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here's lester holt. >> and there's a live picture of the white house -- of the capitol, actually, of course. ands there's the white house. in a short time, president-elect trump and president obama will begin their trip to the u.s. capitol where mr. trump will be sworn in around noon eastern time. it will be the start of a new era in washington and this country, what many see as a clean break from the last eight years under president obama. i am joined for our coverage by chuck todd, our political director and moderator of "meet the press" by tom brokaw who has covered the comings and goings of presidents since lyndon johnson and by nicole wallace, nbc political news analyst. tom, let me start with you. we have seen in many, many campaigns where, you know, harsh words were said. but to see the relationship that we've seen between president obama and president-elect trump in the last several weeks, how would you describe it?
>> well, i think that president obama wanted to go out on a high note. he's got very good approval ratings as he leaves office. i think he has a great, great sense of the dignity of this moment and the importance of it. and the country he also understands needs to be healed and perhaps he's thinking we can begin the process, the two of us, for all the division that went on during the campaign. now it's time to find ways that we can work together. it's a xwolic act, but it can be very important, in my judgment. >> chuck, they're sitting down having coffee right now at the white house. president obama calling donald trump at with one point unfit, woefully unprepared. we know donald trump questioned his citizenship. talk us through this. >> look, it is, in some ways, it may be remarkable that they have forged a relationship, but it's -- they have. it's out of necessity with president obama's motivation, one, i think being what tom bra
brought up. the other part is the serious business of the transition. part of it is how he was treated by george w. bush in his transition and he wants to pay that forward. but this relationship, look, donald trump has reciprocated as barack obama has reached out. donald trump has also reached back out to him. and by the way, joe biden and mike pence have forged an interesting personal relationship. look, it is helpful to the country to know and i think for anybody that's not excited, but feeling anxious about today, they probably feel better knowing that president obama and president -- the next president trump do get along. >> this -- as you're looking at, this is the peaceful transfer of power that we have talked about or even some of the low points of the campaign. this is the way it is done in the united states. nicole, what about the issue of advice? we know they've had a lot of conversations. i would suspect what is happening right now is more polite in nature, but how much
business has gotten done? how much influence do you think b president obama has had on mr. trump? >> well, listen, that first meeting between the two of them just two days after the election was extraordinary and it went long. it went 30 minutes longer than planned. and there donald trump, who created the birther movement sat almost knee to knee and was making the arguments for his lack of fitness for the presidency. but they both stand to gain something important to each of them. donald trump is not a particularly ideallogical man. and while he's made some idea lod idealogical appointments, there's an opportunity for president obama to shape some of the issues he cares about the most. i know they've had conversations about the future of obamacare, how president trump will tweak it, rebrand it in some ways and keep some of the things most important to president obama. and on donald trump's part, he is going to have a moment in his presidency where he's going to need the other half of the
country that didn't vote for him. you know, it bothers him that he didn't win the popular vote. and we know that because he talks about it incessantly. it bothers him that he's being sworn in with some of the approval ratings and we know that because he talks about it all the time. and it bothers him when he's criticized on television and we know that, too, because he talks about it all the time. so when he wants to lay a bipartisan feel on something, he has an open line of communication with president obama and i can see him asking something of the former president. >> presidents don't turn down other presidents. that's just don't. that club is small and it will be interesting. look, i think that as president elect, he has not used that convening power that he already has to create moments. as president, i think, you know, will he use that? again, that sort of convening power that you have to get -- when it's necessary. i think president obama will be answering that call when asked. >> when asked, yes. >> i am surprised he hasn't done it.
>> none of the former presidents who are here today voted for him. i don't know that that's happened before. >> well, let me bring in michael benchloss, presidential historian. michael, on that point and this point of it being a very small club, how much do they ultimately rely on each other, historically? >> oftentimes, they do a lot. john kennedy 1961 encountered the huge failure of the bay of pigs, the failure of the cia backed freedom fighters to take the island away from castro. he was very embarrassed. the first thing dewas call it dwight eisenhower, the still immensely popular hero of d-day who had just retired from the presidency. they were photographed together at camp david. that helped kennedy politically and publicly. eisenhower said, mr. president, forgive me if i'm being blunt, but if you ever do this again, make sure we don't fail. >> and there's a view of the capital right now, people
gathering around the west front where the swearing in will take place a little over two hours from now. that's a choir. many of those will be taking place, the other end of pennsylvania avenue we're keeping a close i eye. that conversation and informal greeting and form yal, if you would, between the current president and first lady and the future president and first lady. you see some of those blank spots in the capitol mall being filled in. some of that is the vip area. and beyond that, people are filling in up and down the mall to witness this historic event. i was outside just a few minutes ago. it is kind of a damp cold out there. it is a drizzling -- marchers. as a kid who was in the marching band and played an instrument, the fact that it is not freezing today, the fact that they get
instruments. >> it is a great opportunity. people talk about the devisive, and the tough election. i want to remind folks today, take a step back and witness the spectacle of american democracy. it doesn't matter how tough it gets, how noisy it gets, how loud it gets that we're able to do this, a transfer of power. it sounds corny, but -- >> i'm with you. >> absolutely. >> the election nights are special to me. this is almost the way you feel on the fourth of july. there's an extra bounce in your step about how you feel about inauguration day because it is the ultimate celebration of the this country's democracy. >> we want to go right mow to peter alexander who is outside st. john's church. >> lester, good day to you. we had an opportunity to spook
briefly with mike pence about the sermon, which he called very moving and about this day that he said was very humbling. donald trump didn't say quite as much, but he certainly was all thumbs up, point to go me repeatedly as he said he felt good about this day. i exchanged a couple of text messages with his son, eric trump, a short time ago who said that his father is going to do very well and make this country very proud. the family is feeling particularly good, as you can imagine, on this day. and what was notable as they arrived here was just how big that circle is that sort of grew into this office with them. we saw steve bannon, reince priebus. in terms of what's happening inside that white house this morm morning, at about roughly 9:30, 8:30, i should say, excuse me, in the morning the president was in the state dining room with his family. it was their opportunity or the last time to say good-bye to their staff. as is tradition, he was presented with a gift.
we have learned exactly what that gift was. it was a hand carved wooden box with the flag that flew above the white house on his first inauguration day, as well as the flag that flew above the white house on his final day in office. that is a tradition that dates back decades here as well as they meet right now during that tea, that coffee taking place. as soon as they depart, president obama and michelle obama leaving for the last time. that's when the chaos of the day begins. it's at that moment that the transition of property, as it were, you know, the peaceful transition of power. this is the peaceful transition of property. that begins in earnest. they have roughly five hours in total to swap out all of the property within the residence that belonged to the obamas and replace it with stuff that the trumps prefer. that includes redecorating in the west wing, specifically the oval office today, as well. lester, back to you. >> and peter, we've heard a lot about that quick transition, but what about the business of
governing in terms of the key offices in the white house? do people go right to work? >> that's a good question. in fact, at 12:01 today, we are told some of those key individuals, those closest advisers who are already appointees, who are also in these roles will go directly into their office, into their offices. what was notable this morning is that overnight, in fact, we saw some pictures from inside the west wing that was basically barren. it's something that i've never seen before. having worked in the white house as a reporter, of course, over the course of the last four years, the walls are usually filled with a gallery of photos of the obama a as are there. when president trump arrives a short time this afternoon, the photos will be replace dollars outside his office by tradition with some photos from the inaugural ceremony today and by the time he arrives, many of his staffers will be in place to assume their responsibilities. >> a pair of former speakers there walking their way out on to the platform at the capital.
let's go to hallie jackson to set the scene. >> hey there, lester. the vip platform behind me on the west front is filling up here. you're watching former speakers newt gingrich, john boehner washingt walking out and taking their positions. a lot of folks are snapping pictures on the phone of everything unfolding. sheldon adelson is here, as well, a republican donor. he has an aisle seat not too far back from the podium where the president-elect, soon so be president donald trump will be delivering his inaugural address. i had a brief text conversation with one member of congress and asking how they're feeling about today. the response was one word, wet. the rain has stopped here at the capitol, although there were some folks out wiping down the seats to make sure everything is comfortable for the people as they get ready for the program to begin not too long from now. we've talked a little bit about donald trump's activities this morning publicly. privately, we know he started his day where he sometimes does and that is on twitter, sending out a message to his millions of
followers saying the movement begins today. we are going to get to work, essentially. and a little bit about this twitter situation. he will take over later today. the official potus account. all the tweets from the last eight years from president obama under that potus account roll over to a new handle and that is po po pot potus44 where those tweets will be archived for the record. donald trump said he will use both his personal account and the official white house account as well. we expect the inaugural address to be roughly 20 minutes. that's about how long president obama's prior addresses have been, as well. so that's typically sort of within the time frame we would think as we watch more people walking into the capitol here. we know several governors have arrived, too. governor chris christie, one of the first former rivals to come out and endorse donald trump in the campaign. there was a lot of expectations over the summer that perhaps christie would land a coveted spot in the cabinet or administration. ultimately, it did not turn out that way.
wisconsin governor tom walker has arrived along with john kasich who was one of the leaders of the trump never movements. the marine corps band is playing down below. you probably hear those sounds wafting up tr where we are. more and more people not just 23w4r below the stands, but all the way down. about an hour ago, we saw one of the president-elect's top aides, steven miller, his policy adviser and speech writing guru stepping to the podium to do some of those last-minute checks making sure the microphone was at the right height, checking the teleprompter. they've removed the plastic from the chairs. everything ready now for the arrival of donald trump. >> let's review what has been going on this morning and what is to come. the president-elect and his family begin their day leaving blair house to attend a worship service at st. john's church, known as the church of the president. it's an inauguration day tradition dating back to fdr in
193 3. from there, mr. trump and his wife, melania, headed to the white house for morning tea and coffee with the president and first lady before the procession to the capitol. they'll all be riding together, always interesting to hear about the conversations that take place in that car. the swearing in ceremony starts around 11:30 on the west front of the capitol. supreme court justice john roberts will be administering the oath of office and president trump at that point will give his inaugural address. it's expected to last about 20 minutes and trump's team says it will be a personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country. and we'll be turning to our nbc news correspondents throughout our coverage for reporting here in washington and beyond. but right now, we're going to take a short break ask be back with more
it's not clear whether there will be any interaction, any chance for an interaction today. >> this is one of my pal, my partner, mark murray. this will be the first time they are in the same space -- you don't want to say same indoors since they're not indoors, same space since the al smith dinner. >> and there are the cheneys. >> you were asking. >> there's the hat. >> ask and you shall receive. >> looks great, doesn't he? looks healthy. >> he's doing great. >> daughter, liz, a member of congress. >> yep. >> and he looks well. >> he's out there fly fishing and holding forth. he lives in jackson hole.
>> steve scalia and steny hoyer. >> we listen the in a little bit here. >> always fun to eavesdrop. >> you never know when you get the cool hot mike moment. >> well, we are joined here on our panel by hugh hewitt, nbc news and msnbc radio analyst on the salem network. good to see you. >> good to be here, lester. it's fun watching this from this perspective and to see all the old faces. eight years ago, vice president cheney was in bad shape and since that time has recovered remarkably well and looks terrific this afternoon, this morning as they gather. and i think chuck said when i was off set, it's the fourth of july. it really is the civic pageant. i don't know how anyone can not enjoy it, whatever their policy. >> and before you break, i wanted to have a conversation about the state of the country with this transition of power versus eight years ago when the country was on the economic brink, the auto industry was on the brink.
will donald trump have more running room, more of a honeymoon of some sort, given the fact that the country is not in an emergency state, as it was? >> he needs to earn this honeymoon. i think he has an opportunity to earn it. but he's -- i'm sorry, i've said it before -- he missed some opportunities these last six to eight weeks to -- and again, to just erase the asterisk. whatever you want to say about it and i know some supporters will say, why do us that? but look, when you win an election this way, the split popular vote, you know it's a divided company. george w. bush did a tremendous job to make outreach. appointing a downtown em to the. that hadn't been done in a while. i think donald trump has gotten a late start here, hewitt. i wonder if he'll be thinking about that today. >> i think the appointments of generals kelly and mattis being nonpartisan are significant. and i think if he continues on
with the key of we is what i think he should sing in today in this short inaugural address. i think he should be inclusive and not divisive. 1789 is the first inaugural. it took 76 years to get to lincoln's second, by most accounts the greatest inaugural speech. 76 years thereafter, it was fdr's third inaugural on the eve of world war i as bombs rained down. and then '76 brings us to this. so it's an interesting cycle and in each of those three ones, washington, lincoln and fdr's very inclusive tone. so i hope mr. trump hits that today. >> you would not include jfk in 1960? >> rhetorically very high, but not in a moment of crisis in the way '41, lincoln's second inaugural -- >> it's interesting you call ate moment of crisis. you brought up '09 versus today. so in '09, we were in the process of a -- we were in the brink of an economic disaster, experiencing it at the moment.
at the time, we almost were losing a million jobs. that month that barack obama took the oath of office. yet this town, this capital, there was a euphoric atmosphere. the economy feels better. the country seems on one hand economically more stable than it was eight years ago, yet there's an uneasiness. >> but the euphoria. listen, i spent all last week covering trump. the euphoria is in the places where they got their guy. this town i wouldn't expect to be euphoric. certain pockets identity will she. but the euphoria was out in america where the experience was like brexit, where this was a celebration and victory against elite against the establishment of both parties. >> let's listen in here, kellyanne conway greeting people. >> oh, i remember that. that is very -- i do remember that. i didn't see the letter, but i remember that. >> she is just out of mike range. >> that depends how good your hearing is there.
>> you mentioned earlier in 1984. the coldest one. i was here for that. everyone was happy, both republicans and democrats. >> this looks like they're on the move now. i'll let the control room confirm that for me, but this looks like -- >> i missed the exit from the white house. >> the first couple and the soon to be first couple riding together along pennsylvania avenue, making their way to the capitol. >> the fact is -- >> stephanie gosk is with a lot of folks, very excited folks who have crowded on the mall. stephanie. >> hey, lester, how are you? a lot of people have gathered out here today. i'm here with a couple of sisters from pittsburgh who decided that it was important to come to d.c. this is their first inauguration. carrie, tell me why it was important for you to be here today. >> i believe in mr. trump and i believe in what he's trying to do for the country. and i think that we needed a change and i'm really hoping he does what he says he'll do.
>> and dana, for you, what was it about trump that drew you to him? >> i think the fact that he was not a politician and he was willing to step up and do things that other people haven't done. >> and tell me a little bit about this, as first timers, to be in washington, d.c. on inauguration day. what does it feel like? >> it's really exciting. i love the atmosphere. i just wish we could get to the mall. that's the only thing we wish. but -- >> you've got the capitol right down there. >> and we have a great view for the parade, too. >> excellent. you will have a bird's-eye view because the parade is going to pass right by here. nice talking to you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> lester, back to you. >> all right, stephanie, thanks. we are watching the presidential motorcade there just a few moments ago as they make their way here to the capitol. things getting upper way in about an hour, the actual ceremony and the swearing this will be around noon eastern time. >> vice president, i think,
actually gets sworn in before the president. so for a brief moment, i think we will technically have president obama and vice president pence. >> for a few minutes. >> a very brief moment. we'll take a break and continue with more of our coverage of the inauguration after this. happy anniversary dinner, darlin' can this much love be cleaned by a little bit of dawn ultra? oh yeah one bottle has the grease cleaning power of two bottles of this bargain brand. a drop of dawn and grease is gone.
>> who knew how many they had. >> gm makes specifically with these armoreded doors specifically. >> so i was thinking how did we mix the exit, but we did not. one other bit of business, we saw senator susan collins walking in with a medical boot. >> she broke her ankle, slipped on ice. it's maine. slipped on her ice in december, broke her ankle in two places. it's a tough recovery. you have to keep moving and keep off your feet. good luck with that as a smeert. senator. >> good luck with that. we did want to clear that up. >> always in such a great mood and optimistic. >> it is january in washington
and that can sometimes mean brutal, brutal cold. we don't quite have that, but we have some drizzle. and al roker is watching the weather for us. what is it going to be like the next few hours? >> we are going to see a very quick shower, line of showers move through. right now, things are dry. that's okay. we've had some drizzle, as you mentioned. temperatures are in the mid 40s. that's not so bad, either. and we are looking, in fact, as we check out right now the radar, you can see that there is a line back to our west that is going to be pushing in. we're in between showers, as you can see. so as that pushes through, it's a fast mover. that's great news. so boom, as we put the future cast into motion, it pushes through. it's a fast moving system. and the good news is, it should just about be out of here as we look at the forecast. there may be a lingering sprinkle or two during the swearing in ceremony. but then for the parade at 3:00, cloudy skies, cool temperatures in the mid 40s. but still temperatures nice and
seasonal. and all in all, it's going to be -- the weather should not be a problem for either the swearing in or for what's going on with the parade as it makes its way toward the white house, lester. >> thanks so much. there's a line of folks there. bob dole has made his way to the capitol. >> and elizabeth dole. >> she looks great. >> everything i've heard recently on bob dole, he's been feeling very good. >> i've been spending a fair amount of time with him. he's working very hard on the eisenhower memorial for the mall, raising the money. the family finally has signed off on the design. >> that has taken way too long. >> but the family signed off on the design and the old warrior is out there raising money for it, talking to everybody that he can find. mrs. senator dole, elizabeth dole,s has created a very good program for supporting veterans' families which need a lot of
help. not just the veterans themselves, but they need help. she's gotten congress involved, the "today" show is deeply involved in it. these two people are public servants every day of their lives. >> my favorite thing about senator dole is he is as up to date on the political gossip as anybody. when i interviewed him, he had already -- that day and a couple of presidential candidates who were about to announce had already called him. as mr. republican, he was the only living nominee that said i'm going to the convention. he has been very loyal to the republican party and donald trump as the nominee since he got the nomnomination. >> and also his client, of course, was in china. >> taiwan. >> taiwan.. >> that's true. >> that was important. >> he got something there. >> let me set the scene what you're looking at on the left side. that is the entrance to the white house where we expect to see the obamas and the trumps emerge here shortly for the
short trip up to capitol hill for the capitol. they're enjoying what is a key coffee and tea moment. it's a formality that has become a tradition on this day. >> we're watching the new cab threat on the right side. you just saw rex tillerson walk through. >> scott pruitt. >> yeah. so we're seeing the new potential cabinet, not all -- i think we will see at least two or three confirmations today. general mattis may, officially by the end of the day, may be the secretary of defense and john kelly may be officially the secretary of -- >> dr. ben carson. >> yeah. >> gary cohen. >> he's a name you haven't heard a lot. he's going be the president's chair of the economic council. he has already seen -- he has really earned the trust, i'm told, of the incoming president in a way very quickly, a real member of that inner circle.
you hear ban non, conway, kushner, you'll start hearing cohen. >> he was president of the goldman sachs, which is not exactly a club that you put together overnight. that was a big sophisticated international organization. they both are new yorkers. they both have kind of the same tough toout attitude about how you get things done. and i asked him about how he was doing and he said, well, i think i'm really making progress. i'm trying in some regards to get him not to tweet so much, but i'm not as successful as that. >> he's not an idealogical guy, either, just like donald trump. that's where you see a bonding there and the two of them think of themselves as doers. >> and that was a campaign promise. that was exactly the kind of person he promised to populate his government with. >> let me get to katie right now who is at the capitol. >> we're at the foot of the dias where donald trump will take the oath of office. behind me, we can see unvicingly a sea of red emblematic hats.
i'm here with jim and pam. they were from maryland, a blue state. so how did it feel in a stavotir trump in a state that went towards hillary clinton? >> great. it was great. trying to move the needle in a little way. >> what do you expect to hear from trump when he delivers his inaugural speech? >> how he's going to unite the company again and bring us all back together. whatever our differences, this is a great day and he brings us together and makes our economy better and brings us together. >> what do you think are the issues that can unite you and your fellow voters who maybe didn't cast their vote for donald trump? >> tax reform. lower the taxes, donald. >> anything else? >> yeah. just make a better business climate so we can all, you know, maybe positive per a little bit more than we have in the last eight years. >> how do you feel about the transition efforts so far? do you think donald trump has
made an effort to unite the country? do you want to see him do a little bit more? >> i think he has. i think it was evident with the stream of people coming in from trump towers, you could see he was reaching across the aisles. and i think he has made a very good effort to try to bring our country together. >> did you want to see a democrat in the cabinet? usually past presidents have put a rival in the cabinet. >> i would not have minded. if he felt there was a qualified person and their political vows were of that party, that would have been perfectly fine. >> pam and jim from maryland, obviously a blue state, thank you so much. >> katie, thank you so much. i just completed a week-long tour of different parts of the country talking to people about the changes coming to america. they all talked about this notion of bringing the country back together and healing these wounds. but when you press people, you find the divisions are still pretty sharp. and you start to wonder. nicole, are we asking too much of any president to bring the country together? >> yeah, listen.
i was on a parallel journey. you went north and i went south and i heard the same thing. they are thrilled to have been right. they have thrilled to have prevailed against what felt like, you know, an establishment political class, democratic and republican and the media that was sort of going along. so they've thrilled by upheaval. but i think they would like to see him do some of the more t traditional things. he's now the leader of the free world and they want him to stop tweeting at union bosses. if he wants to make a policy case on twitter, that's fine, but they want to see him act a little more presidential. >> i also saw the division was not just a along ideaal political lines. lvs the division over character. some of the people that supported him acknowledge some of the offensive things he had said and done along the way, but said that's not why they were voting. but other people couldn't get past that, even as they might agree on policy issues. >> i've heard from parents on this a lot.
i'll be honest, in my own neighborhood, i've heard from parents and teachers on this issue. i have to say, that is something that, look, i think -- i think b vice president pence can have a lot of influence on him. it is important that the president of the united states is a role model that all parents want to feel comfortable pointing to. and that is something and i think you need to make an effort on. i think vice president pence will try to push him in that direction. >> to point out, we're looking at the members of the supreme court as they're walking in. >> for parents who did vote for him, i went out and talked to mowers before the election .after. they said they weren't asking him to raise their children, that was their job. so it divided parents on both sides of the trump teeld. >> there's an optimism here that i wish people would get. i think about the last ten years. with the election of barack obama, there was a group of americans that thought, oh, my god, my voice can be heard. in this election, you ran b into people who thought, oh, no, i
have been heard. let's look at it from 30,000 feet over the last decade and all americans have felt as if their voice can get heard at the ballot box. that's the up side of all of this. it is now on the shoulders of our leaders, both the next president, trump, as well as it was with president obama to sort of grab that and -- >> and grow it, yeah. >> that is where there is commonality between obama and trump. they both came in as outsiders. is there a way to forge that, a successful politician. if donald trump can learn to be a successful politician, he'll do that, hugh. >> yeah. the most intractable institution is the senate. we had a brief picture of mitch mcconnell whos has waited for his entire political life for a unified republican party -- >> here is senator schumer now. . >> if chuck schumer and mitch mcconnell can make the institution work with this most nur president, that would be
very optimistic. >> you know, the irony could be that the way that dirkson and lbj had a bipartisan relationship, and dirkson and lbj were closer than some of the senate democrats, schumer may have a better relationship with mcconnell. >> may be. for those that don't remember the name of evert dirkson, he was a senate majority leader. they disagreed with almost everything, but they would horse trade around the clock. >> they might be working together on infrastructure, for example. there's going to be a tension here. the democratic party, the base wants to resist. the base wants to fight. >> elizabeth warren here. >> speaking of fighters. >> and i think she feels that pressure. you can see in this confirmation. this is going to be chuck schum schumer's challenge. >> simultaneously, the democratic party has to decide what it wants to be. that will be a very important
part of this as they go forward. i saw a young democrat today who lost in this election cycle and i said what are you going to do? and he said we're kind of at sea at this point. the fact of the matter is, there are things that they can do together, but the dirkson/lbj, they had served in the senate together. they spoke each other's language. >> but schumer and trump speak new york. >> exactly. >> that's an important language. >> but schumer has a different democratic party behind him at that point. >> and here is, again, supreme court justice roberts who will be administering the oath. you see justice thomas there who will be -- >> and we hope he gets it right this time. >> and in the middle, literally and figuratively is justice kennedy who is assuming we know where the vacancy goes with president trump's eventual appointee puts kennedy right smack in the middle --
>> tom's memory of the chief justice botching up the oath eight years ago, they had to readminister it to president obama the next day. >> i'm guessing he's not going to try to do it from memory any more. >> how quick do you all think that the president trump will be moving on the supreme court pick? >> he promised very quickly. by the way, i wouldn't dawdle if i remember him politically. this is something with confirmations and all this stuff, get it done early. it's going to be a painful process, too, lily. and you don't want to have that linger. >> here is the trump family now. >> it's very unusual, jared kushner, who is the son-in-law and a very successful new york businessman is going to be in the white house with an official role. the question then is, who will listen to him begin, the president.
>> kristen welker is now looking down at the vip arrivals. >> striking to see the trump family members arrive, lester. it's one of those moments, i think, for everyone here that it starts to feel increasingly more real. another vip who we just watched enter. senator bernie sanders and sort of reminds everyone of how hard fought this race was. he is, of course, the former rival of hillary clinton during the primary. we are highly anticipating her entrance as you were discussing earlier. this will be the first time that she and president-elect donald trump are in the the same space since that bitter campaign. so there are going to be a lot of eyes focused on her, as well. president obama has talked so much about the importance of the peaceful transfer of power and that's something that really matters to the clintons, as well. so, of course, they are here because of former president bill clinton, but they think this is part of their responsibility to this democracy. we've seen a number of other
vips arrive and that will continue. 1600 in all on this platform, lester. >> as we continue to watch folks make their way, we're keeping a close eye on the left side of your screen where the obamas and trumps will be emerging shortly. senator ted cruz there who waged his own battle against donald trump for the republican nomination. but has climbed on board and said today he's very excited about what's to come in washington. >> by the way, saw jared kushner there, the son-in-law. another interesting thing, he comes from a family that has deep democratic party ties. his father was one of the biggest and most important donors and supporters of a former democratic governor of new jersey named jim mcgreevy. so there are nonidealogical people and that will be an interesting dynamic in the base of your party. >> i agree. i saw scott walker earlier today
and reince priebus arriving. at the same time, jared kushner and ivanka trump are not known for being idealogical. i think it's an interesting white house. may be the most interesting since reagan brought -- >> here comes prt president and roselyn carter. >> president carter flew her commercially, by the way. >> in coach. >> and shook everybody's hand. talk about medical recoveries, tom. >> oh, my god. >> i mean, how about this? >> it is -- i mean, he's cancer free. and the fact is, it's a tribute to farm life. >> rural life, both dick cheney and jimmy carter. >> chuck, we're in trouble. >> it's also a tribute to his faith he will tell you. >> and his wife. >> yes, they're very, very strong. i saw her at nancy reagan's funeral and i hadn't seen her
for a while, but -- >> marco rubio. >> a young man with a future, marco rubio. but anyhow, jimmy carter has been -- in terms of his interest around the world, how he does it. the carter organization is extremely organized. >> and positive. i've interviewed him on a b number of occasiones and what a great outlook on life. this idealogical question is so interesting. half of the country is elated and the other half is beyond despair. a lot of people in my twitter feed, oh, i can't watch. sorry, i'll tune in next week. this is -- this impulse in donald trump to not be idealogical could be a ray of hope. he has said kind things about planned parenthood. he has said things more closely aligned with democrats on trade, on infrastructure, on foreign policy. so it will be interesting to see if jared kushner takes on the role of protecting the president's impulses and
instincts and preserving those places where he doesn't want to fall in line behind republican orthodoxy or whether he tries to sort of round off those edges and move him closer to the republican establishment. >> he's a populist through and through. he's a populist through and through. he has an ear. chris matthews has a great line about him. he thinks donald trump has the best ear going right now in politics. and the person that helps him with that here, jared kushner, steve bannon who is not idealogical. >> we would expect to see the obamas and trumps shortly. >> keep track of the bidens. i think joe biden will be the democrat that speaks out the most for a while, more so than -- in the same way if you remember former vice president dick cheney did, for the first year as the republicans are searching for a leader, i have a feeling biden is going to fill that vacuum for a little while. >> i have a personal hope.
i hope he'll say, as well, and launch for cancer. he's deeply committed and he's worked very hard. there's a contrast for you right there, bernie sanders and jim -- >> and that was karen pence we saw walk out with dr. biden. here now, the first lady and the soon to be first lady. >> this is the stuff i love as a history junky. i love that split screen we were showing. it's living history, folks. >> and reading the expressions of body language. figuring out what was said wind the scenes. >> don't you put your own thought bubbles on there? right. >> let's remember that malelani trump came heres as an immigrant, married donald trump and is now going to become the first lady of the united states. that doesn't happen anywhere else in the world. and you have to keep that in
mind. >> and we're waiting for president obama and president-elect trump. but first -- >> and their matching blue ties almost. >> vice president biden and soon to be vice president mike pence. >> they've known each other. they were both in had congress and joe biden has a good regard for him. >> and it's not per funtory. they have spent teen amounts of time for him. vice president biden giving his own tour of the world to the next vice president. >> i heard another one of donald trump's political had a very good meeting with valley jarrett who gave him a brief on what you can expect and what the difficulties are. >> one thing that might be said, we've heard a lot in this campaign about technology and what that does to people's job all around the country.
just to give you a sense of the pace of technology, a hundred years ago, this year, woodrow wilson was ininaugural rated for a second term and he came out of that door and got into a horse drawn carriage and rode up to the to the capitol. that was just a hundred years ago. >> here the door swings open and here is president obama and president-elect donald trump. he arrived in an armored tough. he's about to step into what is known as the presidential beast, the armored limb know seen. he arrived in washington on an air force plane, not his private 757. so it is all becoming very, very real. it's small steps. about an hour from now, one large step with the swearing in. >> those ties mean they're the leader of red and blue america. >> president clinton and
secretary hillary clinton. >> but their wives are wearing the reverse, so there you have it. >> outreach. outreach. >> so michael, have we heard any stories along the way of what occurs in this short car ride? >> usually people getting along pretty well. and that was particularly the case in the first one of these which was 1837 which andrew jackson was riding with the new president who happened to be his vice president, martin van buren. they were on great terms. but it has not always been that way. franklin roosevelt defeated president herbert hoover, 1933. they rode up to the capital. roosevelt kept trying to engage hoover in conversation and hoover was so depressed he barely spoke. finally, roosevelt was reduced to saying look at that building being built over there. what wonderful steal. >> as we look at this picture, of hillary clinton, your mind
just can't help go there to what she's thinking. she and so many people who thought this would be her day. >> uh-huh. >> and at the same time, what an important symbol this is of -- i keep coming back to this peaceful transfer of power. >> and let's not beat around the bush. i don't know if she's over it. i know it took her a long time. i know that -- and i don't think she is in some respects. >> you can't -- >> especially when you pick up your "new york times" today and you see that story about the idea that the russian investigation continues. and every time one of those stories hits, you hear through that grapevine that it stings. >> she got more votes than any losing candidate in history, almost 3 million more in the popular vote. and you're right, it's got to sting. >> her choice will be very interesting how she lives the next four years and what she decides to involve herself in the politics of the day. and no clues yet, i don't
believe, from anyone as to how she intends to do that. >> and the motorcade is on the move now, leaving the white house grounds, making the short drive to the capitol where a very short time from now, donald trump will become the next president of the united states. there's former president bush. laura bush. >> you know, the bushes and the clintons have become friends. one thing that might make it a little easier today on the clintons is that friendship he between george w. bush and laura bush and the clintons and, you know, i said this before. none of the former presidents on that stage will have voted for donald trump. so -- >> when you said that before, nicole, i have to say, it was sort of like was a wonderful observation, but it hit me like a sledgehammer. i mean, it did. this is why i think there has been a difficult time to unify the political world around this moment. and probably very healthy, because i think the people that voted for donald trump and put him had over the edge wanted a
shake up of establishment politics, not just republican or democrat. >> a big, big piece of why they voted for him, quite honestly, going by the treasury department now. on their way to -- we'll be looking at the west side of the capitol, which was the ronald reagan ininknow vacation invasi f innovation for this day. >> this is a round trip for donald trump. the next time, he will be going in the opposite direction and will be president donald trump. >> i must say as a reporter, i was never in there, but i would go as part of the pool to the capitol for the state of the union address. it was very exciting. it was one of those things that you look around and say, wow, i picked the right profession after all. all the excitement of going up to the capitol, the anticipation, and you're in the presidential limousine. i've ridden with presidents
before in the back and you're knee to knee with the secret service, as well. they slip in and they've got a jump seat. >> it's not as private as you're thinking. >> and by the way, in a moment, he will be passing his new hotel, which was i believe his first stop when he arrived in washington yesterday. >> you guys are talking about the limo. it's called "the beast" because it's so heavy. when they fly overseas, they have to take the beast with them. >> i understand to step inside the one that preceded this one, when that door closes, there's a -- and you feel like you're -- >> it's this thick. >> tamron hall is right by the trump hotel. tamron. >> hey there. we are right by the trump hotel. within a few minutes here, we should see what you are referring to as the beast carrying the president-elect and president obama. the next route back from the capit capitol, donald trump will be the 45th president of the united states with his hotel perhaps being the first time that the president steps out to greet
some of the people who are just to my left who have extra teej lick placed themselves in front of trump hotel, formerly the main post office for washington, d.c. i'm not hearing cheers here. so as the motorcade passes with the president-elect, his family, soon to be first lady, as well. we see dr. jill biden there and there is melania trump with first lady michelle obama. and you see there mike pence. i'm trying to step out of the way so you can see more here and there you have it. the president-elect and the current president headed now to our nation's capitol. when they make this our win, the route returns, we will have president donald trump. >> and tamron, in that hotel, not a small matter in the broader conversation about potential conflicts that this president will face from the moment he takes the oath. >> there's a reason they can't do a direct shot of pep pen
avenue of michael and does she it has to do with the president that maybe donald trump is most modelled after, andrew jackson. >> and he did so much to change this capitol. that's the argument that people make, this is the new andrew jackson and there is a lot about andrew jackson, i guarantee you, that does not remind us very much of donald trump but one thing does. that is that jackson is the one who said essentially elect me and i will end this person in which the white house has been held by the elites. the aristocrats. i will bring in the common people to the point that on inauguration day they open the white house to everyone that came in and trashed the place and broke the furniture. >> oh, apparently the trump transition, at least inquired about doing something similar. there is an affinity for jackson. >> they were breaking the windows and having riots on the lawn. >> exactly. we saw a picture a moment ago of the crowds passing by. imagine what life is like as a president. your whole view on the grounds is in a motorcade.
and everywhere you go, you will see people waving. you will see crowds gathered. i had the privilege of pooem being in the obama motorcade a couple of times last week. we were working on our interview about his legacy. and that was one of the things that struck me, eight years. that's how you see the world. you're in a world, there's no such thing as a stop light, there's no such thing as waiting in line. >> after 9/11 and tsa started making you take your shoes off, george bush was already president, obviously. and i ran into the oval office, i was late. i said my flight was late. it takes forever now to take off your shoes. thanks a lot for that, mr. president. he said what are you talking about? i said the gosh bleep bleep tsa makes you strip naked and because of you -- you know, you do live in this rarefied -- well, he knew but he hadn't experienced it. >> and no one faults him for it. >> right. it's for your own security. but in marine one, you take a helicopter to go to an airport.
to go to new york city. you land on wall street. and you complain about traffic and they look at you like you're crazy. >> dwight eisenhower, when he left the presidency, went back to his house, picked up the telephone and heard this buzz, which was a dial tone. he had never heard one. for the previous 20 years, he would pick up the telephone, there would be an operator and he would say, get me joe smith. >> the other thing is that donald trump has had more than a little experience riding in a limousine. >> correct. and a private airplane. >> and a private airplane. >> well, no, that is a concern that actually some folks around trump have that, you know, he does -- sheer a guy that was elected supposedly having this common touch, but he actually doesn't interact that much, hasn't. will interact even less so as president just because of the nature of sort of the way the -- >> there's governor chris christie who was seen as quite a while for being a potential rising star and having some major role in this
administration. >> the transition process is sort of a mess with a lot of finger pointing. some in chris christie's direction .some supporters of chris christie in the other direction. >> he ran the process for a year and had an office down here and a staff. and two days after donald trump won, he fired chris christie from that job and basically started the work anew. >> we were looking at the picture of hillary clinton a moment ago. she tweeted here recently, she said i'm here today to honor our democracy and its enduring values. i will never stop believing in our country and its future, #inauguration. so if the you're wondering what's on her mind, that was the tweet she issued a short time ago as we see president and laura bush making their way down and being greeted by folks. >> and her tweet echos the words of al gore when he conceded the election of 2000 when he said for the sake of my democracy win offer my concession. >> and our thoughts with
president george h.w. bush who remains hospitalized in houston after a health care this week. but obviously -- >> we've heard nothing but good news from jenna earlier today on the "today" show. so we're very excited to hear that. >> obviously, the situation is such that president bush could make this journey. >> i'm sure they're watching. >> and here is the arrival of the motorcade now to the capitol where they'll go in. and chris jansing is there. chris. >> dramatic images of the peaceful transition of power with the current president and the president-elect now arriving at what is known as the carriage entrance. this is a practice that dates back, lester, to 1837 with the current and soon to be president riding together in the same vehicle. it's worth noting that president obama, of course, retains power now until the oath of office is given. there is, in fact, a skeleton staff at the white house right
now. but this is the moment that we have been waiting for. they will arrive through the doors here, greeted by an inaugural which the, military cordon, senate and house sergeants at arms who are here waiting for them. i see michelle obama closest to me and melania trump, soon to be first lady, being directed around one of these vehicles here. they will go up these stairs and through the door. this is a very finally timed event. they will go into holding rooms. anyone whos has ever been to the capitol, who has taken a tour of the capitol, there is a place in the center of it that has 13 statues representing the 13 colonies. it is called the crypt. they will go in those holding rooms and wait for the symbol, the sign to go out. but they're having a conversation right now.
you can see the first ladies together, getting some directions from people. also some pleasantries. they've worked closely with members of this inaugural committee and, obviously, the transition committee. they will go up the stairs, through the doors, down the hall and once that hold is over, of course, the last person who will go out will be president-elect donald j. trump. he will walk down a set of 35 stairs. i walked it just the other day. there will be, right before he goes through the red cartans, a mirror that is hanging on the wall, a member of the inaugural committee said to me that's the last checkpoint where he can see how he looks. there's pete souza. >> and you will go to take the oath. >> and here we see them entering inside the capital. president-elect trump, president obama. >> speaker ryan. let's listen and see if we can
pick up some of the -- >> hello. hello, everybody. >> congratulations, sir. >> god bless our fellow colleagues there getting that shouting question in. >> okay. we're moving. >> to the question, we are bog to be looking for some -- here in the next several days. >> don't expect it today. i think it's -- i find it somewhat unusual that they have talked that monday should be viewed as the first real day of the presidency. >> the pences. >> that they're not going to do this, quote, hit ground running aspect today. it's really monday that they're building towards. >> one of the key aides, however, told me that he would not be surprised if they were challenged on the weekend in some form, economically or otherwise. >> we can talk about the one
challenge that everybody is concerned b about and that's north korea. they are anticipating a test launch of some form soon. >> here are the trump children. there's ivanka and tiffany and donald jr. and eric trump. somber faces as they prepare to step out ask watch their father become the next president of the united states. >> and barron there, too. >> chuck was talk ago moment ago about the possibility of a challenge from north korea. we talked about the symbolic of a smooth transition, but one thing that's developed in recent years is that the old president and the new president and their people have national security exercises so that if, god forbid, something like this happens one minute after the oath taking, the new president and his staff will be a little bit more up to speed. >> and these are post 9/11 reforms. i was talk, andy card who was
the chief of staff for george w. bush. and he was talking about they put in some new -- in order to make this transition smoother, he said that the obama administration enhanced it even more. they did an exercise last week. it was basically both teams. they did a -- essentially a practice emergency exercise, as you call. and that is a sobering moment for all of the advisers. that's the first time they feel the weight of what they're about to do. >>s as we look at the kids come in here, it's worth noting ivanka trump was asked about whether she would serve as the pseudo first lady and she shut that down. >> and emphatically so. >> and it was the first time she got the to answer that. she will have no official role in this white house. and there is the view. hallie jackson has got a great view looking on that to that west front where all this is taking place. hallie, what are you seeing? >> hi, lester. we are just across from the view
that you are showing now on a media riser. just a little color from the ground here. as people are watching on the monitors, every time they see a shot of the president-elect or his family, a big cheer goes up. there have been announcements now as each of the former living presidents has walked in. president carter and president bush and president clinton, as well. the senators who have gathered here on the platform are doing what a lot of people here are doing which is picking up their phones and taking selfies. >> and here, i believe, is the first time the public is seeing the trump children. i believe they're about to walk out into public view. there they are. you can hear that applause. let's listen. >> the chief of staff is even doing photos there. >> one of the folks i interviewed this week is texting me from the crowd. he said there were polite cheers for hillary clinton when she walked out from the trump supporters gathered on the mall. that's a nice sentiment.
>> which leads one of the questions i wanted to ask later on, but let's ask it now, would you expect, as president trump, to name her in his speech? >> he should. i would hope so. he has nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying to grow his support by being gracious. >> i'm sorry -- >> nothing to lose. >> i'm shocked that they haven't had a private meeting, a lunch, a coffee. >> and they know each other. >> she went to his wedding. this is, i think, the biggest mistake he made during the transition. she may not have wanted to do it, but there's no way she could have turned down that invitation from the president-elect. the fact that they haven't done it yet i just think is a mistake. >> keep in mind, he never fully closed the door on prosecuting her. remember, he had thrown that out -- >> correct. >> -- before the election. >> you know, well, it is -- i'm glad to hear that about the crowd. i don't -- you know, i think we were discussing earlier, how would the crowd, would it be --
feel like a trump campaign rally? would we start hearing some chants that we've gotten used to during the campaign? my feeling is no. i think you -- i don't care who you are as an american citizen, you walk into this capitol this week and democracy is just raining on you. and you start thinking as an american, not as a -- >> and nicole, i don't know if you heard this, but when i was touring the country, one woman said it so articulately. she is against donald trump. this was for clinton. but she said, you know, i hear all this not my president. she goes, he is my president. and, you know, she says, i've got to root for my president to succeed. >> and you know where you hear that is in the military. and donald trump did really well on military families and among veterans. but he didn't win them all. but they have to live that. they don't get to just say.it. the they have to live with this man as their commander in chief. i know people that say it mean it and they are really still hurting.
they feel dispondant about the outcome. but it's not a particularly productive sentiment. >> yeah. and there is some of the crowd. i know the park service and others, they don't like to get with the crowd counting business. i think there was talk of anywhere from 700,000 to 900,000 to come and witness this. there are protests in various parts of town. there were threats to -- >> we'll get a crowd estimate from somebody. >> we'll probably get one from donald trump. are you guys kidding me? >> that's who i was referring to, nicole. we'll get an official estimate perhaps from the podium. >> we may get some new poll numbers, you guys, a report on how we're doing and the coverage of the event. he's still donald trump. >> yeah. katie is down in the crowd right now as we take a look at jared trump. katie, what is the mood down there? have people been staked out for a while? >> yeah. they've been here for quite a while, with they're covered in
ponchos, they're wearing hats. i was wondering, as well, what the reaction would be when hillary clinton and bill clinton walked down. while there wasn't a large cheer in the same way there was for george w. bush, there was not anybody who was engineering in any way at hillary clinton. they said to me that they believe this was probably a pretty hard moment for her. they acknowledged that. but these people are trump voters. they're the ones that put him into the office. they're the ones that they feel defied the odds. and they feel very vindicated right now. now they're going to start chanting usa, which is obviously what we heard quite a bit of on the campaign trail. >> what can you see with the naked eye from where you are, people seeing this on a swrum b jumbotron. >> we actually have a really good view. . we have a direct view of donald trump, easy on to see. but there's a big screen over here so they can see people that are walking down the stairs. they can see faces, faces of
donald trump's cabinet. they were there were a number of cheers as donald trump's cabinet dook t took the stage. but they have a great view of donald trump and how he will be taking the oath of office. in terms of the crowd, it looks pretty filled to be here. these folks have been waiting for hours. they are excited. this is a day they hoped they would see come and it's a day they feel they deserved. back to you. that's an incredible picture of the mall. >> i can't wait until our folks do the speed up, you know with the crowd filling in. we've been watching all morning. as 7:00 a.m., as you might expect, staringelers. every half hour, it's been neat to see it fill in. >> and jacob is near the far end of the mall.
what are you seeing? >> yes. you can see the supporters all the way down to the back. when president obama was first ininaugural rated in 2009, 1.8 million people were here. and i can show you this way to the washington monument. it's not quite as filled up right now. but everyone has been watching from each and every moment from i guess what you would call the nose bleeds up on these television monitors up here. we can see what you can see from about 1.1 miles away. security is very tight. part of the reason why i took so long for people to fill in here, but the crowds are coming and they're certainly enthusiastic. >> jacob, thank you very much. just to recap, if you're just tuning in, president obama and first lady michelle obama and the trumps have now arrived at the capitol. they are in a holding room.
virtually all the vips have taken their place on the platform on the west front and we will be getting under way quite shortly. i think 11:30 is when the ceremony begins and there is some of the notables, secretary clinton and president clinton. so many members of congress. it has been noted that the members of congress have chosen to boycott this gathering today. i think the last number i heard was around 60 or so. >> mainly in reaction to the flap that john lewis had and his comments he made to you originally about the legitimacy of the -- >> and and an untold number of people around the country, before we get to kumbaya are not watching. >> and there will be a large protest in this town tomorrow, and not an insignificant one on that same mall. >> the women's march all over the country. >> so let's not forget there are people who look at 3 million margin, but the whole russian
hacking episode and they have not given up. >> and here is first lady michelle obama being escorted now along with dr. jill biden. >> i believe -- they've been very close. they've been working on veterans issues, the two of them. they have a high regard for one another and they've gone to different bases and had seminares and other -- >> and dr. biden has continued to teach. i was at an event with her over the last year and i said what are you looking most forward to when it's over? she goes, jogging alone. i remember she says, you know, it's weird jogging along and she said you end up getting competitive with the secret service agents, as well. >> and they're really fit. >> she said i just want to be able to run alone.
>> and vice presidents lose their secret service detail fairley quickly. former presidents never lose its. so michelle obama and barack, they'll never fully be alone again. and that is a hard thing for former presidents. >> we should check this. i thought at some point they were going to limit how long, how many years. >> there's still a full compliment of secret service. >> i had a classmate who was a secret service agent for president ford. that was very good duty. you were at vale in the wintertime for skiing, palm springs for summertime. >> i remember bumping into laid lady bird johnson and there she was with two agents. >> this will be a large first family. rick perry, governor perry, this will be a large first family to protect. because they live in separate places and all but one are adults.
>> and it is a -- it's going to be actually, we talk about security. there's a big question about the trump branded buildings. what extra security, how much is the government -- this is actually something that still hasn't quite been worked out yet in national security circles. >> ladies and gentlemen, the first lady, mrs. michelle obama and the wife of the vice president, dr. jill biden, escorted by the direct her of the united states senate committee on rules and administration kelly fado, miss irawanshaw and mr. paul pelosi. >> thank you.
thank you. >> as they take their seats, michael benchlos has been looking at the security around the trump hotel. strong with barricades and hundreds of police officers and marines. >> this is a remarkable picture, >> we talked about the clinton and bush relationship, mrs. obama and george w. bush were last together at the memorial service in dallas and they were holding hands and swaying to some of the hymns at the end. so the bushes have gotten to
know the clintons and the obamas quite well. i have to say something about mrs. obama .her contributions to fashion because i'm standing next to four men in blue suits. >> oh! >> nonfashionable. >> no, you look great because you're all wearing the same suit. >> ouch. >> occupational hazard, nicole. >> she's been known the world over and watched the world over for picking out designers young and upcoming designers. melania trump is a beautiful woman and obviously a fashion icon with, a former model. but it will be interesting to see if that is her practice. women care about stuff like this, you guys. y'all are looking at me dumbfounded. >> nicole, i'm not -- >> i'm getting a thumbs up from the women in the studio. >> she wears j. crew, she wears high end. that's why people love her. >> i'm sure people have already
tweeted out where to buy what she's wearing right now. >> and melania wearing ralph lauren. >> the first family will be able to shed their coats. they're heading to california for a little warmth after this. >> and that echos jared ford who in 1977 did exactly the same thing, got on the -- >> and went to palm springs, right? >> went to palm springs and attendsed a golf tournament that afternoon. >> that is a hobby that, you know, barack obama wasn't in the gulf before he became president. he realized golfing was one of the few chances you got to walk alone a little bit. perhaps it was a place that maybe you could sneak a cigarette or two. not saying that is what would happen -- hint, hint, before you quit. >> and be outside. >> and he now loves the sport. >> we haven't seen a lot of melania trump. she did not make any campaign appearances. she famously spoke at the republican national convention.
but has kept a rather low profile during this entire campaign and the transition. step out on the world's biggest stage. >> she has a 10-year-old son and i think she has worked really hard during that campaign to be -- to make sure, you know, she was mother to her son during this period where, you know, his father was having to travel the country. >> she's also very shy and her forret at the convention was a plagiarized speech and it was humiliating for her. it's not her fault. it's the staff's fault for not taking charge of that. i'm sure she's hoping take two is more successful. . >> and there's their son, barron. >> and he will finish school this year in new york. >> the clerk of the house of representatives, karen hoss, mrs. abigail blunt, mrs. jenna
ryan and mrs. judy mccarthy. >> looking at the juxtaposition of former vice president dick cheney and just in front of them, just to his right is mrs. obama, of course. dick cheney was particularly tough on this president and on this add men administration saying, no president in american history has done more to aid our adversaryies, which for someone who is so involved in the launch of the war against iraq, a lot of people were stunned by that judgment and conclusion of him. so it's -- we haven't seen donald rumsfeld, by the way. >> and here is the president and vice president. >> speaker and the democratic leader of the senate. >> and for most of american history, you could never see this thing behind the scenes because there was no television and also for the last decades,
television was oftentimes not of this -- >> by the way, nancy pelosi there is wearing a pin, a button, and many democrats today are wearing that same button. i'm told it says #protectourcare. it is their way of just a quiet advocatation of keeping obamacare. >> let's listen for a moment as they're about to be introduced. >> donald trump always wears a red tie. are you noticing that all the democrats have blue ties on tt. today. >> and on the take that she conceded, hillary clinton wore purple and her husband wore a purple tie. >> let's listen. ♪ >> and in a moment, the introduction of president obama
charles e. schumer and house democratic leader nancy pelosi. . . >> the last time a hail to the chi chief" will be played before president obama as president. >> there's the trump daughters. >> that's bo. >> the entire trump family. >> dan quayle, former vice president. >> we actually are going to hear from barack obama one last time today.
he will be speaking as an ex president over at andrews. >> that's correct. >> sometime later this afternoon. >> in an exchange between president obama and president obama. >> they look like they're ribbing each other. >> can you walk by president obama bush and not get ribbed? >> no. >> i'm thinking the last time we saw them together was at the memorial for the police officers in dallas. >> president obama has talked about the president-elect and says there's a big difference between campaigning and governing. and in just a few moments, the weight of the world will be on donald trump. and he will know what governing is about. >> it takes presidents a long time to get out of campaign mode, longer than you think.
>> listen to the crowd. >> i don't think the -- they were silenced, but i think the mike was silenced that was picking them had up. >> here we go. >> there's some blue ties there on some republicans, tom. yeah. >> right? >> president-elect donald trump. let's listen. >> michael, in the long her of american presidential politics
has anyone ever defied greater man with who is about to become >> i can't imagine one particularly because, you know, there was a law that we would have always said probably was an iron law in politics until the last couple of months, which was you don't get elected president if you don't have serious military experience or serious experience in public office. >> donald trump actually speaking to the camera there for a moment. didn't quite hear what he said, but looked into the lens. this is a man not easily humbled and you have to wonder is this truly a humbling moment for him as he is about to take the oath. >> certainly looks like he's feeling weight. he looks like the donald trump we saw that sat next to barack obama that first time. >> the vice president elect
michael richard pence. >> never looked better. never looked better. >> vice president elect greeting folks as he's about to take his place. just a point of fact, i mentioned that barack obama and president bush, the last time they saw each other was in dallas. i stand corrected. they were at the opening of the african-american history museum. >> and i made the same mistake, so your correction counts twice.
♪ ♪ ♪ >> i think they're running so on time, they're actually, i think, wait to go make sure they hit their marks here. >> ladies and gentlemen, escorting the president-elect, the staff director from the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies, stacey mcbride, frank larkin, house sergeant of arms paul irving, roy blount, rules committee ranking member and senate democratic leader charles e. schumer, speaks of the house of the represents, paul d. ryan,
mitch mcconnell, george mccarthy and nancy pelosi. >> yes, they've had to do this twice. they're escorting people and then they get introduced. you'll get to hear from a couple of them before the oath. >> michael, is there anything magical about the time? we talk about noon, the swearing of the oath. constitutionally? >> it's the moment that goes all the way back. and an interesting thing is how hard a moment that is because in 1981 when jimmy carter was the outgoing president, as you know, he was trying to get american hostages released from iran. and at 12:0 1, one of the aides called the situation room to ask for a report and they said, i'm sorry, you're no longer cleared for information. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president-elect of the united states, donald john trump.
♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint congressional committee for inaugural ceremonies, the honorable roy blunt. >> thank you, all. if you have a seat, you can sit down. mr. president, mr. vice president, mr. president-elect, mr. vice president elect, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states of america. today, the legislative, the executive, the injury additional branches of our constitutional government come together for the 58th inauguration of the
president of the united states. millions of people all over the world will watch and will listen to this event. 36 years ago, at his first inauguration, it was also the first inaugurationing on this side of the capitol. president ronald rig reagan said both what we do here is both commonplace and miraculous. commonplace every four years since 1789 when president george washington took this executive same oath. miraculous because we've done it every four years since 1789 and the example it sets for democracies everywhere. washington believed the inauguration of the second president would be more important than the inauguration of the first. many people had taken control of the government up until then,
but few people had ever turned that control willingly over to anyone else. and as important as the transfer of the -- the first transfer of power was, many historians believe that the next election was even more important. when in 1801, one group of people arguably for the first time ever in history willingly, if not enthusiastically, gave control of the government to people they believed had a dramatically different view of what the government would, should and could do. after that election that actually discovered a flaw in the constitution itself, which was remedied by the 12th amendment, thomas jefferson, at that inauguration, beyond the chaos of the election that had just passed said, we are all republicans, we are all federalists.
after four years of civil war, lincoln's second inaugural speech tried to find reason for the continued war when he pointed out that both sides prayed to the same god. he had earlier written about those fervent prayers that one of the side must be and both sides may be wrong, but in 1865, he looked to the future and the memorable moment in that speech was with malice toward none and charity for all. in the middle of the depression, the country was told that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself. and president kennedy talked about the obligation in democracy to country. the great question that day was ask what you can do for your country. so we come to this place again, commonplace and miraculous, a national moment of celebration, but not a celebration of victory, a celebration of
democracy. and as we begin that celebration, i call on his eminence timothy michael cardinal dolan, reverend hikal samuel rodriguez and pastor paula whitecan had e to provide readings and the invocation. >> the prayer of king solomon from the book of wisdom. let us pray. god of our ancestors and lord of mercy, you have made all things and in your providence have charged us to rule the creatures produced by you to govern the world in holiness and righteousness and to render judgment with integrity of heart. give us wisdom. for we are your servants weak
and short lived lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws, indeed, though one might be perfect among mortals, if wisdom which comes from you be lacking, we count for nothing. now with you is wisdom, who knows your will and was there when you made the world, who understands what with is pleasing in your eyes, what is conformable with your commands. send her forth prosecute your holy heavens, from your glorious throne dispatch her, that she may be with us and work with us that we may grasp what is pleasing to you, for she knows and understands all things and will guide us mruntly in our affairs and safe fwaurd us by h her glory.
amen. >> from the gospel of matther the fifth chapter. god blesses those who are poor and realize their need oval him for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. god blesses those who mourn for they will be comforted. god blesses those who are humble for they were inherit the earth. god blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice for they will be satisfied. god blesses those who are merciful for they will be shown mercy. he blesses those who are pure in heart. for they will see god. god blesses those who work for peace you for they are chirp of god. god blesses those who are persecuted for doing right and god blesses you when people mock you and percent cute you and lie about you and say all sorts of
evil things against you for you are my followers. like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. instead, a lamp is placed on its stand where it gives light to everyone in the house. in the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see that everyone will praise your heavenly taer. respectfully in jesus name. >> we come to you, heavenly taer, in the name of jesus with grateful hearts thanking you for this great country that you have decreed to your people. we acknowledge we are a pleased nation with a rich history of faith and fortitude, with a future that is filled with promise and purpose. we recognize that every good and every perfect gift comes from
you and the united states of america is your gift for which we proclaim our gratitude. as a nation, we now pray for our president, donald john trump, vice president michael richard pence, and their families. we ask that you would bestow upon our president the wisdom necessary to lead this great nation, the grace to unify us and the strength to stand for what is honorable and right the had in your sight. in proverbs 21:1, you instruct us that our leader's heart is in your hands. gracious god, reveal unto our president the ability to know the will, your will, the confidence to lead us in justice and righteousness and the compassion to yield to our better angels. while we know there are many challenges before us, in every
generation you have provided the strength and power to become that blessed nation. guide us in discernment, lord, and give us that strength to persevere and thrive. now bind and heal our wounds and divisions. and join us nation to your purpose. thy kingdom come thy will be done. the psalm is declared. let your favor be upon this one nation under god. let these united states of america be that beacon of hope to all people and nations under your dominion, a true hope for human kind. glory to the father, the son and the holy spirit, we pray this in the name of jesus christ. amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, the missouri state university
♪ ♪ ♪ sneets keep faith keep watch take hold ♪ ♪ take courage >> it was the chance of a lifetime for central state university students to be front and center at the presidential inauguration. u.s. senate roy blunt made a stop of missouri state university today to announce the missouri state choral will be seconding in january as chairman
of the inaugural county. senator blunt was able to invite the group to perform. the students will be singing in front of some 47 million people. students say it's a dream come true. >> no words. i still don't have any words because it was -- wow. this is definitely a dream and definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. so i'm very excited about that. >> the select choir is made up of 50 voices and has toured throughout the united states, europe and south africa. the 45th president of the united states will be sworn in january 20th, 2017. ♪ ♪
>> well, the missouri state university choral practices and performs about two blocks from my home in springfield, missouri, so it was easy to find them and we're pleased they're here. it's also a great opportunity for me to introduce my colleague, the senator from new york, chuck schumer. >> my fellow americans, we live in a challenging and ta mull tumultuous time, a quickly evolving and interconnected world, a rapidly changing economy that benefits too few while leaving too many behind, a fractured media, politics frequently consumed by rancor.
we face threats, foreign and domestic. in such times, faith in our government, our institutions and even our country can erode. despite these challenges, i stand here today confident in this great country for one reason. you, the american people. we americans have always been a forward looking, problem-solving, optimistic, patriotic and decent people. whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, whether we are immigrant or native born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty, we are all exceptional in our commonly held
yet fierce devotion to our country. and in our willingness to sacrifice our time, energy, and even our lives to making it a more perfect union. today, we celebrate one of democracy's core attributes, the peaceful transfer of power. and every day we stand up for core democratic principals enshrined in the constitution, the rule of law, equal production for all under law, the freedom of speech, press, religion, the things that make america america. and we can gain strength from reading our history and listening to the voices of average americans. they had always save us in times of strife. one such american was major sullivan blue. on july 14th, 1861, when the
northern and south were lining up for their first battle, a time when our country was bitterly divided and faith in the future of our country was at a nader, major balu of the second rhode island volunteers penned a letter to his wife, sara. it is one of the greatest letters in american history. it shows the strength and courage of the average american. allow me to read some of his words which echo through the ages. my very dear sara, he wrote, the indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days, perhaps tomorrow. if it is necessary that i should fall on the battlefield for my country, i am ready. i have no misgivings about or lack of confidence in the cause in which i am engaged.
and my courage does not halt or falter. i know how strongly american civilization now leans upon the triumph of the government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the revolution. and i am willing, perfectly willing, to lay down all my joys in this life to on help maintain this government and to pay that debt. sara, my love for you is deathless. it seems to bind me to you with the mighty cables that nothing but omnipotence can break. and yet my love of country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield. sullivan blue gave his life on the battlefield a week later at the first battle of bull run.
it is because sullivan blue and countless others believed in something bigger than themselves and were willing to sacrifice for it that we stand today in the full blessings of liberty, in the greatest country on earth. and that spirit lives on in each of us, americans whose families have been here for generations and those who have just arrived. and i know our best day hes are yet to come. i urge all americans to read blue's full letter, his words give me solace, strength. i hope they will give you the same. now, please stand while the associate justice of the supreme court, clarence thomas, adminsters the oath of office to the vice president of the united
states. >> just a note, vice presidents take a different oath since there's no requirement in the constitution. they use the same text administered to all federal officials who must take an oath in order to serve. >> mr. vice president elect, would you raise your right hand and repeat after me. >> i, michael richard pence, do om emily swear. >> i michael richard pence do solemnly swear. >> that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> against all enemies, foreign and domestic. >> against all enemies, foreign and domestic. >> that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. >> that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. >> that i take this obligation freely. >> that i take this obligation freely.
>> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. >> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> the duties of the office of which i am about to enter. >> the duties of the office on which i am about to enter. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. congratulations. god bless you. >> mike pence is now vice president mike pence. we believe the presidential oath will take place based on where we are on the schedule, it will be about 12:05, less than ten
minutes from now. >> this is that brief moment where we are president obama and vice president pence. >> either way, donald trump becomes president at the stroke of noon. >> it was very fortuitous for governor pence, he was governor of indiana when donald trump's plane broke down. >> almost ran for president himself in 2012. many people think the only person that might have been able to beat mitt romney that year would have been mike pence. >> getting a congratulations from president obama. >> ladies and gentlemen, the moreman tabernacle choir accompanied by the united states marine band.
♪ oh beautiful for spacious skies ♪ ♪ for amber waves of grain ♪ ♪ for purple mountains' majesty above the fruited plain ♪ ♪ america america ♪ ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪ ♪ from sea to shining sea ♪ ♪ o beautiful for pilgrim feet ♪ ♪ whose stern impassioned stress ♪ ♪ a thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness ♪ ♪ america america ♪ ♪ god mend thine
to shining sea ♪ >> in a moment, chief justice john roberts will be introduced to administer the oath to donald trump. >> chief justice of the united states, john g. roberts jr. who will administer the presidential oath of office. everyone please stand. >> please raise your right hand, and repeat after me. i, donald john trump, do solemnly swear. >> i donald john trump do solemn >> that i will faithfully execute. ly swear. >> that i will faithfully
execute. >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my >> and will, to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend >> preserve and protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. ♪ . ♪
>> heretofore he is president. donald j. trump cannons across the. the president of the united states, and commander in chief. the president of the united states. >> what a great honor to be able to introduce, for the first time ever anywhere, the 45th president of the united states of america, donald j. trump. .
>> chief justice roberts, clinton, president bush, (aplausos) world, thank you. we, the citizens of america, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. together, we will determine the course of america and the world for many, many years to come. we will face challenges.
we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power and we are grateful to president obama and first lady michelle obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. they have been magnificent. thank you. thank you. today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning, because, today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from washington, d.c., and giving it
back to you, the people. for too long, a small group in our nation's capital, has repeated the reward of government while the people have borne the cost. washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. the establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. their victories have not been your victories. their triumph is have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling
families all across our land. that all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. it belongs to you. it belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across america. this is your day. this is your celebration. and this, the united states of america, is your country. what truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. january 20th, 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. everyone is listening to you now. you came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. at the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. americans want great schools to fortheir children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for
themselves. these are just a reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tomb stones across the landscape of our nation. an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. this american carnage stops right here and stops right now.
we are one nation and their pain is our pain. their dreams are our dreams. and their success will be our success. we share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. the oath of office i take today is an oath of allegiance to all americans. for many decades, we have enriched foreign industry at the expense of american industry, subsidize the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. we have defended other nations borders, while refusing to
defend our own. and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, while america's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. we have made other countries rich, while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. one by one, the factories shuddered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of american workers that were left behind. the wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. but that is the past.
and, now, we are looking only to the future. we assemble here today are issuing a new degree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. from this day forward, it's going to be only america, first, america, first. every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit american workers and american families.
we must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. i will fight for you with every breath in my body and i will never, ever let you down. america will start winning again. winning like never before. we will bring back our jobs. we will bring back our borders. we will bring back our wealth and we will bring back our dreams.
we will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. we will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with american hands and american labor. we will follow two simple rules -- buy american and hire american. we will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but, rather,
to let it shine. as an example, we will shine for everyone to follow. 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. at the bedrock of our politics, will be a total allegiance to the united states of america, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. when you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
the bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when god's people live together in unity. we must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. when america is united, america is totally unstoppable. there should be no fear. we are protected and we will always be protected. we will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement, and most importantly, we will be protected by god.
finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. in america, wend that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. we will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it. the time for empty talk is over. now arrives the hour of action. do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. no challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of america. we will not fail. our country will thrive and
prosper again. we stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the industries and technologies of tomorrow. a new national pride will lift our souls and sights and heal our subdivisiodivisions. it's time to remember that old wisdom, our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great american flags.
and whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of detroit or the wind-swept plains of nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. so to all americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words -- you will never be ignored again. your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our american destiny and your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the
way. together, we will make america strong again. we will make america wealthy again. we will make america proud again. we will make america safe again, and, yes, together, we will make america great again. thank you. god bless you! and god bless america! thank you. >> the president donald trump concluding about a 16-minute remarks there in a speech that, in many ways, was taken from the pages of many of the campaign speeches we heard on the road and he is being greeted there by president obama, who, at times, seemed to be biting his lip. >> i have to say, it was surprisingly divisive for an inaugural address and i say it this way. we said it was a challenge when you're elected as an outsider,
you're elected as a possibpulacd channeling your divides it's hard to be a populace carrier. he went with poplism but that was not the inaugural address expected to bring this country together. >> he is reaching out to the people who are gathered there. >> a new sheriff in town. >> america first. there was a point there, lester, where it felt as if he almost was insulting every living president that was sitting next to him in very personal ways. >> he was also insulting all of the republican congressmen and senators who were on stage. he has a majority but he went after politicians point blank. >> this is rabbi. >> bless president donald j. trump and america, our great nation.
guide us to remember the word of the the ones who may dwell our holy mountain, one who does what it right and speaks the truth, who knows that when you eat the labor of your hands, you are praise worthy that he who sows in tears shall reap in joy, because the freedoms we enjoy are not granted in perpetuity, but must be reclaimed by each generation. as our ancestors have planted for us, so we must plant for others. while it is not for us to complete the task, neither are we free to desist from them. dispense justice for the needy and the orphan, for they have no one but their fellow citizens.
and because a nation's wealth is measured by her values, and not by her vaults. bless all of our allies around the world who share our beliefs, by the rivers of babylon, we wept as we remembered zion. if i forget the old jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. the doer of all these shall never falter. may the days come soon when justice will dwell in the wilderness and righteousness will abide in the fertile field, and the work of righteousness will be peace, quietness, and confident forever.
amen. mr. president, in the bible blessing. and it started to rain, mr. and it's my prayer that god will bless you, your family, your administration, and may he bless america. the passage of scripture comes from first timothy chapter 2. i urged then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. for teams for all of those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holliness. this is good and it pleases god,
our savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. for there is one god and one mediator between god and mansigned, the man christ jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all people. now to the king eternal. immor immoral, invisible. the only god for honor be glory forever and offer. in jesus' name, amen. >> the next benediction from bishop wayne jackson. >> we thank you for letting us share this great moment together. let us not take for granted the air we breathe or the life you've given us. we were all created by with one blood, all nation to dwell upon this land together. we are not enemies for brothers
and sisters. we are not adversaries with you allies. we are friends and let us be healed by the power of your love and the bond of your spirit. today, we pray for our 45th president, the vice president, and their families, and give them the wealth and guide of this great nation, the strength to protect it and the hands to heal it. we bless president donald j. trump. we ask that you give him the wisdom of solomon, the wisdom of joseph and christ. solomon kept peace among many nations and joseph dreamt better for the people, and christ who accepted us all. oh, lord, mend our hearts and stitch together into the fabric of this great country, in the spirit of the legendary gospel songwriter manuel jackson. ♪ oh, deep in my heart i do believe the lord will see us through
i do believe ♪ ♪ we will walk hand in hand i do believe ♪ ♪ oh, deep in my heart america we have overcome ♪ may the lord lebless and keep america and shine upon us and be gracious unto us and give us peace in the mighty name of jesus. amen. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please welcome jackie evanko, accompanied by the president's own united states marine band. please stand for the singing of the national anthem. .
♪ ♪ ♪ o say, can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? ♪ ♪ and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof
through the night that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave? ♪ . >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing while the president and official party depart the platform. you will be released by sections shortly. >> so president trump and first
lady melania trump will be now existing the platform, perhaps a few more greetings there. they will leave along with the obama's and biden's and vice president mike and karen pence. the president greeting members on the platform here. what is going to happen next, they will retreat inside the capitol and there will be a departure ceremony for former president obama and former first lady michelle obama. they are on their way to california for vacation. they will be boarding a helicopter that will look quite familiar but it will have a different call sign than the one they have been on last eight years. the president is greeting the dole's, bob dole. >> both of them giving the
dole's -- president obama also there to greet them. >> there is president trump walking through the capitol for the first time as president. everything today will be the first time as president. >> lester, we were talking earlier. it is difficult to both channel what the supporters want to hear and sometimes try to bring the moment of unity and it's not -- you can't do both sometimes. and i think that he wanted -- that clearly was an inaugural that was intended for people. >> a woman who has looked at a lot of inaugural addresses and might have some frame of reference is doris goodson. thank you for being with us, doris. >> thank you. >> as i had noted, a lot of the themes we heard in that inaugural address were straight from the campaign. clearly true to what got in here and speaking to the base.
what did you note about his speech? >> well, i think on the one hand, it probably was the best campaign speech he ever made in the sense that it wasn't i, i, i, as he usually talked about. he just mentioned we are part of a movement and i will fight for you for every breath of me was one of few times he brought the "i" in. i agree with you a campaign speech to his supporters will love it. he was simple and declarative but he made enemies as populism always does. one is the capitol hill and the politician establishment and the other was the world at large. somehow, he was saying america is getting itself lost by helping other countries become rich while our middle class is being squeezed. no mention of redistribution of income within the united states and then i think america first is a troubling memory. obviously, isolationist before world war ii and to use that as a slogan conjures up those scary notions of our not having alliances, even though he
mentioned align liances near the end. fdr brought that up and still it was interesting. >> i found myself squirming at times because he was indicting many of the people he shared the platform with and clearly by design but heart of his campaign. you did feel awkward at times there, chuck? >> it was awkward because i guess i expected a little bit more of an effort to -- i thought michael gerson said this earlier. a columnist on "the washington post." he was criticizing donald trump and said sometimes it feels as if he doesn't want to talk about the american story enough and he thought in the way he handled the john lewis situation. i was listening to that speech today and somehow it felt di connected a little bit from the american story and i understand. i thought door mace maris made point. you can't forget who you're
running against and that was in that inaugural. if he was looking to build political capitalism i don't think he did. >> tom brokaw, any of those uncomfortable with a president trump? anything they can take as a -- >> you'd have to talk to them. i think what he did was this was the core donald trump. i mean, he reached out to those people who were in mika brzezinski -- mccomb county, michigan. but america is different than that because of its voter tapestry. the auto industry is charging along. oil price as low as in the past 25 years pen there is a recovery underway and no question about that. the republican majority he has in the house and senate now, he just turned around and kind of
head slapped them because ed these politicians in washington, they just want to take and don't want to give you anything. it seems to me a very hard door to open and goes back to what happened when he came to see the senate leadership when it was clear he might get the nomination. the senate leadership said he was pretty good at the beginning and then when we said to him, we would like to talk about some issues that we have for you, he said, no, i'm not here about that. i put on a show. that's why people -- this is a quote from somebody who was in the room. a senior member of the republican senate leadership. i put on a show. you guys don't get me. so i see what he said today was must put on a show for his core root who did get him there but how you put the country back together again and get everybody moving the same way, am i off base here? >> no. i resonate with everything you say. i was surprised. again, i'm as surprised today as i was on election night. i expected a lot more joy. i was disappointed with how
authentic and quintessentially donald j. trump and it was grim. on inaugural day there is typically more joy on the podium than there was today and typically more coming together. >> hugh, i think many people were hopeful he would take a page off your old boss' book, richard nixon in '69. it was a divisive campaign. it was a divided country and angry country. no doubt a moment like this and he went -- he decided to go up. >> let me ask you this. for a long time, president obama would look back and say, well, the problems were started before i got here. he would remind us of what he inherited. donald trump gave a very full-throat speech there about america is going to be great again. how long does he have before he owns it? >> he gets nine months to to do things and that was definitely a call to arms to the member of congress there, we are not
screwing around and this not cumbayaccumulate bcumbayah but people much like me who he had something to say did washington the center of the allegiance and the davos man not understanding the average american man but sometimes you can put honey on there. >> you're watching the role reversal there in all its glory there as president trump now walks the other way with former president obama and they will soon be sending obama's off so we will watch that play out here. >> he just painted a picture that i think many americans don't recognize. there are some americans who think that is the picture and some will say he is painting a war picture and different reality and this goes to the idea there have been two americas. he only painted a picture of one of them. >> a very important distinction he failed to make. he not the president of the electoral college but the president of the whole country and the fact he came up short 3
million votes and the wins he had in the important electoral college states were reasonably narrow and things are coming around a little bit in those areas. not just the economy but the fact they did want some change but is this the change they want? >> let me quickly point out what you're looking at. the helicopter is often known as marine one when the president is on board that will take the former first family away. you can see the folks gathering for the official send-off. as we watch that, let's go to kristen welker there on the platform with some reaction to president trump's speech. >> hi there, lester. >> reporter: i'm here with senator david perdue of georgia. the cousin of governor of perdue -- former governor who was nominated to be the agriculture secretary. your reaction to that speech. some people thought it felt a little bit like the campaign speech at the end. did you feel it was unifying enough? >> he is an outsider and a different approach today but what ed is the america belongs to the people and the government
belongs to the people. saints that what we are really all about? he called on congress to get things done and get to work. this is a guy used to getting results. i walk away from him listening to one thing. he is calling for unity and stand shoulder-to-shoulder and independent of your political persuasion and let's pull together and make america great again. >> you say unity but to some of the democrats they may not have heard that? >> yes. >> reporter: i'm getting a hard wrap. thank you, senator. lester, back to you. >> kristen, thank you. there is former president obama and president trump here for the departure of the obama's. typically, we have seen former presidents fly out of washington to their next homes and in this case, they are off to vacation in palm springs. and it will be a round trip. they will return to washington, d.c. to begin their life post-white house. >> since reagan and jimmy carter, we have two presidents living in washington at the same time that carter stayed to make sure amy carter got through school and similar reason why the obama's are staying in washington.
>> the biden is to wish their good-byes as well. this is a symbolic moment. we have seen the official moment but a symbolic moment with a continuation of the transfer of power. let's listen a bit. >> the biden's get on the train. they have the bus commute in washington for a couple of. they get on amtrak and ride it to the second stop, baltimore, and then wilmington. joe has been doing throughout his senate career and also his vice presidential time. >> hugs and kisses all around. we certainly know that the obama's and the biden's have become lifelong friends. there is a very, very close bond there and we he saw that with the medal of freedom of distinction awarded by the former president, the former vice president. i'll get this right. this is like when you get to the new year, you keep writing the last year when you write a check. i'm going that process now so forgive me. . appears the biden's will be
departing first in a motorcade. >> he is going to be setting up sh aopunt iversity of delaware and penn. penn will be where with he'll pursue some interest in "nightly news" -- international affairs and university of delaware. >> a lot of people look and wonder what if. >> i don't think joe biden is done. a time when you're in your 70s, it's going to be tough to run for president any more. donald trump got elected at 70. >> he will be the oldest. >> joe is older than 70. >> he will be 78 in 2020 and donald trump would be 74. i have to to say i didn't think we would have three straight baby boomer presidents and technical four but i don't account obama a full baby boomer. >> there is a difference between 70 and 78, as i will tell you. >> tom, i think a lot of run,
tom, run for you. you never know, buddy. >> also the democratic party is going to have to raise a new generation. the fact is what they have got to do is find the next generation of leadership in the democratic party, even with new ideas and the same way bill clinton came up. and joe biden, in fact, was part of that reinvention of the democratic party and the case before the democratic party. >> they have some history. cam la harris and chris murphy, they have very good talented young people but they don't have the talent of that couple, president and mrs. obama are uniquely gifted so there is always going to be a gap between what follows them. >> president obama just kind of seems to be taking it all in, as he and the former first lady prepare to depart the capitol by helicopter. they will be going the short distance to joint base andrew to
board a vip air force jet. it will not be known as air force one but air force jet nonetheless to take them to california for vacation. >> he is likely to make some remarks there to staffers, former staffers. >> there has to be a lot of emotions. a lot of -- certainly a lot of nostalgia. it wouldn't have been easy at times to hear some of the things said in that speech. but the president has, former president has taken the high road certainly in this transition. >> here is a lead paragraph in "wall street journal" today. after eight years in office, barack obama has a market record and a red blooded american capitalist could be proud of. oil prices have come down and borrowizing cheap and profits are up along with the dollar. even those who bet against president obama made good money with returns in their investment. now that the investment group. along with that came jobs. we know that there has been a recovery. it's imperfect. it's got holes in it but the fact is it's not nearly as grim as the speech we heard today.
>> he is speaking to the peggy noonan unprotect today. >> let's take in this moment as former president is saluting crew members. the last time that we expectly board that helicopter and make that wave. chris jansing is out there on that east front of the capital. what have you been able to observe there. >> this is an emotional time for the people who love the obama's and supported the obama's. they now begin their post-presidential life. it's described, this moment, in a handbook for the inauguration that dates back to 1889 which says the president leaves the capitol as fast as is practicable after the inauguration of his successor. what it doesn't describe is what this means to the country, this moment, this day that is all about donald j. trump. this moment is about two people
who have served their country for eight years. getting on that helicopter, as you say, for the last time and going off at a new life that is a young age for the president 55 and 53 for the first lady. they will go to the former air force one, now called executive one. i want to just point out that something happened here that was a tradition the obama's started. it used to be that the good-byes were said up on the steps. as a sign of respect, eight years ago, president obama walked to the hospital with the bush's and not just said good-bye there, but as was noted at the time he actually hugged george w. bush after what had been a long and difficult campaign. he had really made a statement that he appreciated the way that the transition was handled, just as donald trump has said that. so perhaps we have seen a new kind of farewell as we see the
president and vice president wave, that they will escort them to the helicopter as they make their way to their new life. lester? >> i spoke to president obama a little over a week ago who said to me that he thinks the country is in a better place than what it was when he took over and by many measures that he inherited a country with a brink of a financial disaster, shedding jobs, but he certainly has been open to critics of his foreign policy and some of the executive actions he has taken. >> ironically, toward the end here the progress the american military has made against isis, particularly in iraq, has been impressive. even at the end here. what he got hit for early, you might see that strategy that president trump keeps it in place because it actually -- it seems to be working. >> but i direct you to the speech, though. he said --
>> i'm aware of what it said. >> we will eradicate radical slauc islamic from the face of the earth. from the face of the earth, especially when you're talking about an ideology. nonetheless, ed it. when i did a tour this past week talking to people around the country, both for and against, mr. trump, president trump, they want him to move quickly and believe in his promises and want to see it and people gave various times as to when they wanted to do tos it. there is the picture of the obama's leaving official washington behind. >> we are watching it right over our window. it's coming -- >> they are coming right to it! >> coming over our studio here. >> we will find out in the memoirs what they are saying to each other and what they are thinking. a nice shot.
they take the president around so he gets to see -- >> no, what they are saying. look, there is lester holt right there! >> do you think? no. >> there has to be a mixture of relief. i suppose some regret. he talks about some of the regrets in office. he wishes that he had done more to organize the grassroots when talking about the democratic loss, the loss of hillary clinton. he told me he was surprised that his popularity on the campaign trail did not translate to her. so there is some regret about that. there is always going to be something you didn't get to or something you wish you had spent bill clinton took a long time at the hangar, if you'll recall.
>> oh, my goodness. >> i wonder if he'll respond to president trumpar? >> i don't know. >> we could not get off the air on that day! i remember it! >> listen. the president spoke. he wasn't necessarily speaking to all of us in this room. he was speaking to the people and let's get out to jacob who is out on the washington mall with some reaction from the folks who came from, in some cases, a long way to hear and see this moment. jacob? >> reporter: hey, how are you, lester? i'm here with pam and jackie who are from pittsburgh. two of the i guess, hundreds of thousands of people who are now leaving the national mall. they are donald trump supporters through and through. we just stood here and watched former president obama take off and they came here specifically to hear president donald trump make those remarks. i got to ask you, pam, what did you think? >> i thought it was great. i think he will be an amazing president and i -- for the country. >> jackie, you came here from pittsburgh.
a very important place for donald trump. wi what was your most meshlabmorab part of the speech? >> oh, yeah. and he used something, he used the word god which is something not done from the president. >> were you surprised to hear that from donald trump? >> i was, i was. but, you know? >> pam, jackie, thank you both very much. lester, just two, like i said, of the many donald trump supporters out here heading towards that parade which starts around 3:00. >> jacob, thank you. we continue to watch former president and former first lady obama make their way out of official washington and board that helicopter carrying them to joint base andrews, where we do expect to hear from mr. obama before the family departs on a vacation in a much warmer climate. >> something struck me there by the person that jacob was interviewing when she said she hadn't heard god before up there, hadn't heard that in a while.
i don't think i've ever heard a president speak and not say god bless america after every single speech. the point is it sort of gets at there were two versions of the obama presidency that the public saw. there is a version that one public saw and a version the other thinks they saw or perceived. boy, it is that perceived divide here, almost an informational divide. a woman in there truly believes she had not heard presidents talk about god up there any more. that's just not -- it's just not true but i think it sort of surfaces the information divide we have. >> she plainly was very enthusiastic. >> of course. i take nothing away from that. >> a supporter of donald trump. it was those kind of voters that got him to where he is. no question about that. what i don't know is what is going on social media. my guess he is getting a well done, high five's and those
idiots on television, brokaw and others don't know what they are talking about. >> they don't understand america. >> that is whang what t is goin there, they don't get it. >> this is sanctuary hall -- i'm sorry. st statwary hall where there is a luncheon. we only can show you a portion as the cameras are shut down as the guests are seated for the len luncheon. tammy is inside the capitol. >> we are out here in naples. hundreds of people big trump supporters. this has been a lively crowd and some of the liveliest are these ladies over here. tell me what today has meant to you. >> oh, it's thrilling. it's thrilling that we can come together as americans and unite on making american great again. we are so pleased. >> yes. >> that is very thrilling. i'm so happy to be here.
this has been a great experience. my first. >> lester, if we could go out over here. this moment has been a long time coming for many people. matthew, you are a die-hard trump supporter. what does today mean to you? >> i think it's a great celebration of america. i mean, this is an opportunity for the whole country to come together, unify, peaceful transition of power. and we are excited about the changes about to take place. >> reporter: how did you feel about his inauguration speech? >> i thought it was really honest and i thought it was to the point. i don't think that it was political. and i like that. i thought it was blunt and it's exactly what we elected. it's donald trump. >> reporter: there you go, lester. a lot of people very pleased what they heard from donald trump today. >> you are in naples, florida. i apologize. here is the biden's, dr. joe biden and former vice president biden and his wife dr. jill biden. as a senator that is how he
would commute back and forth to delaware and the way they are going home. >> chris coons who replaced joe biden and sits in his former senate seat there and tom carpenter, the other former senator. jill biden used to take amtrak quite a bit. i had been on it once in a while when she is on it. >> you want to see the who with's who of the political, just ride the train from time to time. i have seen some remarkable folks on board. >> it's everybody that donald trump was running against inside. >> it is. >> corridor. >> a favorite among a lot of folks who come back and forth. you can fly. you can fly but delays and traffic, it simons takes about the same amount of time. >> one of the things i wish donald trump, the new president, had talked about today, and we are going to fix the tracks on amtrak. >> he brought up the railroad. he did bring up that. i know he wants to fix laguardia.
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so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> from this day forward, it's going to be only america first. >> nbc news live coverage of the inauguration of donald trump continues. here is lester holt. >> america has a new president. donald trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the united states. he delivered a 16-minute stirring speech, sticking close to his values that he has talked about those many months on the campaign trail about america, first. you're looking at a live picture right now of a vip marine helicopter carrying former president barack obama and former first lady michelle obama. they will be des embarking from we expect to hear from them for a jet that takes them to palm we heard about 1,800 people, mostly staffers, are there. the former president has had a
number of good-byes the last couple of weeks. on his last flight out of andrews aboard air force one, a little over a week ago, before the flight, he spent time in the hangar without the cameras and thanking the people who have maintained and keped air fort a one in the pristine condition it's in and he spent time with the members of the helicopter crew as well. he will pull up here shortly and when with he makes his remarks, we will certainly carry them. i'm here with tom brokaw and chuck todd and michael besloss joins us. how much do you think barack obama will have in the fults tuf rebuilding the democratic party? >> he has said he wants to go read and write some more. he is a scholar, after all that
is how he came into politics in the first place. what he has been saying is i'm going to be alert to what we need to do about how the country begins to change or not change and i think that will drive it more than him stepping up and saying i'm here to help. >> i think he is, without a leader right now, the democratic party, he is essentially the default leader of the party. >> right. >> and he fills that vacuum to a point. the question is how often will he choose to speak out? i go back to, i think actually joe biden of the two of them, we will probably hear more from joe biden and he may channel what barack obama might want to say but i do think president obama is mindful and appreciative that president bush didn't do criticism but left to cheney almost and -- >> before you respond, i want to let folks know the right side of your screen there, the procession about to start into
statuary hall for a luncheon and president trump and first lady will be attending. >> president obama goes out on a high high and has good numbers going out and people feel good about him and graceful how they have been treating the incoming president. anything you do back in the public arena, again, runs a risk of taking that down or diminishing it. you want to cherish what you've got and not risk it at some point. he is going to be very mindful of that, i would think. >> you know what? he is mindful that the democratic party is a mess. he has taken responsibility for it and i actually think he wants to spend time doing some things for the party that i think, in hindsight, he regrets he didn't do as president. >> you can do that with papers and conferences with people. we were talking about you don't have to put yourself out there and say i'm going to be the guy on the white horse that repair all of this. that is a risky proposition. >> one thing that is different in this democratic party and my entire adult lifetime basically,
the clinton's have been among the leadership of the party and we are now -- this is now the clinton's are in the past. they have no role in this party now. it is what is left, barack obama. >> hugh hewitt, as we wait to see the former president and former first lady leave, do you think mr. obama will take an opportunity to respond all to what we heard on -- >> i am so curious. i do believe he wants to acts as eisenhower did as kennedy as a resource for a new president who may notnd the complexity of the job or on the overwhelming pace of the international events. he may want to preserve the opportunity. subtly? yes. there was quite an indictment of everything in the president's 16-minute speech today, such an indictment that some of his most loyal people will want him to. they will be making eye contact with him. we will see if he resist. >> they may be upset at him if he doesn't. some in the democratic base, you
know, they are upset that president obama didn't, you know, talk more about russia before the campaign, things like that. so that is, i think you're right. i think there is a tension there and i think he's got to give them something. >> here are the obama's. >> the fact of the matter is that all of the attention in the foreseeable future is going to be on the new president and what he does in the oval office and how he interacts with congress and interacts with the american public and using the bully pulpit that he now has. >> let me go to kelly o'donnell who is getting more congressional reaction what we have seen. >> i'm here with a democrat of michigan who is also part of the leadership team. debbie, you heard the new president's message. do you feel that it does anything to unify your state? of course, had a lot of support for donald trump. you are a democrat. where do things stand now he is president? >> certainly i'm going to work with him on the things that i feel good from michigan and michigan workers. i was surprised at how dark his comments were today.
it felt depressing and dark when i was hoping as other presidents he would be more hopeful and inspiring. even twice such important wonderful things happening and people working very hard and businesses working very hard and jobs coming back. things are happening. yet, once again, he described it as a horrible place. >> reporter: you would hope for something different? >> i would have hoped for something different. >> reporter: i know you have to get into the lunch so we thank you for your time and look forward to hearing how you respond and work with him in the months to come. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> lester, back to you. >> kelly, thanks. kevin tibbles is in ohio and trying to get more reaction as we sweep around the country to the president's speech. kevin? >> i am in pemberhill, ohio. this is a town voted for how many presidents? >> 24 i.
>> of the last? >> 30. is that right in you voted for on donald j. trump this time around. bob, what did you hear him to say and did you hear it? >> i wanted to happier the unity thing is a huge thing. i think the country has got to come together, whether you like him or not. you better hope he is successful. i'm not sure you would not want him to be successful. >> splobob runs the local groce store and butcher shop and carol repairs piano. you are a republican and you voted republican. >> i am. >> reporter: my question he spoke about listen to go middle america. we are in middle america. do you believe that? i think he is listening to the collective voice of middle america and he hears jobs and we want obamacare dealt back. i think he is listening and hears from people.
>> laura incomes hes next and i minority because she is a democrat. >> you're the town's democrat. >> there's a couple. >> reporter: what were you looking to hear today? obviously, your candidate was not successful. are you looking to perhaps heal some of the wounds? >> i think so. i really want our president to build on the strength of our country i want him to recognize and respect everyone. >> reporter: everyone? >> everyone. >> reporter: that the voice from pember hill, ohio. they voted for donald j. trump, our new president. i send it back to you from the opera house. >> kevin, thank you and to the folks sticking around and talking to us. let's go back to the capitol. kelly o'donnell has another guest for us. >> we are here with rob portman of ohio. he was re-elected in the same environment that donald trump won ohio.
when you hear the new president speaking today, do you think he is setting a tone he will reach out to those americans who did not vote for him? >> absolutely. he talked about unity and the fact we, as americans, are stronger and we are unified. i liked his comments about patriotism. you look out for everyone. it's interesting how he reaches out not just to republicans and democrats and how he reaches out to congress and they reach back to him to work together. we have big problems to tackle and i hope that, you know, this is the start of a new relationship where we can actually get things done like tax reform and getting the economy moving. strengthening our military which he talked about today. >> now that the job is his, is there something you'd like to see him do differently? relationship wise? how should he change, if at all, right now? >> he continues to reach out. the is president of of all americans and this is no longer the campaign. i think he acknowledged that and in his comments today when he talked about unity, i think, you know, that is the step in the right direction.
>> reporter: thank you, senator. appreciate your time, senator rob portman of ohio. >> all right, kelly. this is being covered and watched all over the world. certainly high interests in russia which has become a key issue. certainly in this -- during this transition. we want to go to richard engel who is in red square. are they covering this wall-to-wall on television there? what is the level of coverage, richard? >> a lot of people are watching this. in fact, about trump mania in this country. there are viewing parties. there are trump band. there is one town outside of moscow where they have a branded trump sugar. people are very excited that trump could reset relations with washington, with moscow. vladimir putin, however, reportedly is not watching the ceremonies live according to his official spokesman. the ceremony was too long and that he would catch up on it on the news. in general in this country a tremendous intp.
when you look across the world, however, there is a lot of trepidation. not everyone is as excited as russia is. in europe they are watching this as a general rise of populism, a symptom of anger that they are feeling within the european union. in the middle east, frankly, a lot of people don't know what to make of donald trump. they hear his comments about -- that he made during the campaign about banning muslims. they hear the kind of protectionist they might even say authoritarian speech that he gave. there is some comments in libya where they were talking about his fist pumping and said it looks like moammar gadhafi. i think a lot of people outside of russia are trying to take a measure of the man. >> richard engel, thank you so much. we were watching on the other side of the screen there briefly former president obama and michelle obama. the national anthem is played there.
this is a view on the right side of the capitol. rudy giuliani, the former new york mayor, is there in statuary hall where a luncheon is honored for the new president in a matter of moments. >> you are seeing the establishment of the old president and new president in that split screen. >> here is barack obama. >> hello, everybody! you know, michelle and i, we have really been milking this good-bye thing, so it behooves me to be very brief. yeah. yes. you know, i said before and i will say again that when we started on this journey, we did
so with an abiding faith in the american people and their ability, our ability to join together and change the country in ways that would make life better for our kids and our grandkids. the change didn't happen from the top down, but it happened from the bottom up. it was met sometimes with skepticism and doubt. some folks didn't think we could pull it off. there were those who felt that the institutions of power privilege in this country were too deeply entrenched. and, yet, all of you came together in small ton and big
cities, a whole bunch of you -- >> remarkable split screen moment. former president obama speaking on the left and president trump to sign some orders before attending a lunch op. >> who didn't know how to pronounce barack obama. we got to know each other and we went into communities that maybe you had never even thought about visiting and met people on the surface seemed completely indifferent to you. didn't look like you or talk like you or watch the same tv programs as you. yet, when you started talking to them, it turned out you had something in common. in a group. people took notice. and throughout, it was infused -- >> as soon as the signing begins we will take you full into the room there before president
trump is about to put his first order of business. >> willful ignorance to all of the challenges that america faces. it was hope in the face of difficulty. hope in the face of uncertainty. you proved -- and throughout this process, michelle and i, we just been your front men. we have been the face, sometimes the voice -- >> let's listen in now. >> on front on the tv screen or in front of the microphone. >> let's listen in now to president trump. >> you have to sign that. >> i know that. i thought it was health care we err signing.
that's great. this is for rex. i assume he was approved today? ipt it >> it's coming, though, right? >> it looks like you added some letters in your name. >> we believe what the president is signing now are really the official nominations for his cabinet pick. these are his first executive actions. >> we know for sure two cabinet secretaries are confirmed today. the real question mark is mike pompeo of the cia. there was some hope by the republicans and trump transition he could also get confirmed today. to our understanding, at least
one democratic senator is holding that up. jon cornyn in the senate wants to keep the senate up working through past midnight to get pompeo confirmed but that doesn't seem likely but we will see. believe it or not there are still some negotiations on that because donald trump stand to go to the cia tomorrow having mike pompeo confirmed today would make that visit a little less awkward. >> this pictures remind us the president is a grandfather. i believe those are his grandchildren. we will have to check on that. that is ivanka trump's daughter there you see to the right of
the president, arabella. she seals to ems to be the keep the pens. >> a long tradition in washington. >> how about we do nancy first? >> looks like the coming days he is putting his pen to paper on some documents that are going to erase part of the -- or much of the obama legacy. >> i think that -- look. we know he is going to do a bunch of executive order and most of them monday. the ones that are very policy oriented. maybe one or two today but most of them on monday. it's the immigration ones that actually we still don't know for sure. either looking for ways perhaps to even start building the wall with an executive action. maybe they can reappropriate money and they are looking into that. but what order does he sign and how quickly the docu order is a bill sponsored by some republicans, the so-called dreamers. those that were brought over into this country as children by their parents that were undocumented and they were
undocumented. we will see. does he rescind it immediately or wait for congress to pass a dreamer bill? >> let's listen to some of this dialogue going on. >> tom is not -- >> no, no. mr. president, mr. president, the leader wants you to sign that. >> ucht the leadyou want the le it? >> you got a question? >> i'll take them. put them back. >> you did very well yesterday. rick perry. okay. who would like this one? >> i would. >> good. >> a tough group of people we have. you got that ready for me? they are learning the hard way. >> the easy way. >> betsy, help me.
education, right? >> i think chuck wanted it. >> not that one. no, thank you, mr. president. >> we got a rough group. >> it is. >> i'm happy for that. >> next. i think we are going to need some more pens. labor. >> kelly. >> come on. he is going to do a good job. >> this is a person who has gotten great reviews. not well known. this is the veterans administration. >> i think chuck might like that. >> i'll let you do that one.
>> thank you. good pen. >> this is where a lot of people wanted jim kelly. he's a good man. >> chuck, you're going to put the cap on there or get your shirt stained. >> hammer the nail. >> john kelly. >> reince should get something. >> are you getting some more pens back there? who? >> it's an equal numbers. >> i think dan should get that one. right? :what you're watching here is president trump signing some of the official things he has to sign to move ahead with his cabinet, signing the official
nominations, we believe, of his cabinet picks, and as these things go in washington, the pen is very important. you see a whole row of them as he signs, he will pass the pens out to various members of the congress and other folks who are gathered there. and he's got able and ready grandkids helping him with that process. he seems to be clearly enjoying this moment here. >> baseball cards. >> carson for kelly. >> just like a double. >> scott is going to do a great job. >> absolutely. >> speaker would like that. >> by the way, somewhere in this process today, the new president has found time to tweet on his personal address.
one says today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or one party to another but we are transferring power from d.c. and giving it back to you. pretty much echoing what we heard in his speech. if there was any doubt whether he would continue tweeting, i doubt it has been put to rest. >> in the rest of president obama's speech, it's hard to classify as any sort of response. he didn't do that. >> you're talking about the remarks he made at the hangar? >> we have been watching this and went away from it. in case folks were wondering what ed. more thanks to the staff, things like that. but he did not -- there was no direct response. >> after he finishes this, we believe he'll go on into the statuary hall for the official luncheon. we are, we have got a parade that is following a lit later on. inaugural parade. a lot of the folks you saw in the mall will now be lining that route along pennsylvania avenue and claiming their space to watch that particular chapter in
this day in history. >> i think mickey is going to do a good job. >> there you go. there are some of the folks there aligned along the parade route and plenty of police as you can see keeping them company. >> we are running out of people to give these two. to nikki haley? we want a second one? i'll sign it. governor. china loves him and he loves china.
>> applause all around for president trump as he takes some of his first official as president of the united states signing a number of documents related to his cabinet picks. and he will now make -- now make his way into the hall for today's luncheon. on the left side of your screen is the picture from joint base andrews, not too far away, where president -- former president obama is saying a farewell to the folks, some of the staff members, air force and other military people who were there and some of the staffers. a nice sendoff before they head out of town. we notice this is a round trip. they will make washington their residency for approximately the next year. there is the airplane they will be flying on. one they have logged tens and hundreds of thousands of miles on before. it will have a different call sign and be executive one, not air force one. simply because he is no longer the president.
that will carry them on this vacation. it's a tradition that outgoing presidents ride on the presidential jet for their final trip out of the nation's capital. on the right there, there is president clinton in the background and hillary clinton in the foreground there. they will be attending a luncheon in honor of the new president. >> former pre there. george h.w. bush has been breathing well on his own and comfortable watching the inauguration coverage together with mrs. bush, neil, and daughter-in-law maria. up a there while is still remaining in icu and observation there. >> we don't know if they are watching us but if they are, we send our well wishes for a speedy recovery. rudy giuliani. >> rosa delora next to her. a congressman from connecticut. >> giuliani we watched him during the transition who seemed
to be a shoo-in for a prominent post, but somewhere along the line, things went down. >> wilbur ross, the new commerce secretary there. rick perry. >> governor perry. >> energy. >> rick perry, who went from trying to get rid of the energy department to heading the energy department. not yet but we will see. yeah. most likely. he has not been confirmed. >> if he gets confirmed. >> a couple of more. president carter in the background there. >> we keep noting how remarkably good he looks and what with a great story he has to tell about his battle with cancer. >> rex tillerson and chief justice roberts sharing a table there. >> inaugurations make for some interesting pairings and groups sometimes at least. >> like i said the new establishment is establishing themselves here a little bit. putting in their roots. >> the hard work begins right away.
we know that the president is -- dan quayle there, a former vice president. the president is expected to make a trip out to the cia over the weekend and begin trying to mend fences with the intelligence community that have been damaged regarding some of the russian allegations. >> if mike pompeo is not confirmed tonight, it's my understanding and talking to jeremy bash who is a contributor to us now and used to work over at the cia, the number three person, a careerist, who would be acting director and who would be taking -- >> josh earnest, the press secretary for the former president, getting a hug. >> that is his son. already looking like a civilian. no tie. probably couldn't wait to get rid of that. >> i wrote into washington with bill and hillary clinton and tipper and al gore when they came to take their place.
we road in an rv. it was a little unsettling. i got off at memorial bridge. members of the family now. >> macking their way to the luncheon after the signing ceremony. >> anyhow. i got off the rv and memorial bridge and realized the president of the united states and the vice president of the united states are younger than i am. >> they are on the left. >> chief of staffs. >> very, very -- it took president a while to find that chief of staff that is basically him. >> but he bonded with them. >> they really did. this is dennis mcdonough could channel president obama in ways no other could. he has good relations with his chief of staff and don't get me wrong but dennis had a connection with him. >> he was a football player. >> a vikings fan.
>> it's important for those of us to point out who cover these white houses, you have to understand how hard all of these folks really worked. sacrifice of staff members and certainly the trump folks are about to find that on out. very, very long hours. a real sense of loyalty between a president and staff and we have seen that certainly with this outgoing white house and i'm sure we will see it in this new white house. >> robert gibbs once said to me this is a family friendly white house for one family. the first family and that's how it works. >> reince priebus, the new chief of staff. there is eric trump. tiffany trump in the white coat. >> reince priebus, in the political world, gets high five's. he hung in there for a long time. he was there four years ago. he stuck in there this time. he found a way to work with trump.
he kept this party together. the pressure he was under at times to dump trump. >> yep. >> and he wouldn't do it. he stuck by. he kept the party from totally fracturing. >> a few minutes ago you were were talking about the damaged democratic party but four months ago we were talking about the republican party was in critical condition. >> that's right. it's just different now. i'll tell you this, there is a different group of people in charge of this party now. it is a different makeup of this party. i think that, you know -- i think we thought if he loses there is a fight between these two wings of the party. the trump wing won. the trump wing is in charge. so that is and it's sort of the question is what happens to the bush republicans? the chamber of commerce republicans others might call them? do they find a way to fit in? how do they find a way to fit in or vice versa. does trump find ways to bring them in?
>> there is speaker paul ryan. as we are talking, i look to my left and look who has dropped by? jackie who sang the national anthem. terrific job. congratulations. >> well done. >> what was it like? >> oh, it was crazy. freezing cold. but it was amazing. it was a great experience. >> you sang warmly. you warmed us up. >> thank you so much! >> that is a very hard -- i'm sorry. i'm not a singer but i know from all of the singers, very hard one to hit, the notes. >> it is, but it's mainly just because of the pressure of the song, itself, not the notes. it's a big song. you don't want to mess it up. >> i don't know if you can hear it. >> there you are. >> just a wonderful moment. >> thank you. ♪ whose broad stripes
and bright stars through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? ♪ >> i think so. they told me that. ♪ and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ >> i have can i see who want to be instrumentalists. how often do you practice? >> every day. ♪ oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ >> tell us about yourself. >> i've always known i wanted to be a singer. i just was not always good at it. >> you could have fooled us. >> thank you. >> turn it around. what was the moment? ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave? ♪ >> when my voice changed, is when i was 6.
>> that is what is wrong with my singing! >> across america, parents are going let's get rid of the ton sills out of our kids! >> thank you, jackie, for stopping by. >> thank you. >> i hope you get to watch it all in a more comfortable setting but you did a terrific job. >> thank you so much. >> congratulations. >> someone else who has done a terrific job is hallie jackson and decided to bring her out of the cold and into our studio. >> jackie, thank you. i was across the capitol from w where you were and you didn't look cold. >> i was freezing. you can't look nervous and cold when you're performing the national anthem. >> you did a lovely job. >> here is the final farewell for the obama's. they are walking past the honor guards and we will see if he
salutes one more time. that is an american journey. you think where he came from. his mother was from kansas and she was raised in chicago in a working class family. harvard and princeton and then became president and first lady. and leave with a great sense in this country of how what great parents they were and stewards of family values. >> you can hear the cheers. >> place mat. think about the place mat changed forever in ways. it sent a message to all americans. >> the obama era is over as he boards the air force jet that will carry them on vacation into the next chapter of their lives, barack and michelle obama.
on the rye there is vice president pence and karen pence making their way into the luncheon. in a moment we would expect to see president trump and the first lady. there they are. >> you talk about this being the end of the obama era in washington and it's the start of the trump era and i think it means a lot for the republicans who are in this room on capitol hill, what this means for a republican party for a long time wouldn't accept donald trump and many parts of it refusing to. now not only force to do but almost excited about the possibility of what they can accomplish moving forward. his speech was very interesting. some reviews even from one member of congress who i was texting back and forth with thinking that it was so similar. we have been talking about for a campaign speech and wondering is that the kind of rhetoric we see from him moving forward or will he try to strike that more inspirational and hopeful tone. >> you had a pretty good view there. was there many applause lines that everybody joined in on or was it partisan? >> it was partisan.
my producer said watch president obama right now, former president obama at that point and see when he claps and he does. weren't many moments you saw that sort of round applause together. during the oath as we watch this here. >> let's watch the introduction. ♪ the president greeting president clinton.
>> here we go. if you could read lips here. >> the only thing i could read is thank you at the end. >> thank you for coming. >> seems to be a good place where he reached out and extended his hand to hillary clinton. to the best of my knowledge, the first time they have exchanged pleasantries in person. there was the phone call, of course. >> welcome to this lunch and if everybody will be seated. mr. president, say twice officially, mr. vice president,
honored guest, welcome to this inaugural luncheon. the joint congressional comm committee on inaugural ceremonies are pleased to host this lunch since 1953 with president eisenhower. in 1981, president reagan's first inauguration, the lunch took its current form and moved to this grand hall, the national stat uary hall which served until 1857 as the chamber of the house of representatives. the statues that line the walls of this room are placed throughout the capital and they recognize important figures in our national history. the collection and since this lunch was held the last time it's had several additions. rosa parks is now in statuary hall and she is seated, rather
than standing, as she should be. when miss parks died in 2005, one of the few people who had never held any public office or served in the military to lay her honor in the capital rotunda and several of us were there that day. another addition, norman berglaw the leader of the green revolution about his great efforts to feed the people, the demands and food production and he was really a leader in that area and talking to governor perdue last night about what is going to happen as world food demand doubles in 35 or 40 years and the great opportunity we have there. barry goldwater, a real inspiration to a generation of conservatives, was added to statuary hall the last few years and thomas edison of ohio who discovered more than 10,000 way
not to make a light bulb, until he discovered the one way to make that light bulb. the painting in the middle of the room is from a great missouri artist, george caleb bingham. he did three paintings series here. one was stump speaking and one was the county election. this one is verdict of the people. in the 1850s when this was painted, often, it was several days after the election before the results were announced. and all kind of people are in this painting. people from all walks of life, people who are excited, people who are confused, people who wonder what has happened and people wondering what is going to happen are all there. actually, he painted this painting about the same time that -- in this very room some of the least successful debates in the history of our country
were being held, and, of course, that we paid the price for not being able to find solutions. one of my favorite statues in the building is in a room that i have here in the capitol right now. i had it in the whip's office when i was the whip in the house. and it's one of my favorites because nobody knows who it is. and i don't mean nobody here can guess who it is. i mean, nobody knows who it is and nobody has known who it was since about 1930. couldn't have been in the capitol building more than a hundred years before people began to wonder who is this person? and i think it's a great reminder that what we do here is a lot more important than who we are. so we have work in front of us. it's a wonderful opportunity. it is a great day and i'm asking barry black of the chaplain of the senate to come and give us
our opening prayer. >> let us pray. eternal lord god, our refuge and strength, we praise you that we have nothing to fear. we can stand fearlessly during this season of peaceful transition because we know your providence will prevail. lord, we are grateful for this inaugural luncheon and for your providence that has brought president donald j. trump to this milestone moment. you have admonished us to pray for leaders and governments, so
we pray for our new president. lord, crown his labors with success, leading him to the destination you have chosen. surround him, his family and the members of his cabinet, with the shield of your divine protection and favor. may president trump seek your wisdom, justice, and grace, leading with your strength which reaches out to those on life's margins. the lost, lonely, last, least, and left out. may he remember that those who would leave a legacy of greatness must strive to become servants of all.
lord, inspire our president to perform his god appointed duties with such reverence for you, that his tenure will be like the sun shining forth on a cloudiless morning, like a rainbow after a storm, and like the singing of the birds at dawn. bless our food and fellowship. we pray in your sovereign name. amen. . 3 c3 tu nombre, amen!
>> that luncheon is about to begin. you heard lunch served. they are going to turn the cameras off there so we will not be able to bring you anything more in this room. we have still got a lot of the day ahead. the inaugural parade down pennsylvania avenue that will carry the new first family to the white house. we will be here for all of the coverage of that. and we will talk more about the speech and about the future of this family when we come back from this break. this is nbc news coverage of the inauguration. this is the food system. but what if it didn't have to be? at blue apron, we're building a better food system. where we value quality and flavor over quantity and shelf-life. where chefs and farmers work together to make farms healthier, grow higher quality ingredients, and deliver them in-season, ripe and ready to cook. because food is better when you start from scratch. blue apron.
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issue a new decree that will be and in every hall of power, from >> defining line arguably in donald trump's inaugural speech. president trump. we actually have a word cloud of the entire speech and put it up there. one word dominates. america, american, america first. there's a history to that phrase. >> there is. it's checkered in a lot of ways. and he has reactivated it and this speech was a speech how he first began when he first came down that escalator at trump
talker. this is his team and what he wants to do to advance the country. we do live in a different world now, obviously. there is great concern about isolation of america from an economic point of view, as well as from a defense point of view. we have always been the leader of the west and reached out to europe and our allies, including japan, to find our way. there in this white house now a really strong belief that you've got to isolate america out and concentrate on the valleys that make up this country and who we are and how we are going to get to where we are going to go. >> let's bring in quickly, doris. america first, doris. there is re-world war pre-world. a phrase that sent a signal to many americans. >> without a question. in those days 1939, 1940, 1941
the america first people were arguing for american isolation after the experience of world war i. if they had not been overdone we would take maybe longer to get mobilized for the war even before pearl harbor. given after world war ii, we game the became the world leader in part because we had alliances and that is what we need again. >> we want to go on the streets of washington now where some of the protests are getting a bit out of hand. jacob, where are you and what can you tell us? hello, jacob? >> oh, my. >> i'm not exactly sure. i can't hear from jacob. you can see what appears to be -- what appears to be tear gas and police moving in on a crowd here. >> we have had reports of tear gas was used. >> this is 12th. >> go, go! >> 12th and l if you're familiar
with the washington, d.c. area. police have been wanting to keep away -- that sound like tear gas shells to me. they have been trying to separate protesters on either side. there were some promises of protesters to shut down some key intersections and try to block access to the parade route but something has instigated this around the area of 12th and l in washington, d.c. jac jacob, can you hear me? jacob? okay. no, we haven't heard from him yet but we continue to watch this play out. several tear gas -- we got you. >> hold on hold on! >> lester, i apologize for the audio issues. all of a sudden, the police officers started to spray pepper spray and they got our audio
technician so we lost that audio. we were running because they were throwing flash bangs, very, very loud. at the same time they were arresting some people. the protesters in the scene behind us -- they have been here for hours. talking about a dozen groups or more of protesters that were trying to block checkpoints this morning and then maybe a couple of hours ago, they started to converge into one group and they started to smash windows that they were running around and throw tables. that's what with we saw a few hundred police officers come up and try to corner them. they were running around for half an hour or so. they finally cornered a lot of them and started making arrests. a couple of hours until just now. they are throwing more flash bombs and you're going to hear
them as they do this. they have been trying to control the protesters for hours. at this point, i would guess that there are near a thousand protesters total. you're going to see things flying because these protesters are throwing bricks or rocks or bottles. you know from the d.c. police that at least three of their officers were hurt earlier today. we have seen protesters injured because of pepper strikes. i should clarify most of the protesters are not throwing things. a small group of may 50, 60 of them have their faces covered and dressed in black. we look over here and you're going to see them trying to carry a gate. they are trying to throw this. we have moved back a little bit, again, because we were being hit by the pepper spray. >> jacob rascone, we didn't hear everything you were saying but
some groups are throwing flash ba bang grenades and pepper spray disbursed into the area to get people to move back. i see you have moved back, which we are grateful you're okay. was this a moving demonstration, jacob? or was it always planned for this area? >> so, lester, this morning, there were a dozen or more separate groups, as i said trying to shut down checkpoints. at about 11:00 we had a group of maybe 100 protesters mainly dress inside black with their faces covered. they were not just walking. they were running around and tossing chairs and throwing tables. then there was a -- >> they are coming down. we got to move! >> a hammer. that is the protesters and the police surrounding the last couple of hours. more than a couple of hours, i
should say, were chasing. as the president was taking the oath of office, they had them surrounded and mostly it was quiet and we were stationary in one intersection for a while until just now. until five minutes ago when some of the protesters that appeared to be pushing against the police line. police started to push back and that is when they started to spray more pepper spray. you're going to see now the line of police officers. they are close enough to us. you can see them. i would say that -- they are shooting right now out of what looks like paint ball guns. like a pepper spray ball that they spray and it hits and you smell, your eyes can feel it and it's difficult to breathe. we were seeing that earlier. >> jacob, can you give us some sense as to how far this is from the parade route, from the capitol? >> lester, 12th street and l
street is probably seven or eight blocks away from the parade route. you see somebody with a hammer smashing things. i apologize for the audio issues here. we are probably about five or six blocks away from the parade route and the inauguration. >> that is actually a fairly long way. a lot of perimeter and a lot of security. this shouldn't be disruptive to the parade. >> no. they have shut down a lot of streets certainly in preparation and they have practiced for this kind of thing. it is striking counter to the peaceful transfer of power we witness a little over an hour ago. >> the audio is jarring on this day. it's just jarring that in the capital city of the united states of america on inauguration day, we are hearing
this sound. >> jacob, have you seen anyone injured at all? >> we have seen a couple of officers being treated and we have seepn a few protesters carried out by other protesters. earlier today, at least one protester that was bleeding from the head and was carried off in a stretcher. up and down i street where the protesters were running around earlier, windows were knocked out of a couple of hotels. on a starbucks they smashed all of the window as they were running buy. all that happened a couple of hours ago. you're seeing a new team of officers specially trained with riot ger and they are moving in. >> we see some objects that appear to being tossed at the police officers. they seem to be forming almost a moving wall now as they continue to try to move the crowd farther up the street. and to contain them.
again, they have certainly been rehearsing and practicing for civil disobedience and seem to have been controlling that street to some extent. but it is clearly a volatile situation any time that police are forced to use tear gas or some of their nonlethal tactics. it is jarring as chuck points out. >> some are anarchists that have nothing to do with wanteding to protest along today. a different type of protests. i think some of these folks are -- >> big protests is scheduled for tomorrow and women coming here from all over america. >> i don't think this has any connection to that. >> pete williams is in our washington bureau and has a better handle on the situation with the protests overall. what are you hearing, pete? >> lester, washington, d.c. police who are in charge of keeping the peace in the streets here, this is not a secret service or fbi mission. this is washington police. they say they have arrested 95
people so far today. one person was arrested last night in a demonstration outside a place where some trump supporters were gathering. the washington, d.c. acting police chief stresses that the number of people arrested and the number of people who have broken windows and taken on other violent acts is a small number of the total number of protesters but pretty much the image that these violent protesters wanted. they wanted these encounters with the police to demonstrate their unhappiness. the police chief says that windows were broken in four or five businesses. this is right around an area called franklin park, about six blocks north of the pennsylvania avenue parade route, so it's well away from where the president will be walking a few hours from now. >> pete williams, thanks. we will continue to -- thanks. we will continue to monitor the situation here. the police seem to be successfully moving the crowd back.
we note it's a volatile situation and jacob rascone and our crew will take the proper precaution. we are back here with our panel and talking 3 c3 pasa, regresamos con nuestro obviously we knew there was going to be a lot of opposition and protests. there's going to be a reaction to that. and i have to say part of me believes that when you think about some of the folks around donald trump that believe this is a galvanizing moment and that we may view this that he made a mistake not trying to unify, they see it as almost cementing
their base and realizing this is going to be a political war for four years, keep their troops fired up and ready to go. so you may see -- there could be at times where we may be in for what feels like more polarizing moments that we've experienced. the democratic party, some of the leaders don't want to be as resistant as maybe the rank and file does. i think that tension will play itself out. that tension will increase tension on the right too. >> and what we don't know is the organizing center of all of this, frankly, how much of this is random. there are several different groups that were involved there. but you're quite right, i think that i can see the trump people at home saying get 'em. this is why we ran, this is why he won. it's not about them in the streets, it's about us in the factories and how he wants to change everything in washington. >> but would a message of unity not directed to the folks in the street, but a broader message of
unity, would that have paid dividends down the road? >> look, i believe it depends on what you believe is the best way to succeed as president. you had ronald reagan and bill clinton, i always said, wanted to be 60% presidents. meaning they knew they never would get 60% of the vote but the goal was a 60% approval rating. to know that you've got people on the other side that approve of what you're doing. in the bush/obama era, it was a 50% proposition. in some ways and some trump people believe this, that we are in such polarizing times, that if you have a core 40% to 45%, maybe that's all you need if you keep the other side off its heels a little bit, a little divided. and i'll tell you that i -- so i think that was the tension in the speech and i have no doubt tension inside trump world. i think steve bannon, that was a marker he wanted to do, chief advisor. he very much believes this
nationalist ideology is an international movement. i think -- i'm sure the reince priebus side of trump's advisers are thinking, boy, this isn't going to help us get chuck schumer to work with us. so those tensions i think are going to continue. >> we are going to take a break. when we come back, we are going to have a broader discussion about the first family and their direction going forward as a family and their impact on america when we come back from washington. ♪ (ee-e-e-oh-mum-oh-weh) (hush my darling...) (don't fear my darling...) (the lion sleeps tonight.) (hush my darling...) man snoring (don't fear my darling...) (the lion sleeps tonight.) woman snoring take the roar out of snore. yet another innovation only at a sleep number store.
>> nbc news live coverage of the inauguration of donald trump continues. here's lester holt. >> and welcome back, everyone. luncheon under way right now in the honor of the first family. we would expect to see them in just a little bit after that lunch and they will then begin the inauguration parade, which of course we'll have live coverage. we're also watching some disruption on the streets of washington right now. there have been some protests and apparently a few injuries here. tear gas or pepper spray being used on the crowd. we also heard what appear to be flash bang grenades, this in the area of 12th and l, several blocks from the parade route today. this is -- we're told there have been some people within groups of protesters who have been throwing objects and police responded by moving them back with pepper spray, their shields and these flash bang grenades it appears, so we're going to
continue to watch that situation play out, let you know as events warrant. but we want to turn right now to the broader discussion about the first family. for that robin gavonn joins us. >> nice to be here. >> we've seen the new first lady a lot today but haven't seen her a lot during the campaign. she didn't appear a lot. she spoke at the republican national convention. she's talked about wanting to champion issues against bullying. how would you expect she will fit into this kind of a role? >> well, you know, i think that it's all speculation because she really has been not in hiding, but certainly not in the spotlight. and i think the first sense of that we got today just by the way that she sort of handled all the attention, by the choices that she made in terms of how she wanted to be seen on the capitol stage and in the spotlight. and i thought she made some very
sort of smart, subtle choices. by, for instance, deciding that amidst all of the furor about what she was going to wear and designers not wanting to get involved that she would choose someone like ralph lauren, who is extremely bipartisan. he dressed hillary clinton for the inauguration as well. and i think those kinds of subtle decisions, those little details suggest that she is attuned to the divisiveness of this particular election and possibly, you know, it's something that she will be keenly aware of in whatever she decides to take on. >> you see her as being -- we saw with first lady michelle obama she became somewhat of a fashion icon. this first lady is a former mall model, so more pressure on her? >> i don't know if it's necessarily more pressure, but
it makes her more removed and is more challenging for her to form that kind of warm real woman relationship with the vast citizenry. models, after all, are rarefied creatures, they are born, they are not made. and so i think it's in some ways something she will have to overcome a little bit. >> how much of a statement does it make, an important statement, that she is staying in new york for the time being with her youngest son to get him through the school year before moving on. that's the kind of decision a lot of families have to make when there is a job relocation. >> i think it says that she's going to do this very much in her own way. you know, as much as people talk about the role of first lady is defined by the woman or the spouse who is in it, i think in general we tend to see them kind of fall within certain parameters. she is falling as far outside of those parameters that i think we've seen in a long time. >> michelle obama brought her
mom to come help with the kids at the time. they were very young when they moved in. melania's family, her side of the family, is she going to bring some help with her? it is balancing that duty of being there for your school-age child and at the same time some of the duties that come with the office. >> as some would say, you know, that's not a question that you would ask donald trump. is he bringing along a family member to help him care for his son. but as far as we know, there's been no acknowledgement that she is planning to bring a family member and she has spoken quite emphatically that she is a mom first and that she doesn't work with a nanny, that she's very hands-on. so i mean it sounds like that is going to be a significant portion of her role. but just as with michelle obama, she balanced that out. she limited the amount of time that she worked publicly and
spent a good portion of her time working with her girls when they were younger. >> doris kearns goodwin, presidential historian, is with us again. doris, how long has there historically been this pressure, or not pressure, but expectation on first ladies to have a specific defined role or cause? >> you know, i think obviously eleanor roosevelt started it in a certain way. i remember hearing when she talked to bess truman coming in after her, do you want me to introduce you to the women of the press because i held weekly press conferences with hem, and bess said what? i'm not going to be talking with the press. i think it's important to give each first lady space to be the kind of first lady they want to be. if balancing the kids is first, if they want a certain issue, it seems as what we've had recently is the first ladies following on one or two particular issues, whether it's literacy, alcoholism or obesity. and they have to decide it for themselves. they didn't run for office, and
i think both the media and the american people have to let them decide as it fits their life and fits who they are. >> and, doris, let me expand the conversation to donald trump. he tends to have, you know, kind of one volume. we count or look to our presidents to be consolers at times, to inspire us during tough and challenging moments in our history. how will -- how much will donald trump differ from past presidents with regard to that role? >> i think it's something that he's going to have to evolve to learn how to do, because you do need a different kind of -- i see exactly what you're saying, that one volume and that one kind of fighting spirit. teddy roosevelt had that similar kind of fighting spirit and he could speak in short, catchy phrases as mr. trump can as well. but there are times when you have to do something different for the nation. you have to be there when there's a killing, you have to
be there as a challenger as reagan was. the best presidents know how to be funny at times, they know how to be sympathetic at times, they know how to be fighting spirits at time and to be unifying at times. that's the different hats that a president has to wear. and the voice and the tone will be a very big part of that. that's why i wish today there had been that other voice as we were talking about earlier, not just the fighting voice today but the one that he showed after the election night. you need to bring those voices together if you're going to be an effective president. >> well, there's a lot to learn i guess being a president and you've got to come up to speed very quickly. i think we all wish him the best as he takes his new role. doris, thank you very much. we've been on several split screens today for various reasons. one of the situations we're watching is an outbreak of some violence, things being thrown and police responding around 12th and "i" here in washington. let's go back to jacob rascon. jacob, how are things now? >> reporter: lester, i would say
in all today we've had maybe a thousand protesters and we have now a small group of protesters wearing all black and they have their faces covered who have been battling back and forth with police now for about a half hour. off and on, the protesters will throw rocks or bricks or other objects at the police and they will respond by spraying something like pepper spray and as well throwing flash bangs, just really loud. just moments ago, they rushed from where they were, their position, their loiine, and the moved it so they created space in the intersection. as they did that, some of the protesters resisted moving and they were pushed and sprayed with pepper spray. and so now we're at a stand still here until people start throwing rocks again, which i expect they might do, because it's been a constant over the last half hour or so. lester. >> all right, jacob, thanks for keeping an eye there and taking care of you and your crew. let me go to kate snow right now. she's at john marshall park
where we're group has been out today vowing to protect the president and the parade area from protesters, bikers for trump. what's going on there? >> reporter: we're about six blocks to the east and six blocks to the south of where jacob is, where you're seeing those protests going on. this is such a different scene. you see all kinds of families here, a lot of "make america great again" hats and as you said we have the bikers for trump who got a permit to be here today. there's a whole bunch of them all behind us here. i've got with me eddie, shawn, joe, jimmy, jimmy and mark. we've got a bunch of them. most of you guys are from new jersey. >> yes. >> eddie, you came in from new jersey and it's your first inauguration. >> yes. >> none of you have been here before. >> here for trump. >> what did you think of his speech. >> i thought it was incredible. he's patriotic. he's looking out for the working man, which is us. >> what was the message that resonated with you? you were talking about the people.
>> he's bringing the power back for us. he's here to us to support us, looking out for us. >> one of the things that he said was you will not be ignored again. he tweeted that as well. is that what you felt when you heard it? >> absolutely. happy nobama day, by the way. >> you are happy to see obama get on that plane. >> absolutely. we are all palt yuts and we believe trump is a true patriot. he's here for the people from coast to coast, border to border. he's here from all the people in america. that's why we love him. >> what did you think about the protesters? they were here by our checkpoint a little bit earlier and you were all watching them very keenly, occasionally yelling a few things at them. they're up right no blocks away from us making a -- disrupting some stuff and even doing some damage. >> i think, number one, i don't have the time to protest because i have a job. number two, their behavior today is the reason that president trump was elected and the reason he gets elected for a second term. >> you guys have said that your leader said you will be a wall
of meat if you're needed today. so far everything is super peaceful here. there's been no interaction between the bikers and the protesters? >> actually we spent the last couple days just taking picture after picture. the public has been so thankful for us being here and it's been -- it's been really great. >> i do have to say as we've been standing here, lester, waiting for you to come to us, we've been here 40 minutes and people one after the next are coming up and wanting pictures with these guys. just one other note. i've talked to a lot of people in the crowd who drove miles and miles. a family from minnesota, others from the carolinas, you're from san diego, and they just wanted to be here. many, many people, lester, telling me that they have never been to washington, d.c., before and this is the first time they felt that they were welcome and that they should come for an inauguration. lester. >> there's nothing quite like an inauguration. kate snow, thank you very much. we are keeping our eye on the capitol. if they're on schedule right now, the new president and his family should be moving into a
holding room exiting the luncheon there in the capitol. in a short while, we would expect to see the president with a review of the troops before leaving the capitol and beginning the inaugural parade. we'll be watching it all for you. as soon as he comes back into view, we will train our cameras on him. but we will take a break. more coverage of the presidential inauguration when we continue on nbc news.
dark in my view. these themes about the forgotten man and woman and the line that really sort of grabbed me and took me a minute to sort of process and really understand his connection with his voters was that line about how factories closed, people suffered, and yet in the halls of power, in the halls of washington people enriched themselves. that was america's sort of anthem or answer to brexit. i thought he really hugged that.
instead of sort of turning away from some of that divisive language, he wants to divide us along new lines, it would seem. he really is embracing the class warfare that republicans have typically rejected. it used to be democrats that tried to wage national campaigns along lines of class warfare. he's not just embracing them, he's really doubling down on them. we talked about the speech about how of all the presidents on the dais today none of them voted for him, that's because they were against the isolationism and the protectionism and the nativism that were some of the central themes of his speech. >> tell me what you think was going through george w. bush's mind. it felt like at times he was repudiating every single president on that dais. >> i texted one of our colleagues during the speech and i said does it feel to you like he is really saying, it's not lost on me that none of the four of you voted for me. and so i'm going to lump you in with everyone that i am going to stand up to.
but we can't underestimate how effective it was during the campaign. but i think it's legitimate to question how helpful it's going to be as he has to now govern. >> i talk about the incredible split screen moments of the day. let's go back to that situation on the streets of washington right now. jacob rascon, it appears there's more action happening. >> since we last spoke, what we've seen is just more push and shove. the police line moved forward, some protesters resisted. they have been picking up bricks from off of the street, literally just breaking the street. picking up the bricks and tossing them at police and the police respond with the flash bangs, with the pepper spray. i've been able to talk to some of these protesters and they rarely want to identify themselves as we spoke before, they cover their faces and wear all black. but some of them are willing to say that they came from chicago or they came from denver or other places. they traveled here specifically for this. they wanted to make a statement. it looks like they're doing it. i spoke to one person from
chicago who came here who stood withsta standing rock. that was his purpose here. let's walk over here because i want to show you an example of what happens along the route. sometimes we see things like this. along the way they take the bricks or the rocks and they smash in the windows. this happening to be a limousine. so most of the protesters i want to emphasize don't seem to be here to cause violence or trouble like this. but a small group of people are specifically here to cause trouble wherever they go. they're knocking over trash cans, pulling out newsstands and smashing windows and then again throwing bricks and rocks. a small number of the protesters, but they're causing a significant amount of problems here. lester. >> are they trying to corral them into a specific area? they keep pushing them down the street. are they aiming toward a target? >> it seems that that's what
they're trying to do and in fact before the swearing-in as we spoke earlier, they were successful in that. they had a few hundred police officers coming from different sides of an intersection and they had cornered them and it was like that and quiet for a couple of hours and then there was the push and shove. ever since then, they can't seem to get around them. it would be very difficult to do so because in every direction and as we turn around you'll see, most of these are just people at this point watching who are not involved in the protest. but it would be very, very difficult to corner these protesters at this point. >> it's not clear to me what they're protesting at this point except for the fact that donald trump was elected president and they may disagree with some of his policies, but there's no definition to this protest, is there? are they holding up signs saying this is what enrages us? >> tom, i would say that during donald trump's campaign i happened to cover a lot of the
protests at his rallies. it just so happened that there was usually a small number of people who would cover their faces and do this kind of thing. it wasn't so much about donald trump to them, as i talked with them, as it was just anti-establishment. they not only hated, they said, donald trump, they also hated, they said, hillary clinton and they hated congress and they hated a lot of things. and so it was not specifically donald trump alone, it was the establishment, they called it. they were sick and tired of a laundry list of things. and so it wasn't very focused. it wasn't one purpose. and those who do have a purpose, like the queer resistance group that was out earlier today or those standing with standing rock, they aren't usually the types that we see cause that trouble. >> and we know those are nonlethal grenades being set off but they certainly are jarring
to hear those explosions in the street. jacob, thanks very much. nicolle, a little while ago we were hearing from bikers for trump. they noted the protesters and the imagery that that sends. in the broader picture, what does that say when that picture gets put alongside a peaceful swearing-in of donald trump. >> i agree with the bikers who said that that's part of why he won. there was a moment during the campaign, i think it was over the summer, where there were extraordinary flash points of violence. i think it was in chicago. and his convention speech i think was a reaction to that violent period over the summer where he talked about law and order. and it's been generations since the national political figures talked about law and order in a convention speech. so it wasn't just an undercurrent. one of the themes of his candidacy was to sort of restore law and order. and frankly, when he made his pitch and his case to the inner
cities, he talked about curbing violence and strengthening police and standing behind local police departments. >> you see that vehicle that's being attacked there. >> tom, all through this campaign many times you, peter hart, a lot of people that i've learned from and look up to always were painting this picture in '68 together. do you see -- do you feel '68, '69, that period? that's what's so -- it's like on one hand -- >> it's not to scale, right? it's not to scale. >> the picture may be that way and the politics are that divisive, but it feels like an alternative reality. >> the close-up here is the fact is you pull back, there are not that many people. they're shutting down a street. they shut down the entire capitol and took over the washington monument and president nixon went out in the middle of the night to try to talk to them about what was
going on because that was driven by the moral imperative of vietnam and going to war. it's also worth point out, once they entded the draft, bang, a lot of the demonstrations ended right away. here it's unclear to me. this is a kind of formless protest for the sake of protesting. >> it's like the g-8 protests. they're just anarchists. jacob has heard them talk about how the protesters have masks on. if you're protesting for a cause, you use the media to get out your message. >> let's hear from some people right now who are here in washington and not necessarily in support of trump. craig melvin is at freedom plaza. craig, what are you hearing there? >> lester, these are two ladies out from your neck of the woods, from the san francisco area, and they're in town for the march tomorrow, but they also decided to spend some time at the inauguration today.
this is diane, this is darcy. why did you feel it was so important for you to be here? >> i wanted to come here and have my voice be heard. i think that we are entering into a time that could be extremely disruptive to the rights that we've gained over the last 200 years and -- >> more specifically. >> well, i've got them all listed here on my sign. i'm afraid women will lose their right to reproductive choice, i'm afraid about what's going to happen to our environment with climate change, i'm afraid that our world and our nation will become much more divided in terms of race division, gender equality, education, saving public education is very important to me. i'm a retired educator and that's a very important part for me to really pay attention to. so we're here from california to protest in a way that is going to be meaningful, and we're trying to think about what can
we do in our own lives to make a difference. >> darcy, you have a creative sign that you brought with you from san francisco. >> yes, i do. well, i think for me this whole election cycle was disappointing n many fronts. i think the level of dialogue we've had is unacceptable and we should hold people to higher standards. for me this is about upholding our values as americans and thinking about liberty and justice for all. that's really why i'm here. i talk to people out on the street, i talk to taxi drivers, people are afraid. people are afraid to practice their religion, they're afraid that they're going to be deported, they're afraid that they're going to lose their health care. i think all of those things are important for us to have a conversation about. >> darcy, you pointed out a few minutes ago as the unrest started to unfold, we should note that's six, seven blocks from where we are, but you said you could almost smell the tear gas. >> yeah, you can smell the tear gas. i hope that that's not the way
that this goes from now on. i really think we need to start having important conversations, educated conversations, not based on rumor, not based on emotion, but based on facts. >> darcy, diane, thank you both. safe travels. again, lester, just some perspective here for our viewers, where jacob was, where jacob is right now, that's outside the secure zone six or seven blocks. you can probably start to hear the announcer along the parade route getting ready for that parade that's going to start here less than an hour from now. >> all right, craig, those ladies articulating their dissent in ways certainly that's more productive than what we saw in those others pictures. i want to pick up, nicolle, on something the women were talking about, the sense of fear. we spent some time talking to voters and i kept hearing about this fear, but a lot of it was based on what they think might happen. we have to remind ourselves that a lot of -- that president trump has changed and put nuances on a
lot of his positions on things like immigration and the muslim ban. >> abortion. >> we don't quite know -- we don't quite understand where he's at. we're afraid almost of the unknown. >> exactly. she talked about reproductive rights. i asked a group of three women who had voted for president obama twice, who voted for trump in this election year, is he pro-life or pro-choice. what are you? they were all pro-choice. why are you afraid? well, i think he's just going to listen. i think everything is up for negotiation. so it depends where you come down on the trump question. if you're for him, you like that he said positive things about planned parenthood because you think it signals some flexibility. if you're against him, you project onto him your worst fears about where he's going to land. >> if i say muslims right now, how would you articulate where he stands? >> i think where he landed was in favor of extreme vetting from
people of countries where terrorism is a threat. that's my understanding of his current position, right. >> i think that's a fair way. but what i keep picking up today, especially again, the information divide. >> yes. >> there's such apocalyptic language right now used to describe each political side that you can hear what's amazing is that this is the damage that this i think apocalyptic language that is used by left and right to describe the other side is that the supporters echo it back. they're parroting sort of the most distorted stereotype of the other side. and this to me, this is the information divide that has helped frankly make it easier to polarize. >> well, when the president goes by this particular stretch of pennsylvania avenue, he'll see tamron hall there as well as his new hotel with a big sign. tamron, set the scene for us there. >> so here's what we've seen happen in the last ten minutes. people that we believe are
employees of this trump hotel, which opened september 2016, have walked out. they have a huge sign saying thank you to the new president. it's believed, lester, that the president will stop here possibly in front of his hotel. now, to my left not very far away, a decent-size group of protesters and for a minute or two there was a chant going back and forth between these protesters and some of these people, again, who appear to work at trump international. this hotel will later also be a part of the discussion of conflicts of interest. this particular hotel is leased by the trump organization. they pay $3 million a month for this hotel. but according to the lease, it cannot be owned by an elected official. so this potentially could be one of those conflicts of interest that we've talked so much about later on. there's already been an organization who filed a complaint about the president now being an owner or his organization owning this particular hotel. but right now this could be the scene of the very first walk for
the president and the new first lady. these employees are out front. they have been anticipating something. it's been very quiet throughout the day and then all of a sudden we saw these people walk out. there are about 260 rooms here. the president has visited now twice. thursday night was his latest visit. this could actually be the second most popular place for him outside of the white house. it happens to, just for historical purposes, twice now been the target of demolition. it did not come down. 1914 is when it was built. it was the main post office for washington, d.c. trump took it over. he said it was underbudget, the renovation project itself. here we are now, this could be the very spot where he gets out. when you think about it, lester, could he have imagined when he took on this project that this time he would be walking past or driving past it on his way to his new home as president of the united states. it is remarkable and a part of what we've discussed for 18 months. >> yeah, certainly a symbol of
his success as a businessperson, but as you point out it may be another complication as he tries to separate his business interests from his job as president of the united states. there's a lot to explore. we do expect to see the president again shortly. he'll be reviewing the troops outside the capitol before the inauguration parade begins. they are running a little bit late in that luncheon. the cameras may come in and we may see some of the end of that program shortly. let us take a quick break. this is nbc news coverage of the ahh, sir?
capitol ahead of the >> i think you're always a little nervous before that many people but it's a great opportunity to be able to pray and to read god's word, so i was thankful for the privilege. a great privilege. >> you have been supportive of this president, even during some of his more challenging times. talk to me about the speech and how do you think it will resonate not only among those who have supported him, like yourself, but those who have not. >> first of all, i'm not endorse any candidate in this election. i went to all 50 state capitols and held prayer rallies on all 50 state grounds on the capitol steps and that's what i tried to do this year, to get people to pray. hundreds of thousands of people
joined me to pray for this nation. you know, when we talk about his speech, he's the president, whether you voted for him or not, and he's going to be the president for the next four years. america needs to come together. donald trump has been saying the same thing since he first entered the race. he hasn't backed up, he hasn't changed -- he's not a politician. he's saying what he wants to do. >> is that why he's here, because he's not a politician? >> he's not a politician, just look at him. he's a businessman and he gets himself in trouble by saying things that's in his heart or on his mind. sometimes he offends people. i don't think he tries to do it, i think he's just honest. it's refreshing in some ways to see somebody who's honest, who says what he thinks and what he's going to do. and if he can do half of what he says he's going to do, he might go down as the greatest president in american history. >> we showed there are protesters on the streets here. most of them have the best of intentions but some of them have gotten out of hand and are throwing objects and lighting fires.
how does he -- how does he speak to the segment of the population that just feels uncomfortable and afraid? what advice would you give him? and is there something he could have said today that might have gone a long way? >> well, we can always nitpick his speech and i'm sure he does that himself. he'll probably say i wish i said that or been a little more gracious to this person or that person. there's a segment of this country, no question, that's very unhappy. they lost. one of the problems we have today with the millenials, everybody gets a trophy. you play soccer, even the losers get trophies. people are not used to losing. so you had people, the democratic party lost. okay, get over it and sharpen your message up and run four years from now and win. but we got to come together for the next four years. if we don't, we're not going to make it as a country. we can't continue like this. donald trump did not divide america. it's been divided for some time. so i think it depogoes back to watergate when we begin to see the division come into our politics.
so i'm glad to see donald trump say what he has said. i hope he can do it. i'm going to pray that he can do it. if he can't, we'll all be losers. >> reverend, how do you square the morality question here? there have been some folks that are uncomfortable with some of the personal behaviors or personal things that donald trump has said, fearing that that's not a proper role model. as a man of faith, how do you square it? >> well, president clinton was sitting right in front of me and he wasn't much of a role model in that area either. but he was our president, regardless. our presidents are human beings, and they -- they have their weaknesses and they have their strengths. we just need to pray that donald trump will do well. because if he does well, we'll all do well as a nation. >> you said you think he regrets and maybe goes back and says i wish i'd been more gracious. have you ever heard him describe that privately? you know him. have you ever heard him express regret for being gracious?
>> no. i'm just saying for me as a speaker -- >> but you're always gracious. >> thank you. but i think people always, any of us from time to time -- >> donald trump you think regrets not being gracious? >> no. i'm just saying he may have something in his mind, wish he had done this or done that because we all are like that. but i think donald trump is who he is. what you see is what you get. >> reverend graham, i was struck by two things. first of all, when we had representative of a faith at the podium offering prayers before and after, it was very ecumenical, everybody got together. donald trump in his speech it seemed to me at least didn't reach out deliberately to other groups and say i know some of you didn't vote for me, but i'm here to help you as well as the people i have been representing. could he have been more ecumennical and would that have been more effective, do you think? >> i don't know.
i'm sure he could have. at the same time, i think he gave a vision for america and that's what america needs right now, we need a vision for the future, where we're going, what we're going to do. he certainly laid that out. he's going to build the military, he's going to put a lot of money into the infrastructure. we're going to put america first, we're going to put american jobs first. when you think of what happened with -- it started with bill clin tuton and the bushes after him, with nafta and taking our business overseas, it has done great harm to this nation. donald trump has said we're going to put a stop to this. i live in north carolina where we had the texas till industry. to see all those textile mills closed. people say, well, they'll get retrained. they don't want to be retrained. their fathers worked in those mills, their grandfathers, and they were proud of the products that they made. just like the coal miners. coal miners don't want to be a computer programmer. nothing against computer
programmers, i don't want to get them mad at me, but they want to work in the coal mines because that's where they grew up in their families, that's their heritage, and they're proud to be called miners. at some point the democratic party lost touch with these constituents in america. donald trump connected with them. when i went to all 50 state capitols to hold these prayer rallies, i could see these were working people that came out in the middle of the day without jobs. they were wanting someone to speak up for them because their party was not speaking up for them anymore. >> reverend graham, great to have you here. thanks so much for taking the time. >> god bless you all. >> always good to see you. >> thank you. we are keeping a very close eye on capitol hill right now where i think they're about to turn the cameras back on in the luncheon honoring president trump and his family. in fact they have. there's a live view. >> we can't let the first lady and the president leave until we recognize them with a few tokens
and mementos of the day. i'm certainly pleased that the house leaders, congressman pelosi and congressman mccarthy are here to make that first presentation. >> mr. president, mr. vice president, it is only fitting that our first meal is here in statuary hall, because this is the very first chambers when it came to congress. it is to me my favorite room. because sitting right back over there by father cera was a young congressman who served one term who i believe was our finest president, abraham lincoln. i will give tours, and when i give tours, people come through and we'll go and stand on the tile. i'll tell them to stand at that exact spot of his desk and i tell them to look back at that clock and i tell them to recite the time.
i tell them what time that was. they ask me why. and i said because that's the exact same view that abraham lincoln had and i wonder what his ideas and thoughts were. the challenges that he had at that time were the greatest to our constitution ever in the history. our challenges today are different, but we still have big challenges. so today we have a gift for you, mr. president. while you were being sworn in, the flag that was flown over the u.s. capitol. mr. lincoln had very inspiring words. the times were different, but in his annual message to congress, i thought these words meant the most. the dogmas of the quiet past or inadequate to the stormy present. the occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. as our case is new, we must act anew and think anew. we must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country. mr. president, i wish you the best of luck.
[ applause ] >> mr. president and mad am firt lady, congratulations on the inauguration. the american people pray for your family and for the success of your administration. following up on the history theme that mr. blunt so beautifully started us on this morning and mr. schumer continued and i follow, our house republican leader, mr. mccarthy, yes, in this room this was the original chamber. lincoln sat there and here we are gathered today in that old house chamber where lincoln served beneath the same clock that lincoln heard ticking, but under the gaze of cleo. mr. president, right up there above that door, the muse of history, cleo. for almost two centuries, cleo and her clock have reminded the
men and women in these hallowed halls that we are part of history, that our words and actions will face the judgment of history and that we are part of the long and honorable heritage of our democracy. that is cleo's advice. we come to the sacred inauguration day united in respect for our democracy and determined to make a difference in the lives of hard-working americans. i have the privilege of presenting a flag to the vice president of the united states, mike pence. one of the house of representatives own, right, mr. speaker? we know that vice president pence is strengthened by his faith, by his family and by the foundation of experience he built here in these halls. i told him, mr. president, he knows the territory. he knows the territory. it is now my honor to present one of the flags that flew above
the capitol today to the vice president of the united states, mike pence. we pray for you, for your beloved wife, karen, for michael, charlotte and audrey and all of your family. god bless you, mr. vice president. remembering that this flag that we pledge to every day for liberty and justice for all is our calling. i look forward to working with you. now it's my honor to present you with this flag. >> well, those of us who served in the house or still serve in the house think the senate is never quite as quick as the house, but maybe when it comes to photographs we are. my good friend, chuck schumer, is going to come and make that presentation.
>> well, thank you, roy. first, let's have a hand for roy. he did a great job, he and his staff, on this inauguration. [ applause ] now, mr. president, earlier this year iris and i were truly blessed. we watched our older daughter, jessica, marry the boy of her dreams. we are so happy. that's when i learned, though, that nothing is official until there's a photo of it. so, mr. president, now it's official. i present to you the photograph of your inauguration.
[ applause ] >> so, mr. president and mr. vice president and mrs. trump and mrs. pence, a gift that you're going to have a chance to look at more later and a lot more over the years is something that really a tradition started, now this is the eighth inauguration where the lenox company has made a special presentation of a gift made uniquely for each of you and uniquely for this event. this year the company proposed and the committee determined that the bowl they had in mind was something that you would value for a long time. the one that the president has and the first lady has is an etching of the white house looking across, directly across at the jefferson memorial. and the one that the pences will be presented with and have at their home would be the capitol
looking down at the lincoln memorial. the artist who was with us the other day talked about trying to capture la font's design for the city as well as how this city came together. timothy carter was the designer. the glass master, peter o'rork, made these. they also have a compass in the bottom of them, or an etched-in compass, and remembering, mr. president, as the vice president already knows, that the center of washington is not at the white house, it's actually right here in the center of the capitol building. the city is then laid out northwest, northeast, southwest, southeast, from that place. the other -- the other unique thing -- the other unique thing for the first lady and her
parents that would never have been such an important thing before, the glass came from slovenia. [ applause ] the designer thought that the best glass in the world for this particular design which he began to work on last summer was glass from slovenia. maybe he knew something that none of us quite knew for sure at that time. i'd now like to have the toast to the vice president and the president. the speaker and i both served with mike pence, so it was a challenge for me to give up this moment, but mike pence, a man of the house, the speaker of the house will bring that toast, and then the majority leader will come and toast to the president. mr. president, if you have anything to say at the end of those remarks, i'd also like to say so i don't forget to do it,
thanks so much to the staff that made all this effort happen today. [ applause ] stacy mcbride, the staff director of the rules committee and the staff director for the joint committee on the inauguration, maria lohmeyer who came on board to do this. her last event was the pope's visit, so that just got her ready for your visit. the great work of the capitol police, the sergeant at arms of the house and the senate, the cooperative effort of the d.c. police. our goal today was for this event to be an event where people came and when they left the event outside, they felt like they had all the freedom that you could possibly have and still have all the security you needed. i hope people left feeling that way. if they did, it was the great work of so many other people.
mr. speaker. >> thank you, roy. this is a great honor and privilege, to toast my dear friend and former colleague, vice president mike pence. i just really enjoy saying that. i think about the times that we've walked back and forth just down this hall on the way to a vote. but if memory serves, more often than not, we walked that way because we were being hauled into the speaker's office for being admonished for being rabble rousers in the republican study committee. we've had so many great memories here. i know this job makes you an officer of the senate, but you, mike pence, will always be a part of the people's house. [ applause ] we talk about our two bodies quite a bit, and if i had to use
a sports analogy, i would say we play rugby, they play golf. just saying. i'm reminded of something, though, that i think is pretty profound. that makes me think of mike pence. i'm reminded of the words of mike's favorite author, mark halperin. as long as you have life and breath, believe. as long as you have life and breath, believe. ladies and gentlemen, there was no one that i have served with who brings more belief to his work than mike pence. no one believes more deeply in our country and her people, no one believes more deeply in our capacity to do great things. he is a happy warrior. the president could not have
chosen a better partner for this work than mike pence. so, mr. president, mr. vice president, we raise our glasses to you, to karen and to your beautiful family. may you have every blessing and success as the 48th vice president of the united states of america. >> well, the theme of today's inauguration is uniquely america. there are some words that come to mind when you hear that phrase. big, bold, energetic,
enterprising, and resilient. always looking to the next horizon. it 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 emerged stronger. some things endure and we celebrate one of them today.