tv The Inauguration of Donald Trump MSNBC January 20, 2017 12:00pm-1:01pm PST
enterprising and resilient, always looking to the next horizon, sure sounds like our country and it sure sounds like donald trump. [ applause ] our president has surmounted formidable challenges. getting to this moment. he's been underestimated often, but he never let it stop him from succeeding. we're wishing him similar success as he turns to the charge of governing. we face many challenges, but we've been challenged before and emerged stronger. we live in changing times, yes, but some things endure. and we celebrate one of them today.
this inauguration is a reminder of our common story as americans. and on this most uniquely american of occasions, i ask you to stand and join me in raising a glass. mr. president, may you find every success in the years ahead, may unite our country behind a common vision and renew the promise that makes our country so great. here here. >> mr. president.
>> thank you very much, mitch and paul and our great vice president. i don't think anybody wants to hear me speak any more today, right? so, we'll cut it short. but we have so many of our cabinet members here. i see my generals, generals that are going to keep us so safe. they're going to have a lot of problems on the other side. they're going to look at -- they're going to look at a couple of them. these are central casting, if i'm doing a movie, i pick you general. general mattis, who's doing really well. even chuck likes general mattis, and general kelly. we had a very interesting talk. kiddingly, he thinks we're doing great at the cabinet level, but we're going to do just fine. we're going to do just fine. you know, i'll tell you, there is something that i wanted to say, because i was very honored, very, very honored, when i heard that president bill clinton and secretary hillary clinton was
coming today, and i think it's appropriate to say -- and i'd like you to stand up. [ applause ] >> i'd like you to stand up. [ applause ] honestly, there's nothing more i can say because i have a lot of respect for those two people. so, thank you all for being here. and we're going to have four great years. hopefully of peace and prosperity and we'll be working very, very hard. our cabinet's lined up and ready. i know eventually chuck's going to approve them, i'm sure. i really believe that. and we're all dealing together. we all want the same thing. we're all good people. whether you're a republican or
democrat, doesn't make any difference. we're going to get along. again, thank you very much. it's an honor. and, roadway, you have done a spectacular john jb. you and tom barrett. i want to thank you. thank you, everybody. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> that begins the slow process in planning of this getting everyone out of this venue. >> two quick final things. >> two quick final things. you can remain standing if you want to. >> doesn't apply to you at home. >> quickly, two things we need to do as we leave. one, just to mention the gifts, the mementos of this event, there is some notecards and a really great box put together by the government printing office, but the notecards representing
all three branches of government and identified with this event for this day were done by a st. louis artist, friend of mine, ed fischer. there's a pen and letter opener, a little business in cape gerar gerardo, missouri, did that, mostly made out of fallen trees. and then a piece of ante glass that are dedicated to this event and appropriate to put anywhere on your desk or in your house you want to put it. to close the event today, father conroy, chaplain of the united states house of representatives. >> let us pray. as we leave this place, we give you thanks, o lord, for the meal we have shared and for those who worked hard to prepare and deliver it to us. may we be always greatful for the kindnesses we receive. we thank you as well for the
celebration of this day when our nation models for the world the greatness of peaceful transition of power. we ask a special blessing upon our new president, donald trump. give him an understanding heart, to discern between good and evil. may he be strengthened in his work and grow in understanding as he proves ever attentive to the american people. we pray that he might become his best self. bless as well all those who are in place to exercise power in our nation, save them from seeking those thing s by solomo, long life, riches for self and the lives of enemy, and impell them to seek the gift of discernment so as to understand justice.
lord, may the people of this nation stand with our president and all our leaders to face any challenge, endure any difficulty without fear, learn how to accept every success and every failure with grace and support our president and leaders with encouragement and prayer. as we move forward this day and through all days, may all that is done be for your greater honor and glory. amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your seats as president trump, vice president pence, the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies and the official party depart national hall. >> they say congress is all about patronage. i don't think there's a missouri
company left that roy blunt hasn't shoved some of that inaugural business to. >> and gotten a shout out by name and by town. he's presumably distributing their twitter handle at all the seats. he's doing right by his home state. as the president and first lady get up and move toward the start of the inaugural parade, we shouldn't let it go without notice that those remarks that he just gave, those off-the-cuff remarks that he gave at the end of all those toasts were very different in tone than his inaugural address. that's what people were expecting more from his inaugural address. he led an ovation for former president bill clinton and for his election opponent, hillary clinton. he also made expless italy nonpartisan or super partisan remarks when he said, it doesn't matter if we're a republican or -- if we're republicans or democrats, we're going to get along. it was a casual way of phrasing, it but it was very conciliatory and generous and personally
generous toward his defeated opponent. that's the first sign of anything like that we've seen from him since, as lawrence noted earlier, since election night. >> and a sustained, warm round of applause for the former president and the former secretary of state, hillary clinton. i was saying earlier, now it's to the motorcade for the president and first lady, for the vice president and mrs. pence. you see the vehicles lined up there. and on top of that, everyone who has a formal role in the inauguration will have to make it to their vehicles. the whole show moves down toward the white house. i am told that during the remarks inside, it started to rain, so we have that back in the forecast. here is the route. >> oh, it's long. >> yeah, look at that. all the way down and the final dogleg to the reviewing stand.
>> i have looked at this route on a map without it being animated and did not realize it was that long. when you follow the star around -- >> it is. not only that, making it longer than it seems is that our lenses compress the distance when we look on television. it's actually a fair piece. that plate glass you see on the right is part of the huge new underground complex, the visitor center at the u.s. capitol, that i think was over $1 billion in the end. >> yeah. and it took years to do. >> years and years in the post-9/11 environment they decided security being what it is, they needed a new way to bring visibles into the u.s. capitol. now you go through this underground complex. as the clintons leave the luncheon event. again, not quite the event they had hoped for. during the height of the campaign. >> the clintons were the only people in that room at lunch today not named trump who were
actually guests at donald trump's last wedding. >> donald trump, the first president married three times. the oldest man to take the oath of office. there's a long list of firsts today. and those are just two of them. interesting to see dan quayle back for this event. >> chris matthews? >> it's fun y those developments, they're just developments. can you make your own moral judgments but divorce used to be a killer for a politician. governor mine e minor of new je way back in the '60s, addly stevens had been divorced. reagan, divorced, went right through. something happened. i guess the frequency of
divorce, i guess. >> definitely a change in attitude toward divorce over time. reagan benefitted from. and i think also the fact that he was a hollywood figure and the country factored in that that was somehow more likely, they thought, in that community possibly. but now we -- we did the other test this year, which it turns out you can have two previous wives and be president. before you could only have one. >> the other interesting thing, this is just a neurological accident, but you mentioned he's the oldest person to ever ascend to the presidency, for first inauguration, the oldest president we've ever had. he was born in 1946, as was bill clinton, as was george w. bush. so, we've had three presidents in a row who were all born -- not in a row. three presidents of the last four who were all born in 1946.
i mean, the age issue is a real one. i think that joe biden considered it when he was deciding whether he was running. i think a lot of bernie sanders' supporters considered it when sanders was running. but donald trump will be the oldest person ever inaugurated. >> when you consider bill clinton of that same age, imagine him running for president this year. he didn't have anything like the vitality on the campaign trail this year that he had when he himself was a presidential candidate. >> he was sort of misused twice. misused in 2000 and misused in this campaign. >> misused in this campaign how? >> he wasn't brought out. he wasn't able to say anything for the record. he wasn't allowed to make any headlines, any quotable quotes. he was a regional, aa coverage. he would do the smaller towns. i've seen how they do it. they say, don't make any comments because you'll get her time at night. no he was just out of the news. that was a big -- i think it's a loss, especially working people up in those areas where he's always done pretty well. >> hillary clinton's long-time
tom aide there, huma abedin. >> huma abedin, of course, another person who played a role in this campaign, in the dramatic movie plot of this campaign. her husband, now estranged husband, anthony weiner, it was his e-mails that the fbi director made his dramatic announcement to congress about 11 days before the election, suggesting the fbi had reopened some sort of criminal investigation into secretary clinton and her e-mails. that remarkable disclosure to congress, which the clinton campaign believes cost them the election. nine days later, two days before the election, he notified congress again saying, basically it was nothing, never mind. the clinton campaign believes that was it for them and that's what sealed their fate. >> the clintons of new york getting in their own significantly smaller motorcade.
i donald j. trump, do solemnly swear i will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states. i will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states, so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> this moment is your moment. belongs to you. >> we are back. our cameras will begin scanning washington to pick up the start of the inaugural parade. at least the official vehicles that will be carrying the new president and the new vice
president. you see the military cordon there at the u.s. capitol where they've been engaged in the traditional lunch after the inauguration of our new president 2017. there again is our camera looking out from the roof of the building. and then they will go down basically the length of the official washington to the white house. the trumps will be able to go inside for a while. the tradition is they then rejoin the big any teadignitari reviewing stand with its massive bulletproof facade and all the passing units will be announced as they arrive. there will be programs handed out, refreshments and that goes until about 5:00 eastern time. the first family then has a gruelling night ahead of them. various inaugural balls going on throughout washington. that tall building in the center
of that is the old post office, now trump hotel. if donald trump gets out to walk part of the parade route, it could be in front of his newest property. as we said, the rain started just as the president started his inaugural address, and the rain started again just as the remarks started inside the luncheon. it's been in the forecast for some time. still fairly mild, but the folks along the parade route, thousands of thousands of people will over the course of the afternoon get a good soaking, we're afraid. there you have it. you see the kind of buffer zone between the police and security, who are themselves several people deep. then the police barricades. then the people.
those are reserved seats. anything on a rice e riser is r seating. >> is it true you have to have a ticket to get on the risers? >> yes. the port-a-johns, forget about it. >> those you had to make reservations weeks ago. >> can we pay tribute -- pennsylvania avenue, when i first went to washington in the early '70s was a dump. it was a combat zone of waffle shops, fire cracker stores -- >> don't forget pawn shops. >> it was a junk line. somewhere between president kennedy and moynahan, they got the idea to make it look french like the architecture and design of the city and restore it to the grandeur you'll see today. it's very pretty, around the holtzes, the occidental, great hotels there. it has a very pretty sight to it. it's a joy to be there. at nighttime there will be sidewalk cafes, thanks to trump.
it will have a french feel to it. >> it was a specific desire of president kennedy when he made this trip -- >> that's folklore. >> he looked at this and said, how can it be like this? he communicated that to daniel patrick moynahan who spent 30 years -- that was basically the 30-year project bringing that back. he eventually became one of the powerful members of the public works committee in the senate who had influence on how that work got done. >> it's a great walk when you go to washington. >> that was the folklore that it was in the inaugural parade that he looked out and realized, this is not the stuff of a world class international city. >> initially, presidents were sworn in in march, then it was changed so that the interim would be shorter and sworn in in january. the speshs of abraham lincoln and the start of the civil war helped with that since between the election and his inauguration, war broke out.
it's interesting, since the inauguration has been on or about january 20th, there have only been three other times when it has rained. it rained on fdr in 1937, which was his second inaugural. it rained on nixon in '69 and george w. bush in 2001. you think january 20th at this latitude, this climate, you think it would always be -- >> something terrible happened in 1841. henry harrison died as a result of the weather that day. >> that's why no president has given an inaugural address since. >> is that right? >> that's right. >> it's usually very cold. it's often the coldest day of the year in washington. today, clearly, it is not. >> you know, reagan had the warmest january 20th inauguration ever, followed by the coldest january 20th inauguration. it was something like 7 degrees and negative 20 with the windchill. >> i was there in the rotunda. >> i was living there that year. i think they moved the parade to
the capitol center in mayor mauer. they took the whole thing indoors. >> when it's 7 degrees, that's not just cold, that's a danger. >> yeah. as we wait for the official party to come outside to the limousin limousines, among our friends watching and listening, hugh hewitt. we traced your journey from denial to acceptance of donald trump as the nominee. what do you make of the day so far? and, specifically, his language and his message in the speech. >> his inaugural speech, i like short speeches, so i applaud 16 minutes. i thought it was populist, a bit grim, and i want to echo what rachel said earlier. i wish he had added to the speech out front today the toast that he had indoors, which was quite gracious towards former president and secretary clinton. and i thought was more of the
jovial trump we occasionally get glimpses of. certainly more gracious in the speech. his speech was very much a piece of his campaign. i think the only substantive point that i will remember from it is his declaration. he is going to eradicate radical islam from the globe. probably a takeaway from there. i did really think the toast, paul ryan and mike pence, was very warm. we learned mark halperin is his favorite novelist. and then i thought president trump did very well. i want to echo rachel. i wish we had heard that during the original speech. >> thanks, hugh, it's always nice when you and i find ourselves intersecting. i always enjoy that. but i wonder if -- i wonder if you felt like in the inaugural address, i don't mean in a bad way, but you're describing the remarks we heard from him at the luncheon being authentic, warm, and not -- not laugh out loud
fundy but collegiual. i feel i didn't hear very much of donald trump in the speech. i thought it was marshal, dark and direct in some of the ways it was said. i didn't feel like it was him -- >> i speechwriter wrote it. steve miller wrote it. >> he made a big fact out of the fact he wrote it. >> that yellow pad, he didn't have a pen in his hand. i'm skeptical -- >> barack obama has speechwriters and it sounds like him. >> better speechwriters. >> well, do you think that speech sounded like donald trump to you? >> no. i go back to my debate experience and all the experience of interviewing president trump, he's much more off the cuff and much funnier and much more relaxed when he's in conversation with people. on the debate stage he was much more effective. formal speech is not his
strongest speech. i appreciate it was short. i do think more of the key of we he hit during the luncheon is going to serve him better in the long haul in washington. >> hugh, what about some of this language. and i -- i note that your favorite attribute of the speech was that it was short. >> yes. >> crime, gangs, drugs, american carnage, sad depletion of the military, wealth, strength and confidence dissipated, and factories equal tombstones. is that a tad on the dark side for you? >> well, it's very consistent with his themes throughout the campaign. it's also very consistent with not being of peace of the davos man. i go back to that hillbilly book that j.d. vance wrote. victor david hansen wrote a piece about this, they believe every single word he said because they lived it. the coastal elites and beltway elites don't experience the way the country experienced the last
eight years, so i think he was speaking to them. it's just possible to do both. and i wish he would do more of both. >> i'm glad you mentioned davos because what happened there in the past few days, as a lot of people have highlighted in this country, the leader of china gave a speech that could have been given by an american president in a different age. and, in effect, was a call to free trade, or their version of free trade. >> their version of free trade. he wants to replace the transpacific partnership with a china-led alliance of free traders in the asia-pacific region. i don't think that's going to fly with japan or with south korea or any other -- the pill even fill peens or wherever those artificial islands are being built. donald trump's first supreme court nominee is part of his
appeal. it could have been happier, joy-filled and that would be the better key, i think. >> thank you, hugh hewitt. this is the scene that since there's a lyndon johnson story in life in every facet of life to go with any story, reminds me of the time young military aide was saying to president johnson on a base, mr. president, your helicopters over here. he said, son, they're all my helicopters. what we're about to say, the review of the troops is a small portion of the united states' military forces that donald trump became commander in chief of early today. shall we listen to a bit of this as they go by. ♪
♪ >> after the review of the military, donald trump says his farewell. >> being saluted by major general bradley becker, u.s. army general, commander of the joint task force for capitol region. you saw him standing with the new president and new vice president. apparently, sort of narrating to them the description of the different troops that were -- that were parading past for their review. >> again, look at the door. >> it's heavy. >> and the door frame. >> once inside, you cannot open that door yourself. >> really? >> really. >> i love this guy who's on the transition team got quoted in the paper, i think it was "the
time times", "the new york times." his hope was they would include rocket launchers and tanks. >> that was "the huffington post." >> it also made "the times." that would look like shades of pyongyang. >> yeah, that was wisely turned down. >> i mean, it was a single source. although i saw it in "the huffington post." i didn't see "the times'" version of it. they said the request had been for missile launchers and tanks to be part of -- to roll down pennsylvania avenue, which would do a number on pennsylvania avenue. >> exactly. that's the point. you wouldn't have a pennsylvania avenue if you rolled a bunch of tanks. >> it would be pyongyang, red square to do that. >> red square. >> the military apparently talked them out of that idea. again, as commander in chief, presumably, if he did order that, he would get that. at least reportedly the trump -- the incoming trump transition did ask about the possibility of doing something like that. >> if you're given to any
problem with tight spaces at all, these vehicles are not for you. they are not airy inside. they've been compared to coffins. they're very, very tight. >> have you been inside one of these, brian? >> yeah. >> wow. >> is it true that you can't open the door yourself? >> it's true you can't open the door yourself. they can't hear you knocking. >> that's terrifying. >> it really is -- >> it is. >> -- like a bank vault. >> the passenger compartment is sealed completely in case of a chemical attack. the tires are kevlar reinforced. this vehicle can travel at high speed if the tires somehow, despite the kevlar, are flattened. under girded by an impermeable steel plate that can withstand grenades. >> and gets great miles to the gallon. >> that's true. >> none of this applies to the white van in front of the
limousine -- >> which looks like the ghostbusters van? >> on its last go-round. notice all the agents on the running boards of the suburbans behind the motorcade. oddly, the secret service has favored older chevy suburbans for a lot of the motorcade tasks because of details of their construction that they find allow them to do their job. >> because of like the running boards and the -- >> yes. >> -- the grid on the top and -- >> don't make me say too much. i'll have to take you out. i'm kidding. that is true. that is true. more modern vehicles have come out and they have preferred to stick with older ones in some motorcade rolls. >> that's cool. the inaugural parade, obviously s a security event. it's also a celebratory event.
today it's an event with interesting logistics because of the number of anti-trump protesters who are among trump supporters along the parade route and the violent protests that took place just blocks away from the pennsylvania avenue route that this procession will now slowly make its way down. this is -- this is always a mow m benchmark moment in the transfer of power. today there are logistical concerns and worries we don't usually have. >> the brand-new license plates commemorative for this day, number one. when we're not in the middle of inauguration day, all the license plates on all the initial motorcade vehicles match. that didn't used to be the case. which they thought left them open to terrorist attack because if you know the license plate number on the limousine the president got in, that would be the one to attack. now they all match.
somebody actually has to sit around and think -- >> think this stuff up. >> we're joined by a special guest, republican senator john barrasso of wyoming. senator, thank you for coming by. we realize you have other things to do on inauguration day. tell us how you're feeling today about the republican party in washington and in the u.s. senate. >> well, very good. thank you, brian, for having me today. i will tell you, i feel very optimistic about the future. my dad took me to john kennedy's inauguration in 1960. i haven't missed one since. so, this peaceful transition of power is such a part of our family tradition. i have all my kids and wife here for this today. you know, we've seen lots of different things over the course of the last 50-some years, but i think today's inauguration was very important, very special. and a real change in direction of the country. so, i'm very optimistic. >> what about the president's message -- you mentioned john kennedy in 1960.
people are amazed today to learn there were no domestic agenda items in that speech. we were all about our place in the world, what was happening to the world and what we were trying to prevent around the world. today was different. what did you make of his text and his message? >> well, i thought it was a good message of jobs, of the economy, of making sure that the hard-working men and women of america are taken care of, that washington's one size fits all approach is not going to be the donald trump effort and it's going to be basically get the power back to the people where it belongs. i mean, you're right, john kennedy's speech was basically to support any friend and fight any foe. that was that speech in 1960. today donald trump did talk about our strength and our respect around the world, about defeating isis, but he was focused, i believe, on america. america's security, but also the
american economy and the hard-working people who have been living paycheck to paycheck, who work hard every day, play by the rules, and so many feel they've either been forgotten or left behind. >> this is chris matthews, dr. barrasso. there was no mention today of health care. were you surprised? >> i think mention is going to be made of health care later today with executive orders, chris, as we start to try to -- and my commitment as a doctor, is to try to come up with long-term solutions to actually provide for care rather than just coverage, and to make it more affordable. insurance more affordable and health care more affordable. to me, that's just in part of focusing on the united states of america and the citizens all around the country. >> what have you made of the evolution in what president trump has been saying? just recently he talked about health care for everyone. what does that mean to a republican? i'm not sure that means the same to a bernie sanders. what does it mean to your party? coverage for everyone. >> sure.
i want to make sure everyone has the opportunity, if they choose, to have affordable care. i think we're a very caring and compassionate society. i'm a doctor. i focus on patients and care as opposed to number of people covered. i think we could do a lot better. the number of the governors met with some of us yesterday. what they say is rigidity coming out of washington has hurt their ability to deliver actual care to people on medicaid in their states. whether they expanded medicaid or not as a result of obamacare, they feel that they've been -- their hands have been tied in terms of actually getting bang for the buck and helping provide more care for more people. and that's the kind of flexibility that they want. and i think they're going to get with donald trump and especially mike pence, who has a governor of indiana, did expand medicaid but did it under his terms. >> thank you. >> dr. barrasso, senator barrasso, all in one, thank you very much for taking time out on inauguration day to join us.
we appreciate it. >> great to be with you. hey, thank you, brian. we've had a major hold in the motorcade here. and we think it is simply a matter of getting a line of other vehicles lined up and ready to go. major cities like washington, because it's their business, new york, have dedicated motorcycle police officers who drill and drill and drill in this kind of thing, most on harleys, thank goodness, and that is what we're going to see here. a huge phalinx on this day. >> carnage also. >> usually this motorcade doesn't move much faster than agents can run. they run alongside. one thing we haven't seen a lot of is -- look at that ar-15
style weapon on the far right-hand side of the frame being used openly. that has come up in america more recently. three flatbed trucks with cameras and reporters on them. and the aforementioned listing white van in front of the motorcade. >> ill-balanced. white van with hopefully, yeah handrails to hold onto on the top. >> hopefully make that van makes it down pennsylvania avenue. >> the #sayaprayerforthevan. steve, where are you at? >> the parade, commander in chief flanked by the members of the military. he's assumed office. he's the most powerful man in the world. i think we'll see some military flyovers ahead. but one of the unique aspects of the presidency, and i think unique for donald trump, who's never held public office, never
served in the military, are all the trappings now of the american head of state, the commander in chief being bestowed on him today. and it's fascinating to watch. >> chris, you were so upset earlier that the president was not buttoning his jacket. >> yeah. i think he's gotten it together. >> we should point out that the agents never do so they can reach their weapons. now that i know it's upsetting to you, i -- >> no i just thought it was a statement. then someone later corrected me and said that was always the statement that he makes, which is the open coat, the long tie. >> yeah. >> i thought it was a message he was sending to people. i don't -- >> he was on tv for a long time. >> that could be. >> the question will be whether or not now people who want to, you know, be on the upswing in washington all start dressing like that. >> did you notice that his cute young son, barron, was dressed like that. the tie is big, the coat's open. >> his son, eric, dresses the same way, too. >> i like it when the cuter kid does it, the little kid.
i think it's cute the little kid wanting to be like his dad, wearing that swaggery overcoat, long tie. he's following his dad's foot steps. by the way, when are they going to open the windows? it looks like it's time. i don't know. >> yeah, i think we -- our pace will pick up here. it's as if they are stalling to get other elements of the parade loaded in here. >> jimmy carter was the one who really started the walk piece of this. >> yeah, holding hands with -- >> it was probably, in many ways, the most effective public relations he demonstrated as president. he was never quite good at that part of the job, the head of state, the chief of state. but then that sent a message. getting rid of the yacht and "hail to the chief" hurt him. people want their president to be agust. >> he gave away too much.
>> i definitely call that a phalinx. >> but there's no sqpr in the banner there. >> one of the things that's going to happen today, we're advised, is an unusually large flyover. we talked about these reports that the trump transition requested more of a red square-style show of military force, including tanks and missile launchers in a military parade, which is not something we do in this country. but the other thing they have requested and reportedly that they're getting is a military flyover from all five branches of the united states military, including helicopters from the coast guard. that's a very unusual thing. the last time we had a military flyover at an inauguration was 1949 and harry treumuman. there was a flyover of george w.
bush. but to have one at the inauguration, it's the first time since the midpoint of the last century. it will be a big one involving all the branches of the military. the president trump has said in a recent interview that he wants to show off the military. he that wants military parades. that that's part of what he wants to be a hallmark of his presidency. i don't know why he wants that but we'll see that. >> you know why. you know why. >> why? >> a show of strength. it's a head of state's military strength. >> it's em bargs to be the only president will no public service or military service being the one who wants to most show off the military when your only military experience -- >> small hands phenomenon? >> no. you want to show off the military once you're in office? i hope there's a different
explanation. >> well, look at the time. let's bring in michael dantonio, who is among the modern day trump biographers who can talk about donald trump, the 45th president of the united states. i noticed a piece last night asking various trump biographers if they think the man will change in the office if you're part of this belief that he will turn over a new leave. >> well, we saw a little bit of that when he actually toasted the clintons. i noted he waited until the very last minute to do it. he wasn't going to do it in his address. that address was also classic trump. we've got remember, this is the guy who talked about crippled america. that was the title of his campaign book. you know, he has the ability to be warmer and to be gracious there was just a tiny note of
that and i was encouraged by it. but it's an awful small sign. what about people who say surely he'll stop his use of social media. certainly using it to diminish or attack or belittle. i mean there he was last night on the event on the eve of his inauguration taking a swing at cnn's election night coverage. at this late date. >> yeah, it's really hard to imagine why he thinks it's necessary to keep litigating the election. you know, this is a guy who won. he's got the office. i thought he struck a similarly sour note in the way that he talked about washington with sitting presidents right there behind him, or former presidents sitting behind him. it was pretty insulting if you think about the way that he talked about washington with all washington gathering around him. so he will be combative.
he understands what his approval rating is. i'm not sure he's terribly concerned about that. he's going to try and leverage the anger of his core supporters to get washington to do what he wants. >> what are you going to be looking for? first week, first two weeks. >> well, i actually think that he's going to disturb republicans as much as he disturbs democrats. he's not doctrine in his commitment to policies. he's about what will work. so this populism, this kind of obnoxious populism where he hits people between the eyes to get their attention, i think is something he's going to continue. >> do you think he is socially a new york lib rat at heart? >> i think personally he is, if you look at his personal behavior, you know, he's a pretty liberal guy whose been through a lot of relationships and loves to talk about women and living the high life.
he's a symbol of excess. so i don't think he's going to be as reserved as say a president carter was. he mentioned him. he was really the opposite of a trump. >> do you think we'll ever see donald trump's tax returns? >> i really don't. i think he's learned what he can get away with and remember, donald judges his power by what he can get away with. if he can violate a norm, he's going to do it. so -- and people who support him kind of eat that up. >> final question about the polls, he will -- because he was so polling obsessed early on in the electoral process and the campaign, he will not like if his numbers don't go north from where they are. >> i agree with you. i think he wants most of all to be popular and to be adored.
you know, i notice that when the warmest moment came when he looked at the photo of himself being inaugurated during the dinner. he warmed up and then he became generous towards the clintons. he really wants the world to reflect his beauty back at him and if the polls show something different, it'll be upsetting to him. the address of president trump, and he didn't sound like a classic republican. didn't sound like somebody concerned with fiscal policy to reducing the fiscal deficit. he didn't seem to be concerned about reform.
he did talk about like a spender when he talked about infrastructure spending. and that sounded like more of an appropriator in the house that was democrat or republican. how's that going to square with the ambitions of mr. ryan, the speaker. >> i think that's why he spent so much time with paul ryan and mike pence in the last couple of weeks just making sure that he had a good relationship, but, you know, my view it was a very optimistic speech actually because the first thing he said is today's not just the transfer of power from one party to the other, but actually from washington, d.c. to you the people. and then he took on the establishment as he has, but i thought he did it in a very positive tone saying that we're not going to take the wealth from the middle class and redistribute it to other countries and to places in washington. we want this to be your government. so in my opinion, his speech today was very consistent with the whole reason why he won, but i think chris, to your point, mike pence is going to run a lot
of interference. we heard paul ryan's comments at the toast, said it's one of his dearest friends, and that's absolutely true. paul ryan, tom price, they're all close together. jeb who will be chairing financial services. these guys are going to be the center of a lot of legislative lift, but they're very, very close friends. i think mr. trump is going to operate at the 10,000 foot view and as he has pointed out many times as if pence is going to run the shop, if you will. >> mr. kingston, former congressman from georgia. i'm sorry about confusing your identity. you've been working with mr. trump. i apologize for working saying you're working with us. >> you were giving me a promoos. i was looking forward to it. full benefits. >> thank you, sir. >> we are back now to the motorcade, kristen welker is apparently on a flat bed out in front of the limousine, can you hear kpups. >> reporter: i can hear you, right here.
and we are along the parade route. we just passed the department of labor. and we are passing a lot of cheering supporters, people who are holding their trump 2016 signs wearing their make america great again hats. we understand there are some protesters as we get a little bit further up the parade route, but so far, we haven't seen any protests. what we have heard is a lot of folks cheering, shouting, a lot of people with their iphones out trying to take pictures, trying to capture this historic moment. and of course, this is a tradition that goes back to our very first president george washington. his parade route, a little bit different though. he travelled from montana vernon to new york and that's where he took the oath of office. he was followed by troops along the way. part of the reason why we have that tradition today and we have members of the military lined up all along the parade route, and that is quite a site to behold. another little bit of history, jimmy carter, president jimmy carter was the only president to
walk the entire length. and a lot are thinking about that today, particularly with this rain. it's held off a little bit right now and wondering if and when we will see president trump, the 45th president now get out now and walk. and our bets are on he might get out when we pass his hotel. trump hotel which opened back in september. some of his plea employees might come out to cheer him on. and of course it's customary sometimes to take that final stretch down pennsylvania avenue to the white house. and actually walk that. so, still remains a question, remains up to the first family. to decide what they'd like to do. as of right now, they are passing by thousands of supporters who are excited to see him now, the 45th president. brian. >> kristen welker, thanks. a very slow motorcade, no faster than people can walk as you can see. they have indeed passed by the department of labor. craig melvin, our next stop along the way, craig.
>> reporter: brian, the announcer just came up and just told the crowd that's assembled here that the 45th president is on his way down pennsylvania avenue, roughly a mile and a half from the capital to that reviewing stand. a lot of folks here who've assembled, i talked to a number of them. they are hoping that at some point he decides to get out of that limousine and greet the folks who've assembled here. this was a fairly thin crowd up until about two hours ago. the rain of course has been an issue throughout much of the day. but the crowd really started to fill out and maybe hour, hour and a half ago. there have been a number of screaming matches between protesters. and trump supporters here in the crowd. but by and large, that is also something that stopped roughly 30 minutes ago. this is the d.c. police department here in front on this motorcycles, in front of that --
behind that rather i should say, that's the color guard of the d.c. police department as well. some 12,000 law enforcement members, 12,000 law enforcement personnel, many of them from out of state. we talked to some officers from miami. we also talked to a number of officers who've come in from massachusetts who seemed just as interested in talking about tom brady and the patriots on sunday as they did in talking about the inauguration festivities as well. but you can probably see folks doing what so many of us do in occasions like this now. whipping out those cell phones, capturing just a piece of history. he'll make his way down this portion of pennsylvania avenue, 13th and pennsylvania by the way. historically, over -- this is my third inauguration, in this location, historically by this point, the president has