: it's a potential problem for president trump since the lease for the old post office building specifies no elected officials in the u.s. government can hold the lease, and experts say mr. trump's conflicts of interest only again there. he rejected advice from some government ethics lawyers to sell his companies or put them in a blind trust, neither of which he's requireed by law to
do. the path he chose-- to give his eldest sons, donald jr. and eric trump, full control of the multibillion-dollar billion business. >> they're not going to discuss it with me. again, i don't have to do this. >> reporter: he also said he would hire a new ethics adviser to review all domestic deals and said the company will not enter into any new foreign transaction. but cbs news has counted at least 10 crees, including turkey and the united arab emirates, where mr. trump's companies that haz business interests. >> he knew exactly what he needed to do and was unwilling to do it. >> reporter: george washington university law professor steve schooner point out the president could still make profits off his companies. >> decisions that he makes as president will impact his. line. he will personally benefit or be hurt, based on a number of decisions he makes as president. >> reporter: the president has said that any profits from foreign government hotel guests would go to the u.s. treasury. but already, his status as president appears to be mixing
government and business as mr. trump visited his own hotel for an unscheduled dinner on wednesday, and a luncheon here yesterday. scott. >> pelley: anna werner in front of the trump hotel in washington. anna, thank you. the president has said that any profits that come from foreign government guests at the hotel would go to the u.s. treasury. when we come back, survivors are pulled from a
>> pelley: in new york today, the mexican drug lord joaquin guzman pleaded in the to federal charges that he ran world's biggest drug trafficking organization. "el chapo," or "shortie" as he is known, could face life in prison if convicted. last night, guzman was flown to the united states from mexico, where he had twice escaped from prison. federal prosecutors will attempt to seize $14 billion in drug
profits. in central italy, rescuers cheered as 10 survivors, some of them children, were pulled from a hotel buried for two days under 16.5 feet of snow. this was from an avalanche which had been triggered by earthquakes. others have been located and are in the process of being rescued. at least four bodies have been found. more than a dozen people are still missing. coming up next, what steve hartman learned from high school kids at the inauguration.
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executive order. some high school cedz from florida went to the inauguration, not just to learn but also to teach. steve hartman met hem "on the road"." >> reporter: you could tell from the long hugs that this was no ordinary field trip. in fact, for these students from a high school in florida, getting a chance to attend the inauguration was one of the greatest opportunities of their lives. >> they were just like, all right, everybody's going. and everybody was like. >> yeah! >> i was like, man, this is amazing. >> to be given this opportunity is, honestly, a great honor. >> reporter: it is exactly what you would expect to hear from donald trump fans. did you guys all support donald trump? but here's the twist. >> no comment. >> he's different. >> you have to look the the at it from, like, a different perspective. >> reporter: truth is, during the campaign, many students here were scared to death of mr. trump. immokalee is a town of field workerses, immigrants, some legal, some not.
many of their children are the dreamers, the very people president trump has, at times, threatened to evict. >> and just, like, what he says he'll do is kind of scary. >> and you never know when you might get that phone call and you say, "okay, my friend just got taken away." >> reporter: which is why when the nonprofit immokalee foundation offered to send some of the high school's best and brightest to the inauguration, there was significant push-back. >> oh! my mom. >> why are you going? why are you supporting him? >> she was made at me. >> reporter: brian's parents are both field workers. up to the morning of the trip his mom was still repeating, "usted no tiene que ir," you don't have to go. >> out of respect, though. >> because he had been our president, so whether we like it or not, that's what he's going to be. >> reporter: to some, that may sound like surrender. torgs, it's bold and brave.
but to the kids from immokalee, their attendance in washington, d.c. was not a statement of any kind. this wasn't about trump, the president, this was about we, the people, about coming together to witness firsthand one of the country's most defining traditions. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> reporter: adults sometimes think everything has to be about furthering an agenda so thanks to these young people for reminding us that any civil discourse should at least begin with civility. steve hartman, "on the road," in immokalee, florida. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. gayle king and john dickerson will bring you "change and challenge: the inauguration of donald trump," that's tonight at 8:00, 7:00 central. don't miss it. with thanks to the jones day law firm for this view of the capitol and for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
i, donald john trump to solemnly swear. >> a new president, sworn in, a new era for america. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> yeah. >> donald j trump took office at noon today becoming the nation's forty-fifth president telling the president he is the president for each and every american. >> i will fight for you, with every breath in my body, and i will never, ever, let you down hear these word, you will never be ignored ever again. >> in his address to the nation he reiterated his campaign promise and now his administration, mission. >> we will make america strong again. we