tv Inauguration Coverage NBC January 20, 2017 3:00pm-4:01pm EST
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.
this inauguration is a reminder of our common story as americans, and on this most uniquely american of occasions, i ask you to stand and join me in raising a glass. mr. president, may you find every success in the years ahead. may you unite our country behind a common vision and renew the promise that makes our country so great. hear, hear. . .
>> thank you very much, mitch, and paul and our great vice president. i don't think anybody wants to so we'll cut it short. but we have so many of our cabinet members here. i see my generals that are going to keep us so safe. they're going to have a lot of problems, the other side. they're going to look at a couple of them. if i'm doing a movie, i pick you, general. general mattis is doing really well. even chuck likes general mattis and general kelly. we had a very interesting talk. kiddingly, he thinks we're doing great at the cabinet level, but we're going to do just fine. we're going to do just fine. i tell you, there is something that i wanted to say, because i was very honored, very, very honored when i heard that president bill clinton and secretary hillary clinton was coming today, and i think it's appropriate to say, and i'd like
you to stand up. i'd like you to stand up. and honestly, there is nothing more i can say because i have a lot of respect for those two people. so thank you all for being here, and we're going to have four great years, hopefully of peace and prosperity. i will be working very, very hard. our cabinet is lined up and ready. i know eventually chuck is going to approve them, i'm sure. i really blooe thelieve that. we're all dealing together, we all want the same thing. whether you're republican or
democrat, it doesn't make any difference. we're going to get along. again, thank you very much. it's an honor, and roy, you have done a spectacular job. you and tom barrett. i want to thank you. thank you, everybody. thank you. thank you very much. >> two quick final things. two quick final things. you can remain standing if you want to. two things we need to do as we leave. one, just to mention the gifts, the mementos of this event. there is some note cards and a really great box put together by the government printing office, but the note cards representing all three branches of government and identified with this event
this day were done by st. louis artists, a friend of mine, ed fisher. >> we're watching the end of a luncheon in honor of president trump. he will go into a holding area and we'll see him emerge shortly. we just observed one of the most remarkable moments of the day, something he did not do in his speech. president trump acknowledged hillary clinton and president clinton who were in the room and invited the audience to stand for a long round of applause and said he has respect for these two people. not quite the embrace when they shook hands at the beginning of this event, but that was the first acknowledgment. >> we give thanks to you, oh lord, for the meal we have shared and to those who have worked hard to prepare and deliver it to us. may we always be grateful for the kindnesses we receive. we thank you as well for the
celebration of this day when our nation once again models for the world the greatness of peaceful transition of power. we ask a special blessing upon our new president, donald trump. give him an understanding heart to discern between good and evil. may he be strengthened in his work and grow in understanding as he proves ever attentive to the american people. we pray that he might become his best self. bless as well all those who are in place to exercise power in our nation. save them from seeking those things eschewed by solomon. long life, riches for self and the lives of enemies and impel them to seek the gift of discernment so as to understand justice.
lord, may the people of this nation stand with our president and all our leaders to face any challenge, endure any difficulty without fear, learn how to accept every success and every failure with grace and support our president and leaders with encouragement and prayer. as we move forward this day and through all days, may all that is done be for your greater honor and glory. amen. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your seats as president trump, vice president pence, the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies and the official party depart. >> as we watch them make their exit, let me bring back nicole anshuk on this. i'm curious, as we noted, he called for an ovation for hillary clinton.
he took kind of a beating on social media for not mentioning her earlier. >> yes. absolutely. it was important that he did it. it was, i think, an omission during the inaugural, a missed opportunity. but yes, i think he did as best he could to make up for what i think was an omission at the time. >> he's a guy who is always screwing the wings on at 50,000 feet, and this is what his supporters get and his detra detractors don't. he may have checked twitter, he may have asked someone, how is the coverage, because he's deeply interested in how everything he does and says is received. but i think the warmth is genuine. they know each other. >> there was clearly a decision not to include it in the original speech. >> clearly. you have to imagine it came up, but maybe he didn't focus on it. so as the day rolled on, maybe he's feeling good, maybe he's feeling, you know, wow, it really is nice. i don't know if i could have done it. who knows what went through his
mind. but it is a genuine moment. >> that's the thing about it, that seemed very genuine. that is the donald trump that many of us have spoken with behind the scenes, that has this sort of, you know -- he can be in a good mood, enthusiastic, upbeat, and that's what he sounded like there talking about the clintons. >> i'm not so sure i agree with you. with the big speech he wanted to solidify and reach out to his constituency and send a signal. this is who i am and get ready. and then when he came in here, this was a much smaller moment, and that speech was, frankly, and he was able to pay tribute to them which i think was genuine. they went to his wedding. he gave money to the campaign when he was a democrat. he's known them a long, long time. i think that first speech that he made was a speech that he came to this town intending to give.
and based on the mofs, the word on the streets, they liked it. that's what they wanted from him. that's how he got there. >> i still think the bikers would have been offended if there had been 20 words in the speech that said, i appreciate that my opponent was here. >> unfortunately, not as many people are watching this as -- >> but tom's point is that was by design. >> right, they were watching the inaugural, and it still feels like a missed opportunity. >> to note that they did shake hands at the beginning of this. >> i think in the inaugural address, he was sending a signal. there is not a different donald trump. i'm the one who got here on these terms and these are the terms in which i'm going to govern. >> you're putting it in a political calculation of saying, this is how we're going to govern. we're going to govern in a confrontational way. this is going to be a confrontational administration because that's what the --
that's the message, that's the mandate they believe they got. get out there and get 'em. >> he lives for the constant feedback move, and i think it's also possible he heard some of the feedback was that he hadn't been particularly gracious to them, they didn't have to be there. i think it's possible he heard that and thought, oh, i am glad they're here, so let me get up and say so. >> that piece of it could be true, i'm skbrus sayijust sayin speech, that he knew where he wanted to go and how to get there and he didn't want to diminish the scentrality of his message. >> there's former president dan quay quayle. >> talking to dan price. >> it looks like tiffany trump and donald jr. >> you get to see the thickness of the doors. look at the thickness. it's an interesting shot.
>> hermetically sealed. >> it looks like it's a vault. >> something out of "get smart" with the cone of silence. up to this point he's been riding around in an armored suv, but the first family will be in these presidential limousines for the trip back. i don't know, obviously the president and first lady will be riding for most of the journey along pennsylvania avenue and they'll go to the white house and then come back out to the reviewing stand. but the parade will be getting under way here quite shortly. the president right now in a holding area there in the capitol. but when they get to the white house this time, it will be for good, for the next four years, at least, as the new first family. were you going to say something, chuck? >> no, i'm just watching the beast. you don't normally get a shot like that, i'm telling you. >> here's the clintons back
there. >> they have a residency here as well as new york. >> he gets secret service protection, or she does as well. >> and there is president clint clinton. it's been a day full of emotion for a lot of people and certainly that couple. >> in front of clinton's chief of staff for the past four years as former president. >> what's in hillary clinton's future? >> i don't know how much of a public figure she wants to be or is going to be. i think that that is a question. does she have another book in her? does she want to? >> will she be active as far as the party is concerned? >> honestly, i think she will be. what's interesting is there's been a growing, but still quiet, sentiment among democrats where
they look at russia and all these things, but there is more and more of a reluctant acceptance that a lot of this loss does belong to her. and what does that mean, what lesson? i think there are people in the party still coming to grips with that. those that are very loyal to the clintons not ready to fully embrace that explanation because of the other clouds that hang out there. what it will do is you will not see a lot of democrats right now. >> i think the women's march tomorrow, that's still a crowd very eager to have her voice heard. i think there are women who believe that sexism played a part. it's not to blame for her defeat, but it played a part, this sort of, you know, hidden distrust of her. lots of people said that what she did was worse than what he said. a lot of women, liberal women, feminists, people who consider themselves feminists, hear some sexism in those explanations and justifications, and i think she'll be very welcome in sort of fighting for planned
parenthood or fighting to help redefine feminism or lending her voice to those causes. in those circles, she remains very influential. >> let me bring in anita mcbride, former assistant to george w. bush and first lady laura bush. thanks for being here. >> good to be here. >> how do you forget about the first family? you suddenly move into the white house, there's a famous address. how do you do this? >> you've got one of the most famous historians here who has researched all these people to try to explain this. nobody can completely prepare you for walking into something like that and walking into the white house and having these expectations that everyone has of you on what you should do. >> but is there a career employee who sits you down and says, this is the way it works, you're going to meet this person, you're going to meet that person? >> my first job in the white house was reading ronald reagan's mail, and the woman who taught me to read mail and
analyze it was someone who was hired in the last days of franklin delano roosevelt. i'll never forget it. she had done that job for years. but there is no one really like that. that's an operational side of the white house. there is no one like that, really, on the political side. i mean, there is no one that told you what to do, you just -- there is an expectation that you know a little bit what to do. but for someone like laura bush who i worked for, she had been the first lady of a state, so she had somewhat of a framework. she also had the example of her mother-in-law, and that sort of helped. she was probably one of the most prepared of the first ladies to go into the white house. but i think for this family, they're not only just a new first family, they're new to politics entirely and have really not lived a life in the public eye as politicians. so this will be -- it will definitely be different. >> but they had been in the public eye. that does help a little bit, right? >> it does help. >> you think about michelle obama. she hadn't been in the public eye or even in that way, so that must help some. >> definitely, and they're
certainly used to being photographed and certainly used to being followed around, and you're right, that does help. but you know what, you are now moving into a situation where everybody has an expectation. they want to know what your life is like behind those walls of the white house. and that's very hard to do, to make that pivot from trying to manage a private life in the public eye. but they'll meet a staff. we haven't really seen announcements about the staff for mrs. trump yet, and one of the most important positions, i think, chief of staff aside, is the press secretary. >> she's being self-depp racati. >> we all had great people to work with and all sort of helped each other, as nicolle knows. it's a very special place to be and it really is sort of the
heart of the complex, don't you think? >> the most jaded people walk in there and suddenly not so jaded. larger than politics is the presidency. >> it's like you know you're custodian of the people's house. >> that's one of the most interesting things. i've been there when presidents have walked into the house for the first time and also when they've left for the last time, but when you walk in for the first time and you're being welcomed by the chief usher. mr. president, welcome to your new home. and you're surrounded by all the former presidents, including george washington and martha washington, that is a breath-taking-away experience, no doubt about it. >> thank you for taking the time for us. we're looking at the eastern side of the capitol where we'll see the president appear shortly. he'll review the troops before he begins his journey to his new home. we'll take a break and show you ♪ look at you, saving money on your medicare part d prescriptions.
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>> with those words, it is trump era has begun here in washington, the swearing in, the inaugural address. now we have the parade route from the u.s. capitol to the white house. from the capitol shortly, the procession will make its way down constitution avenue to pennsylvania avenue. that's when the president and first lady will pass by the hotel on their right. they'll pass by the plaza before they arrive at their new home for the first time as president and first lady. we're waiting for that to start, but while we do, let's go to the east front of the capitol. there's a great live picture right now of the parade route. you can see the police up front and lots of folks. some american flags on the sides there, people perched among the media. it is a spectacle to behold as part of the tradition of bringing in a new presidency for a new term. let's go to chris jansing on the
east side of the capitol where the president will be emerging. what's next there? >> the traditional review of the troops. they have been waiting here patiently, lester, for more than an hour now. this program running a little bit behind. representatives from all five branches, the army, the navy, the air force, the marines, the coast guard. you look at them, as i have been, standing at attention for the last hour-plus, and it really does inspire a sense of pride and appreciation for all that they do, and you have to believe that when the newly minted president trump comes out here and sees them parading past him, there has to be an awesome sense of responsibility that he is the one that makes decisions to send them in harm's way as they have volunteered to defend and protect our country and our constitution. also worth noting that we saw him signing those many papers right before he went into the lunch and after the inaugural address. one of them was a waiver that would allow general james mattis
to run the pentagon as the secretary of defense should the senate approve him. i will say one more thing, this will start the parade. i spoke yesterday to the ceo of the inaugural committee, sara armstrong. she said one of the directives from then president-elect trump was that he didn't want this parade to go on and on. some of them have been four hours long. she said it will last about 90 minutes, and two reasons why. one, he was worried about people standing in the cold or the inclement weather, and i can tell you the rain has been coming on and off. we've been seeing the drivers of the limousines trying to polish them every time the rain lets up, and then it starts to rain again. and he was also worried about it getting dark. and so sunset here is at 5:16, and as i check my watch, if it's a 90-minute parade, they're getting close to what the new president considers the cutoff time. lester? >> all right. chris jansing, and kate snow is along the parade route. people there have been waiting not at attention but certainly they've been waiting in the cold as well.
what's it like there, kate? >> yeah, a lot of people got here around 6:00 this morning to get through the secret service, so yeah, they've been waiting a long time for this. lester, let me show you right behind me, that's the beginning of the parade. you can see several marching bands lined up in formation there. you see the army well represented. that's because this parade will be kind of organized into five divisions by branch of military, beginning with the army, then you'll see the marines, the navy, the air force, and the coast guard. and we're told that after each division we'll also see the boy scouts of america. the girl scouts are here as well. the tradition of this really dates back all the way to george washington. remember, he went from mt. vernon all the way up to new york city for his inauguration. i guess what happened was along the way, armies started to follow him and sort of parade alongside. so that became sort of the beginning of this tradition. it wasn't really formal until madison, and now here we are waiting for this one to begin very anxiously here, surrounded
by a lot of people. >> kate snow, thank you. stephanie gosk is at one of the checkpoints we showed you a while ago, the navy memorial. stephanie, when we saw the higher shot, we saw kind of a line of police. will people have a pretty good view when they go by? >> reporter: they will. they'll have a reasonably good view. what you can't see is that navy memorial is actually elevated a little bit, so the people gathering there will be able to see. this is the largest protest along the parade route. the organizers told us they were hoping to get 20,000. i can tell you they're certainly nowhere near 20,000 out here right now, but they do have thousands. and they have been increasing in numbers all day long. the rain not a deterrent for them, and it is getting louder and louder. and we do see a larger presence of police here outside these barricades than perhaps on the other side of the street where there are stands for supporters.
now, i do want to anticipate possib president trump possibly getting out of the motorcade at some point and walking along the parade route. it would seem that would be very unlikely in this particular spot. lester? >> all right. stephanie gosk, thank you very much. al roker is part of our coverage today. we give him one assignment every inauguration and we hope he comes through. we positioned al by the white house, and we asked one thing, simply get a sound bite by the president or vice president. it worked in 2013 by vice president biden. he came over to shake his hand. you got to deliver. >> well, lester, i don't know. we've got a light drizzle right now, so i don't know if the president or the vice president will be getting out of the car. but it's very light, so we're being very hopeful. we're being very hopeful. we will endeavor to get some sort of reaction from president trump and vice president pence
and see what happens. who knows? but i'm always optimistic. i'm always optimistic, and i have candy with me. so that may also be something that they -- you never know. a nice snack between the lurcnc and the reviewing stand. you don't know how that might go. >> the president likes his mcdonald's. maybe you should sneak over and get mcdonald's. >> i actually have a taco bell taco in my pocket. >> where are you in relation to the white house? >> we are almost diagonally -- if we could spin over this way. here's the white house over here and the reviewing stand just a little further down. we're in prime position right here. again, i've got snickers bars. that's also a good thing. >> you also have a big police officer there behind you so behave. >> i do. he's been moving with me. he obviously doesn't trust me.
where i go, he's going. i don't know. it's like -- he's like a human blockade, so i may have problems. >> washington's finest doing a great job out there. thank you, al. we'll look for you. hopefully we'll welcome you back with a sound bite. we continue to watch that parade. they will be kicking off very shortly. as we noted, those troops there. let's go to a shot on the east front. there is the president and the first lady and the vice president and mrs. pence. they will review the troops. >> it is great, again, that the
♪ >> president trump is reviewing the troops before he begins to make his way to the inaugural parade. service people in harm's way even as we speak. afghanistan, iraq, fighting air missions over targets in syria, just to mention a few in the world. >> uninterrupted today. when you think about this. uninterrupted. that's the amazing aspect of this. >> and knowing their lives are in your hands as we set this in motion. his first reminder of that with this ceremonial reviewing of the troops. the president and first lady now will make their way out of the
capitol on independence -- or constitution avenue? constitution. constitution avenue, yeah, then on to pennsylvania avenue. >> of course, thanks to andrew jackson, it's not a straight shot. >> there is a story behind that. >> there is a story. >> go right ahead. >> donald trump is jacksonian. he would appreciate it, right? he hated congress so much? >> he did not want it to be a straight shot. >> and he built treasury. he wanted his view blocked. how about that? >> i knew i'd learn something sitting between you two. >> we're trying. >> we'll give you one more. how about the blair house and andrew jackson? >> blair was francis blair who was andrew jackson's close friend and political adviser, and at the same time he was the publisher of the washington globe, which was the official democratic newspaper, and basically sort of -- that day's
version of state-run television or state-run newspaper, and he also kept a milk cow in the garden and brought milk to jackson every day which helped to keep up the friendship. >> blair bought that house and then gave it to him. >> i feel like my house was being crafted right here. >> here's all i had to learn from michael. >> when was the first time a president rode for a while in an armored limousine? >> rode for -- >> in other words, started riding regularly in an armored limousine? it was actually after pearl harbor, because after the pearl harbor attack in 1941, franklin roosevelt's security people said this car that you have, which is oftentimes open, may put you in danger. so they looked for a car quickly that was armored. the only one they could find was
a car that the government had confiscated from, of all people, al capone. so roosevelt rode up to his first congress in al capone's car. >> i flunked "jeopardy" the worst. >> i love the al capone connection. >> this is not the parade itself, but they're making their way off the capitol grounds. he's got a little company there as he makes his way away from the capitol. it's been a tradition the last several -- this is where you can help me -- the last several inaugurations where the president and first lady come out for a while. who started that? >> started walking? >> yeah. >> in recent times, thomas jefferson did in days of yore, but 1977, jimmy carter and roslyn carter walked not in the way we've seen in recent years because of security for a short distance near the white house. they walked almost the entire route, over a mile, and carter later on said this was my way of
expressing the fact that i had faith in the american people that nothing would happen to me and that i was beginning a new open -- >> as the threat of environment has changed over the years, are we becoming more and more personally disconnected from our president? >> certainly so. as chuck was mentioning, john kennedy, before the tragedy of dallas, would ride in these open cars for 20 miles, and people would come up to him and shake hands, and kennedy said, actually, just before dallas to the secret service agents, i don't even want you walking around my car or standing on the running boards because it makes me seem inaccessible. i have to be accessible to the people, he said, especially because i'm running for reelection. >> this is the picture, you're right, i remember this now, the carters walking virtually the whole way, right? >> and that was a risk. this would never happen nowadays for obvious reasons, but even in 1977, that was two years after
two very near miss assassination attempts against gerald ford. >> i thought i heard the voice of john chancellor. always nice to hear that. >> yeah. >> and speaking of the car, lyndon johnson after dallas, for reasons mainly of the economy, took president kennedy's car that had been in dallas, quietly refurbished, had an armored hard top put on it and it was the same car. so the car lbj rode in in 1965, no one knew it, but that was that same continental car from dallas. >> on the "today" show, we went to a secret service training show -- i believe it was in maryland. they have an old beast and they have a mockup of a jet and they do the whole thing where i'm the
protectee and something happens, and they shove you in the back. it all happened so fluidly, but you can see the phalanx of security there for the new president, and this has become standard. >> it has, if you think about it. we talk about pennsylvania avenue, we talk about treasury. when i first got here in bill clinton's first term, you got stuck in traffic in front of pennsylvania avenue in front of the white house, both sides. now there are no civilian cars that are allowed, really, to drive on either side of the white house anymore. >> that's exactly right. >> since we're doing trivia, let me just, off the top of my head, i remember this picture from 1953. thfls the first n brks kr-- thi first nbc vehicle to cover the inauguration. it kind of looks like a hearse. that's how we used to get in front of the parade to shoot it. and let me show you how we do it in 2017. better yet, let's let kristen
welker show us what it looks like. hi, kristen. >> reporter: hi, lester. we're about to set off. we're right in front of the capitol about to turn onto constitution. we're at the center of constitution and delaware. you're talking so much history. a lot of folks have been bringing up jimmy carter today, the fact he walked the entire length of the parade route, really the only president to do that. we were thinking about him because of the rain and wondering whether we're going to see president donald trump at all, whether they'll get out and walk a portion of the parade route. if he does, we're looking at trump hotel to see if possibly that's a place where he gets out and waves to people and then walks the rest of the length to the white house. we'll have to see if that happens. but we know that people have been lined up since 6:00 a.m. this morning. a lot of anticipation. this is always one of the more exciting parts of the inaugural celebrations. and because you're talking history, i'll give you a few more historical nuggets about this great parade.
one is that the first time african-americans participated in this parade was under president lincoln in 1865, and the first time that women participated in the parade was 1917 under president woodrow wilson. so a little bit more history to chew on as we await president trump and the first lady melania taking their ride down this historic route. lester? >> kristen, thanks. i think we have this we can pop up. it's a remarkable picture from pete souza, the professional photographer that was taken -- do we have the picture from marine i? actually, from executive i? it was put up a short time ago. >> it's probably on instagram. >> i'll bring it up in a bit. it's a great picture of president obama looking down at the white house from the chopper. >> it was inaugural trivia from a thousand.
>> this pageantry of this day, even at the luncheon, we heard donald trump talking about his -- >> there it is. there's that picture not from marine i, but executive i, and you see the reviewing stand there in the foreground. eight years that they were the occupants. >> it's a great tradition that as the presidents leave, they give them this final sort of circle of the mall, right, michael, they all get to view -- talk about rare, not a lot of people get to see that view. >> ronald reagan in 1989 was taking exactly this trip with nancy, and just at the same moment of the snapshot we just saw, ronald reagan said to nancy, honey, there is our little shack. made the turn and went on to andrews. >> i love what former president obama said the other day in his news conference about being an ex-president. he said, i won't mishearing s hy
voice, or something to that effect. >> but they all miss marine i and air force i, every last one of them. i was thinking for the imagery of this day, donald trump is from outside of politics, but just an hour ago at his luncheon, he was talking about general mattis looking like he was from central casting. i would love to know how he's experiencing this day. i don't know that he's even been to an inauguration before, do you? does anyone know? >> i think we would know if that happened. >> it's interesting, though, he does think visually, very much so. >> just like choosing a secretary of state. >> exactly. and a vice president. >> it supposedly wasn't helpful to bob corker that he didn't and look, the fact is he gets it. he gets it. he knows how to connect. >> he knows our business very well.
he knows how the camera works. every time i sat down with him, he has made some comment about the arrangement. he goes, okay, we got a camera there, we got a camera there. >> i've done interviews where after we're done, he wants to take a look at it. he's mindfully -- he's a brain, and he has his brain. he's always represented the exact same way. >> behind that thick glass is the end of the new president and the first lady as this profession is formally under way. we don't believe they have made their way in front of any crowds yet, but they soon will make the turn here. it looks like mainly staff military. >> it feels like the parade as they merge with everything. >> we can see them out our window. >> we're all peeking out our window to see if we can see it. >> yeah, we can see it. >> we do. it is behind us. we have a pretty good view here. >> yeah.
>> but you guys on watching have a better view, we promise. we are giving you the best view. >> i was going to say these things are not quite as military as they sometimes were during the cold war. kennedys in 1961, you saw nike missiles and other army -- >> we heard -- they were scuttlebutt, nobody was sure if the trump transition knew whether there should be more military presence, but the trump campaign wasn't so keen on it. >> we heard his speech where he wasn't so critical of the traditions. now he's in washington, and for the first time in his life, he's going to have to report to someone. he's going to have to be accountable to this thing called congress, the american people. what's that going to be like? we've seen him try to use his personality with companies, boeing and carrier and that sort of thing.
is that going to play? >> i think it's going to be uneven. i think he will have impulses to work with people like chuck schumer, a new yorker, who he's known a very long time on things they both care about, like infrastructure. but there will be limits, i think, even on his own staff in terms of how much running room they'll give him to work with democrats. there are some very idealogical people inside the white house, and there are non-idealogical people inside the white house. but for a while, most of the struggles that break out and you read about in the press coverage blackberry will be in the trump wing and people afraid to weigh in on one side or the other on putin and russia and how aggressive they should be. i think the white house staff
may break down just how generous to be in terms of how much they spend on infrastructure to get something done. i think donald trump's impulse will be to get deals done, but i think he will feel hemmed in by the structure of the white house and by some of the people around him. >> he is, but i tell you, he really -- talk about somebody that you can tell loves the idea that it is a bully pulpit, every new president comes in thinking, how am i going to use it? i think some use it better than others, but boy, donald trump plans on using it in ways we haven't seen in quite some time. ronald reagan used it and would talk over washington a little bit, over the press, but it was always in very elegant tones. this is different. this is going to be a very confrontational leader, and how he does it, i think he's been very shrewd. >> you know how mom and dad used to say, because i said so. he uses a lot of that.
he makes a declaration and it is therefore so, but it's a different thing running up against the political -- >> nicolle, we talk about the speech where he went with a divisive tone instead of a unifying tone. at the same time, it is remarkable, actually, how idealogically diverse the staff is. there really is -- he brought intention into his own white house of the idealogicals, the mike pence wing of the party. mike pence/paul ryan wing of the party in one place and then simultaneously having the libertarian streak, the outsider streak, the populist out there. and idealogically neutral democratically jared kushner or gary kohn. that's a healthy thing to do, right? >> it's a very healthy thing to do as long as you have the president involved managing the competition. if that doesn't happen, they all basically kill each other by the constant warfare. one great example of this was during reagan, you had george
schultz who was in favor of trying to negotiate with the soviets as they then were, and casper weinberger who was building up defense to be as tough as possible. it was a grand service to ronald reagan that you had those two people presenting different points of view and debating all the time and reagan could choose. even reagan finally got tired of it and got rid of weinberger and got a defense secretary who was a little bit more -- >> but i don't think trump will tired of it. we're talking about his team for a minute. kellyanne conway is the face of the trump presidency, and she went to war with mitt romney at the very moment that mitt romney was believed to be a candidate for secretary of state. there were no -- >> assuming that she was not asked to do that. >> we'll never know. but it played out in public view on television, which we know donald trump watches a whole lot of. so i'm not sure that donald trump will ever tire of the spectacle of these proxy fights playing out.
and that will be riveting, but it's not clear how much of it will be real. >> it's interesting, there is a recent example of someone like trump ascending to power like this and it's arnold schwarzenegger in california. the l.a. times has done some tremendous work showing there's a lot more parallels. arnold schwarzenegger came in with sort of the same split personality. rock-ribbed conservatives around him for california, but then at the same time, you know, there was sort of -- you could argue maybe it was the maria shriver wing of him, and he shifted. he basically was a little more idealogical at the beginning. it didn't work. and he literally hired a democrat as his chief of staff and shifted and sort of moved with the winds a little bit so he could get a few things done, and he had troubles in the first few years when it was more idealogical, and he actually had some wins toward the end. >> here's some of the view that the president will see, and that
view looking back at the motorcade, that's the same one that kristen welker has because i believe she's on that vehicle. kristen, has the procession reached the crowds yet? >> reporter: we have just reached the crowds, lester, and i can tell you we've just started to hear them chanting and cheering, and we're just passing someone holding a trump 2016 sign. right now a lot of folks have their make america great again hats on. most people have their cell phones out and they are taking pictures, trying to capture this historic moment. we are traveling now what seems like a fairly low rate of speed through this parade route. and that's giving the folks time to really absorb it, really take all of this in. we just passed the taft memorial a few moments ago. you have people actually looking out at the parade from their windows waving, trying to get a glimpse of the 45th president. of course, this is a tradition that dates all the way back to the first president, george washington, of course, his parade route looked very different.
he went from mt. vernon to new york where he took his oath of office, and he was followed by troops along the way. and that is part of why we have this military presence here, and i can tell you that there are members of the military lined up all along the parade route as well as we continue to travel toward the white house. so a lot of excitement here, a lot of people cheering, chanting. we haven't seen any protesters yet, but of course we have gotten reports of them a little bit further along the parade route, so we'll look for those. but as of right now, a lot of folks cheering, a lot of make america great again hats and trump signs on the side. lester? >> all right, kristen. chuck, i'll ask you about this since you live here. this isn't lost, though, as we see those crowds. i think 91% of people in the district voted for hillary clinton. >> i'm going to give away a little something you'll see on sunday, but it is interesting, over the last 25 years, when you look at republican presidents, when ronald reagan was inaugerated in 1991, he only had to go across the districts
border to go to a county that voted for him. right there, the suburban. in 1988, george w. bush had to go about 25 miles from washington, d.c. to find the first place where he carried. donald trump, we believe, has to go 50 miles to find a county in either direction, calvert county, maryland, or i believe it's folkier county, virginia. why does that matter? i believe it contributes to the crowd size. here's why it also matters. people in that 50-mile radius, there are a lot of federal workers. a lot of them work for donald trump today, the executive branch. this is an interesting tension. these people work for donald trump and donald trump is their boss, and for the government to function well, he needs to have a good relationship with his employees. and this is going to be an interesting tension that is there when you know your work
force didn't vote for you. >> and he came out with a fair amount of contempt for washington, as we know, in his speech. >> by the way, trump supporters love that fact that there is that tension. >> we saw steve bannon a bit earlier in the day. how much of that speech do you think was reflected in him as an architect? >> my sense is that was bannon's message. that was bannon-esque. it wouldn't have been a reince priebus speech, who is chief of staff. steve bannon and donald trump have channelled each other, i think, in some ways. >> yeah. the best advisers always do. >> we got him back in the game in many ways. >> he did, and steve bannon has tapped into, and he believes in this nationalist movement that he believes is spreading internationally, particularly strong right now in europe. we see it. and he does want to tap into
that around the world. >> we see the crowds waving now as the president's limousine comes into view. one carrying the president and first lady, the other the vice president and his wife. >> we know number 1 is the president there. what do you think? license plate number 1? >> we're going to go with that. >> yeah. you talked earlier about the view from inside the beast, the presidential limo. i took a lot of rides with president george w. bush and you can see everything. george bush had a practice of -- everyone got a thumbs up whether they were there to protest the iraq war or whether they were there to show their support. i think it will be interesting to see if he can grow some thick skin because there's not a lot you can do from inside the motorcade. it's sort of symbolic, but from inside -- >> do you think anybody comes in that job, though, with a thick skin? >> some people more than others. i think that no drama obama was
much more focused on the critique of him at the beginning. he talked a lot about fox news at the beginning of his presidency and he seemed to grow a little less molested by things they said. george w. bush never cared. someone very close to him, maybe in his family, said keith overn is the worst person in the world. and i said rk, please, he doesn even know him. >> he obviously cares about his media. >> donald trump cares very much. >> i think it was like, stop, tell senator mccain to stop turning on the television in his hotel room every night. >> we had a whole scam, mark salter and i, with senator mccain. we used to try to get the games, five baseball games, and we would try to get the games up
before he could start flipping arn t around the channels and hide the remote. i don't know if president trump is bothered by it, i know he's affected by it, but it can become an kbimpediment. >> let me go to kate snow because i think the motorcade is now reaching her location. >> reporter: it is. it is, lester, and if you look at our shot, what you see are the press vehicles right now just ahead of president trump's limousine. i can see the limo coming into view. i don't know if you can hear the crowd around me, but they're shouting trump, trump, trump. >> i think they're safe. >> reporter: a lot of excitement here. people have been waiting for hours. a lot of folks had to spend a long time going through
security. it's been raining off and on. it's in the 40s. it's not particularly warm today. single person i have talked to said they had to be here today. i talked to families who came in from far and wide, one family, a grandmother, a mother and two daughters packed into a car from minnesota and came all across the country, they have never been to another inauguration and they felt strongly about seeing president trump. >> it's a slow moving procession, but that's great, so everybody gets a chance to see the president and extend their greetings as he comes by. >> really the parade gets started after it gets to his reviewing stand. >> this is more the procession and he will go in with the family from the viewing stand and watch. let's talk about the relationship between this