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>> he's part of something bigger. >> it's anybody's guess how he will respond to that. >> you've been watching "morning joe"'s special coverage. >> we're so grateful, thank you so much for being with us, david ignatius, jeremy peters. and we want to thank everybody who came out to the governor, for coming out and i've got to say, the tab, the bill for the guiness that they have drunk, it's going to be quite -- >> it's on us. >> this 58th inauguration of the president of the united states, a transfer, peaceful model is the envy of the world. our coverage continues right now with brian williams. >> good morning. thanks to the morning team for the last four hours. we will take you the rest of the way. brian williams here of course with rachel maddow.
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our other colleagues are here as well, chris robinson. we could not be witnessing a greater contrast between departing and arriving presidents. both couples now are inside the white house. we've been, as they say, living ins they pictures. this was the arrival a few minutes ago, donald trump, a melania trump many with a notab notab notab notable tiffany's box. >> a part of the tradition has become so firm, so solid, that you can essentially see in these pictures all of the last inaugural transitions that we have seen as well. there's always the coffee, there's the procession from the white house to the u.s. capitol,
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there will be the inaugural parade, there will be the address. we know what all of those look like. this one, despite all of the similarities to every or modern inaugural transition, this one feels very different. we have never before had a president with zero public service experience. we have never had a president coming in under investigation by multiple federal agencies for whether his campaign included with a foreign government in trying to influence the government that brought him here today. we have never felt as a country the trepidation about what kind of transition this is going to be and what is about to start. it's historically unique. >> and, chris matthews, up on capitol hill, we've been watching the arrival, we see kellyanne conway, the donald trump campaign manager, veteran
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pollster, who happens to turn 50 years old today. we have three form are presidents in attendance. it would be four except president bush 41 is hospitalized, along with the former first lady in houston. but that peaceful transition of power we like to talk about it almost exclusively manifested in that visual of the former presidents who come out to witness this moment. >> i think i'll be doing this all day. i'll be bestowing the graciousness of our president who is about to leave office and patting the enough president-elect on the back there, kissing each other and all that, not the men but the men and women and the women and the women. i've watched trump do his thing, he walks there with his coat open, his tie flapping away. it's a very informal way to arrive for your swearing in. but the fine man giving up the office today, his fineness since day one has matched his
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presidency. his ability -- nobody has greater ideological differences from donald trump than this president and yet he walks past that. as you say, i'm going to be watching hillary clinton today, the former secretary of state, former senator, former first lady and how she has to carry this off. she can't look thrilled but she has to look a bit majestic today, she has to take it and show patriotism to get through this. >> there's sheldon adelson. >> disturbing to some, they are some of the financiers in this today they are putting their money behind it and i think the big fear most people have is not that trump will be trump but that he'll outsource some of these frighteningly important decisions. i worry about jared kushner in that regard and i worry about some of these other people who
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have been going through confirmation hearings not so successfully. and to roll back everything, it's frightening on climate change. >> the president-elect said about his son-in-law last night, if he can't bring about middle east peace, no one can. when you stop and dissect that in the mood of the moment and think about the great men and women who have given their professional lives in the pursuit of middle east peace, think of those who have fought and died in the pursuit of middle east peace, it is saying something. you can take the most zealous hard-hearted critics of barack obama and i think they, too, would admit in a softer moment that this president has elevated the office, improved by touching the office and shown great respect for the office he's the custodian of. >> i think that's absolutely true.
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even his harshest critics praise his decorum, his dignity and, frankly, his fierce intelligence. i mean, this is such a well spoken president. we haven't had such a well spoken president in a long time, a man who speaks in complete paragraph. >> and never less than a complete paragraph. >> and who is eloquent. one thing that the sort of harshest anti-obama crowd never quite believed but it's true, i know it to be true, is that he really believes -- he has the corniest sort of vision of america. he really, really believes in america. he believes his story could only be an american story. so when he waxed on in that way and i think his critics were tempted to say, oh, you know,
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save us, that's really what's in his heart. >> so where's the rub? he does everything they say is perfect and yet -- >> well, you know. i mean, look, we should also not ignore the fact that he's our first african-american president, and that carried all kinds of special burdens, right. it's very difficult, says one who has had a much smaller experience at it, it's very difficult to be the first anything, right? the first black this, the first woman that. it's very hard and in a way you're sort of constricted in what you can do, what can you say. i think he felt that intensely but i think he handled it. >> steve schmidt, we tend to like optimists when they are our president. i'm reminded of the moment when f.d.r. spoke to a joint session with outlandish numbers of tanks
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and ships and planes that we were going to build. he came off stage and harry hopkins said, "boss, where did you get those numbers?" and he said, "well, i made them up." his optimism formed that idea that we were able to make those. it peeked into earlier this morning when barack obama in the oval office, we captured what we believe was the leaving behind of the letter in the draw of the oval office. ladders visible in the background, truly that moment of transition. the presidency remains but at 12:01, it just transfers to another person. >> we watched today despite all the political divisions in the country, this great pageant of american democracy unfold, the uninterrupted peaceful transition of power, which has gone on as soon as 1797 when
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george washington left the office, one of the first people in history to voluntarily surrender power, a man who could be king but established this great tradition otherwise. and this moment of transformation for donald trump of new york city, who at the moment of saying "so help me god," the 35-word oath completed will become the american head of state, the command are in chief of the armed forces. he'll be transformed from a privacy sense to the most powerful person in the world. it's a moment of great majesty and a unique moment that will carry out. >> john boehner, just couldn't wait to get out of there. couldn't wait to get out of the job he hadn't necessariily
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dreamed of as a young boy. >> his first words after giving his resignation were, and i quote, "zipity doo-dah." it's interesting he came back for this inauguration. no vocal supporter of mr. trump's during the campaign, but the republican party has certainly dropped all signs of its never trump schism, which happened during the campaign. the republican party has 100% coalesced behind the president-elect. somebody who stood for things people said were completely incompatible with the republican party. he did it and he did it
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completely. and there really are no signs of any of the worries in the republican party that we saw before this guy took over his campaign. >> steve bannon making his way down the steps. kasie hunt not only has a terrific job for the start of this trump term covering congress, she has a terrific vantage point on today. kasie, what have you seen from where you are? >> reporter: the anticipation is building here on the west front of the capitol. we've watched the crowds start to come in and fill in the seats here. you've seen the v.i.p.s come in and start to fill in the seats on the platform. you were referencing steve bannon coming into the frame. we have yet to see many of trump's top associates here yet of course at the capitol. you were also talking about contrasts. it is impossible to overstate how different so far today feels from the last two inaugurations
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of outgoing president barack obama. one thing that stands out to me is the celebrities. at obama's inauguration, you could see, you could find don king, oprah winfrey, denzel washington in the crowd. very different from today. that's not what's happening here. you can see of course the marine band. they will be playing as well as the missouri state university corral and mormon tabernacle choir. you can see the hats, dotted with red, the make america great again hats. there are warmer versions, beanie hats that say "usa" or "45," representing that donald trump is to be sworn in as the 45th president of the united
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states. i will also say the weather a little bit different. it was absolutely frigid when president obama first took this oath of office. a little warmer today but raining potentially. there's a lot of ponchos in the crowd. we're told some of the dignitaries have umbrellas hidden away. as for inside the capitol, a difference there, too. when the president was inaugurated in 2008, you had democrats overjoyed, excited about the possibility of the incoming president. now you have a lot of republicans who are wondering what happens next? what is he going to do right out of the gate. we think those are going to be some beiexecutive order and a supreme court nominee as soon as monday. >> while casey was talking we saw trent lott, cardinal dolan arriving.
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katy tur is also standing by. on the other side of the capitol we've had some of the former presidents arrive. we have out there waiting executive one, the familiar green sikorsky helicopter, which will be the obama's ride away from the capitol over to andrews and then we're told out to palm spring, california today. >> reporter: and i am standing where donald trump will be taking the oath of office, among the voters that got him here, that went out to rally after rally to see donald trump get elected, what we are seeing out here is a sea of familiar red hats, those make america great again hats that have become so enigmatic of donald trump's campaign. i want to talk to trish here. she's very deep blue oregon. i want to know what it was like for you being a trump supporter in a state that did not go for donald trump? >> i find it to be frustrating
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during the whole process that i'm with so many people that are in the blue area, but the west coast tends to vote blue all the time, but there are plenty of supporters that were for trump and i'm proud and honored to be one of them and to be here today. >> reporter: do you think that this country can unite? do you think you can find common ground with maybe your fellows over there in oregon who maybe did not vote for donald trump? >> absolutely i do. i think if we all work together, we truly can make america great again. >> reporter: on what issues specifically? do you have any idea? >> i am a supporter of the supreme court and keeping the supreme court the way it is and i think just by unifying and realizing we all are together in this country. >> reporter: thank you, trish. we also have marty from northern illinois. marty went to six different rallies. correct, marty? >> yes. >> reporter: what did you like
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about donald trump? >> first of all, jobs. he was all about jobs. i'm wheelchair bound myself. i got pushed around all different rallies and i got a chance to meet him in cedar rapids, michigan and finally got to meet him. it's all about bringing back jobs. i'm a tech support person. our jobs are overseas. you know what happens when you dial for tech assistance, we get other countries. we want those jobs back. >> reporter: so marty is talking about jobs. trish from a very blue state. when we went to oregon for a donald trump rally, a lot of folks were asking why in the world would donald trump guantanamo b go to oregon for a rally, they're not going to turn republican.
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now with donald trump taking the oath of office, he can say that he was right. guys? >> katy tur, thanks. mack mcclarty met clinton in kindergarten. we see trent lott and bill frist. mack mcclarty is standing by to talk to us. take us inside that coffee or tea or beverage of choice meetings between these two families. what is the mood likely in that room? >> today is a day filled with ritua rituals. it is a day filled with power. and it has emotion. in george w. bush's case, rather unexpectedly in that election, they said good-bye to the staff shortly before the new president arrives, but it is also a moment where you see a true passing of the torch and that's previewed the night before, brian, when the president-elect is given that national security briefing,
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the transfer of the football. that's a sacred moment. that's the most sacred responsibility of any commander in chief. it's a packed 48 hours and then you get down from transitioning, from campaigning to governing. >> speaking of sacred moments, bob dole just walked in, being greeted by steny hoyer. senator dole be pushed in a wheelchair, with his wife, elizabeth, trailing behind. >> back at the office as we see senator susan collins of maine being escorted to her seat. back at the office we saw a ladder in the background when president obama came in to leave his note in the drawer of the oval office desk, the former hms resolute. i guess it's that last minute, that the presidency has to be ready to start up with a pull of the engine at 12:01 p.m. with a different man.
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>> it's a magical moment, almost surreal in some ways where there is that transfer and the walls are blank. all the pictures are off. you generally do have a note from the president to the next president. you have a phone, a computer and you're ready to go to work. and the work sets in pretty quickly, brian, once you get there. this is an historic moment, a celebratory moment, but then you get down to work. there's a lot to do. >> we have so many arrivals, including former president bill clinton and hillary clinton. there are the cheneys from wyoming arriving, on and on and on. mack, you're going to have new neighbors presuming you're still in the same neighborhood in washington, you're going to have a former president move into the kalorama section of d.c. >> it's already started,
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unsettling some of the neighbors there. as you well know, it is unusual, highly unusual in modern times for a former president to remain in washington. of course obviously president obama and michelle are a young couple, they still got a lot of years, productive years ahead of them and they're staying in washington because of their younger daughter graduating from high school. but that's going to be different. and i think ivanka trump and jared kushner are also moving into that same neighborhood so there will be lots of activity. >> we're watching all kind of folks coming in. is that -- met by all kinds of people in the hallways. congress loves committees so they love honorary committees and honorary -- >> there's also very few days when we get a chyron like this on the bottom third of the screen, dignitaries arriving at capitol. >> i haven't used that word in
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conversation in a long time. >> we don't think of ourselves as having dignitaries. if you've ever had any role in government, you might show up today. >> a person arriving next. >> jim clyburn, who is obviously a member of the black caucus, saying i came because even though my wife said i don't want you to come, he's a member of the leadership. so he's stuck behind the protest and leadership responsibilities of being there. i think tonight and all day today we're going to be looking at hillary clinton. i think we're going to see her in a very difficult situation to show -- what would you say? i'm trying to think of the right thing you want to display. courage. the sense of recognizing she has to be there for the people that voted for her. elijah comeummings, of maryland. adam schiff. she wants to be there for the people who stuck their necks out.
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there's a strange fella, the surfing congressman from california. he said he's going to go to russia and talk to him about whatever. >> they call him the kremlin's favorite congressman. there is an interesting and almost unprecedented thing going on today, which is that about a third of the democrats in the house are staying away. and it's not that this has never happened before. when nixon was inaugurated for the second time, about 80 members of congress, about 80 house democrats stayed away in protest not of his legitimacy as a president but in protest of the continuation of the vietnam war in 1973. and that was a big congressional boycott. that was an inauguration that had a lot of trouble. this is cedric richmond, new chairman of the congressional black caucus. he wrestled with me on the air this week about whether or not he was not going to go. he said were he not chairman of the cdc, he would stay away but he felt a responsibility as
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leader of that caucus he should be there and he decided to go. >> people ask me, when did it start, the divisiveness, the polarization in politics and i think it was in the vietnam. the republican that have their bitterness, all of those who backed lbj all of a sudden said we're against the war. wait a minute, you were the guys that started this and you're going to stick it to us and then it got into watergate and it got worse and worse every cycle. >> we want to take the shot in front of the white house to show our viewers what's happening there. there are two marine guards outside the door. that's the entrance. the press door is behind the portico and behind that door on the residence portion of the white house, two couples are sitting down, coffee, tea.
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they're about to get in the vehicles to go down to the capitol. one of the terrific luxuries of having us today and having this coverage is we get to have presidential historian and author michael beschloss of counsel to us all day today. michael, we saw the couples interact with each other. there have been some uncomfortable rides down to capitol hill, some jovial rides to capitol hill, what's your guess? will this be somewhere in the middle? >> maybe even better than in the middle, because there's a relationship between barack obama and president trump. i think the first meeting between them after the election would have been the most awkward. there's at least the veneer of civility. i think in this car if you were a martian arriving, you wouldn't think that the two were close
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friends but you'd be surprised but that tumultuous history. >> and we're also watching the arrivals at capitol hill. michael, we're going to have three former presidents today it looks like. of course a lot of us are thinking of president bush 41 and barbara bush -- >> indeed, our prayers and thoughts. >> -- have been fighting illness in texas. jimmy carter was photographed on a delta flight last night to washington, a, in coach and, b, greeting everyone on the plane. >> and there's dan quayle. >> -- at the age of 92. >> what's going to be in your viewers guide as you watch the ceremony? >> i think donald trump is going to have a big opportunity today, which most incoming presidents
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use to generate better feelings about them, especially among americans who did not vote for a president or are otherwise skeptical of them. i think he did not use that to the point at that the polls say he's not the most unpopular incoming president. that i think was not necessary, if he had talked more about unity, reached across the other side, put some democrats in his cabinet, i think those numbers would be higher. if he gives a great speech and does talk about unity in a way he hasn't since election night, i think you could see those numbers begin to rise. >> looking at the parade route, the crowds tend to start gathering early. we look at the mall and the crowds filling in the white space, which is actually a kind of portable, heavy plastic flooring to protect the grass
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and the lawn and the plantings. and you'll see as the white space disappears and the people fill in, the crowds that are visible from that beautiful vantage point from the west front of the capitol. >> there are about -- there's different ways to extrapolate from reservations and hotel rooms and other kinds of bookings in the city. they're expecting 900,000 or so people to turn out for this inauguration. as you can see, the mall there still has plenty of room to fill in. there's bob kraft, the owner of my football team. >> you know, do we have to go there? >> look at you. oh, gene, it's our first fight. we've known each other for so long. >> we can't agree on that. >> he's wearing sneakers. >> bob kraft gets to wear whatever he wants. this is a republican president
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in a very democratic city. and i think this democratic boycott puts a different sort of cast on today. the president promised there would be record numbers turning out for this inauguration. it seems very clear that will not happen. as michael beschloss was just saying, his inaugural address is his next big best chance to be welcoming, to not be triumphalist and crowing about his victory has he has been. we'll see. >> as recently as last night, he was still relitigating aspects of the campaign, talking about polling, talking about coverage,
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talking about watching the coverage on election night and those people on television saying there was no path to 270. he went into detail. he took a swing at cnn in his remarks last night. michael beschloss, we're seeing some of the vehicles arrive on the capitol because logistically they're going to prepost the vehicles for the motorcade up on the capitol. there will be much talk later today that the fact that president trump gets a new limousine, euphemismically called. talk about their roll today and in general of american politics over the last several years. >> the clintons you were saying,
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brian? >> yes. >> well, you look through american history and bill clinton and hillary clinton have essentially been the stars of the democratic party all the way back to 1992, which is 25 years. that is almost a world's record. i mean, franklin roosevelt was elected in 1932. we all consider him one of the great major presidents in american history. he left this earth in 1945. that's only 13 years. so for bill clinton and hillary clinton to have that kind of diminion within the democratic party, didn't end the way that they wanted it with hillary clinton as president, but that still is an accomplishment. >> kristen welker is standing by in the v.i.p. area. no offense, can't we just define the entire u.s. capitol as a v.i.p. area today? >> reporter: i think that would be very fair. we've just seen more v.i.p.s
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enter, the house leader steny hoyer, steve scalise, john boehner and newt gingrich are here. the clintons, we know they are at the capitol. we expect they'll be exiting soon and we'll bible to look at them. i was on the campaign trail with secretary clinton every step of the way. the fact that she is here with former president bill clinton significant. we've heard president obama talk so much about the importance of a smooth transfer of power. it is something that the clintons take very seriously as well and i think it's going to be underscored when she arrives here today. and of course we will be anticipating the arrival of other former presidents, including former president george w. bush and laura bush and of course his father will not be here unfortunately. he announced that several weeks ago but he has been hospitalized. so we are watching all of the
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arriva arrivals. the rain has held off. the choir, some of them still wearing their ponchos in anticipation of a little bit more rain. and of course everyone awaiting the inaugural address by donald trump. we anticipate it's going to be about 20 minutes long, but he of course could riff, could go a little bit longer. we understand that he's going to be talking about his vision for the role of government. this is the not going to be a speech that gets down into the weeds. instead it's going to be rolling out how he wants to move this country forward. and then of course that historic parade route that he will be taking. he's going to go from here to the white house. the big question on everyone's mind, will he in fact get out at the trump hotel, wave to folks and start walking the remainder of the parade route at that point in time? that is a tradition that dates back to our very first president
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george washington who of course walked a different parade route but did walk the parade route indeed. >> we're watching some of the cabinet nominees led by rex tillerson go by inside, congressman price and so on. and we're watching the door at the white house as well to see when we're going to see current and next president and their spouses emerge and get into those cars. last night we were talking michael beschloss -- well, no michael beschloss. chris matthews, the ride in the car from jimmy carter and ronald reagan all the way to the capitol. >> here's a guy we all grew up with in the movies, ronald reagan. he lived in a world where who is
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going to get the next part. and the scuttlebutt is about the warner brothers. he gets in the car with jimmy carter and starts rattling on about his buddy jack warner. well, jerry, who was a lot more sophisticated, he washorked for ca carter, he calls up and says who is jack warner? meanwhile jimmy carter is worried about the hostages getting out, 52 americans to get out and the iranians to screw carter held them right through the inauguration, anything to bring him down. the russians were not the first to play this dirty game. >> reagan, after that ride with carter, he asked his staff what's the matter with carter? he seems so preoccupied. >> he's got hostages.
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maybe reagan knew they were getting out. >> he's got stuff on his mind. >> i spent that inauguration on the corner of pennsylvania avenue freezing to death. i was one of the reporters up there. as we look at that front door of the white house, i'm reminded of one of the more bizarre incidents that happened during the obama presidency when the guy came over the fence and made it all the way to that door. an intruder inside the door and down to the east room before they were able to -- before they got him. and it is kind of a reminder of how present, how near to us the great and the good in this country are, how the president lives in washington among the people, and even post 9/11, with all the security we added, a guy manages to get inside. >> i was thinking about the secret service, the things that
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happen with the secret service and some of the disturbing revelations and their scandals during the obama years. that sort of was the obama years scandal, that there were trouble in the secret service, what we had thought of as this inpenetrable and almost perfect secret security agency. and that's kind of it. this is the first president to be leaving office sense eisenhower without a significant scandal dogging him from either one of his two terms. there were certainly failings, certainly things where governance fell short but no scandal. >> not a single member of the strae administration indicted in eight years. it's a remarkable record. >> if you know your senate, bernie standers, senator mccain, just for a moment there senator
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shelby. as we watch hallway pictures, it's very clear there are two ways of walking on a day like this, the scurry, which is if you're an aide, and the kind of slow walk if you're a principal, as they say. >> the senatorial walk. >> senator sanders has kind of a snow board style parka. >> it's vermont. >> i think that fella, bernie sanders, senator sanders, i think for a while he thought he could win. i thought there was a moment there and he would come up and say you're just part of the establishment, you thought i was just a fringy. i thought -- he'd say "it's a revolution." it wasn't enough. these guys were all thinking i could be that guy. hillary's got to be thinking that. i could be the one taking the oath today.
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here's judge bader ginsburg. >> the entire supreme court will be there today. we were told to expect all of members of the court. >> what do you make of that hat? >> i think justice breyer has worn that hat before. >> there are similarities between justices and clergy and they involve interesting parts of outfits that other people don't wear. >> justice thomas will be administering the oath of the vice president, justice roberts the president. >> how many people want anthony kennedy to stay there for a while? he is probably the most consequential supreme court associate justice in modern times. >> there are only eight justices of the supreme court. the things that are different about this year, you know? i mean, there's just who we're looking at right there, senator cory booker. tens of thousands of dollars donated to his campaign by jared
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kushner and ivanka trump, the daughter and son-in-law of the president-elect from the opposite party, jared kushner come on board as a senior adviser to this president. we saw debbie wasserman schultz, the remarkable drama around her, head of the democratic party, forced out because of hacked e-mails that we now know were hacked and leaked by the russian government in an of the to try to effect the outcome of this election. three supreme court vacancies arose during the presidency of barack obama. he was only allowed to fill two of them. one position held open for almost a year rather than allow him to make his final poi
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appointment. >> charles schumer of new york is getting in one of the lead cars. he was just inside the white house. the leaders of the inauguration effort in congress are part of the general gathering, though when the first couples are behind closed doors, it is just them. but the first of the vehicles will start filling up outside the white house. the first lady, present and future will be in the first of the limousines, then the vice presidents, current and future and then the presidents. >> elizabeth warren and dick durbin, james inhofe and bob menendez. unless you have the senate
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almanaced in your head, you'd never know. >> i thought it was interesting to see inhofe even close to bernie sanders. talk about 180s. you know, right behind that, when i worked on the hill, right behind those steps is the actual crypt where washington was going to be buried. it's really kind of a strange setting way down in the capitol. the washington claimed the family to mount vernon but it's there if you ever want to visit. >> trying to compare today's crowds to that day when barack obama took office and we had a modern record set for crowds period in washington. this is not that. that day, while incredibly cold, was blessed with bright, sunny weather. we've had sporadic precipitation. we're going to keep checking on
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the weather for you and we're going to look at the radar, especially when the day really shifts to outdoors. it's been light precip of the temperature expected to top out just south of 50 degrees. greta van susteren is along the parade route. i'm told the crowds have not pressed in there the way they might have in past years. >> reporter: well, brian, you're from washington and have spent time here. this city knows how to handle crowds and protesters and has enormous respect for the first amendment. there are areas where people are out expressing their views, the first amendment. they don't like donald trump taking the oath in a short time but we're not having any trouble so far. it's peaceful. the parade route is very heavily patrolled. everybody here is actually very experienced at this. washington, d.c. is ready for this. we don't anticipate any trouble. even the weather is cooperating right now.
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>> let's hope that holds, greata. thank you very much. greata is talking about the concentric rings of security. you look at reince priebus. this year because of terrorists and nice, france is on everyone's minds, they have big trucks at the intersections to try to foil any attempt by vehicle. that's jared kushner and reince priebus. >> jared kushner is the son-in-law of the president. a lot of people felt like the ant anti-nepotism laws would prevent a hire like that but they believe they're on firm ground. jared kushner will be a senior adviser to his father-in-law. reince priebus will come on as
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chief of staff, served as rnc chair. there will be a senior strategist and top counsel to the president in steve bannon. amongst all of those people, including the president himself, there's zero governing experience, no one who has had any role in any white house previously or any governing experience of any elected official or responsible for any government operation. that's part of the anticipation or in some cases trepidation about what's about to happen, particularly because the transition, as it now comes to an end, includes to have left so many major positions, including national security positions unfilled. having such a lack of government experience at the very top and having these aamorphis jobs, we
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don't really know who will be first among those equals. >> rachel, it's hard to fire your son-in-law. >> that's tricky. >> but mussolini had a great solution, he had him executed. >> all the people waiting for the reference to mussolini just started drinking. jimmy carter and rose lyaline, of the enduring marriages. >> they look great. >> he's 90. >> members of the court led by chief justice roberts. we're expecting the clintons any moment. the court is the object of so much interest and talk and fascination. we tend to be struck dumb and just take in the visual aspects
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when we are allowed to see members of the court. >> justice breyer is holding a zip lock bag. >> he is holding a zip lock bag with what appear to be all of his personal belongings. >> judges -- even when judges are dressed normally are dressed weird. they wear robes. >> remember the chevrons on rehnquist's sleeves? >> that's right. >> it's hard to acce accessoriz. >> it's remarkable to think about jimmy carter, 40 years ago on this day inaugurated the 39th president of the united states. you look at the dias up there and you have figures hillary clinton, john mccain, who have
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to sit and watch this and think powerfully what if, but also future contenders for the office. you saw cory booker, more than a few members of the senate, a few governors up there in the democratic party watching this program unfold thinking this could be me someday. what's true about american politics and the perpetual campaign cycle, it has begun. >> it's said there are no second chapters in life and there are, jimmy carter. >> dr. biden and mrs. pence being led to their particular vehicles in this motorcade.
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every armored cadillac that has come off an assembly line in the past ten years is being mustered for today. as we go on through the day, car buffs, look at the thickness of the doors. it usually takes one to two people to simply swing them open. very difficult, if not impossible to open from outside. here are the first ladies. >> ralph lauren is having a big day today, brian. >> absolutely. >> that's his creation. >> melania trump is the first ever immigrant first lady of the united states. she is the second first lady of the united states born to -- born outside of the united
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states. the last one was from the 1700s. she speaks five languages, she's had a distinguished career of her own. >> joe biden after the ceremony today is going to get on amtrak and go back to delaware. >> which he did every day in the senate. >> the amtrak station in wilmington, delaware is now named after joe biden. >> really? >> it is. >> and watching joe biden, it's a sight to behold. i don't think there's an employee he doesn't know on a
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first-name basis. >> to ride with joe biden -- >> i suspect he will not be in the quiet car. >> his biggest secret all these years is he loves to ride up front in the cab and because of two things, old windshields and the propensity of little kids to throw rocks, you have to wear facial covering while up in the cab. and here are the presidents. >> look at this. now who's taller? they're about the same it looks to me i'd say. maybe trump. maybe. why doesn't trump button his coat? that would be a sign of formality, wouldn't it? >> as we watch the president of the united states leave the white house for the last time, you saw the commander in chief return the salutes there. soon it will be donald trump
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with all of the formalities of office coming into play now. donald trump for the first time now climbing into a vehicle adorned with the seal of the president of the united states, flying the flag of the president of the united states, as he assumes the trappings of power over the next hour. >> at the same time that the president elect is seated in the car, at the same time the current president took his last step on the 18 acre grounds of the white house as president, we see the woman who tried mightily to get elected president, winning the popular vote, failing to win the electoral vote with her husband, the two-term democrat being president arriving to take their seats in the capitol. visuals like this are what we talk about when we talk about inauguration day, as the car pulls from the portico to begin
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the long drive down to capitol hill. >> do we think trump would have taken it so stoically if he had won the popular vote by 3 million votes? >> i suspect not. >> you watch the obamas leave the white house for the last time. i keep reminding myself of course they would have preferred that hillary clinton succeed barack obama rather than donald trump, but they had their eight years, you know. they had the full ride -- the fullest possible ride you could have in the white house. and there's a certain amount of relief, i think, and freedom that comes with the end of an eight-year term. >> you mean the obamas? >> for the obamas. >> i remember as a kid watching kennedy take the oath and feeling a bit sorry for old eisenhower, the great war hero and war leader. my dad said to me a bit more
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wise to me, at the time i was a kid. he said don't feel sorry for him, this is the happiest day of his life. he no longer has to worry about nuclear war. it's on the new kid's shoulders now. >> as the limousine pulls out over the security lid in the white house, we see president bush 43 and laura bush, they made the trip from texas, after he was assured that his mom and dad were on the mend and going to be okay, they remain in methodist hospital in houston. >> president bush disappeared from public life very deliberately after he left office. he had nothing to say about what president obama was doing, whether it was right or wrong. one wonders if president obama will do the same. it sounded from his farewell address as if -- and his press conference as if we might hear
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from him. we might hear from him often. >> you think about the 44th president of the united states coming down pennsylvania avenue now for this last ride with a 60% approval rating, the american people very fond of this president personally, may not agree with all of his policies, but the dignity, the decorum, the intelligence, that he served the country well for eight years as a representative of the people of the united states in that office. >> joy reid joins our conversation. as we were just saying, the president has taken his last step on the white house grounds as president. now you see the motorcade going down to the capitol. >> i'll echo those comments about president obama. the level of vilification that this president came into office with, i can still recall how hated and vilified and mistaken
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he was, sort of deamericanized and for him to now leave office incredibly popular, i've heard, you know, the sort of adoration of him among democrats alikened to a way a lot of republicans feel about ronald reagan. he's popular not just with democrats, he's popular with a lot of conservatives just for the way he comported himself. you compare that to 67 members of the nixon administration eventually indicted. even carter, a good, erect man had a little bit of -- i think one person. this administration has gone out with no scandal, no person indicted. he carries us well around the world. he travels well. his family, beautiful family, an adoring family. i think he's a president who made us incredibly proud. he's the first african-american president. incredible pressure on him to be
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perfect, to not make any mistakes personally and he didn't. and i think he made black america immensely proud. when i got out of media, i did work on that campaign. it's one of the proudest things i've ever done, to play even a tiny part in helping to make this happen. i think we can be proud of it. no other western democracy has elected an ethnic minority to be their president. we did it. >> as the motorcade picks up a little speed, it's going to head by the new trump hotel in the old post office building. a lot of washingtonians who want to get a glimpse of this, this is all about getting them up to capitol hill, none of the pomp and circumstance of the parade later. >> i will note, though, there's really nobody in the street. the people in the street are there officially.
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that's why they're saluting. you're seeing people being paid to be there. but the number of people on the streets, as you can see behind the barricades, there's just not a lot going on. >> there's a frozen zone there. >> there are a lot of people tweeting pictures on the metros. 2008 i left my cousin's house in maryland 5:15 in the morning and the metros were jammed. you could barely move through the streets of washington. it's amazing the pictures people are tweeting out about how empty the metros are. it's really a sparse crowd. >> part it haof it is there is e between the -- >> yeah, i know. it will be interesting to see when the parade gets started. it's hard to see the signs if those are pro or anti-treason.
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>> that would be anti. >> perhaps what's unprecedented is the number of people who are planning to turn out tomorrow, they're expecting about 200,000 people tomorrow to protest. more than a quarter million people expected to turn out and protest against him. >> there is what appears to be a ford econoline van supplying these pictures. as the clintons come down, greeting friends on the way to their seats, we have bill clinton's biographer standing by to talk to us.
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david, as they greet the carters and find their seats, your view of their place in history as of right now, post her campaign. >> well, it's not what they thought it would be obviously. they thought it would be a restoration of sort. they've been around politics longer than any couple in modern history. and bill clinton after he served his two terms said he would like to be president again. this is about as close as they've come to it and they didn't get to it. it hurts him as much as hillary clinton in the sense that he really thought this would be their restoration and he owed her that much. i think for hillary, it's a reflection on what does it take for a woman to become president of the united states? i remember 40-some yearsing ina
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wife staying up late one night and saying who will be the first woman president? it almost happened this year but it didn't. >> what do you think the future will be. >> they'll never be out of politics. it's what drives them, it's what feeds them. i think we have to worry somewhat about bill clinton's physical health. but as long as he's healthy, i think he'll be part of the action. >> we watch on the right-hand side the motorcade and now former president bush, former first lady laura bush are being introduced. they will come down and take their seats. while david was talking, we saw new jersey governor chris christie, among others. boy, he certainly thought today would be different, certainly thought he would be transitioning into a high-profile role with this new administration. it was not to be.

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