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these are two people you'll remember that photo of the clintons at the least in social circles and they became bitter political rivals. this dislike that was on a personal level over the course of this campaign. and here she is, that smile that i've got to say is not a genuine smile that i've seen from hillary clinton in the format that she loves with voters and children and shaking hands. that's not that smile of a woman who's happy to be here right now. >> she's smiling at someone coming in. i wonder who that was. there it is, george w. bush and laura bush walking in as well. some concern that would not be able to make it today because of the condition of his father, george h.w. bush, but as we heard earlier this morning from anita mcbride, mrs. bush's chief of staff, the former president doing much better today in the hospital in houston, suffering from pneumonia in the intensive
care unit but he seems to be doing better. he's been tweeting out. he of course sent a letter to the president-elect as well, as we see that motorcade now coming in to the capitol, driving up. they will go into the east front and then begin that walk through the capitol to the west front for the ceremonies. cecilia vega mentioned that the last time that donald j. trump and hillary clinton were together was at that al smith dinner. behind the scenes they were with cardinal dolan who's going to be giving a prayer today and they did promise to help each other through this. matthew dowd, that is probably pretty improbable. i don't believe president trump is going to be calling on hillary clinton for advice. >> no, i don't think that's going to happen. i think they both tried to reach out in the aftermath of the election but it hasn't only been a few days ond a few weeks in rallied donald trump had, his supporters were still shouting, lock her up. >> even yesterday on the mall. >> i think though donald trump might try to and keep trying to heal the wounds.
i think there's a huge segment of donald trump supporters that have no desire to they'heal tha >> he has seemed to back off from that pledge where he said he would ask his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to look into her situation. that seems to have gone by the wayside right now as they are at the capitol. there's the first lady. and melania trump getting ready to walk inside. i'll ask you this question and i don't know exactly where it came from. where did the tradition to split up the families driving up to the capitol come from? >> in the olden days the wives didn't go back and forth to the capitol with the presidents. edith wilson was the first to go back and forth. but i think that it's just so the men can have that private moment, the president-elect and the president, can have that private moment. but you know, it's interesting, donald trump has barely been in the capitol, and when you think
of that building as a place that is the heart of our democracy and the dome as the symbol of unity which abraham lincoln insisted on keeping going throughout the civil war -- >> and we see them there right now. the president-elect and the president. you mentioned he hadn't been in the capitol, had not been in the white house until he met president obama the day after the election. you see them there again together. they've had several phone conversations over the course of the transition trying to force some kind of a relationship. there have been times when president-elect trump seems to have said he's taking advice from the president-elect. here they come to the capitol. speaker of the house, paul ryan, kevin mccarthy, republican leader, democratic leader nancy pelosi, a kiss from president obama.
they'll be led in by the sergeant of arms. somebody tried to get some news out of the president-elect, asked him if he was going to reverse the immigration order in the next few days. the president-elect chose to keep on walking. everything has its moment. that was not the moment for that, i suppose. we are expecting some executive orders to be signed by the president-elect, perhaps some right after the ceremony when he's up at the capitol, maybe some later in the white house, also a burst of action over the first few days. vice-president widen there as well with jill biden. there's vice-president elect pence and his wife karen. >> vice-president elect pence told me the other day, george, this would be a very humbling and very emotional moment for him when he takes the oath of office. he said, i can't help but think about my family, but especially the man after whom i was named, my grandfather. he said he came to this country in the early '20s from ireland.
he drove a bus for 40 years. he said he's going to be looking down from glory on me. >> ivanka trump there, she is moving to washington as well, has three young children, expected to play a major role in the white house, although she bristles at those who suggest she might be filling in the role of the first lady. don jr. there as well, tiffany trump, eric trump and there's barron as well. he's going to be staying in new york, barron, at least through the end of the school year with his mom. what a moment for those children as well. don and eric of course going to be running the family business, lots of questions about that. barron trump has no idea what he was in for, now to be the son of a president in the white house. we saw president obama over the last couple of weeks really bragging on his children, malia and sasha, 8 years in the white house, basically grew up in the white house. >> yes, they went from little girls to young women, the oldest
girl going off to college next year. there was a wonderful moment where the bush daughters wrote a letter to the obama girls, and so i would imagine at some point the obama girls will have a conversation with the trump children. >> ivanka trump, before the campaign, good friends with chelsea clinton, they knew each other in new york. perhaps they've had some conversations as well despite the disappointment. quite an age range on those trump kids right there. we are told by don jr. that his mother, ivana, is also going to be at the ceremony today, was not seen much during the campaign. look at that sight on the capitol. america's leadership gathering for a major moment, the inauguration of donald j. trump. george w. bush in character right there, always seems to be joking around, mark. >> he always has a quip, george. he's very quick and a lot like his mother. he has sort of a tart tongue at
times. but he's not at a loss for words. ladies and gentlemen, the children of president-elect trump, donald trump jr. >> he brought a smile to the face of hillary clinton, martha raddatz. >> he did. he is someone who was delighted to be an ex-president. terry moran and i both covered that white house. i've seen president bush since out there in text, and he is enjoying his role out there. he does oil paintings. >> and there we see the trump children, don jr., ivanka, eric and tiffany. followed by -- i think barron is behind them. i spoke with don jr. this morning. big smile on ivanka's face. he conceded that his father was a bit nervous coming into this day, who wouldn't be. they are radiant right now. looking out across the crowd. david muir, those kids played a key part in this campaign.
>> a huge part. this became the family business during this campaign and if you remember, that seminole moment during martha's debate when both the then candidates were asked what do they respect about one another. that was perhaps the only redeeming moment of the campaign. donald trump said hillary clinton never gives up, but hillary clinton said about donald trump, look at his children, look at how he has raised his children, the successes that they've turned out to be. ivanka telling us last night that she wouldn't say whether she'll have an office, an official office, in that white house. don jr. we asked, are you envious that ivanka is the one going to washington, that she'll be the one dealing with policy or at least influencing her dad a little more on policy, and he said yeah, there is envy, but my focus will be trump tower. that's the most important residence for me in the next four years. >> he's going to be running the business along with his brother eric. they had some dealings in the transition but stepped away from that when questions were raised about possible conflicts of interest. ivanka will be here with her
husband jared, you saw him there as well, who's going to have a formal role in the white house. there's the scene, the west front of the capitol filling up right now as we wait for president-elect trump and president obama to come out and join. there's jared kushner right there. and martha raddatz, it's clear he has been playing a key role, will be one of the top five staff members inside donald trump's white house, probably the first among equals. >> he will really have donald trump's ear just as he did throughout the campaign. donald trump obviously has a national security advisor, mike flynn, who he will listen to, but jared kushner has advised donald trump in ways that mike flynn has not, across the board. whether he gets into trouble, i know he was certainly there before the debate i moderated talking to donald trump about what he should do, what he should say, how he should handle that. >> other presidential off spring, cokie roberts, have played a role in the white
house. we saw george w. bush, he was a close advisor to his father when he was in the white house, probably m a role in pushing out one of the chiefs of staff. we've seen first ladies play prominent roles, hillary clinton of course in the clinton way. it has raised this question for everybody on the staff, you've got somebody there who's potential a colleague but can't be fired. >> that's right. and there's a tremendous suspicion about that person always because the staff always feels like they have the last word and they can overrule what anybody on the staff says. but the staff also uses those family members and goes to them and says, would you tell the president that. and you can only do that to a certain extent, but it can be done. the roosevelt sons were very, very much involved in franklin roosevelt's presidency. >> it tells you about what kind of a president donald trump is going to be. they bring their experiences. barack obama was a community
organizations organizer. this is not a giant corporation. it's a family business up in that tower still where he trusts and empowers the people close to him, just as his dad did with him. >> jon karl, one of the questions there is don jr. and eric aren't going to be able to talk to their father too much anymore. >> the whole idea is that they're going to be the ones who take over the business and insulate him from what he's doing at president, but george, it's hard to believe he won't be leaning on his sons for advice from time to time and you know that ivanka trump will play a critical role. she has no formal role at the white house at the start, no office in the west wing. her husband is there, but she has been a critical advisor to him and a critical person to reach out to people alienated by her father. she was the one, by the way, who set up the meeting between donald trump and al gore of all people in trump tower. >> she is a critical advisor to him, no question about it. we also saw donald trump's sisters up there on the podium as well on the west front of the capitol as we look out and see
the supporters in their ponchos today. the moment is getting so close right now for the ceremony that will lead to the swearing donald trump at noon. martha raddatz, as you point out, in a little under an hour, he will be the commander-in-chief. >> not just the president, commander-in-chief. there are over a million service members in the united states. we have troops deployed around the world, 5,000 troops in iraq. it's not something barack obama ever wanted to do, to send those troops back. we've got 500 special operations forces in syria. watching him yesterday at the tomb of the unknowns, you saw donald trump and melania trump with their hands over their hearts. today when he leaves, he will salute. he will be commander-in-chief. >> the family there on the podium right now, and martha, generals have already presented, prepared a plan for him, new steps in the fight against isis as we see hillary clinton and
george w. bush sharing a moment there as well. >> he wants new plans for the fight against isis but he has the same old guy in there right now, brett mcgehrke who is going to stay for a while doing counter-isil policy. he has about 50 people who will remain from the national security world. there will be an acting secretary of state. his name is tom shannon. he is a career diplomat. >> we see more of the trump family there, elizabeth trump, donald trump's sister, his brother robert as well. as we look down over the west front of the capitol, don jr., his oldest son, spent the night in blair house. they're all going to spend the night at the white house tonight as well, through the weekend, before melania takes barron back to school on monday. and mark, on this issue of families in the white house, as cokie was saying, we've had other moments in history, the roosevelt sons played key roles as well. >> without question.
the family become representatives. they're often used as 'em asairys. cokie made this point yesterday, george, there's no one who can talk to the president like his family can, like his wife or his children. george w. bush talked to me about the role that he played for his father. you mentioned that earlier. he learned about the proximity of power and he learned what to take to his dad and what not to. some people would say to him, tell your father just to be himself. he went to his dad and said, dad, just be yourself. his dad said, well who else am i going to be. >> matthew dowd, you worked for george w. bush. what do you think he learned from his father, and what do you think he had to unlearn? >> well, one of the benefits that he had, he watched all the unfolding. he watched decisions. he watched the conflicts. he watched all of that. he understood the precious to a large degree of that. he also was a family member that grew up in proximity of the white house so he understood that for his own family and how
you could protect that in this. so he did all that, but one of the things that he had to do was he had to get out from under that, i'm w, i'm herbert walker's son and he had to figure out how he could lead in a way that distinguished from his father and present himself so that people would accept him by himself. >> tom llamas, you spechnt a lo of time with the trump children in his campaign. >> that's right. one of the trades he holds above everything else more than even talent is loyalty. and there is no one more loyal than his children. so much is made about ivanka trump, but don jr. and eric really were the work horses in that campaign. ivanka as well but don jr. and eric traveled the country, they did rallied and they were always by their father's side, always defending him. they went through three campaign managers. a lot of times it was the trump children who were advising their father to change the campaign leadership. they essentially were the campaign for so many months. we see the first lady, michelle
obama, as she's walking out now to the west side of the capitol. and george, that issue of loyalty is so important for the president-elect that i think we're going to see this throughout his presidency. he has people in the trump organization that have started as golf caddies, as doormen, as bodyguards, who are now at the highest levels of leadership in the trump organization, and i think we'll see that through the white house. george, one more note. i'm hearing something pop up in pop culture now when we talk about ivanka and jared. it's this combination of names. people are calling them javanka. they have real cult of personality out here in washington d.c. >> we'll see if it takes. there's rick perry, the president's nominee for secretary of energy. he went through his hearings this week. everyone gathering. in just moments the president and president-elect will come out as well. and there we see former president bill clinton, hillary clinton. a bit lightened up since they came outside, martha raddatz. >> they have.
she's smiling now, he's smiling now. i still go back to thinking about president bush up there, there he is again, and i'm thinking, we've been talking a lot about russia with president-elect trump. president bush did a portrait of putin -- we'll pause here. [ applause ] ♪ >> the first lady. cokie, you've written about first ladies. some talk about a political future. the president says no way. >> and she says no way, which is more to the point, i think. but she will certainly be active. she's got a let girls learn program that she's now embedded
throughout the government, and she's going to be out there making sure that the girls around the world get an education and a good start on life. and she certainly found her voice in the white house in those eight years. it took some time but she did it. and she leaves with very high approval ratings, and i think we'll see more of her, but she will not run. >> and one thing she shares with the incoming first lady, melania, when she first got to the white house, said her top priority was making sure the girls were settled, raised correctly. she actually went quiet for some time. melania expected to do something very, very similar. she's going to stay home in new york until barron at least finishes this school year. there we see dr. biden, dr. jill biden as well with the first lady. president clinton. only two men left to come out. >> george, i just want to finish this story about the putin portrait. george bush showed that to me on his iphone before it was released to the public, and he said, look, i've got putin.
i painted a purple background in the background. he'll hate that. >> of course, president-elect trump has talked a lot about vladimir putin. there is barron right there. and so many questions about russian involvement in this campaign. the investigation are continuing, the fbi, cia, continuing to look into possible contacts, but donald trump says, david muir, that he can forge a good relationship with vladimir putin. he's saying at least that he might be having it in these first few months. >> he says there's nothing wrong with vladimir putin if he likes me. he thinks it actually could be a benefit and he often criticizes the obama administration that reset button when secretary of state hillary clinton traveled to russia. we saw jill biden and michelle obama. i want to mention that they shared a laugh right before they walked down the stairs. the wives and the cabinet members there. that's a real bond, those two
women. they have forged a relationship that they have said publicly they will continue after they leave the white house today. >> and the president and vice-president biden have. they thought that was improbable but they became so close, almost like brothers and family. there we see melania trump and karen pence. they will head out next. those last few steps, such solemn steps for the members of this family. it all starts to come home. >> and for the american public as well. this is the moment the american public looks at that family, the next first family of america, and realizes this is the day it happens. and i have to say, looking at this naem not in the trufamily tower, on the trump airplane, on
that military aircraft, the somberness. >> everything will be brand new for trump right now and brand new for the country. in about 40 minutes when he takes the oath of office, he is promising such dramatic change. there are his sons, eric and don jr. as you see them all together up there on the capitol steps right now, you have a president coming in who ran a campaign promising to undo just about everything that the 44th president of the united states considers his accomplishments. perhaps what she was saying is a little more mundane than we first thought. she was trying to get an identity of someone in the crowd, looking for someone right there, the clintons. [ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ]
>> you hear the cheers as they start to arrive, first the cabinet nominees. and now cheers for melania trump and a smile. melania trump, an immigrant. and there we see president obama, vice-president biden. cokie roberts, t the second fir lady not born in the united states. >> the wife of john quincy adams, but she was the daughter of an american who was living in britain at the time. by the time she became first lady he had been in the senate and had been secretary of state for eight years, during which time she wrote her father-in-law, john adams, that
it was her vocation to get her husband elected president. so she was no neo fight in politics when she came into the white house. melania trump has a tremendous job ahead and i think she'll have a tremendous amount of good will, of people wanting her to succeed. they do feel for her. she's never been in washington. she doesn't have close friends here. she has not been in the political eye. she has a young child. i think everybody will be pulling for her to succeed in this very difficult job. >> she's likely to stay quiet for some time, concentrate on the job of raising her son barron, but she will eventually step out. when i spoke to her back in november she said she wanted to get involved in the issue of cyber bullying of kids. it got a little uncomfortable since she was sitting next to her husband known for his tweets. she said she's willing to talk to him about that. there she is with her son, barron. >> george, i remember when you
asked her, are you going to be out on the trail and donald trump answered and said, yes, she's going to be out there giving a speech, and she said, i am? >> yeah, she got some news right there. we see the families who have held the office and the ones coming in in the next hour to the white house. that scene on the west front. crowd getting silent now as they know the moment is coming. ♪ >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, the honorable, barack h. obama, and the vice-president joseph r. biden, with ranking member charles a. schumer and house democratic leader nancy pelosi.
>> for the last time, "hail to the chief" played for barack obama. [ applause ] ♪ >> eight years ago as he stepped onto the west front of the capitol he paused for a moment and closed his eyes for what was to come. four years ago after taking the oath after giving that speech, he looked back for one last look over that mall, and now he enters in his last 40 or so minutes as president. ♪ >> martha raddatz, he is a lot
grayer. >> he is a lot grayer. when you think about what any president goes through in the white house, certainly george bush with 9/11 but president obama, so many crises. he had to send troops back into iraq because of isis. there was the boston bombing, terrorist attacks on our nation, more terrorist attacks on our nation. there was the newtown shooting, and osama bin laden, finally getting osama bin laden. that had to be one of the best moments for him in the white house. >> those are all the crises. he also set a standard, byron pitts, for so many americans who have watched him raise that family in the white house and who respected him for the way he conducted himself as a president and as a person. >> george, on martha's point, he was often comforter in chief. and his elegance and that people
admire. >> the crowds starting to call for his successor, donald trump, as we see him prepare for those last steps before he heads out of the capitol. the cheers gathering. he's going to round that corner behind the speaker and the leaders, dressed as we've always seen him before, those tailored suits, bright red, sometimes bright blue ties. he's never been much of a private citizen but these are his last moments as a private citizen. he'll step out, take the oath to become america's president. ♪
>> you have to wonder what is he thinking in these final moments. president obama confessed to being very nervous. a smile for the cameras. he's always aware, aware of where the cameras are every step of the way. president obama there as well, shares a word with kevin mccarthy. the leaders are going to go out and then the president-elect is going to be there alone for those last couple moments. >> so even george washington, george, was, according to a senator at his inauguration, this great man was agitated and embarrassed more than ever he was by the levelled cannon or the pointed musket. this is even the stalwart washington. >> there's vice-president elect mike pence, big smile on his face. he chose not to run for president, was having difficulty in the state of indiana as
governor, probably would not have been re-elected. chosen after deliberations by donald j. trump, some thought that maybe someone like chris christie was going to get the nod but instead it went to mike pence. now he's the partner, soon to be the second most powerful man in america. >> george, he also told me that one of his models as vice-president is george h.w. bush who he spoke to several weeks ago about his advice on becoming vice-president. of course he was president as well. someone mike pence greatly admires. >> strong conservative. strong member of congress. deep ties to others in the republican leadership, playing a key role in the white house of donald j. trump. >> i know his entire family is there, audrey, charlotte, michael who is a marine, aviator. >> donald trump says he likes people to look the part.
mike pence looks the part of vice-president. you see rex tillerson, his nominee for secretary of state. the president-elect thought that he looked the part of secretary of state. there vice-president biden and the president sharing a final moment. before donald trump walks out, his entire family waiting and ready. he will come out, we're going to hear the national anthem from a young woman, 16 years old, jackie evancho. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, escorting the president-elect, the staff director for congressional committee, stacy mcbride. the starergeant the arms, paul irvi irving, rules committee leader charles schumer, the speaker of the house of representatives, paul ryan. senate majority leader mcmcconnell, house democratic leader nancy pelosi. >> all together right now,
matthew dowd. you see nancy pelosi there wearing a button symbolizing the democrats' desire to protect obamacare. >> yes, and in just over 30 minutes all of the country's issues, problems, the economy, the foreign policy, is all going to fall square on the shoulders of donald trump and the republicans in washington, because they own all the levers of congress. it's now donald trump. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the president-elect of the united states, donald john trump. [ cheers and applause ] >> signature move right there from donald trump, thumb's up.
about 800,000 people expected today. the crowd is there. >> announcer: 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. [ applause ] today the legislative, the executive, the judicial 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 inauguration on this side of the capitol, president ronald reagan said that what we do here is both commonplace and miraculo miraculous. commonplace, every four years since 1789 when president george washington took this exact 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. as important as the transfer -- the first transfer of power was, many historians believed 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 pray to the same god. he had earlier written about those fervent prayers that one 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. as we begin that celebration, i call on his eminence, timothy
michael cardinal dolan, reverend dr. samuel rodriguez, and pastor paula white-cain to provide readings and the invocation. [ applause ] >> 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 of charged us to rule the creatures produced by you, to govern the world in holiness and righteousness and 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 is pleasing in your eyes, what is conformable with your commands, send her forth from 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 prudently in our affairs and safeguard us by her glory, amen. >> from the gospel of matthew,
the fifth chapter. god blesses those who are poor and realize their need for 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 will 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, for they will be called children of god. god blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. and god blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. for you are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop
that cannot be hidden. no one lights a lamp and then 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 father. respectfully in jesus' name. >> we come to you, heavenly father, 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 blessed 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 in your sight. in proverbs 21: 1, you instruct us that our leaders are in your hands. gracious god, reveal to 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 our nation to your purpose, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, 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. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the missouri state university chorale. ♪
well the missouri state university practices about two blocks from my home state in missouri so it was easy to find them and we're pleased they're here. [ applause ] it's also a great opportunity for me to introduce my colleague, the senator from new york, chuck schumer. [ applause ] >> my fellow americans, we live in a challenging and tumultuous time, a quickly evolving, ever more interconnected world, a rapidly changing economy that benefits too few while leaving too many behind, a fractured media, a politics frequently consumed by ranker. 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 that great country for one reason. you, the american people. [ applause ] 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 principles enshrined in the constitution, the rule of law, equal protection 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 always save us in times of strife. one such american was major sullivan bellou. on july 14th, 1861 when the north and south were lining up for their first battle, a time
when our country was bitterly divided in faith and the future of our country, major bellou of the second rhode island volunteers penned a letter to his wife, sarah. 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 sarah, 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 help maintain this government and to pay that debt. sarah, my love for you is deathless. it seems to bind me to you with the mighty cables that nothing but only nip tense 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 bellou gave his life on the battlefield a week later at the first battle of bull run. it is because sullivan bellou
and others who 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 days are yet to come. i urge all americans to read bellou'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, administers the oath of office to the vice-president of the united states.
>> place your hand on the bible. mr. vice-president elect, would you raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, michael richard pence, do solemnly swear. >> i, michael 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 of which i am about to enter. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations. [ applause ] ♪ >> a hug for his wife after taking the oath. and his children. mike pence put his hand on the reagan family bible. terry moran, we saw there, the vice-presidential oath somewhat longer than the presidential
oath. >> it's obviously a tremendous honor and he will be an active vice-president. donald trump has said he will delegate. he is a key person in our country as of this moment. >> congratulations there from the president. mr. biden. and the man he will serve. [ applause ] you see the emotion there on the face of mike pence. cheers from the crowd. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the mormon tabernacle choir, accompanied by the president's own 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 every flaw ♪ ♪ confirm thy soul
[ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it's an honor to produce the chief justice of the united states, john g. roberts jr. who will administer the presidential oath of office. everyone please stand. >> this is the moment. >> please raise your right hand, and repeat after me. i, donald john trump, do solemnly swear. >> i, donald john trump, do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> 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 ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> preserve, 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. >> there it is, 12 seconds. donald j. trump, the 45th president of the united states. hugs and kisses for his family. what a journey it's been for him, now hearing "hail to the chief" for the first time. congratulating the man he succeeds.
>> chief justice roberts, president carter, president clinton, president bush, president obama, fellow americans, and people of the world, thank you. [ cheers and applause ] 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 transition 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. [ cheers and applause ] 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. [ cheers and applause ]
for too long, a small group in our nation's capitol has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born 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 triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation's capitol, 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. [ cheers and applause ] 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 for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
these are just and 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 crash 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. [ applause ]
we are one nation, and their pain pain is our pain. their dreams are our dreams. 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. [ applause ] for many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of american industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. we've defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own. [ applause ]
and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while america's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. we've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. one by one the factories shuttered 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.
[ applause ] we assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city in every foreign capitol 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. [ applause ] 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. [ applause ] 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. [ applause ] 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 g d goodwill with the nation's 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. [ applause ] at the bed rock 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. [ applause ] finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
in america we understand 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 energies industries and technologies of tomorrow. a new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights and heal our divisions. 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 enjoy the same freedoms and salute the same great american flag. 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. 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. [ cheers and applause ] >> clenched fists there from president donald trump, a smile from president obama as he completes his inaugural address. a direct attack on the washington establishment. congratulations from president obama right there. taking on establishment that he said protected itself, promises that that will all change right here right now from this day forward. the people are the rulers again, said donald trump, president donald trump. then he said he has a new decree, a new vision.
a new vision will govern our land. america first. ending of course with the slogan of his campaign, make america great again. >> at this time i call on rabbi marvin hier, reverend franklin graham and bishop wayne t. jackson to provide readings and the benediction. >> eternal god, bless president donald j. trump and america, our great nation. guide us to remember the words of the sommist who may dwell on
your holy mountain, one who does what is 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 perp tuty, 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 orphaned, 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 fields and the work of righteousness will be peace, quietness, and confidence forever. amen.
>> mr. president, in the bible, rain is a sign of god's blessing. it started to rain, mr. president, when you came to the platform. 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 two. i urge them, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intersession and thanksgiving be made for all people. for teams, for all those in authority, that we may live peacefully quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 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 good and mankind, the man christ jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. now to the king eternal, immortal invisible, the only god, honor and glory forever and ever in jesus' name, amen. >> we thank you, father, for letting us share this great day. we are all created by you with one blood, all nation to dwell upon this land together. we are not enemies but brothers and sisters. we're not adversaries but allies. we are not foes but we're
friends. let us be healed by the power of your love and united by the bond of your spirit. today we pray for our 45th president, the vice-president and their families, and give them the wisdom to guide 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 vision of joseph, and the meekness of christ. solomon who kept peace among many nations, joseph who dreamt better for the people, and christ who accepted us all. oh, lord, mend our hearts and stitch together the fabric of this great country. in the spirit of the legendary gospel songwriter, ma hail ya jackson, oh, deep in my heart i do believe the lord will see us through, i do believe. we are on our way to victory, i do believe. we will walk hand in hand, i do believe. we shall live in peace, i do
believe. oh, deep in my heart, i do believe america we shall overcome. may the lord bless and keep america, and make his face 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 evancho, 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? ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> 16 years old, jackie evancho nails the high note. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing while the president and official party depart the platform. you will be released by section shortly. ♪
>> president trump heading back into the capitol. his first moments as commander-in-chief. so much to talk about after that inaugural address about 16 minutes long. jon karl, you're up there on the podium right there. he began with a thank you for everyone behind him on that west front of the capitol, members of congress, senators, republicans, democrats, former presidents. but then a direct attack on all of them for failing america. >> reporter: that was something else, george, to hear him say that this is a transfer of power, not just from one party to another party, but from washington d.c. to the american people. this was an attack on the politicians and both parties who were surrounding him who he said had celebrated their success here in washington while the rest of the country suffered. he said this day will be the day
that will be remembered when the people took back the reigns of the government. that said, george, after that rather blistering attack on everybody around him, he did return to that theme of unity, a broader theme of unity, and i thought the line that we'll hear a lot was when he said, whether we are black, brown, or white, we all bleed the red blood of patriots. >> open your hearts to p patrioti patriotism. there's no room for prejudice. tom llamas, you covered president trump from the very beginning of this campaign. that sounded vuch like many of his campaign speeches. >> reporter: george, two things struck me about that speech. first, for anyone who hoped or thought that the magnitude of this moment would change president trump, they were completely wrong. that was vintage donald trump from the campaign trail. that was the message that got him to the stage, and he bucked tradition. he bucked history, and he even bucked sort of that tone of
unity to give that speech here today, slamming those other politicians and really delivering a populist and nationalist message. but on the flip side, george, also as you know, every politician's first day in office, their number one goal is to get re-elected. and i think what we saw there from president trump was his first campaign speech of his next election cycle, those promises and that tough talk and that language that got him here, that he's not going to change until this country changes, george. >> fairly dark image of the america he inherits. cecilia vega also up there on the west front of the capitol. you saw many moments a stone face from president obama. >> reporter: absolutely, and hillary clinton, we just saw her depart also, still seemed stone faced to me. what we heard donald trump do at this presidential podium there was throw some red meat to his supporters. he talked about borders in his
inaugural address. he talked about wealth and used that phrase america first, exclamation point after that. there was an attempt, of course, to unify, saying there's no room for president, but really we're seeing donald trump set the tone of his presidency by going back to the tone that he set for his campaign, reaching out to the people in this country who he says have been forgotten. for us of us covering this administration and out here today, that will be one of the big questions over the next four years, can donald trump deliver on this very tall order that he's set for himself, to bring out these people who feel they have been left out of this city, left out of washington, and bring them back into the system. >> that is the key challenge for him. terry moran, as we see former vice-president cheney leave, students of history will take note of that slogan, america first. >> it's a loaded term in american history. he defined it here as total allegiance to the united states of america, and it is something, as cecilia said, this is why he was sent here by people who want
to hear that message of america first. however, it carries with it overtones from the 1930s when an anti-semitic movement saying we don't want to get involved in europe's war. it's the jew's war, charles lind burg led them. it is a term as he defined it his way but the words carry ugly echos. >> the bulk of it, those themes we saw over the last 18 months. >> i'll agree with what tom said. i think this was a full-throated nationalism and populist message. it is the same message he started with when he first announced. it's the same message he used at the republican convention. it's the same message he used throughout the campaign, and now it's the message that he is launching a new administration with. i think it was provocative. i think it's going to be remembered as prefound. it certainly doesn't go along with knowledge of the inaugural addresses all of us have read or listened to. i think the interesting thing
about this and this is how donald trump has conducted himself and why he's only supported by a minority of the country. i don't think this is a speech that gets a majority of the country behind. >> martha raddatz, what will the world hear? >> well, first of all, donald trump is now president of the united states. he's not president of the world. i think allies and adversaries around the world are trying to figure out what this will mean. china, you've heard -- he has criticized china so vocally during the campaign. he is pushing everybody away. nato, what do the members of nato think at this hour. right now, north korea, they can challenge them. you can control -- we have a few things falling down in the studio. you can control certain things in this country and certain people, but when you look out the rest of the world, when you think of north korea putting those missiles out to launch, he cannot control that. and how you put america first in those situations we'll have to see. he's already drawn some red
lines. >> the staff filing out as well. there are members of the cabinet. tom price, his nominee for health and human services secretary. one of his closest advisors, along with kellyanne conway in the white house. david muir, reaction pouring in on social media as well. >> all over social media, in particular to the one line that he said in his speech, mothers and children trapped in poverty in inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tomb stones, an education system flushed with cash, crime and the gangs and the drugs and he said the american carnage stops right here and stops right now. i have to say, i'm fascinated with the images's saw moments ago of the former presidents leaving, george w. bush, his arm extended out to hillary clinton. bill clinton had his arm stretched out to laura bush as they walked away. it's not lost on me that the bush family did not support donald trump. george h.w. bush, it was support reported that he was going to support hillary clinton. this was not about the establishment. in fact it was against the establishment. donald trump remembers who got
him here today. he said the establishment protected itself. their victories have not been your triumphs, there have not been celebrations across the country but this moment is your moment. he remembered who got them there to that podium today. >> washington didn't support him. he said he's going to change the way things are done in washington right now, as we see him there walking president obama out to the east front now of the capitol. mary bruce is there. >> reporter: george, the new president trump just walked by with a thumbs up. it strikes me in this moment as you see president trump and former president obama walking through this hallway together, that despite the fact that they have certainly been at odds at many points over the last several months and years, they now share something in this moment that only 43 other people on earth can relate to, the experience of being an american president. and that their teams throughout this entire process have been working closely together to make sure that this moment and that this day goes smoothly, this transition of power. >> there they are, the congressional leadership there, led by the speaker of the house,
paul ryan. there to bid farewell to president obama. byron pitts, as they say farewell, when you listen to that speech, again a study in contrast between the presidents. >> george, absolutely. i was thinking about billy graham. he said there's only two kinds of preachers, those who building up and those who tear you down. that was a punch in the mouth speech and now i'll pick you back up again. i've been texting friends who voted for trump, those who voted against him. one who voted for hillary clinton said horrifying. one who voted for donald trump said excellent, even inspiring. we'll see if he can deliver. i think this was one speech that two americas heard. early on he said the forgotten people of our country will be forgotten no more. there are many people in america wondering who's he talking about. there are people who now feel like they will be forgotten. and certainly those who feel like they've now been embraced. >> debra roberts, you're there with many supporters of the new
president, as we see him walk out of the capitol with president obama. >> absolutely. i have to tell you, it almost feels like the end of the super bowl. everybody was excited and now they're beginning to trickle out of here. i heard tom say that it was vintage president trump that you heard up there. this is sort of a vintage crowd that you heard out here tooday. a lot of themes when he talked about making america great, chants from the crowd, usa. when hillary clinton came out to take her seat, you heard boos, lock her up, a lot of that vintage trump language. but i have to tell you that folks here are very, very excited. the sanchez family is here. they came in from arizona and from new york city. you don't see a lot of these red hats for trump in new york city. >> no. >> but they said they were very, very excited. you loved what you heard, right? >> most definitely. we love trump, always been a supporter. so yes, we're here and supporting arizona and supporting trump. >> you heard a lot of that.
you heard a lot of excitement out here, folks who just wanted to get on with it, they just started shouting trump. a lot of enthusiasm out here, george, as they start to disperse now, and the rain held off. the most important bit of the day. >> the rain held off until he started speaking and then you saw the military aides come from behind him. a hug for joe biden from obama. they gave ponchos out to the crowd, as you said. this will be the farewell for the outgoing administration as the pences walk the bidens away. cokie roberts, your thoughts? >> well, of course this is the moment where we certainly understand that this is the end of the obama presidency. but i was thinking about this speech going into it and people kept asking me can he change any minds and my answer was no, he can't change minds but he can ease minds. i don't think he did that.
i think that he did not ease the minds of people who are nervous about what comes next in this presidency mainly because of the america first echos but also a sense of blij rens. i think that, yes, voices want to be heard. this vote was for change. we know that. but to get something done, you can't be that belligerent with this congress. >> mark, echos of any other presidents in that inaugural address? >> not that i can think of, george. this is a very populist speech. it was fiery, hyperbolic at times, downright distoep yan, sure for the core trump voter. i'm not sure he reached out to those folks who didn't vote for him, to bring them into the fold. he also didn't send a conciliatory message to congress which surprised me. he has to work with them going
forward. there wasn't any vision that he had for what they will do going forward. >> much more of a challenge to congress. as we see that helicopter that will carry president obama to andrews air force base and onto the presidential plane one last time for a weekend off. he's actually going to come back to d.c. though. his daughter sasha still in high school here in washington. he's going to live just a couple miles from the white house, just around the corner from ivanka trump, as they walk down those stairs of the capitol. two presidents sharing a light moment on their way down. smiles from both of them. eight years in the white house for president obama.
still a young man, only 55 years old. many years ahead in his post presidency. he'll be accompanied by close staff and friends for this final farewell. the two men just met a couple months ago. harsh words during the campaign on both sides. they spent hours together on the phone. one of the big questions, will that counsel continue. now former president obama, a final salute.
president trump will now go into the capitol for the lunch with the leaders of congress of both parties. and then get to work. amy robach out on the mall. >> reporter: it was interesting, george, as we are all watching on the big screens right there, the obamas leave on executive one as he waved to the crowd. a lot of people in this crowd who stayed behind to watch waved back. it was a pretty poignant moment,
but the crowd wasn't so friendly, i should say, earlier when hillary clinton came out. we actually heard some audible boos which was a little surprising to me. then i was expecting a big cheer when they announced president-elect donald trump when he came down the steps of the capitol and instead there was a quiet cheer but it was very subdued. it was not the boisterous response that i was expecting and people were really listening, really taking it in. it seemed like a very serious crowd. they were aware of the moment in history that they were witnessing, and they were respectful of president-elect trump but not overly joyous. those who we talked to afterwards said they loved the speech, they loved what he said, they all said they want to make america great again, and they're excited about the opportunity to have someone who is not a career politician leading this country. they're excited about what he can do for them. that is certainly a tone we heard in his speech and it absolutely resonated with the people here listening today on the mall, the hundreds of thousands who came out, george.
>> the rotors are whiring. a final flight around washington for president obama. as the president and vice-president who succeed him watch. first time he enters that helicopter without the burden of office. hard to imagine that he first came to washington only 12 years ago, now leaving as a former president. truth be told, donald trump has not spent much time in washington. you could tell by that speech he gave.
he's coming to change it completely. likely within the next few hours to start to undo many of the things that president obama considered his accomplishments. rainy afternoon here in washington. the wind is blowing, as you can see. cokie roberts, i think nancy reagan said ronald reagan wanted one extra turn in the helicopter before heading out. >> and while he was in that helicopter, he was asked, what was it like to reflect a little
bit. coming as an actor to the presidency. he said, i don't know how you could be president without having been an accident. >> he said that to david brinkley in his farewell interview, that's exactly right. >> so maybe presages this presidency, but this moment is quite something. they will be coming back to washington, but still, none of us ever get that view because it's restricted air space, and it is a wonderful, wonderful view of this beautiful, magnificently beautiful city. >> he will be coming back to washington simply as a citizen and a father to his daughter who will be in high school. as we see him head to andrews, i want to bring in more of our political analysts right now, talk a little bit more about that speech. a supporter of the president, was that the speech you expected? >> i thought it was a little hotter than i might have
expected. that was a declaration of war against a washington establishment that many americans think has grown greasy with self-interest and self-importance. but yes, that's the change that donald trump campaigned on. it reminded me not of any presidential inaugural speech i've ever heard but of huey long who said republicans and democrats are just different waiters bringing you the same food from the same kitchen. well donald trump is cooking in a different kitchen. he is going to upset the apple cart in this town. >> he's going to upset the apple cart in this town but it is now a town -- matthew dowd, you've pointed this out, it's a town where you have republicans controlling the house and the senate, the white house. soon there will be a new supreme court justice chosen by donald j. trump. but none of the institutions right now enjoy a majority support. >> that's what i think is fascinating and it's the first
time in modern polling where we have an inauguration where not a single person that holds a lever of power is supported by a majority of the country. both parties aren't supported by a majority of the country, the congress isn't supported by a majority of the country, and the new president is not supported by a majority of the country. the only person supported by a majority of the country is on that helicopter leaving town, and that makes a very difficult place to govern and lead from when basically the majority of the country is opposed to every single person and institution that sits in washington d.c. >> that's right. president obama leaving about 60% approval, some of the highest approval ratings of his term. most of the time he was well below 50% through most of his 8 years and of course remember george w. bush could not garner majority support in the country either. stephanie rawlings-blake of baltimore, democrat, your thoughts on the speech? >> i think he's going to learn very quickly that it's a lot different to talk than to get things done.
while i thought it was in some ways inspirational, i was encouraged by the talk about infrastructure improvement, where is he going to get that money from? the same people he just blasted on the stage. so i'm trying my hardest to stay optimistic, but it was a pretty harsh speech. >> kristen soul tis anderson? >> from my perspective this was very in line with the sorts of things that we've heard donald trump talk about all along, but i actually thought maybe the speech was less hot, less combative than perhaps i was expecting. >> how so? >> it wouldn't have surprised me if he had gone completely off prompter. anything can happen with donald trump. from my view it certainly sounded different from a different presidential inaugural address but not different than i was expecting, certainly dark in tone in places. the phrase american carnage sticks out, the image of factories closing down. sounded like billy joel with the factories closing down and things. but this is what he did at his
convention and back then we said is this too dark a tone, is this really where america is and now he's the president of the united states. i think there are folks that feel hopeful but have felt forgotten and he wanted to let those people know i'm here for you. >> he said i take an oath of allegiance to all americans. martha raddatz, what struck me was that closing gesture, the clenched fists. >> i've never seen anything like that at the end of an inaugural speech, never. we've talked about is this a re-election speech. well, there's a huge difference as the mayor and some others have pointed out. he has to fulfill those promises. he is now the president of the united states. can he get rid of welfare and get everybody back to work? good luck with that. can he get rid of isis completely? those are huge, complicated challenges. >> and mary bruce, he's going to get to work right now in the capitol. he's having lunch with the members of the house and the senate, also expected to go at some point and sign his first
executive orders. >> reporter: the president now is off to the side of the rotunda in a room appropriately called the president's room. he's there to sign a series of official documents completing the transfer of power. also, for instance, signing nominations to his cabinet posts, even though we've already seen many of these hearings. that couldn't officially start until he was president. and then of course as you mentioned, we're seeing lawmakers start to flow into that luncheon. this is a traditional celebratory luncheon, a chance for everyone to mark what has just happened. we're expecting 200 guests, leaders of congress, members of the supreme court, cabinet nominees, congressional leaders. but given the tone of that speech, i suspect the tone of that luncheon may be a little different than what was expected. there will be speeches, there will be a presentation of gifts and toasts to the new administration. and also we should note that there's also a practical purpose here. this is a very long day. this luncheon is an opportunity for everyone to fuel up.
>> we see right now vice-president -- former vice-president biden, dr. jill biden leaving washington at union station by amtrak. there's a story there. of course he's a senator from delaware, lived in delaware for so many years and would always commute by train almost every night. remember, he came to washington, came to the senate on the heels of a tragedy, a horrible tragedy, lost his wife and a child in a horrible car accident. his two sons survived. and he would go home every night on that amtrak train to be with them. he's joined by senator tom corker there as well. what a way to leave. we've heard again, i just got on my phone right now, first tweet from president trump. power from washington d.c. and giving it back to you, the american people -- i take it back. two tweets there. today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or one party to another, but we are transferring power from
washington d.c. and giving it back to you, the american people. the first tweet from the 45th president of the united states. we see the members of the senate come into the capitol right now. i want to bring one of the president's oldest friends, m e mike cabello, friends and roommates at the military academy so many years ago. did you hear the man you know? >> yes, i did. >> what did you think? >> i'm happy because i'm one of those guys that's for change also. so i think people have learned over the last year and a half of the 16 guys reduced to one and now the president, you ask him a question and you get an answer. he means what he says. if he thinks it he says it. >> you say he was a confident guy back then? >> yeah, he was. of course we went to school, it's all type a players, and he was -- like i said, we started out in 8th grade together and then graduated together.
we played football together. he went to baseball, i went to lacross. we just had -- it was a very interesting five years going to military school together. >> military school, there we see a picture of him right there in the military school. tell me about this. i imagine that a place of -- where you really have to follow authority, obviously. you're in a military school. he seems like the kind of guy who likes to give orders, not take them. >> well, he eventually gave orders at the end but as you start out, you're just a young cadet and you work your way up the food chain. that rigid discipline is good for you and i think he's carried it on from what i understand from colleagues that work with him in business that he still has that same kind of self-discipline, self-promotion, work aholic. so that's why i'm encouraged that he'll do good for the country, and i just wish everybody would be a little patient and give him 100 days and give him a 1,000-day report
card. it's up to us to pull the country together. he can only lead by example. we got to do it. >> we are seeing all those images from him at military school when you were his roommate. what is the one thing you know about donald trump that most americans may not know? >> i can't really think of anything, george. i've been asked that question quite a lot. i keep coming down to he's authentic, he's genuine. you talk to him -- i always separate my life of whether you like a person personally or professionally as you go through decades of work experience. he's the kind of guy you would like if he's your neighbor. so you talk to the people that actually know trump the person, not trump the brand, and of course now we have a third generation coming, trump the president. i think he's going to do quite well at it. will there be bumps, sure, but it's what you do next. >> it must be amazing for you to see your old friend and roommate become president of the united states. congratulations for that and
thank you for joining us. >> thank you, george. have a good day. >> more tweets coming in from the president. a few more. 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. from this moment on, america first. and sefrnl more. we will bring back jobs, borders, wealth and bring back our dreams, echos from that inaugural address here on the day of his inauguration, donald j. trump, 45th president of the united states. we'll be right back.
>> i ronald reagan. >> i, george bush. >> i william jefferson clinton. >> i george walker bush. >> i barack obama. >> i donald john trump do solemnly swear. >> there are the moments right there and there we see president obama has landed at andrews air force base. coming out to greet the supporters who gathered there one last time. to say farewell. president obama has so many staffers martha hraddatz who served with him. >> you would know this well, george. when you say goodbye to staff, that's one of the most emotional moments i think he told you in your interview. when you say goodbye to the loyal staff. president obama has maintained his family life. he's right next door to the oval office. he was. staffers gave up a lot of family time. they gave up a lot of their lives. >> as he described, he says
people say i'm a pretty cool cat but i got teary eyed when i brought them up to the residence to say goodbye. certainly that will happen again although he looks happy right now. >> he does not have to carry that football anymore. >> no longer has the biscuit which has the codes. one of the privileges he's going to lose, the golf course at andrews air force base. he played there more than 100 times over the course of his eight years but he might have more time now. >> i was going to say i think he'll find a golf course no matter where he is and he'll be around washington, d.c. >> you talk about the staff as well. the president, we see it in his face, developed close bonds with the military aides. >> you bet. they're with him all the time. of course, the chairman joint chief who is his military adviser. he's very close to them. he lands at andrews all the
time, greeted by many of the same people. you get a real bond. of course, what president obama did as well is visit service members at walter reed. >> he said that was the most solemn responsibility he had as we see former president jimmy carter to go pay attention to the wounded to comfort their families. >> that's got to be the hardest thing a president does. i think that will be a moment for donald trump. that will be the moment when if we lose someone in battle, a battle that he may be responsible for or sending someone into conflict and then when you visit the wounded. >> you saw it on president trump's face yesterday at arlington cemetery. you saw him and the vice president-elect mike pence put the wreath on the tomb. started to hit home now and becomes more real now. >> the whole family, it was a very solemn moment for all of them. and we also saw today, did you see that first salute when he
turned around? >> the first one. we see the members of congress gathering. terry moran. >> as we see president obama and the first lady prepare to depart washington, it's not only the end of the obama era, i want to go back to the speech, it's the end of american internationalism. donald trump just declared it dead. you look at the other inaugural speech. kennedy will bear any burden, pay any price to support and defend freedom. george w. bush, the policy of the united states to defeat tierney and what we're hearing from donald trump is no more. we're going to protect. he said protectionism is a good thing and we are going to defend ourselves and enough of this nation building and it is frankly the whole speech a judgment on the failure of american policy for ordinary americans, these two wars that have lasted 15 years have just soured millions of americans on america's responsibility to
defend freedom in the world. >> america first, the theme. we have not seen the president yet. he's in the president's room along with white house counsel and reince priebus. we still don't know what the executives orders are that he is signing. there's been some tussle inside the incoming trump white house. some suggest that he wanted to do all of the big executive orders right away. others saying he'll spread them out. david muir, he's got some policies on his website. >> yeah, the social transition has begun and the white house website has several potential executive orders, some highlights. it echos what we heard from donald trump on the campaign trail. energy plan. eliminating policy such as the climate action plan. 50 trillion in untapped shale oil and open it up on federal lands. build a border wall.
renegotiate nafta. among things listed on the website. you're seeing president clinton and hillary clinton. there's talk on twitter about the fact she showed up and stood there as a former first lady but also as the opponent who lost to him after 65 million votes for her, 65 plus million, 66 perhaps. obviously he didn't mention her in the speech or talk about unity in my form. and there's been some interesting twitter action from at least her supporters, many who plan to make their voices heard tomorrow at smaller gatherings around the country. >> we see the chief justice for the lunch as well. got through that oath without a hitch this time. it all went smoothly. and as they all wait for the president, justice pryor coming in as well. president trump has promised dramatic, dramatic change in washington and the question is now matthew dowd, what can he
deliver on for so many things he raised for example, the infrastructure. it's an issue that splits democrats and republicans but can he get cooperation from the other side? >> i'm going to agree with something that was said earlier today which is ultimately we have talked about his words and the words he uses and speeches he uses. the american public is in a completely judging his actions. if he said the thing wrong, if he delivers on certain things, that the american public wants, then i think his numbers will rise and become much more of a majority leader in this country. the problem in the congress today is it's broken into three parts. there's the democrats who are opposing him at almost everything. >> and there we see president obama is about to speak. and his supporters gathered at the air force base. david wright is there. >> reporter: you can only imagine how excited former president obama must be to be getting on this plane that
iconic plane won't be called air force one for this trip but special air mission 28,000 having to do with the tail numbers but the family is headed to palm springs. president obama promised the family he would take them somewhere warm and palm springs is about 10 degrees warmer than it is here. hasn't said how long he will stay but got one more piece of business before he leaves, addressing 1,000 supporters, former staff members and service members gathered in an airport hangar to say goodbye. you can hear me a 21 gun salute to send him off. how eager must he be to be getting on that plane and wheels up. ♪
american people and their abili ability, our ability to join together and change the country in ways that would make life better for our kids and grandkids. that change didn't happen from the top down, but 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 and privilege in this country were too deeply entrenched and yet, all of you came together in small towns and big cities, a whole bunch of you really young and you decided to believe.
>> what you're seeing there, power has transferred. president obama saying goodbye to his staff. president trump about to sign his first executive orders as president of the united states. >> we got to know each other and you went in the communities that maybe you had never even thought about visiting and met people that on the surface seemed completely different than you. didn't look like you or talk like you or watch the same tv programs as you and yet, once you started talking to them, it turned out you had something in common. in a group. and it built. and people took notice. throughout it was infused with a sense of hope. and as i said in 2004, it wasn't blind optimism that drove you to
do all this work, it wasn't willful ignorance to all the challenges america faces, it was hope -- >> president trump there with his grandkids. >> hope in the face of uncertainty. >> president obama hitting the themes he hit from the beginning of his political career, hope. >> and throughout this process michelle and i -- >> very rarely you see two presidents side by side like that. >> we have been -- >> with such dramatically different visions and plans. we're about to see the first plan signed now by the 45th president of the united states. >> but this has never been about us. it has always been -- >> no advanced word from the trump team what he's going to be signing. we'll report it as soon as we get it. >> really just a testament to
you. in the same way when we talk about our amazing military and our men and women in uniform, the military is not a thing, it's a group of committed -- >> there it is the first signature. >> willing to sacrifice everything on our behalf. it works only because of the people in it. as cool as the hardware is and we got cool hardware, as cool as the machines, weapons, satellites are -- >> as president trump signs his second order we're going to close in on that.
his grandson there. >> i assume it was approved today. [ laughter ] >> it's coming though right? >> first billing signed. a waiver for general mattis' incoming into the pentagon. martha raddatz he's served as a general. you have to way seven years. >> seven years, civilian controlled defense department. with that waiver, jim mattis will be allowed to be secretary of defense. >> also signing the formal nominations of other cabinet members. something of a tradition as well. the presidents proclaim national for thanksgiving and remembrance. some housekeeping from the president. promises more to come.
only two cabinet members likely to be in place by the end of the day. both generals. general mattis, general kelly, homeland security. presidential privilege he's talking about right there. you have to get pens out after you sign orders or bills. sometimes you even break the pen into pieces or sign one letter of your name at a time so you can have more pens. his son over his shoulder right next to the house speaker, paul ryan. these are things the president can do on his own. the work of legislating begins next. congress did have to approve that waiver for general mattis. that wasn't hard. he glided through, well respected by both democrats and republicans. >> didn't always agree with what we heard president trump say about the world.
he talked about russia as a threat. president trump seems to want a new relationship with russia. it took him a long time to say that russia was responsible for the hacking. >> i'm struck by that scene we see right there. the mixture of leaders of congress, his vice president and his family. boy, he likes to have his family very, very close by. >> and his grandchildren. they're adorable. looking over his shoulder. this room he's in is calmed the president's room because the president would stay there. congress, the old congress adjourned on march 3rd and the new president was inaugurated march 4th from much of our history and the old president would stay in that room and sign -- or the new president, sign and sign and sign -- i'm sorry -- the old president all night long before the new inauguration. often doing things to upset
somewhat the transition of power. so coming into that room is part of a very long history of taking advantage of the nearness to the -- it's right off the senate chamber. >> we saw nancy pelosi give over a pen to the republican leader of the senate first mitch mcconnell and taking one of her own. she's taking off that pen she had before that was symbolizing the protection of the obamacare. he just -- little praise for his nominee for secretary of energy, rick perry. now signing all the nominations for all of his incoming cabinet. as we said only two will be confirmed by the end of the day. >> that's the big question is how many will have by the end of his first week and you were saying earlier there's been debate over how much he would take as far as executive action order right away other than his nominees or whether we'll see
more of that on monday. kellyanne conway has said in the last 24 hours that he plans to begin and begin quickly. as you say on redefining washington. but we're getting very little detail. i see on the website as far as foreign policies are concerned very similar language to what we saw during the campaign saying peace through strength, rebuilding the military. one thing that did stick out to us here is that there's a statement pledging to engage in cyber warfare against terrorist networks. language involving cyber warfare. >> he's asked for a plan to be on his desk within the next 60 days and wants the plan to try to defeat isis. some is finished already. martha he promised things on his first day he's not going to be able to do or choose not to do. he said from the beginning he was going to rip up the nuclear agreement. general mattis said he thinks we have to stand by it. no sign that's going to be ripped up. >> america has to keep her word
is what general mattis said. i think you'll see they'll keep a close eye to make sure iran is in line with that agreement. if they're not, that's when the pressure will come. look back at some of his tweets over the last few months about north korea. he said nuclear weapons capable of reaching the u.s., it won't happen. iran, he said, the small iranian votes that have been going up to our ships, he said, you will be shot. those are some red lines, some of the things i'm watching particularly with iran, particularly some of the harassment in the persian gulf and north korea that very well could be his first crisis. >> that's foreign policy crisis on the domestic front. promising to undo many of the federal regulations that president obama himself was able to institute by executive order. that's something that many presidential scholars have mentioned terry moran, with each
passing president, the president takes on more responsibility and power unto himself. we've seen the executive branch grow and that power being turned over from president obama to president trump. >> that concentration of power is what he said he wanted to reverse. but he is a guy who likes to take charge. his personality he's got an executive personality, no question. he wants to use it to transfer power back to the people to d disempower washington. ronald reagan said the same thing. he did a good deal of that and he wants very much to do the same. >> let's see if we can hear. >> this guy is going to do a great job. >> the speaker would like that. >> just one world series and the family. >> doing a running come mentary on all his cabinet. his candidate for secretary.
>> america is so accustomed to seeing him at these tables. on the television he's been part of the "apprentice" and he's sitting there as leader of the free world and even just in our live coverage moments ago president obama speaking and how quickly do we shift focus to the new president. >> ivanka has a new baby behind her. her husband jared there as well. sorry, that's baby theodore. i take that back. arabella by his side in the red. you hear the chatter of the kids. nikki haley he's talking about.
that's his nominee for u.n. ambassador. >> i feel like i'm eavesdropping on a family dinner there. >> two nikki haleys. >> you're right, david, this looks like something -- >> the imagery, he'll fall right into very easily i would gather with the same skill-set. i seen jared kushner and one thing i noticed, the steps of the capitol standing behind his father-in-law before he took the oath, he had a smile on his face and so rarely do you see any emotion in his face but he'll play a very key role inside that white house. >> key point of contact for foreign leaders and work with cabinet secretaries on modern e modernizing their departments. the trusted counselor to his father-in-law. that organization at the top of
the trump white house as we hear him talking about his cabinet nominees, matthew dowd, unlike many others really going to have four, five key players who are basically part of him and donald trump likes to deal with board of directors, all jockeying for position, all wanting to be the last person in the room. >> yeah. i think it's not maybe unlike, it's unlike any others i've seen in the course of the presidency. one, he ran for an office without any political experience and now his key advisers he's brought in to the white house all have no washington experience. >> this is the patriotism proclamation the president is signing. [ applause ] >> with that, it appears first order to business have been taken care of. and it does seem from what we can gather was mostly the
housekeeping we talked about. the patriotism proclamation, signing the nominations for his cabinet nominees. the waiver for general mattis and now it's time for lunch. mr. trump not a foodie as he heads into lunch but mary bruce is up there. it is quite a fancy menu. >> reporter: it certainly is, george. what is he going to eat as his first meal as president? it's surf and turf. on the menu, maine lobster, grilled shrimp, beef steak followed up by a chocolate soufflet and cherry vanilla ice cream. >> not so bad. all before the parade this afternoon. of course, they'll be going right by the trump hotel which he was so proud of opening up. as we see the members of
congress, senators, invited guests waiting. hillary clinton staying for lunch it appears. i think she's talking to john cornyn from texas. president clinton behind her. and president clinton next to trump's sister maryann right there. i think that's kellyanne conway. she'll be heading to the white house for her first day of work after this lunch as well. senator john mccain. of course, he ran for president in 2008. quite concerned over the russian hacking of this election. still withholding judgment martha raddatz on whether he's going to support rex tillerson. >> there are a couple of holdouts up there. others who may or may not support him. republicans. rex tillerson had the support of bob gates. i think that was huge. >> former against secretary.
>> former cia director. he was there when they went after bin laden and his support meant a great deal but john mccain is still not convinced. >> made a great deal of difference to president trump, reported that bob gates brought it up and rick perry former governor of texas and now the nominee for secretary of energy who onced called for the elimination of the energy department and took that back in his hearings this week. faced tough questioning. we see rex tillerson talking to the chief justice of the united states john roberts. you said there's still some holdouts on rex tillerson. marco rubio ran against donald trump. lindsey graham also withholding judgment. if they vote against tillerson that could maybe doom his chances of getting secretary of state. >> marco rubio was especially tough in questioning rex tillerson. he talked about human rights.
he talked about russia. he talked about things that rex tillerson refused to answer seemingly very simple questions and marco rubio is just holding out -- >> justice alito next to mr. sessions. president's nominee for attorney general right there. his hearings went more smoothly than people expected even though he had faced some tough opposition from the naacp. senator cory booker came to testify against him. >> is that general mattis? >> that's general mattis right there, yeah. >> george, that's right. he handled himself well. there were a number of people who came in support of him and this is a man who the arc of his career is like the arc of american history. he was a man of the south and says he's evolved. i think at the end of the day, the american people and certainly congress is willing to believe that. >> you know while all this is going on i can't help thinking
about what the white house staff is doing right now. changing the furniture. what do they have six hours to get ready for the new president? >> depending how long the parade takes. >> yes. they change the beds, right? the mattresses, they change the headboards, everything and clean it completely. >> they have the oval office ready as well. >> pictures all down. >> they don't hire professional movers. this is the white house staff, they're the ones making this all happen in this five-hour interim period before the new first family comes home. >> there's ivanka and jared coming into the lunch right now. they'll be going to his office this afternoon in the white house as well getting to work. >> some of president obama's staff members mentioned the bus ride over as they arrive at the white house. they're shown where their offices are and there were post-it notes to get into the computer to set your own password. >> we're going to talk to the
man who helped move the white house, admiral steve rashon. former white house chief officer, served 36 years in the coast guard and you oversaw that transition in 2009? but bet you're not happy you're doing it now. >> retirement is good, george. >> tell us about those hours. >> well, it's actually pretty hectic because you want to make sure everything gets done right and gets done on time. because you want to clearly make a good impression on the new first family that comes into the house but it is roughly about five hours usually not over that to move in, move out the existing president and first family, completely clean, change drapes, put up artwork, bedding, all the way to the fine detail of having their brand of tooth
paste and toothbrush ready when president and mrs. trump walk into the house about five hours later. >> what's the toughest part of the job? >> i think the toughest part is -- well, in advance even before the election is getting all the details down, making sure that you know months in advance how this operation is going to happen. thank god we always have a predecessor in the case of -- my case is gary walters and i pass that on to the existing chief usher, angela reid. a lot of planning is where most of the work is getting done but after the election, now we're able to fine-tune it to the likes of the new incoming president and first lady. >> you're the good fortune to be able to walk both presidents to
the office every day as we watch president obama with hugs for his former staffers. they're also the first african-american chief usher as we say farewell to the first african-american president. >> that's correct. that's correct. the day is really touching, particularly the morning for the staff which has dedicated 95 people that are permanent staff in the executive residence and it's tough on them to say goodbye to the outgoing president and first lady. >> it's got to be. they do become family don't they? >> they really do. they get attached to the butlers and the housekeepers and the ushers. even the plumbers and carpenters and engineers. they may be the country's first family but they become our family. >> talk about that permanent presidential staff, you know, all of us, we have had the privilege of working the white house know how special they are and know how much pride they take in their jobs. and they stay for a long time. >> yes, they do, george.
i think it's important for your audience to know there's no politics discussed in the executive residence, in the mansion itself. we leave that to the east and west wing. on the average, the staff stays there 20, 25 years, i retired one gentleman with 50 years of service serving nine presidents. they take their job very seriously and regardless of who comes in, republican, democrats independent, they're there to serve that president of the united states. >> i saw former presidential staffer carl rove wrote about an encounter on his first day in the white house when one of the men cleaning had been there many years turned to him and said take care of this house. >> yes. yes. that's how close they get. they can have some nice private conversations. of course, they remain private. but the staff usually everyone
is in tears on that last morning to say goodbye. >> what's the hardest part of leaving? >> the hardest part of leaving the president or -- >> the president and the white house? >> you know, after i only spent four, four and a half years there, i got attached to both presidents, but, you know, leaving that house, i have to admit other than the presidents themselves, it really is the staff because we get to know each other and you keep that friendship even after you leave. >> admiral, thank you for your service and thank you for joining us today. we're seeing now the president and first lady preparing to leave. special air mission 28,000. that's what they're calling that plane right now. no longer air force one. final salute from his military aide. final honor guard, his head held high.
>> pierre thomas, this farewell, touching for so many. >> indeed, george. you know, president obama, former president obama became a symbol of diversity in this country and a country becoming grounded by the day. for the african-american community in particular, he now holds a special place in the homes of many americans. the home that was once by martin luther king jr., now obama is within that. >> air mission 28,000, united states of america. >> how many hours to palm springs? can you imagine? how soon will he be golfing?
he said he wants to catch up on sleep. >> about six hours, seven and a half hours. >> they might be able to go faster. there we see president trump entering for the lunch right now. there he is. out with the old, in with the new. heel be heading to the lunch. no cameras in there either. time for celebration. they're going to greet him in just a moment. expect them to stay at lunch for about an hour. parade supposed to begin at 3:00 p.m. once again, ruffles.
ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states donald j. trump and ms. melania trump accompanied by roy blunt and mrs. abigail blunt. >> the president has planned a lot of action over the next several days. wants to visit the cia. has mike pompeo. still not confirmed. >> the change at the white house is in stark contrast to the continuity here. we're looking at the old house chamber, the original house chamber, now statueary hall where it's bronze and marble set
in stone. other statesmen from the various states. and it's somewhat symbolic of how hard it is to get things done. and they just greeted bill clinton. >> and hillary clinton as well right there. you say cokie, no change in the building as we watch the president-elect right there. but great changeover in power right now. >> huge changeover in power. and we are watching it before our eyes taking place. but this is not an institution that moves swiftly. you do not have enormous change taking place right away. >> president trump hoping that is going to change. matthew dowd, he's promised fast action especially on obamacare. did not sign anything on that today but that's going to depend on congress. >> let's listen in on senator blunt. >> mr. vt, honored guests, welcome to this inaugural luncheon. the joint congressional
committee on inaugural ceremonies has been pleased to host this lunch at least since 1953 with president eisenhower. in 1982 president reagan's first inauguration, the lunch took its current form and moved to this grand hall, the national statuary 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 capitol and they recognize important figures in our national history. the collection in statuary hall doesn't change often but since this lunch was held the last time, it's had several additions. rosa parks is now in statuary hall and she is of course seated rather than standing as she should be. [ applause ]
when ms. parks died in 2005, one of the few people who had never held any public office or served in the military to lay to honor in the capitol rotunda and several of us were there that day. another addition, norman berglog the leader of the green revolution though this green revolution was about his great efforts to feed people the demands in food production and he was really a leader in that area and talking to governor purdue last night about what's 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 over the last few years. and thomas edison of ohio who discovered more than 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb until he discovered the one way to
make that light bulb. the painting in the middile of the room is from a great artist who did three election series, the painting here, three painting series, one was stump speaking, county election and this was verdict of the people. in the 1850's when this was painted, often it was several days after the election before the results were announced and all kinds of people are in this painting. people from all walks of life. people who are excited. people who are confused. people who wonder what's happened and people who wonder what's going to happen are all there. actually he painted this painting about the same time 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 i have here in the capitol right now. i had it in the whip's office when i was the whip in the house. it's one of my favorite because nobody knows 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 100 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, 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're 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 cloudless 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. >> the invitation from the senate chaplain barry black. >> lunch will be served. >> the cameras will leave as lu lunch is served. i want to show you a moment just before president trump sat down. there he is greeting hillary clinton, thanking her for being
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jimmy carter left office in 1981 and holds the record for the longest post presidency at 36 years. >> of course president obama leaving as a young man as well, just 55 years old. all eyes on the capitol now where the new president donald j. trump is at lunch with leaders of the house and senate. the mall has been clearing out. t.j. holmes there all morning. tell us who you're talking to.
>> reporter: a lot of folks. everybody is talking about the crowd and estimate. you see it's cleared out at this point. but some perspective here, you see the capitol in the distance and you see all this white down here on the mall. they put these down to try to preserve some of the grass here but if you whip around this way, c'mon, stay with me with the camera, this is our media center back here. now the crowds didn't come anywhere close to this. it was cleared out. many members of the media who had booths set up had to leave and go seek out the crowds. still, of course president trump now had his supporters here and plenty of them. from what we have seen in the past with the records set by president obama with 1.8 million and a million at his second inauguration. we don't have the official crowd estimate yet but a lot of the networks, the wireless networks, at&t, verizon put more equipment to handle the live streaming and tweeting people would be doing. i talked to one executive who
showed me their update. it said crowds smaller than expected and it wasn't putting the strain on their network and their equipment like they thought it would. we'll get the actual numbers later and the official estimates but they were here and strong and excited. someone told me about the speech, you know what, it wasn't actually -- it was more structured than i thought. they said they come to hear trump maybe be all over the place but they were impressed it was more structured, had a tone and message. the folks out here certainly appreciated what they heard from their guy, now president trump. >> mostly supporters out there, i take it there were scattered reports of protests but nothing on the mall? >> plenty on the mall but not organized. a lot of people who held up signs. they made themselves known by the signs they had or by the t-shirts they were wearing but not necessarily something very vocal or organized in terms of
large groups. i wouldn't say scattered but a steady stream. you can see people made it known they were opposed who was taking office today. >> you said they thought of president trump. what do they want him to deliver? >> that's been a question for a lot of folks. you know, make america great again is a great slogan and everybody had the hat but didn't know exactly what that meant. a lot of people were excited to get the now former president out of office, a lot of people who didn't agree with some of what president obama was doing and his policies. they were excited to see the process work and get their guy into office now. their expectations at least the ones he set in this speech were incredibly lofty, big, big things, how do you pay for them? we don't know. but these folks out here and even some people on the fence
about trump at least want to say, okay, here we go, let's see what he can do at this point. let's try to give him a chance. plenty though not willing to give him a chance and not going to forgive him on a lot of controversy statements he made. a lot of people flat-out calling him a racist. some profanity on the signs. there's some things that we saw on the campaign trail is still there and i saw some people in tears, they were so upset about what has taken place, that president trump is now in office. >> a lot of strong feeling on both sides. amy, you have been talking to people all morning of what they're looking for? >> reporter: much of what t.j. was saying, i was hearing from people who were die-hard trump supporters. others saying they were slow to support trump but were there to
watch a democratic peaceful process and a lot of families were out there today. i noticed that a lot of families with their children watching a peaceful transfer of power which they all took in very seriously. there was some poignant moments in the crowd as they were watching and listening and cheering on the man they voted into office for the 45th president of the united states. yes, we went around the country and we wanted to hear from every day americans across the country on what they felt about on issues like immigration, national security, jobs, health care, what they would like to tell our new president. take a watch. >> i want to tell the president to please work with congress to find affordable health care for every citizen. >> i would like to tell president trump that the affordable care act is important for people like me. >> build the wall and bring jobs back to america. >> i want to tell president trump to keep families together. >> i want to tell the president
we are people. >> we need to shore up our borders and save our jobs for american. >> i would like to tell president trump the middle class really needs some uplifting. >> let's not forget the american worker and bring the jobs back. >> stop twitters to people. >> to do what's necessary to keep isis contained. >> i want to tell the president to love america first. >> the american worker, that is something i heard a lot about on the mall today. many said they voted with their wallets, for a better economy, for keeping and bringing jobs back to america and hoping to see from trump in the next four years. as many people told me and they were wearing the red hats, they want to help trump make america great again. george. >> we are awaiting to see what he delivers. before we go to break, i want to go to terry moran, you have initial reaction from russia. >> i do.
there's a trump inauguration party in moscow rights now. a lot of people are happy. he said he wants to build better relations. they are reporting what they're hearing on russian tv. alexander dugan one of the closest advisers to vladimir putin said that what trump represents is he will end the american attempt to control the world. he says america died from that mission. so that's a flavor of how the russian elite are looking at this inauguration. it's the end of america trying to control the world. >> that reminds me in some ways that is what president obama came in promising as well, pulling back from our foreign wars, found it was harder than he imagined. >> was thinking that during the inaugural address by president trump. you can make all these promises, hope that something happens. he wanted all our troops out of afghanistan and iraq. he pulled them out of iraq. i was on what was supposed to be
the last convoy out of iraq in 2011 and then he had to put them back in. in afghanistan we have about 10,000 troops, 5,000 back in iraq and 500 in syria. our anti-war president had to send troops back into battle. carried out military raids in yemen and somalia all over the world. >> and said his toughest decision was after promising to pull american troops out of afghanistan and iraq and his decisions to increase the troops. we'll see what happens to trump trump whether he is forced to go back on some of his promises. a lot to talk about on this inauguration day. as we look at the capitol, president trump eating right now in the senate of the house and we'll be right back. >> abc news coverage of inauguration 2017 live from washington will return. ♪
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1917 for the inauguration of woodrow wilson was the first time women were allowed to march in the inaugural parade. >> and there you see washington, d.c. right now after the inauguration. president donald trump, president for a little over two hours. we'll talk to one of the staffers joining him in the white house. joining the white house as deputy press secretary. you're not quite there yet sara. >> not quite but almost. a great day and looking forward to a great four years. >> congratulations on the victory. what are you most looking forward to over the next few hours and days?
>> i think the tone and the direction that president trump set in his inaugural address today of putting america first. i think it's a great guiding principle for us to operate under and every decision we make when it comes to whether it's the border, foreign policy, jobs, putting america first is the principle of this administration and i think it's something that is for every american. >> how quickly are we going to see the meat on those bones? >> i would imagine given president trump's executive type attitude and very much of a take-action type person, i think you'll see a lot of big things happen quickly. he's not somebody who likes to sit around. he'll be very aggressive and making very big and bold change in the early days of his presidency. >> you'll be heading to the white house after the parade? >> yes, sir. momentarily. >> excited?
>> very. this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to be part of the historic day like today and i think it's something the entire country can be excited about. >> you're already on the job though. you get reaction coming in to the speech. what questions are you getting from reporters right now? >> you know, i think what the first few days and hours are going to look like for president trump is certainly one of the things and, you know, first big actions he's going to take and again, i think it goes back to putting america first. that was a very clear message he made today and i think it's going to be the clear message in the first actions he takes as president. >> sara, thanks very much. get over there to the white house. >> you bet. thanks for having me. >> okay. and we want to go now -- there have been protests today as well here in washington, d.c. pierre thomas has been at the nerve center at secret service headquarters. we see the video.
this is down in mid town of washington? >> yeah. it was about around 10:30 this morning. a fairly large group of people engaging in what police call vandalism. they were setting small fires, smashed windows, hit cars. we have seen over the course of the day some throughout the day with check points being blocked. the activity was around 10:30 this morning, what you're see g seeing, a group of people engaging in acts of vandalism. >> that's pretty dramatic right there. windows being smashed. any sense of what this means for the parade? >> well, again, law enforcement thinks they have everything very much in hand. you have so many police here. as we said earlier, 28,000 security personnel at the ready. they think these groups have been contained. that group you're seeing, most
of those people were arrested. roughly 90 people have been arrested. they will make every effort to keep groups like that away from the parade route. >> even though you say it's contained, it's pretty dramatic. there had been fears earlier these protests might block entrance to the city for trains and buses and trucks. that appears not to have happened? >> absolutely. most of these have been contained. the video you're looking at, those arrests have taken place. those people are already locked up is what we're being told. again, most of these have been smaller style where people have tried to block check points. >> thanks very much. we'll take a quick break and be right back.
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and back now with our coverage of the inauguration of donald j. trump and talking to his good friend, prominent real estate investor in new york city, close friend of donald trump. big day for you. >> yes. it was an amazing day. amazing day. >> what did you see in your friend's face today? >> well, i saw a look of responsibility come over his face because when you're sitting on the podium of the -- being sworn as president of the united states, i think you realize the
enormity of it all. i think it washes over you. >> i imagine it does like you. donald j. trump in the real estate business in new york city and grew up in that business. how are those skills transferable to the white house? >> i think that remains to be seen. i mean donald prides himself at winning, prides himself at being a tough negotiator and prides himself being able to make a deal. i think the american public was tired of the gridlock in congress and in the government and trying to get a guy who can come in and try to make a better deal for the people. i think he's refreshing and made it clear at his speech that america comes first, american workers come first and that he's going to try to make a better
deal for the forgotten man and it was clear from his speech that's where he was going. >> that's some direct shots at washington as well. you said in the past he likes throwing hand grenades in the room and threw a couple into the capitol. >> he did. that's his mo. he doesn't mind trying to shake things up. i think today his speech certainly reflected that idea that he wants to change things and start off with the proposition that everybody is an american, everybody -- he doesn't expect partisan politics to get in the way of the good will and the well-being of the forgotten man or the average citizen. >> you have known donald trump for a long time. how have you seen him change over this campaign? >> well, he's still the same guy i met years ago. i have to say he has a lot of
unbridaled energy all the time. he loves being around people. in the past he was interested in talking about real estate deals in new york and now he's more interested in talking about the bigger picture, the economy of the united states, our foreign relations and he's made it clear that he's going to do something very quickly to try to change the pattern. >> you say you have known him more than 50 years. ever imagine this day would come? >> i turned to my wife and said pinch me, is this really happening? i really never thought -- i never thought that -- you know, it's just so different, you know that he didn't come from politics, that he kind of exploded into the public. but donald is the kind of guy that can get things done and you can't ever underestimate him. he's always been like that. now let's see if he can take the big job on and do a great job. >> are you in the white house
right now? >> i'm actually in the white house right now. >> which room? >> that's really true. i'm in the white house right now in the reception room and your producer called and said would you mind speaking to george stephanopoulos and of course, george, i know you, so i always try to be cooperative. great journalist like you. >> thank you for taking the call from a very special place. >> all right. thanks for calling. let's hope it's good for america. >> congratulations. we have to take a sharp turn right now because there are live protests right now in washington, d.c. i think that's the scene on kay street around 12th and kay street. right now this is live in washington, d.c. new protests and david kerley is there. >> reporter: george, we have been seeing the police push back the protesters away from the area they were at a couple of blocks. they're using concussion grow made and pushed all the protesters back here at 13th.
they seem to be taking a line there. the question is whether the protesters move back up. they have all come dressed in black wearing hoods. there's a concussion grenade going off. they're using pepper spray, trying to move and get them to disperse. they were running backwards. they seem to be between 13th and 14th now on kay. the police have a line on 13th. helicopters up above. plenty of pepper spray being used. you're seeing the protesters. another concussion grenade and another one coming. >> any sense of -- we see somebody being led off, looks to be injured right there. any sense of the scale here? how many protesters are we talking about? >> several hundred right now and i would guess looks to be about 70 or 80 police officers that
have taken up the line on 13th. in fact, i would go several hundred. i mean basically filling kay street between 13th and 14th. they ran back, the police have pushed them back, and now you can see them moving back up towards the police line. >> we saw the acts of vandalism earlier. do you know -- i know you got there late. do you know what these protesters were doing that caused the police to take action? >> well, there were -- [ inaudible ] as you hear more grenades going off. they were doing some vandalism. we saw a starbucks with cars and windows broken. that's part of the problem. they had a situation a couple blocks away. they peeled off the protesters and pushed them into a corner and peeled them off one at a time to arrest them. excuse me. this is just kind of a
resurrection of that protest that was at 11th. >> we saw the pictures of the plate glass windows getting smashed. a military truck coming in. >> you see the line of police right? >> why don't you describe it. we're also showing what was happening at the starbucks earlier. >> reporter: so basically they had moved everybody back. in fact, if the you look here, you can start to see folks moving back up. they're coming back into the area. moving with the cars here for a second. the protesters moving back up here. straight across the street at kay. the police have set up a line right at the crosswalk. >> are the protesters boxed in right now or are they moving -- >> no. they can run down -- there's another compression grenade. they're telling the protesters to move back. let's move back guys. they basically pushed them back. they can leave, go down kay. they can go either way on 13th.
but as the protesters move back up, that's why we get the additional concussion grenades. >> david, thanks. stay on the scene. ken is also there. what are you seeing? >> reporter: george, we're a couple blocks away from the white house. we have got an incredible scene of protesters who marched from union station right here to mcpherson square by the thousands at this point. we haven't seen any arrests at all. but what we have seen as peaceful protests, we have seen singing, people holding signs with different causes. this looks like a celebration here at mcpherson square but they're celebrating their unity and the fact they're united against the new president donald trump. at this point what we're seeing is folks who have come together from all over at this point. i've talked with people who said they want this to be peaceful
and want to have their voices heard around picking up activity here as we get close to the parade. >> is there a split -- as you say relatively cheerful and peaceful, playing music between those and the protests out on 12th and kay where we saw the vandalism? >> reporter: you know, i was at that vandalism earlier. what we saw were people surrounding that starbucks and bank of america and we were there moments after they smashed through those glasses. that's where we saw military national guard, police really converge on that area to try to keep the peace. we saw people scattering from that area. but we also saw folks who were mingling around and taking pictures of that area as well after that. but police, they really are trying to keep a hold of this thing and follow those groups who are marching after, maybe committing some vandalism. we saw a lot of cars where glasses and windows were smashed. we know police are trying to
keep the peace. but at this point, with these larger crowds, they're only seeing peaceful protests at this point. >> thank very much. stay on the scene. pierre let me bring you back. this is just happening live. we have got several hours break between these various acts. any more concern from the secret service? >> well, primarily what they're trying to do, the group is keeping being handled by the local police. the primary goal is to keep that group away from the parade route as long as they're up there. not as much concern in the command center right now. this is a local matter being handled by the police. but obviously, they are keeping an eye on it. again, the goal is to make sure no more vandalism and trying to keep that particular group which in some cases have thrown items at the police as well as the vandalism. they're trying to keep that contained to that area which is several blocks away from the
parade route. >> and we have seen presidents come down the parades and walk in the past. we don't know what donald trump is planning on doing. the second service's number one job is to protect the next president of the united states. what would it take for them to put new restrictions on the parade or say he's got to stay in the car? >> well, again, they're in realtime communication with d.c. police and aware of everything happening and viewing this by video feed. one of the things we know is that the helicopters are beaming the video into the command and control centers. also, the agents in the field can look at the video as it's being fed as well. so they will monitor that. that will help them make a decision whether it's okay for president trump to get out of the vehicle. again, that is always the moment when the president if he decides he wants to get out of the vehicle, they have to make sure everything is quiet around that particular area. again, this is several blocks
away. the area that kerley is in, we have been informed it's not affecting anything connected to the parade route yet. again, it's a stay-tuned situation. >> we see the police helicopter circling washington, d.c. right now. we're hearing that 95 people have been arrested. david kerley you're on the scene. what's happening? >> reporter: we're seeing something being burned by the protesters. about a half a block from where the police -- [ inaudible ] we're trying to make our way over. what are they burning? let's go see what they're doing. the police are still in line. we haven't had any compression grenades in the last couple minutes. they have piled up it looks like newspaper, trash cans and started a little fire here in the middle of the street. this is the middle of kay. we have seen some throwing rocks. about 100 of the protesters have
moved up towards the line. the rest are hanging back where you see this fire and now chanting. >> what are they chanting? >> donald trump is one of them. i'll let you listen for a second. of course, they stopped. >> yeah, we can't make it out from here. >> reporter: donald trump is one of the things they're chanting. another protest going on just three blocks away. we have got helicopters overhead. it seems as if the majority are staying away from the police which are still up here. you saw the fire there. as you walk up this way. >> i'm surprised about the fire -- >> we have not had any compression grenades for several minutes. sorry, george. >> maybe i didn't have a complete view but it seemed like the police weren't taking any action against the fire. >> reporter: right now they are. yeah. here's the line of police. we're 25, 30 feet and you
have -- you see about five feet of protesters here by the police line. you see the police line through here? i don't want to get in the middle. this is where they have been launching concussion grenades into the middle of the street. this will give you a sense of what these compression grenades do. here's the residue from one of them. a couple pieces of brick. when they throw these, you get a very good compression and some damage. but that's the situation right now. >> when you say compression grenades, no tear gas, right? >> reporter: using pepper spray. using pepper spray out of a can. you have the protesters right here and here's the police line right at 13th and in the last couple of minutes between the last time i spoke to you, the police have been kind of sitting still and as you can see here, probably 100 protesters have come up to the police line and
are speaking to not politely to the police officers at the line. >> why don't you get as close as you can. and i'll bring back pierre thomas. what does this all mean for tomorrow? a significant march in washington, a protest march planned for tomorrow on the mall. permits have already been given out. most of the expectations up until now have been that it would be peaceful. >> well, george, i think this is clearly being used as intelligence. they know there's a contingency of people here to caution vandalism and do these types of acts. this is the kind of thing police say they can contain and control because of the sheer numbers of law enforcement personnel they have here. make no mistake, they are taking this in and now know this potential is there for people to again try to disrupt what is by and large been a peaceful event. >> okay pierre thomas, david kerley, and kenneth, you're back with the rally there on 12th street. anything new happening there?
>> reporter: you know what, here at mcpherson square we have seen a bigger crowd at 15th and kay street. after they have marched from union station close to the white house, they're going to have a rally here. we have seen different groups coming together with different causes here who want their voices to be heard and want to speak out against the new president. president donald trump. we spoke with folks earlier. george, it's incredible that we saw people chained themselves to a fence using some pvc pipe and d.c. police came in and used an electric saw to unchain those folks who had chained themselves to a security gate to keep people from getting on the parade route. police were able to get them out of there and get supporters in, get them through security. what we're seeing now is right now people are coming together
to centralize and then get back over to near the parade route or as close as possible. take another look. things are really growing here. mcpherson square, on a normal d.c. day, folks sitting on benches. this is the command center pretty much for many of these groups, like disrupt january 20th to come together. they have got medical stations set up, even a legal spot set up. some things we have seen before when the occupy movement. they have come together here. d.c. police, all secret service, a lot of law enforcement are surrounding this area, keeping a watch on this. we're very close to where david kerley is located and we're seeing just different spots of protesters. there's certain points where they all come together after marching but this group here marched from union station near the capitol, marched down somewhat parallel to pennsylvania avenue because we
know that perimeter is set up so they can't get close to pennsylvania avenue where the parade will happen. those folks who are marching down here, we know now they're organized and getting back together, regrouping because we're going to see a lot of activity this eving. >> we want to give people a sense of how close those protests are to the parade route. there you see the u.s. capitol, the white house, the yellow line and protest site above that, three, four blocks away. you heard pierre thomas say the goal of the police is to keep that contained as we take a look at the parade route right now that donald trump will be on in just about an hour or maybe a little less. the number of protesters, matthew dowd, still dwarf by the number of supporters in the mall on the parade route today, but a pretty stark illustration of the kind of divisions we have seen
in this country all through the last year and half. >> yes. we have seen exercising of emotions of this entirety of the campaign and it's existed on both sides. people strongly for donald trump are emotionally connected to what he wants and the people against him and don't want him are very strongly and passionate. i think everybody accepts the idea of peaceful protests and it's a right of the americans and it's powerful. but when it turns violent, that's when it becomes exceedingly problematic not only from breaking the law but if you want to accomplish a message, doing it violently is not going to help. >> the closest analog i can think of, i think of that you had some protests after the election of 2000. george w. bush lost the popular vote there. some echos of richard nick son in 1969. >> protesting around the vietnam war.
richard nixon really represented the status quo as far as the war was concerned. although, campaigned around a secret plan to end the war. the war very much divided this nation. in 2000 it was about the contentious 2000 election and the controversy around how the results were settled, george. >> mayor stephanie rawlings-blake of baltimore you have had your own experience handling protests in the wake of freddie gray. >> when i'm looking at the screen it's very troubling on so many levels. as a mayor, as an american, i respect and protect the rights of people to free speech but when you see that things are getting destroyed and know that the people of washington, d.c. who didn't vote for -- he didn't win in washington, d.c. so you know they're the ones that are going to have to clean this up. i'm praying for the first responders and hoping that they
stay safe while providing a space for people to be able to express themselves. >> tom llamas, you were with donald trump all through the campaign and protests at his rallies. he seemed to feed off of that. >> reporter: that's right. this is nothing new for president trump. i recall one really horrible protest in chicago. remember where the demonstrators took over the rally and president trump never made it to the change. they cancelled because there was so many demonstrators and later in southern california i remember being in a rally where protesters were beating up trump supporters as they were coming out. it got so bad we had to lead trump supporters towards the police because mobs of people were surrounding them and striking them and striking their cars and of course in san diego where his motorcade had to pull over and they had to cross a wall into the trump rally. i can tell you this. president trump if he sees this is not going to be happy. this is something he's not going to let slide.
he probably doesn't know about this at this point and he's still in the lunch. once he enters the motorcade and watches television, i'm sure he wants to watch some coverage happening right now, he's not going to be happy with this. on top of that, he's always defending law enforcement and always siding with law enforcement. so i wouldn't be surprised if he or some supporters, inner staff tweet about this later today, george. >> tom, based on past experience he may not be happy with us even showing these protests. >> reporter: for sure. this is his day, this is a historical day and about his election and his inauguration and how he's going to change the country and just the mere fact that we're spending time covering this which we have to because these are protesters and obviously somewhat close to the parade route still blocks away but these are some violent and graphic scenes we're seeing. from the other protests that i've seen throughout the campaign, some of these images compare with those george. especially those images of the
police, of the washington, d.c. police sort of storming the protest line and those -- and the pepper spray. this is getting more intense. >> we had the washington, d.c. police on the line with us right now. chief of police with us right now. you think you got this under control? >> you know, relative to the entire incident that we have here, you know, we have thousands of protesters in the city. we have a small group of about 200 are creating a problem in the small part of the city right now and we will get it under control. one of the good things about this particular event is that we have enough video in the event that we don't get the people who have come here intent on creating problems in the city, we'll have the opportunity through investigations to go and make sure they are held accountable for this. >> you confident the parade route is safe? >> the parade route is safe. the images you see, anyone who knows our city, that's several
blocks away from the parade route. >> in the past 24 hours, have you come across any kind of credible threats related to the inauguration festivities? what's going on? >> we haven't had any credible threats for the inaugural period. none have arisen since we were planning for this thing. with regards to that, we're looking fairly good. >> that is some good news. thanks very much for joining us. you have a big job today. the parade now going to happen within the next hour. we're going to take a quick break. saving money on your medicare part d prescriptions. at walgreens we make it easy for you to seize the day by helping you get more out of life and medicare part d. now with zero-dollar copays on select plans... ...and rewards points on all prescriptions, walgreens has you covered. so drop by and seize the savings! walgreens. at the corner of happy and healthy.
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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. >> signature line of that inaugural address from president donald j. trump and he is still in the capitol right now. you see it right there in the capitol, the lunch with members of the senate and house just about wrapping up. mary bruce is there in the capitol. >> reporter: george, the president has been spending the last hour meeting, mingling,
dining with congressional leaders, other vips, members of his cabinet, cabinet nominees. this is a traditional event. a chance to reflect on what's happened and meant to be a very live live happy occasion. now of course, all these protests are happening outside. several blocks away at the same time. the president probably unaware of them. we're not sure if he's been briefed on these or not. and we believe there will be toasts and giving of gifts. it's traditional to give the new president a photo of his swearing in and a flag. >> the president hasn't spent much time on capitol hill and doesn't know most of the members and senators you cover every day all that well. >> reporter: this is a chance for some getting to know you. a little bit of a meet and greet. remember, there certainly has been a big change in tone on capitol hill just in the last few weeks, especially between many of the republican members and now the new president. it was just weeks ago a lot of them were at odds with the new
president. especially you think about their relationship with speaker ryan that has changed dramatically. >> and i think we're seeing inside again there's kevin mccarthy, the republican leader of the house. >> it is only fitting 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. sitting right back there by father sara was a young congressman who served one time, who i believe was our finest president, abraham lincoln. [ applause ] >> i will give tours and when i give tours, the people will go and stand on the tile and i'll tell them to stand in the exact spot at his desk and look at the clock and recite the time and tell them to tell me what time that was and they ask me why. i say because that's the same
exact view abraham lincoln had and 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. but 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 dog mas 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 ]
>> the democratic leader nancy pelosi. >> mr. president and madam first 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 lincoln heard ticking but under the gaze of cleo. the moususe of history. cleo and her clock reminded men and women that we are part of
history, 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 this sacred inauguration day united and 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? [ applause ] >> we know that vice president pence is strengthened by his faith, by his family and by the foundation of experience he built here in this hall. 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 and remembering that this flag that we pledge to every day for liberty and justice for all is our calling. now it's my honor to present you with this flag. [ applause ] >> well, the -- 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 and 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 ] >> interesting relationship there. senator schumer and the president actually know each other fairly well. both new yorkers talked about working together and had very tough words for each other in public. >> 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 lennox 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 will -- the pences 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 the fonts, design for the city as well as how this city came together. timothy carter was the designer. the glass master, peter o'rourke made these. they also had 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. and the city is then laid out northwest, northeast, southwest, southeast from that place. 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 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 none of us quite knew for sure at that time. now i would like to have the toast to the vice president and the president and the speaker and i both serve with mike pence. so it was a challenge for me to give up this moment. but mike pence, the man of the house, the speaker of the house will bring that toast and then majority leader will come and toast to the president and mr. president, if you have anything to say at the end of those remarks. i would 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 for the joint committee on the inauguration, maria lomeier, her last event was the pope's visit. so that just got her ready mr. president for your visit. the great work of tv capitol police, the sergeant arms of the house and the senate, the effort of the d.c. police. our goal was for this event to be an event where people came and when they left they felt like they had all the freedom you could 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. [ applause ] >> thank you, roy.
this is a great honor and privilege to toast my dear friend and former colleague vice president mike pence. [ applause ] >> i just really enjoy saying that. i think about the times that we have 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 haulinged into the speaker's office for being admonished for being rival housers in the republican study committee. 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 that makes me think of mike pence that is profound. i'm reminded the words of mike's favorite author mark helprin. 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 next president of the united states of america. old friends. now the senate republican leader, majority leader, mitch mcconnell. >> the theme of today's inauguration is uniquely american. 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. sure sounds like our country, and it sure sounds like donald trump. [ applause ] our president has suhr mounted formidable challenges, but he never let it stop him from succeeding. we're wishing him similar success as he turns to the charge of governing. we face many challenges but we've been challenged before and emerged stronger. we live in changing times, yes, but some things endure. 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, unite our country behind a common vision and renew the promise that makes our country so great. here-here. >> and those two men you just heard from will have a lot to say about the success of president trump, hoping to usher his agenda through the congress. senator blunt invited the president to respond. let's see if he's going to do it. >> thank you very much, rich and
paul and our great vice-president. i don't think anybody wants to hear me speak anymore today, right? so we'll cut it short. we have so many of our cabinet members here. i see my generals, the generals 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. these are central casting. if i'm doing a movie, i pick you general, general mattis, who's doing really well. even chuck likes general mattis and general kelly. we had a very interesting talk. kiddingly he thinks we're doing great at the cabinet level but we're going to do just fine. i'll tell you there is something that i wanted to say. 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. [ applause ] and honestly, there's nothing more i can say because i have a lot of respect for those two people. so thank you all for being here. we're going to have four great years hopefully of peace and prosperity, and we'll be working very, very hard. our cabinet's lined up and ready. i know eventually chuck is going to approve them, i'm sure. i really believe that. and we're all dealing together. we all want the same thing. we're all good people. whether you're a republican or democrat, 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. [ applause ] thank you, everybody. thank you. thank you very much. >> a couple minutes there. we've seen several different sides of our new president. kidding, teasing the democratic leader of the senate but perhaps the most gracious moment of the day, thanking hillary and bill clinton for coming to this lunch. >> two quick final things. two quick final things. you can remain standing if you want to. shhh. so quickly, two things we need to do as we leave. one, just to mention the gifts, the mementos of this event. there are 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
artist, a friend of mine, ed fisher. there's a pen and a letter opener in there, a little business in cape gerardo, missouri, john and debbie ortman of ortman wood craft did that, mostly made out of fallen trees. then there's a piece of glass that would be, again, dedicated to this event and appropriate to put on your desk or anywhere in your house. to close the events today, father chaplain of the united states house of representatives. >> let us pray. as we leave this place, we give you thanks, oh, lord, for the meal we have shared and for those who worked hard to prepare and deliver it to us. may we be always 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 'em pell them to seek the gift of 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. >> how chaplain, father pat conroy. that ends the lunch. up next is the parade. i want to bring in someone who attended the lunch, congressman elijah cummings, ranking democrat on the house oversight committee. congressman, thank you so much for joining us today. tell us what you saw inside. what was the feeling? >> well george, first of all, let me be clear. i came because i wanted to see the peaceful transfer of power,
and of course salute our new president and say good-bye to i think one of the very best presidents we've ever had, president barack obama. >> congressman, let me ask you, on that point right there, so many of your colleagues, i think it's more than 60, 62 democratic members of the house chose to boycott after those comments from president trump about john lewis, one of your colleagues as well. >> i thought that, as i said to president trump a few days ago, i thought it was best that he pick up the phone and stop tweeting and call john to try to resolve differences. you know john, he's a very reasonable man, and i just thought that perhaps the reaction of the president, president trump that is, was a bit much and it didn't have to get that far. but as for my colleagues, i
understand each member has to do what they have to do, make decisions on the information that they have. i just think that my role as the top democrat on the oversight and government reform, there's a lot of information that's going to be coming to me. in many instances i almost act as like a judge, and so i thought it would be good, number one, for me to be here today and then as evidence comes in on the various things that we've learned in the last 24 hours, i'll be able to take a look at those things and make some judgment calls. >> you just peaked my interest right there. what have you learned in the last 24 hours? >> the "new york times" story about -- with regard to the intercepts and relationship with manafort. that's just referring -- >> we can tell those viewers about the intelligence community on communications, they said they are studying between the russians and people connected to
president trump. anything you heard today give you some hope for working together with the new president? >> well, the thing that gave me some hope is when i greeted him at the table, he agreed that we could work on prescription drugs, the high prices of prescription drugs. that's been an issue, george, that i've been working on with bernie sanders and elizabeth warren for the last -- for quite a few years now. and i said that i wanted us to work together. so i've always had this feeling and i got the feeling today that there are things that we can do together, but we'll see. >> congressman, thank you so much for joining us today. really appreciate your time. good luck in the days going forward. >> thank you, thank you very much. >> we see there, president and mrs. clinton leaving the capitol as well after that toast from the new president, president trump. he'll be getting ready to go on
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good afternoon i'm rick williams with this "action news" update. right now philadelphia police are keeping close watch for possible protests, following the inauguration of president donald trump. police are prepared for demonstrations at city hall and independent mall, officials have advised commuters to avoid those areas and take mass transit, instead right now, we are looking live , on capitol hill where the president and the vice-president along with various dignitaries including hillary clinton are leaving lunch at the capitol building and getting ready for the parade that will extend from the capitol building to the white house as inauguration festivities continues. mr. trump took presidential oath of office just after 12:00 o'clock this afternoon. the his inauguration speech lasted rate thely 16 minutes. time for a check of the accu weather forecast for your friday, and, meet the role goodies adam joseph, has the
latest. >> been very wet but steady rain beginning to lift to the north and east and break ago part south and west of philadelphia we will see a drying trend, going into the overnight the hours tonight and setting up for weekend, lots of cloud sat the day, mild, 53 and then more rain coming in, rick, on sunday. >> thanks, adam. >> we are following developing news from chester delaware county this her two people have tied after a house fire on morton avenue check for latest updates on six abc.com and six abc news app. later today brian taff and sharrie williams will have more on "action news" following following abc news action. i'm rick williams. have a good afternoon. american but heal the divide that separates us. >> it is important that you protect the rights of women, minorities and lower class. >> protect our country. (ee-e-e-oh-mum-oh-weh) (hush my darling...) (don't fear my darling...)
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there seems to be a pretty good feeling in that room. >> it was. it was bipartisan. donald trump made some very nice comments about bill and hillary clinton who were both there not just for the inauguration but also joined us for lunch. every table was a bipartisan table, very good feelings about getting the country moving forward in terms of jobs, in terms of the economy and hard working american people. >> you're an orthopedic surgeon. healthcare at the top of the list. are you in place to get something done quickly? >> i think there are going to be executive orders today related to healthcare. i would expect more coming in the beginning of next week when we have our health and human services nominee confirmed to be a member of the cabinet. i think he's going to be able to do quite a bit. fundamentally, george, i'm a doctor. i want to make and my commitment to you and the people watching is i want to make sure that people can actually get affordable healthcare, the word is care, not coverage.
there are things that aren't going to change. people under the age of 26 will still be able to stay on their parents' plan. people with pre-existing conditions don't have to worry about losing their coverage, but there are things that are going to change. we're going to eliminate the mandates. there's going to be more competition by allowing people to buy what they actually want to buy. and buy across state lines, letting small groups of different businesses join together, all to lower the cost of care, affordability is the key. >> what's the most important thing you heard from president trump today? >> that he is focused on america, focused on the future, focused not on washington but basically telling washington to leave america alone, let the people of america get back to the business that we certainly in wyoming believe is ours to decide. we are the best stewards of the land, not washington. we're the people at the state level who are best able to know what healthcare works best for us, not somebody sitting in an office building in washington
d.c. >> your first inaugural, john f. kennedy's as a little bit? >> 1960. i've been to every one since. this is certainly historic. every one of them is historic. i think the luncheon is just saw in a bipartisan way, the peaceful transition of power from one party to another is going to continue and that's what really makes america great. >> senator, thanks for joining us today. >> thank you, george. >> peaceful transition of power, one hallmark of our democracy. stephanie rawlings-blake, real debate about what to do with that democracy. i take it you have a response, the senator was saying, about healthcare? >> absolutely. everyone who is focused on healthcare wants to know what's next. it's not enough to say we're going to change it and fix it if you can't show us a plan. i know there's a lot of anxiety, but what you heard from representative cummings, there's a lot of optimism that there's a
bipartisan solution at least on the issue of the price of pharmaceuticals. >> that is true. the president has talked about that a couple of times. we'll see how he follows through on that. as we look at the capitol right now, the military bands gearing up. tom llamas there at the capitol. >> i'm just thinking to myself now, this is going to be an amazing moment for president trump. one, because he grew up in new york and there's nothing really bigger for a hero, a celebrity or a sports team than a ticker tape parade in new york city and this is on a much different level. just behind me here you can see some of the military band that's set up for this parade. they're going to start playing as soon as we see president trump come downstairs. and then the parade for the new president starts and i'm sure trump is going to saver every moment of that. even though it has started to rain a little bit, he's got some bad luck today. right when he started to speak right after taking the oath of office, it started to rain and now it's sprinkling again. to use a cliche, i don't think you can rain on trump's parade today. he is so excited to be here with his family.
today the entire country and much of the world is going to be celebrating him and for someone like donald trump, i'm sure he thinks he deserves that but he definitely is going to enjoy that moment, george. >> we are starting to see the last 24 hours or so a different side of trump that you allude to in liking the parades. he used to talk about i think it was the israel day parade in new york city but also when we think back of him singing along. he enjoys the pomp of this office. >> it was interesting to see him kind of sing along and kind of groove to the beat. in the campaign when he hit his stride, he would sort of have this strut once he started the chants and the crowd would take over. he would look to the side, look to the audience and everyone would go crazy in the crowd so he kind of hit his mark when he did that. i did notice that yesterday and again today when he first met president obama there at the white house and i told you that smile to me really -- it looked like it was maybe the happiest moment i've seen in the last 18 months. even though he won some huge
elections and obviously the general election, i think that's when it hit him that i'm going to live here now, i'm the president, it's time to do things my way. >> you got to believe when he goes to the white house to sleep for the first time, goes on air force one for the first time, he's going to be thinking how does this stack up to what i already have. >> absolutely. the white house is smaller than his penthouse at trump tower. having flown back on trump force one or trump's plane during the campaign, he gave me the tour. he relishes those moments. he has been asked before though what's it going to be like to downsize, to move into the white house. he said, look, it's the white house. so he does recognize certainly what he's accomplished. the biggest triumph of his life so far. and when he sleeps there for the first time tonight, there have been questions early on whether he would do that. the whole family will be there tonight, and he says he wants to sleep in the lincoln bedroom, the bed that's eight feet long. i don't think even donald trump can predict what it's going to
feel like to be in there tonight. his sons told us they've never even been to the white house. >> as we look at the scene there in washington d.c., i want to bring in alex as well. supporter of donald trump. it really is remarkable when you look at that inaugural speech shortly after noon and that short toast that he gave after the lunch. you saw two quite different sides of our new president. what a unique leadership style and a complex leadership style. on the one hand he declares war on the establishment in washington in the inaugural speech and then you see this gracious man reach out to hillary clinton and bill clinton and give them this wonderful moment and embracing them there. i think people who think donald trump is either all stick or all carrot are missing the boat. he's a deal maker. he's a negotiator. he is both carrot and stick, giving and taking constantly. it's a much more, i think, effective leadership style than
we see from many politicians in washington. >> we're going to find out, kristen, soltis anderson, where the deals are going to be made. >> in his speech he talked about a lot of things ranging from infrastructure, healthcare, education. these are areas where donald trump's positions in some places overlap quite closely with traditional republican positions, what congressional leadership would like to do. but there are some areas where there are differences over things like how much will we spend on infrastructure, when we take a look at what we're going to do about the affordable care act, do we repeal and replace right away, do we repeal and replace later, what does the replacement look like. these are things where there's not necessariy lily unity and consensus. how long does it take from everybody's happy scene and turn into a twitter war down pennsylvania avenue. that remains to be seen. there are still certainly big divisions even within the republican party. >> the other thing we're waiting to learn, cokie roberts, because
the president speaks so much on so many different issues and just in the last couple of weeks on healthcare he said a lot of things. we heard congressman elijah cummings talk about when he talks about taking on the pharmaceutical companies, it warms the hearts of democrats. they wonder is he going to follow through. >> and which donald trump as we were hearing alex describe two sides of him are they going to see. people have come out of those healthcare meetings, for instance, zeke emanuel, saying -- >> top advisor to president obama. >> and brother of rahm emanuel. said it was a very thoughtful conversation. we just saw a thoughtful, gracious donald trump in statuary hall honoring the clintons, and apparently doing business with elijah cummings and others. so that is a very stark difference from the speech that we heard. and so which is the man who's going to show up to deal with congress? >> matthew dowd, one of the big
questions, when you're in real estate, when you're in business, if you don't like a deal you can walk away. you can't do that as president. >> no, and in order to have political capital, you have to have the support of the majority of the country. as we talked before, he is a first-time president in our lifetimes and in modern history where he enters the office not supported by a majority of the country and puts him in a difficult state. the thing i was going to say earlier was the other thing he's balancing between is there's three centers of power in washington at the capitol. there's a minority democratic party that is very much against him. there's trump diehards in the house and senate that are always for him. then there's the institutional republican party that has a balance, their own ideology and things they want to do. those three centers of power are not going to agree on most things. >> we're keeping an eye on the capitol. we saw the speaker of the house come out. he's going to review these troops before heading on the parade. there you see speaker paul ryan, kevin mccarthy, republican
leader. this reminds everyone, martha raddatz, of course he is now commander-in-chief. those deals overseas may be even more difficult to achieve than those in congress. >> they will. in fact, if there's anywhere you need bipartisan support, it's in foreign policy. you have to show that the country is together and resolve to take action or not take action. i'm looking at the troops who we've been talking about. the military is very supportive of donald trump in general, very supportive. i think president obama had some rough patches there with the military and there were some who didn't really like pulling out of iraq, didn't like pulling out of afghanistan in great numbers. but i think donald trump will see a lot of support with most of the troops. >> the troops you talk about but also he does seem to show -- and he praised him in the toast as well. he does seem to show some deference to generals that he
doesn't give to many other individuals, especially his secretary of defense, james mattis. >> i know. i have to take note. he called him mad dog mattis. he said he loved the name mad dog mattis. he did not call him mad dog mattis today. i think to think that someone said general mattis hates that nickname, because he does. he said the generals are going to keep us so safe. >> there he is now, the president of the united states. >> the president walking down towards the parade through that military honor guard. along with vice-president pence, emotional day for him as well.
hours all the levers that president trump will be called on to use. he spoke with the people. he met with legislators, now he reviews the troops. ♪ >> george, as beautiful as this is, seeing america's forces going by the new president, that's where the profound responsibility lies. president trump surely is looking at those men and women and knowing he can send them into war. ♪ >> this review of the troops started with president grant, and it happened at the end of the civil war.
president lincoln had been assassinated but it had already been planned to have a grand review of the grand army of the republic, and they came through washington. it took two days for them to march all the way through washington to all of the union armies. grant then put it as part of his inauguration as well. so it's been there since. you see them saluting the president of the united states. >> and you saw the president of the united states saluting back, that crisp salute from the president as we learned earlier. he spent several years in a military academy, did not serve in the military. the first president in our history to have either no military or any government experience of any kind. he will also be america's oldest president entering the office, 70 years old. his doctor says he's in great health.
"yankee doodle dandy." >> people have watched the troops like this so many times over the years with outgoing chairmen of the joint chiefs, retiring generals, incoming generals. >> they hold on fast to their traditions. >> and donald trump will love those traditions. there is no one better than the u.s. military to make you feel proud and for donald trump to make you feel like the commander-in-chief. >> another perk of the office. that car is now his, cadillac escalade. he was a guest of the president, former president, just a few hours ago.
now it's the one that he will always ride in, so well protected. >> and looking, as you can see on the sleeve, those little lines above, those all count for combat deployments. every little line on that officer's sleeve. >> president thanking the sergeant of arms there, heading into the limo, now heading to the parade. we are hearing from his daughter the whole trump family tweeting as well, ivanka trump has sent out a tweet saying, right there, heading to the parade. there you see her with her family. they're heading out there right. we're going to be right back with that parade. if you've been diagnosed with cancer,
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>> there you see the motorcade, president trump in that presidential limo, known as the beast. same one used by president obama. he'll be heading down to the parade route. you see it going up pennsylvania avenue towards the white house. david muir is here. you're going to be broadcasting tonight from lafayette square right across from the white house. >> right across from the white
house. they've asked me to the interviewing stand. the license plate you were getting ready to talk about, a lot of people are upset that these license plates -- donald trump didn't ask for a special -- >> he got a special inaugural license plate that does not include the normal washington d.c. tags that say no taxation without representation which of course is part of the d.c. statehood protest, the president not a supporter of d.c. statehood. now washington d.c., the white house, his home. you're going to have a special edition of "world news tonight." >> fascinating day so far. >> there is the motorcade right there. president trump getting ready to join that parade. later three inaugural balls tonight. not sure exactly why he's holding up there right now but he'll be heading on to pennsylvania avenue. byron pitts, not using the d.c. plates will not be received all
that well in the district. >> no, no, completely not. one more reason to be annoyed with donald trump. i want to get back to that moment earlier at the end of the luncheon when he said the kind words about hillary clinton. mattis talked about the many parts of america. there's a section of america that does not like donald trump but would like to see him do well. for me that side of donald trump, the gentleman, i think many people will see that as a very encouraging sign, that this salesman, there are many parts of his personality and they will welcome them. but as author those plates, there's some eye rolling going on in d.c. >> terry mo moran, over the cou of four years we get to know our presidents so well. >> it's one of the reasons their approval ratings go down and then back up. i was in wisconsin and i talked to a woman who said give him a chance. she doesn't like the protests,
voted for trump. she said give him a chance, after a month, then we can yell at him. >> she's going to give him a month. we'll see how long the rest of the country gives him. one of the things we've learned, cokie and matthew dowd, matthew, you worked for george w. bush, decided to govern as if he did. he had many grace notes in his inaugural speech reaching out to the other side. it appears that donald trump is going to go exactly the same way. >> i'll let matt speak to this. i think george w. bush felt that he reached out to the other side and was rebuffed. he did work with teddy kennedy and george miller in the house, and then people started -- their own problems started landing on them and that became a problem. i think he felt he couldn't do
it. by the second term he did feel that he had that mandate and used it to try to do what nobody wanted which was privatize social security. >> they've conducted themselves in two different ways. george w. bush i remember very well reaching out to democrats on the idea that he knew he was going to have to work with a democratic congress and how to get that done. his inaugural speech was filled with language about let's unify, come together, we're all one, let's do this. there was no stick in the eye, none of that. one of the first things george w. bush did was get with ted kennedy and work out a deal on education reform with the most liberal member of the united states senate. he worked out a deal on that. george w. bush came into office probably 20 points higher, even though it was an election that was controversial of an approval rating as he enters. but there was many in -- when we were in the campaign talking about this, we all said that we're going to have to be humble
going in because most of the country does not necessarily support us as president. >> as we see the motorcade starting to roll right now, mark, we're getting encouraging news on president george h.w. bush today. he remains in stable condition in the intensive care unit, but he's now breathing on his own with minimal oxygen, good news as well, and we're told he's watching the inauguration on tv with his son neil and daughter-in-law. you had the chance to visit with the former president recently. >> i did, george. my wife and i had lunch with him and mrs. bush and gene becker, his long-time chief of staff. it was a time when there was great anxiety about the election and we didn't know what was going to happen next. we still don't. we still have yet to see the trump administration play out. but i asked him, how are you feeling. he looked at me and he said i think he's going to be okay. that's an optimistic 92-year-old former president. george h.w. bush has always been an optimist but it was good to
hear that from him. >> didn't vote for him but thinks he's going to be okay. as we see the motorcade, tom llamas by the capitol. any idea what the hold upis? >> as i'm watching this car, the beast as it's known, i'm thinking president trump has to love that vehicle. even though he likes things that are very normal, things like mcdonald's and kentucky fried chicken, he loves his toys and things other people do not have, and no one else in the world has a cadillac like that. it has a hydraulic system that lets it go up and down and it has special doors and windows. i'm sure he's enjoying this moment right now. martha can tell you, she flew in the helicopter at the ohio state fair and david muir flew with him. mr. trump likes his toys and that's a toy unlike any other. >> only just beginning, presidents have so many of them. as that motorcade begins to roll.
matt gutman on the parade route, you got a special guest. >> reporter: i do. this is shane, he's taking off his jacket right now. he's going to show you the fantastic suit he got for the occasion. it's not just donald trump who's had a whirlwind 24 hours. shane also is from what he calls a little speck in illinois called -- what is it? >> stonington, illinois. >> and he's got an incredible story. he started out as a social media guy, a volunteer for the trump campaign and worked his way up. >> you know, it's just an absolute blessing to even be here right now talking to you. you seem like a great, genuine guy and i'm blessed to be here in d.c. and enjoying history. i never thought this would happen to a -- i'm at a loss for words. i'm just a middle class blue collar guy and i'm getting to experience some great history here. >> last night you were invited into a tent and you didn't exactly know what was going to happen when you walked in there, and something left your jaw dropped and your eyes a little
misty. >> yeah. i was actually in new york. i thought i would visit trump tower and halfway i got a call from -- i don't know if it's kellyanne conway or one of donald trump's secretaries, i don't know. i was just amazed. she goes, well, we have -- donald trump would like to talk to you. i started stuttering because i was like, wow, this doesn't happen to a guy like me. she goes, i'm going to do something better for you. we got v.i.p. tickets and we would like for you to come to the opening ceremony v.i.p. i was like, wow, i just can't believe it. i'm so amazed. so what happened was secret service followed me into a room that donald trump was in and all started clapping. it was just so touching to me and i just at a loss for words. >> especially touching for you. you're a single father. you're 24 years old. and your own father, who was a vet, is sick, right? >> yeah. he has cancer. he was the american dream.
he served our military. he was in the army and we lived in a trailer. i remember him saying he was going to join the military to give us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and he did. it's a blessing to be here. if it wasn't for him, i wouldn't be here. >> donald trump did something that you will never forget. >> no. >> he took a phone and called your dad. >> he did. >> what's your dad's name? >> don. he called my dad and he goes, hey don, i like your name because they share the same name. he changed my life forever. i can't even describe the words, how i felt at that time. i gave him a bear hug and -- >> we spent a lot of time in the mall today and people said you guys don't know doning $10,000 e and my family for medical bills
and it's just that side of him. he's generous. he just was caring. he goes, well, you're life will forever change. you're front page of the "washington post." i said, wow. i said i owe it to god and the people that got me here. i just thank him for everything. >> and the man who ran the show "celebrity apprentice" said that you were a celebrity. >> yeah, yeah. amazing for him to say that. it's people over politics, not politics over people. that's what i represent. i represent the people. it's just amazing to be in his presence and meeting him. it was an experience i'll always remember forever and i know my dad will also. >> what are you going to tell your son about that meeting? >> we're probably going to watch the video together for him talking to my dad. i just can't wait to be there with him and tell him about it. >> thanks. >> thank you. >> lisa also helped you out because you wouldn't have been here for that amazing meeting with donald trump in the tent were it not for lisa.
how did you get him to one of these balls? >> well, i was invited to walk the red carpet at the great american ball at the mgm and i had seen shane's post online. we had liked each other's post and we had continued communications i was really impressed for somebody that was such a go-getter. i had no idea about his background. one day we were going back and forth and i was seeing what he was doing and i actually shot him a little message on one of his posts and said, hey, you're doing a great job. we continued to message more and he told me i'm from a tiny town and you probably never heard of it and so on and so forth. then i shared my story and i said, wow, i didn't even speak english until i was ten. i'm literally from what they call indian territory. >> you're a cherokee. >> half cherokee. we started talking about that and i told him because we were talking about the challenges -- that's what i forgot. we were talking about the challenges we were going through
because people were kind of slamming each other and i told him, don't worry about it, you're going to have that because i've had the entire cherokee nation try to shut me town because they don't support trump at all because they're afraid that he's going to take away the benefits. from there, i invited him to go. i thought he hung up the phone and i'm on the other end. >> his response was? >> yeah. >> dear lord, thank you. god is good. >> thank you. >> couldn't have said it better myself. back to you, george. >> some talk there. great to see all that emotion on shane's face. it's not often, matt, that someone feels blessed to talk to reporters like us, right? i think i lost matt right there. we see president trump now heading on to the parade route in that presidential limo known as the beast. pierre thomas is in the secret service command center. all quiet and calm on the parade route so far. pierre, you know more than most people about that car. >> reporter: yeah, george.
i was among the first tv journalists to be given access to that car. it was stored in a secret hangar outside of d.c. i was sworn to secrecy about it. that thing is a tank. it's over five feet tall. it's got all kinds of tools in it that the secret service told me that i was not able to discuss. there was one moment when i said what happens if i kick the tires and they said, i wouldn't recommend it. >> i think that's a fair statement. jon karl, you're there on the parade route right now. you're on a truck right in the front. tell us what you're seeing. >> reporter: first of all, just a little setup here, george. this is a flatbed truck right in front of the presidential limo. it's the second one back. this is the third time i've been on one of these in an inaugural parade. there's really nothing else like it. the first thing you notice is the secret service protection
engoe engulfing the president. i did this in 2001 and it seems with each inauguration you get more of a security presence. you see up and town, walking along with the limo, all the secret service officers, the two vehicles behind filled with secret service officers and more above. not a huge crowd yet along the parade route. remember, to get here you had to go through security, you had to go through quite a bit of security, but we do see so far a lot of trump supporters. enthusiastic out there. >> can i ask you a question because martha thought she saw something and i can't tell. my eyesight is not good enough right now. i don't know if you're close enough to the car. is the president sitting in the front seat? >> reporter: is the president sitting in the front seat? there's definitely somebody sitting in the front seat? george, i'm afraid my eyes aren't that much better than yours. >> okay. we're going to keep an eye on that. that would be a little bit of breaking protocol. we're come back to you as well.
cecilia vega also on the parade route. >> reporter: at the viewing stand where the first family will be, george, but jon karl's got the front row. my eyes might be better than his. i just want to put that out there for the record. a lot of the potential cabinet for donald trump is here waiting for him to get here. i did see something funny just a few minutes ago. buses dropped a lot of the v.i.p. officials in this viewing, and then ben carson came walking up out of nowhere along the parade route by himself and everyone was sort of cheering for him. i'm not sure if he missed the bus or what happened but he's in there now. i remember seeing what jon is seeing which is a little strange from this perspective. i see significantly more empty seats in these bleachers than i do supporters and people here to see this parade. so i don't know if it's still early, i don't know if the situation is they haven't made it through security, as jonathan karl mentioned, or if in fact
there aren't that many people on the parade route. from the vantage point i have right now i don't see many people here. >> thanks very much. pretty soon donald trump is going to be passing by, something he's very proud of, that is the trump hotel in washington d.c. on pennsylvania avenue. la lara spencer is there. it's his pride and joy. lara? >> reporter: george, you have a shot of the parade route, there he is, president trump making his way. i'm looking down pennsylvania avenue. they're about a block and a half moving at a snail's pace. i want to give you a sense of the feeling around here. while there is a lot of excitement as the president approaches, there is also a feeling of tension. on the corner right here, there were protestors. and while they were very strong, it was mostly peaceful. they were targeting though the employees of the trump international hotel who came out and had a large banner that said thank you. they were so excited for their boss, the commander-in-chief, to pass them by.
so it did get a little bit tense here, but overwhelmingly there are way more supporters than protestors, as the president approaches, again moving very slow. you might need to stay on me for about six minutes. >> we're sort of wondering if the president chooses to get out, will he get out in front of his hotel? >> i'm wearing red, george. a girl can dream. i'm hoping to say congratulations to the president. we were hearing that he would choose the trump international hotel to get out, surprise, surprise. the obamas, as you know, george, got out twice during their ride. so far we have not seen that. we will see very shortly though -- actually not very shortly, i'm not going to lie to you. you're going to need a few more minutes to see the president, whether or not he gets out in front of the trump international hotel. >> that's okay. while we have you though, lara, because we were talking about this earlier this morning, the fashion statement made by melania trump today. >> george, i think you were asking about melania and yes, i was with joe zee all morning
long. he was thrilled with what she wore. ralph lauren designed her outfit, beautifully done, that powder blue, head to toe monochromatic. you can see we're getting close, george. she wore powder blue ralph lauren and i know you guys might have talked about ivanka trump looking gorgeous in oscar de la renta. she's been wearing it throughout the inaugural weekend. we're getting closer but still not there yet, george. i did want to also point out, i don't know if you guys talked about -- i have heard you guys talking about the police presence. we've been spotting and i was talking to the officers who are just below me from seattle, all of the sharp shooters who are here. i said are they watch dogs and they said, oh, no, they are sharp shooters on top of every building so the security is high as we wait for the president. >> the kinds of protests you
were seeing in other parts of the city. there was no violence there, correct? >> no, i don't want to be a fear monger here. they were strong. they were making their voices heard. there were signs, there was chanting back and forth. it got a little heated but for the most pafrt, george, these were people who just wanted to have their voices heard and when the employees of the trump international hotel came out, they wanted to direct it at them. they can't speak to trump at the moment so they were talking to his employees. we had a moment but thankfully, no, nothing like what i saw happening in other parts of the city. >> we see the motorcade turning the corner and we also saw those sharp shooters on the rooftops across washington d.c. as the president pretty much crawling up pennsylvania avenue right now. great view from those rooms in the trump hotel today and of course it is sold out. you also see those trucks there, martha raddatz.
as jon karl was saying, security presence for it's overwhelming. before they turned the corner it's almost you have them lined up all along the root there that you can see them lined up on the entire route. you saw them with binoculars on the roof looking for possible trouble. but they have looked at this root over and over and over again and planned for anything that might happen. they know there's a possibility the trumps will get out. presidents in the past as we said have gotten out along the route. one of those moments when the secret service goes yikes. >> we were talking to pierre thomas about this. presidents can push back against some of the security restrictions but if they were to tell the president not to get out of that limo on a day like
today he likely would listen. >>helikely would. his director has been by his side throughout the day. just to give people a sense of what we're talking about there are over 28,000 security personnel helping out with security today. they swore in over 3,000 police officers from around the country to augment the already sizeable capitol police, d.c. police. you're talking about a mammoth amount of people and the national guard as well. they have planned for every possible scenario. one thing that struck me is spraying gas, all the different types of nightmare scenarios. they are ready for anything. again, right now i think they're pondering will the president of the united states donald trump decide that he wants to get out of the car and talk