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good morning. the inauguration of donald trump. billionaire who turned the political world upside down. his unconventional campaign. takes the oath of office in a matter of hours. the incoming president firing up his supporters at a late-night welcome concert. >> it's never been a moment like this. it's something very, very special. >> more than a million people expected to descend on the nation's capital today. among those looking on, four of the five living u.s. presidents. hillary clinton, the woman he defeated, one of the most unusual and divisive elections in history. more than 60 of her fellow democrats refusing
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trump undeterred. >> we're going to do things that haven't been done for our country for many, many decades. >> this morning, a country divided comes together to witness a grand tradition. a peaceful transition of power. we're here to bring it to you live. the pomp, the pageantry, and, yes, the politics. as donald trump becomes our nation's 45th president. today, january 20th, 2017. >> the only thing we have to fear is fear itself! ask not what your country can do for you, what you can do for your country. >> there's always a better tomorrow. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today." the inauguration of donald trump wi
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guthrie. live from washington, d.c. >> and good morning everyone. we're happy to welcome you to this special edition of "today" on friday morning in washington. that's the west front of the u.s. capitol where much of the action will take place today. just about five hours from now, donald trump will be sworn in as president of these united states. we're just a stones throw from that building, the capitol building. with us all morning to guide us through the twists and turns of the inauguration, we're happy to have chuck todd and nicole wallace. it seems like just two years ago we started this. a lots of words associated with inauguration days. you hear historic, exciting, hope. what are the words you're most often hearing associated with today's inauguration. >> unusual, anxious, uncertain. >> emotional. i've been here for an incoming president and last whether
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out. there's an emotion to the day. >> right. we'll cover the emotional moments. let's quickly set the stage for the day and tell you what you can expect to see and when. at 8:30 a.m., the president-elect and his family will attend a morning worship service at saint john's search also called the church of the president. it's inauguration day tradition dating back to fdr in 1933. from there donald trump and melania will head for tea and coffee with the president and the first lady. it's interesting to try to figure out to think what the conversations would be like in that car. the swearing in ceremony kicks off around 11:30 a.m. supreme court chief justice john roberts will administer the oath of office and president trump will give his inaugural
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minutes. some say it will be a personal and sincere statement about his vision for this country. president-elect spent last night here in washington, d.c., attending a preinauguration dinner. and a welcomed celebration concert and a welcome celebration concert at the lincoln memorial. we're going to talk to the incoming press secretary, sean spicer. first, our team is across the capital. let's begin with hallie jackson, at the capitol. good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, matt. good morning to you. this >> reporter: i'm told by his senior transition source it will be nonideological and challenge people to think about politics a little bit differently on a day when donald trump will make history and begin to get to work trying to unite a divided nation. ♪
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inaugural celebration starting already hours before donald trump takes the oath of office, a final formal dinner by candle light as president-elect. >> that was some big victory. >> reporter: trump delivering personal messages to his top aids and laying out a daunting challenge for his son-in-law jared kushner, a soon-to-be west wing advisor. >> if you can't produce peace in the middle east, nobody can. >> reporter: for the nation's next first family the biggest moment of their lives. taking it all to observe it all when a concert kicked off the action. trump, looking loose, dancing and even singing. later joking around about the weather today. >> if it really pours, that's okay. people will realize that's my real hair and it's okay. trump's inaugural address now finished. described by his advisors as personal and elegant. expect trump
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topics like infrastrue, an jobs won't be a policy speech. more a philosophical one. about 20 minutes long. roughly the same length as president obama's inaugural remarks. protesters now packing d.c. overnight setting off smoke devices, lightening fires, and clashing with police. in a city where more than 100 blocks downtown are closed. police, particularly focussed on the threat of truck attacks, which is why big heavy vehicles have been placed in strategic spots. up above, a no-fly zone now twice the typical size with helicopters that can transmit any trouble spots via live video to police on the ground. all to protect spectators and the many vips here. the entire supreme court and most members of congress. except about 60 democrats skipping it in
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>> he's not loved. we don't think he's making america great again. >> reporter: who et. cetera will be attending? all living former presidents save for george h.w. bush. he and his wife hospitalized in texas. his son, george w. bush plans to be here, so does president carter and president clinton alongside hillary clinton. face to face with her former rival for the first time since the campaign. despite the clintons hoping to call the white house home again, it'll be the trump's turn to move in today. and don't forget, after the president-elect then president finishes his inaugural speech here, the senate will get to work starting to confirm donald trump's new cabinet. it's expected that pentagon pick general john mattis and james mattis and john kelley will sail through. it's possible mike pompeo could be delayed. if he's confirmed today, multiple sources tel
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that donald trump aims to visit the cia tomorrow to try to extend a kind of olive branch after weeks of bad blood between him and the intelligence community. >> halle, thank you very much. let's go over to the white house. president obama marking the final hours of his eight years in the oval office. nbc national correspondent peter alexander has that part of today's story. good morning to you, peter. >> reporter: good morning, matt. we're along the parade route. you can see the presidential seal behind me. that's the viewing stand where donald trump will watch the parade as it passes him. behind it is the white house. take a look at the view inside the white house. almost eerie quality we saw last evening. the photos posted by the "washington post." they give you a sense of president obama's staff moving out. desks empty. iconic photographs coming off the walls and handwritten notes left behind by aids for their successors. it's tradition that the 44th president w
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hand-written note for the 45th. he posted a letter he written to the americans thanking them for the honor of serving. a short distance where we're standing is the president's guest house. the principle suite 109 rooms is reserved for the president-elect and his family as he stays there this morning. when he leaves there today, he'll head to the events as they begin on this day, the first being at the church of the presidents. when he leaves the blare house this morning, he'll sign his name in the guest book. the last time he'll sign it without president before his name. matt, back to you. >> peter, thank you very much. that's one of the moments throughout the morning we'll be breaking in and covering live. we're joined by sean spicer who is the incoming white house press secretary. good morning. congratulations. >> good morning. >> i want to talk about tone
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the speech that president trump will give. his inaugural address is one of the rare speeches that goes from the podium to the history books. talk to me about the tone of it. will it be optimistic? healing? how can you describe it? >> i think it'll be optimistic. it will be visionary but philosophical. this is going to be not necessarily an agenda. but a discussion about the proper role of government. the role of the citizenry. how we can move together as a country together to solve the problems that our country faces and the challenges as a united country. >> president-elect trump said he didn't create the division in this country, it existed long before he became on the political scene. when he becomes president, one of the problems is try to heal the division. will he have kind words for president obama? will he have kind words for hillary clinton, his opponent in the general election? >> he's already had kind words. if you listened to what we discussed about president obama.
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him. and expressed his appreciation for the way he and the first lady and so many of the others in the administration -- >> i think he said the same about her. he recognizes since he became president it's time to move on. the election ended on november 8th and we need to move forward. >> as recent as last week when the james koem any investigation came up. she shouldn't have been able to run in the first place and said "guilty as hell." that's last week. >> i think it has to do with the issue not necessarily the person. i think there's one thing to look at the facts that came out on with respect to the fbi. her mishandleding of classified information. it's not an personal attack. >> the "new york times" is reporting this morning there is apparently some intercepted communications that the fbi is looking at that may have something to do with associates of the president-elect.
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have to do with the russian hack. number one, the president-elect aware of this aspect of the investigation? number two, is he going to pledge to have it be totally hands off. let the investigation play out. >> absolutely. >> he's not going to shut it down. >> he's not going to shut it down. you've seen the intelligence committee launch an investigation. it's their prerogative to do that. congress is free to investigate anything they choose to do. the president will make sure he gets the best information from the intelligence community and the department of justice to make the best decision possible. we're not looking to shut anything down. we want to know the facts. >> sean, as recently as last night president-elect trump -- congratulations on your job. i did combat with these guys -- >> you look a little -- >> it's easier over here. good luck. >> thank you. >> great person for the job. as recently as last night protect trump was talkiab
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he's acutely aware of the broadcasting cable schedule of himself. do you expect him to stay as engaged in the coverage of himself? >> i think you can walk and chew gum himself. he has an unbelievable appetite for information, news, policy. it's not a one or the other. he's up to all hours of the night and first thing in the morning and dedicated to focussing on moving this country forward. but he spends a lot of time making sure that he understands what is going on. policy wise, national security wise. he gets updates from staff. he brings in a lot of experts to make sure in his decision making process. >> chuck brought it up while we were waiting. you have your cell phone over there. >> one of them. >> you have to give that one up for awhile. >> 12:01 we walk in. senior members of the staff and have equipment ready to turn it over. the
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other. the peaceful transfer of power makes the nation so great. >> people's transition of twitter? >> twitter handles. but it is an amazing thing and it makes us the envy of the world to watch the process. regardless of political party. to see one party turn over the next. i can't thank the obama administration enough. i think they followed in the footsteps that george w. bush handed over the white house to president obama. but that's what makes this nation so special. >> sean, again. it's a busy morning. thanks. >> thank you guys. >> congratulations. >> enjoy the moment. what do we think? sean is just -- >> tell you about this spicer guy. >> he has places to go. [ laughter ] talk about the tone of the speech what he expects from the president is that what you think is necessary? >> look, it is. i think it is hard when you're sent here to shake things up. to knock heads in washington and strike a unifying
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it's just hard to do both messages at the same time authentically. and i think that's the challenge for him today. >> i spent last week on the road with his supporters and only people that voted for donald trump. they want to see more of this side of him. they know he's a straight talking street fighter. they would like to see more of these. >> i'm -- and i don't want to put ideas in anyone's mind but hypothetically speaking you have the core supporters on the mall. they'll be listening to his speech and look up on the podium or next to it and see hillary clinton, his opponent and remember some of the things that they said about each other during the campaign. and what are the fears that they may react in a vocal way toward her mimicking some of the things that have been said during the campaign? and i think you know what i'm talking about. >> i hear you. i can't imagine that happening. >> it's an opportunity for the president. >> it is. >> it's an opportunity for the president-elect to, in that nt
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think even his supporters are i mean, it's just a -- you can't control the crowd. you have to give that benefit of the doubt to the new president. it's an opportunity for him to set a tone and say that is over. i'm president now and let's get to work. >> just have higher expectations of the crowd. i think when you come to the capitol, you feel this moment. i don't care who you are as an american citizens. >> i hope you're right. stay comfortable. we'll be here a long time. we want to get to a few of the morning's headlines. including breaking news from italy this morning. eight people have been found alive under that avalanche that hit a remote mountain hotel. rescuers are looking to free them. up to 30 people were buried by the avalanche that was apparently triggered by recent earthquakes. four people have been confirmed dead. about 18 others are still missing. and
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bush and his wife. a bush family spokesperson said they're on the upswing. president bush is being treated for phenomena. he's in intensive care at a houston hospital in stable condition. barbara bush is recovering from bronchitis but said she feels a thousand percent better. also, making headlines infamous drug kingpin joaquin "el chapo" guzman appearing in federal court today. was extradited from mexico to the united states last night. he twice escaped from maximum security prisons in his country is a convicted leader of a drug cartel. they want to try him on federal trafficking charges including new york, san diego, miami, and chicago. al roker made his way to washington, as well. he has the first check of the weather on inauguration day. good morning to you, al. >> you are up there. we're down here on the stre
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look at the capitol and all of its grandeur. i never get tired of seeing that sight. that's gorgeous. let's look at our inauguration day weather. here comes the good news is whatever comes is going to be quick rain. we're looking at those showers getting ready to push to the west of washington. we expect to see the activity move in sometime. so light showers. light showers. temperatures cooler than we thought earlier in the week. it clears and moves up in the northeast. here's our forecast for today. noontime, swearing in. 44, cloudy, scattered showers. by the time the parade kicks off at 3:00, mostly cloudy, school, a te well this here's a load-bearing wall. we'll go ahead and rip that out. that'll cause a lot of problems. hmm. totally unnecessary and it triples the budget. we'll be totally behind schedule, right? (laughschedules. schedules. great, okay. wouldn't it be great if everyone said what they meant?
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it lets you earn double cash back: 1% when you buy, and 1% as you pay. the citi double cash card. double means double. good morning. showers approaching the area. nouemanely west of the district and mostly near the shenandoah valley. they're approaching the d.c. area. there you see them off to the west and heavy rain there. but as we go through the middle of the day, most of that rain will be on the light side. 41 in the district now. a calm wind. as we go through the day today. temperatures mid to upper 40s. light rain moving in by noon through the afternoon tampering off. for any inaugural balls later on today, we'll be nice and dry. >> and that's your latest weather. >> al, thank you very much. coming un, senate minority leader chuck schumer weighs in on today's transfer
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new administration. he'll join us live. an inside look at one of the most hectic events here in washington today. moving one first family out of the white house and a new one in with hours to get the job done. first, on a friday morning, this is "today" on nbc. the white house and another one in, with j
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will it be you? talk you to your doctor or pharmacist about me, single shot zostavax. you've got a shot against shingles. good morning everybody. we are, of course, staying on top of this inauguration day. our coverage continuing here on nbc 4, as we're hearing about protests that have been gathering around lafayette park. in the white house area near blair house where donald trump and his family have spent the night will be leaving from and going to church this morning. you can look for live pictures on twitter. also, we should let you know that people are finally going through the security check points to get to the national mall and seeing some of the inaugural events. you're looking at video of the huge crowds that were waiting for hours to get in.
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noon today. getting around the mall is incredibly difficult right now. basically the entire area around the white house, the national mall shut down. parking also restricted. melissa has a look at the first 4 traffic. >> that's right. the entire grid shut down. for all of the specific closures head to the nbc 4 washington app. metro probably the best way to get downtown. extended hours 4:00 a.m. to midnight. five stations are closed. >> melissa, thank you. we'll have a check on the forecast after this.
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we're continuing to track rain on the inauguration day. just off to the west of the district across the shenandoah valley and the higher elevations seeing the rain moving in. most is still to the west. that'll be moving in around noon today. currently 41
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upper 30s elsewhere. as we go through the middle of the day, light showers approach. >> sheena, thank you. we have live streaming coverage now of the inauguration cafe.
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back now 7:30 on this friday morning. inauguration day. there will be a lot of amazing images throughout the day. perhaps none more beautiful than that one there. the sun coming up alongside the u.s. capitol casting the light over the white house where it is moving day. one first family moving out. another moving in. a couple of minutes ago marine 1 landing just a couple of blocks from where we are. welcome, everyone. as we cover the inauguration. pretty images. >> it is. today is a celebration of american democracy. i think that everyone, school children and all that stuff, we have to remember that. >> i'm matt along with chuck todd and nicole
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we'l get t bit. mr. trump is expected to get ready to sign a few hundred executive orders in his first days in office. kristen welker has that part of the story. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump won the presidency on the rallying cries "make america great again." promising big changes in washington. after he's sworn in today, he'll have a chance to start to make that happen. the 45th president expected to start issuing executive orders as early as today trying to turn campaign promises into reality. as donald trump enters the oval office, he's ready to put his presidential pen to good use. set to sign a series of executive actions during the first few days in office without needing approval from congress. >> the first week there will be a series of executive actions, both putting executive orders in place, repealing some executive orders. >> reporter: trump's advisors have teed up more than 200 executive orders for the new
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designed to roll back president obama's policies and implement trump's. from job creation to trade, energy, and ethics reports. of course, mr. trump's signature issue. immigration. >> who is going to pay for the wall? >> reporter: while mexican leaders insist they won't pay for a wall, mr. trump is expected to order construction on the southern border. >> i'm going to start building. mexico, in some form, there are many forms, will reimburse us and they'll reimburse us for the cost of the wall. >> reporter: aids say the president-elect will also reverse president obama's order that allowed more than 700,000 people brought into the u.s. illegally as children to work here legally without being deported. trump now expected to let those authorizations expire. he's also likely to target former visa programs. >>ly direct the department of labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the american worker. >> reporter: another priority? trade.
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nafta and pull out of the transpacific partnership. >> instead, we'll negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back on to american shores. >> reporter: mr. trump also expected to reverse some environmental protections and regulations on energy. >>ly i will cancel job-killing production on shale energy and clean coal creating many millions of high-paying jobs. >> reporter: and hoping to make good on this campaign promise. >> we are going to washington, d.c., and we are going to do what? drain the swamp! >> reporter: announcing a series of ethics reforms targeting the washington establishment. >> we will oppose a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration. and a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government. >> reporter: transition officials say the first few
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these next few days will likely focus on national security, trade, and immigration. matt? >> kristen welker, thank you very much. senate minority leader chuck schumer is joining us now. nice to see you. >> great to be back. >> we have a lot of questions for you. what are your emotions today? >> i, obviously, wish there had been a different outcome. in the few days after the election, my daughters came to me distraught and i taught them the song "momma said there would be days like this." the importance of the role of we democrats in the senate are the bull work against some of the things that president-elect trump might try to do that won't be acceptable to our values or the american people. >> what real power do you have to prevent some of the things he wants to do? >> for instance, let's take classic one,
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the nominee for secretary of health and human services. price wants to change medicare, as we know it, privatize our health care system. he'll need 60 votes for that. they won't get it. there are issue after issue because of the way the senate works. they'll need 60 votes. they're going to have to get democratic cooperation. we'll see if they go for that. >> you know this is president obama's last day in office. he seemed to signal he's not going to be maybe quiet for a few weeks, but he's willing to speak out. what role -- you're the operational leader of the democratic party. what role do you want now soon-to-be former president obama to play? >> he said he wants to stay value when core values at stake. he'll speak out on them, as you know. he's leaving office with high numbers. he's well respected. much more than president-elect trump is in this country. he'll be a valuable voice. he won't overdo it. >> donald trump likes you a
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but -- >> lately he hasn't liked me as much. >> you have a personal relationship with him. and 60 members of your party are boycotting the inauguration today. how will you bring them along when you see a strategic benefit to collaborating with this man? >> simple. stick to our values. when president-elect trump campaigned, he campaigned against both democratic and republican establishments. but since he was elected, he seems to be moving to the hard right. so many of his cabinet nomine- > infrastructure -- >> but there are certain issues if he sticks to good values that we believe in, we'll work with him. we're not going to oppose things because trump's name is on it. three i can think of. infrastructure, it can't be just tax cuts for rich people to build roads. there won't be many roads. if there's real spending for infrastructure, bernie sanders, elizabeth warren, joe manchin
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trade, most of our caucus, myself included. my views on trade are probably somewhat closer to donald trump's than barack obama's george bush's. we'll see what he does but that's an area we can cooperate. on most areas we'll have to fight him and fight tooth and nail. one place i'll tell you, nicole, he's having trouble is repeal aca. they say they want to repeal it. they have nothing to replace it with. already republicans are beginning to whisper to him, don't do that. if he's charged to repeal it, they'll have to figure out how to replace it. if they don't repeal it, we'll work with them to make it better. it's that kind of division. i've always in my life, moved up the ladder, i fight for the middle class and people trying to get there. if it helps them, we'll work with him. if it hurts them, we'll fight tooth and rail. >> after eight years of railing against republicans, your political strategy as democrats
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mantle of the party of no. even if it's effective. >> our strategy will be, as i said, when he works on things we agree with, we won't oppose him because the name trump is on it. but in most things, if you look at the last month or two he moved way to the right. his cabinet nominees are unheard of what they want to do to health care, to education, to housing, to the environment. and that's why we demand that they answer a lot of questions. and one other place we're going to have to oppose draining the swamp. the last thing he said there he wants to drain the swamp. well, first it can start at the top. he can get rid of the holdings. when you have a large amount of holdings, there's going to be conflicts of interest or appearance of conflict of interest. one example, quickly -- >> gets rid of overtime the overtime rules where middle class people are paid overtime. that affects his hotels. get rid of
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make your cabinet do it, too. so far they resisted. >> i hit a nerve when i said he likes you. >> i guess so. [ laughter ] >> it's not personal. it's values. >> senate minority leader chuck schumer. tha you for spending time with us. >> thank you. >> have a good day. let us swing downstairs and get another check of the weather from al. thank you so much, matt. we have one of our vendors here is selling all sorts of stuff. what is going to be -- >> pete our vendors here. what's the big seller today? >> a nice trump scarf here. >> how much? >> $10. >> the beanies are $10 also. it's a little cool out. >> all right. pete, thank you so much. hope you sell out. let's see. we've got severe weather to talk about. down to the south. for tonight, we've got damaging wind for 7 million people. large hail, isolated tornadoes. and the threat continues into tomorrow. in fact, we have a
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risk for 23 million people. supercells, large hail, tornadoes are possible. we'll look at severe weather into sundaday, as well. we have the severe threat, lasting for 24 million people. squall lines and hail and tornadoes possible. making its way into florida. we have to really watch this over this weekend. it's going to be a weekend-long event. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods.
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matt, if you look do street, there's folks milling about. some doing protesting and proselytizing. >> careful. that's illegal what you just mentioned. >> in certain states it is. we won't worry about that. lots of folks all taking pictures, having a great time. it will be a very, very historic day. coming up two veterans of presidential inaugurations, the bush twins. they've been doing it since they were seven. we'll get their take on the days' excitement and what it's like to move into the white house and, also, move out. first, behind the scenes look at the massive operation of moving one administration in as the other moves out. right after this. this is the food system. but what if it didn't have to be? at blue apron, we're building a better food system. where we value quality and flavor over quantity and shelf-life. where chefs and farmers work together
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not just to get up. but to rise. ♪ 7:45 now on a friday morning as we welcome you back to the special inauguration day edition of "today." coming to you live from the nation's capitol. the transfer of power was built with a tradition and a lot of pageantry. behind the scenes a the white house, it's a much different kind of day. it's a different story. as one administration heads out and the new one takes over. nbc's peter alexander is back with an inside look at moving day at the white house. peter? >> reporter: matt, good morning. think of this as extreme home make over white house edition. you've heard of the peaceful transfer of power. how about the peaceful transfer of property? it begins in earnest in about
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family to another. not a minute to spare. it's the world's most exclusive residence. this video offering a rare glimpse inside. this morning home to the obamas. this afternoon, the trumps. >> they literally move all your stuff out in one day. you were living there and then suddenly it's not all out on the south lawn. i mean, they pack it up. >> reporter: a 132-room mansion, 95 staff. just five hours to get it done before the new residents officially arrive after the parade. choreographed chaos. walls repainted and art work replaced to suit a new first family's wishes. >> i'm guessing this is about as stressful as moves get. >> i don't think anyone else the world moves within five hours from the previous tenants. >> reporter: the first
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out president george w. bush and moving in barack obama, who had one special request. >> he wanted a nice shower head. a rain shower. so we had to make sure that was in place. >> reporter: the oval office gets a little redecorating, too. each president ushering in their new look. >> it's going to be well maintained just like it is. i'm going to be working, not decorating. >> reporter: moving day mix ups happen. nancy mitchell remembers the day the clintons arrived and hillary's inaugural shoes vanished. >> we started tearing out items in the closet looking for things. finally, we found them in chelsea's room covered up, you know, with some other items. oh, i'll tell you. i never felt so happy in my life. >> reporter: but harder than the move, the goodbyes to fali they faithfully served? >> when the reagans
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she said, why in the world did it take so long for you to do that? >> it's a real family among these people. they all keep in touch. they go to each other's weddings and funerals. they have lunch and dinner together. >> reporter: the obamas got a head start this week with crews prepping their new home. for staff today it's all hands on deck down to the last detail. >> the last thing that is left before they walk in the door is that -- are on the counter. welcome home, mr. president. >> reporter: 8:30 this morning the white house staff will gather for the final time with the obama family in the state dining room. they'll present him with a gift. i'm told it'll be a hand-carved box with two flags inside. the one flag from the inauguration day and the flag that flew the final morning in office. >> it will be a touching moment. peter alexander,h
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7:56 is your time now on this january 20th, 2017. inauguration day. good morning to you. eun yang. today donald trump will become the 45th president of the united states. right now protests are taking place in lafaye here. there is a lot of protesters and heavy police presence. watch mark's report, which is streaming live from our inauguration cafe. get the nbc washington app for up-to-the-minute coverage. we'll check your forecast next.
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good morning. showers a little more wide spread on radar now, but not so much in the district. if we zoom in here, you can see it's mostly to the north and west. frederick seeing light rain but the rain is sliding to the northeast. it doesn't look like it's moving into the district. it's mostly larger area to the west moving in around noon. about 30 minutes president-elect trump will attend a prayer service with his family at saint john's church.
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up inauguration day. after two years of campaigning, the heated election, and odds-defying win, donald trump, the businessman, turned reality star turned politician is about to become the 45th president of these united states. >> we are going to make america great again. greater than ever before. >> the first family stepping out at two events last night. now just minutes away from beginning a whirlwind day in washington as the nation marks the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next. and we're bringing it all to you
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live, today, friday, januaryump savannah is on maternity leave. couldn't be happierve chuck todd and nicole wallace with me this morning. >> nice to see you. it's something else, huh? >> for the unconventional nature of his candidacy, the inaugural, so far, in terms of the proceedings over the last couple of days conventional. >> it is. he chose conventional. it will look familiar to a lot of people today. the unconventional may be the speech. >> we're expecting to get the first glimpse of the president-elect in this hal hou h starts his day with a prayer service at saint john's church. our political team set up shop across d.c., including at the church. we'll begin with hallie jackson on capitol hill where the swearing in ceremony will be
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held. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. n unexpected, of course. the highlight of today's inaugural program will be the oath of office and the inaugural address from donald trump. a senior transition source tells me that speech will be mostly nonideological. trying to challenge the way people think about politics now. expect it to last roughly 20 minutes. that's about as long as president obama's inaugural addresses. remember, the action is not just outside the capitol where the platform will be packed with donald trump's family members and vips, but also inside the building. because the senate is set to start work confirming the new cabinet. starting with the pentagon picks and the pick for homeland security. as you might imagine, security here is extremely tight. we went through three check points, actually. about a hundred blocks in downtown washington are closed with police, especially on alert for potential truck attacks. that's why you'll see the big,
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strategic spots around the also this historicday, and, matt, so isa trump. very typical donald trump fashion, starting his day with a tweet saying "it begins today! saying the movement will begin." >> halle, thank you very much. a lot of talk leading up to this inauguration centered on who would and who would not attend. with more than 60 democratic leaders announcing plans to boycott the ceremony. nbc's kristen welker with more. >> reporter: good morning, matt. i'm in the victim section of the capital where the anticipation is starting to build. soon all of these seats will be filled up with the biggest names in washington and beyond. who will we be watching for today? well, the clintons, they will be here. donald trump's former rival. former secretary of state hillary clinton, former president b
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two are in the same place since that bitter 2016 battle. of course, former president george and laura bush will be in attendance. former president george h.w. bush announced several weeks he will not be attending. he was recently hospitalized. the trump transition team hasn't released a list of names of their special guests. we think that ivana will be here. of course, his first wife. her son, eric signaling that in a recent interview. a number of cabinet picks to be here, congressional leaders who won't be here more than 60 democratic house members who say they're going to boycott this event. the 16-year-old who came in second in america's got talent in 2010, and the mormon tabernacle choir. it's a water shed moment for republicans, matt. it's
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presidency and also they're going to hold both chambers of commerce. once all the festivities are finished here at the capitol, president-elect trump is going to travel down that parade route to the white house. the big question, he's going to be passing his hotel, which just opened several months ago. is he going to get out at his hotel, wave, and start walking? that's one more big moment we're watching to see. >> we'll keep posted on that. kristen, thank you very much. as we mentioned, the trump family's day will begin with the morning church service getting underway in about 25 minutes or so. nbc's peter alexander has made his way over there. peter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. appreciate the timing of television. this bus pulled up moments ago blocking our view of the church of presidents. on board that bus now many of the dignitaries and vips attending today's service this morning. we saw ben carson, one of donald trump's cabinet picks arrive. tom price the
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also, the likely united nations ambassador nickki haley is here as well. this is the man delivering today's sermon. the controversial figure. he's a pastor of -- a baptist pastor. from the first baptist megachurch in dallas. he's been criticized for his thoughts on mormonism as a consult, islam as evil. i asked him about the criticisms this morning and he said it's wrong. he his views are aligned with tens of millions of evangelicals who support donald trump. he said i don't hate anyone. i love everybody. that's one of the items we'll be watching on this day here. i asked about the sermon specifically, he said the sermon will be titled "when god chooses a leader." he'll be speaking about nehemiah in the old testament. a trump-like figure who built a
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fort fie it against enemies. >> peter, we'll be back to you in awhile. let's talk about the politics of the day now. mr. trump is said to face a dangerous world the minute he takes the oath of office. we want to bring in the former of chief of staff and the cia and the defense department. jeremy, good to see you. >> good morning. >> we've come to assume a new president will be tested fairly early in his administration. this is what donald trump said last week. he said in an interview with the new york post. i don't think we're going to be tested. i'm not a game player. they understand me. what do you make of the statement? >> i think it's a time of worry in national security circles. a time of worry because of what our adversaries might try. also a worry whether the new commander in chief will listen to the facts and advice his professional military and intelligence officers will give him. >> and there are some reports, jeremy, that team, that national security team might not be up to speed.
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are missing and some of the engagement they should have with the outgoing national security team of the obama administration has not occurred. does it worry you? >> they got a little bit of a late start. i think they'll have a chance to get the team back together and they'll be ready, i think, in the next days and weeks. but tomorrow when he goes out to the cia, if he does that, first of all, he'll have to leave his cell phone in the car. you actually can't bring a phone into a classified space. and i'm not just saying that figuratively. i mean it literally. second, he has to get operational briefings. it's one thing to say, hey, i like you guys. i'm going to rely on you. he needs to understand the threats we face. >> what is -- we had sean spicer on earlier. the "new york times" about intercepting communications the investigation into the role russia played, if there was any role, with some americans. we ask you this. what is the protocol over the cia if you're in the midst you get damaging information about the commander in c
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so they have to basically decide how much to talk to him about. but, you know, i think this is very significant, chuck, because he comes into office now not with one but potentially two federal investigations looming overhead. one from the republican-led senate committee and one potential f-- it's not a democratic issue or made up by political opponents. these are serious issues that will be looked at. >> we strip it down, jeremy. i mean, the cia professionals, you were the chief of staff. you probably had more interaction than anyone that can come out in the light of day and talk to us. what is their sense and what are their concerns about donald trump's potential links and circle of links to russia? >> they're worried he doesn't get the threat. they have assessed based on their information and what their spies are telling them, that putin is playing a game here. he's trying to keep america off bale,
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manipulate our election process. and they're not sure that the new commander in chief actually accepts that as basic fact. they're operating from two factually distinct places. it's going to be hard to fashion a solution. >> jeremy, thank you. >> amazing. >> good to see you this morning. we'll take a little bit of a turn now and go back downstairs and get a check of the weather from al. >> hey, matt. we're looking down louisiana and the people are streaming upcoming up getting readto take part in the peaceful transfer of power. we have folks -- where you from? >> texas, baby! >> somehow i knew you were from dallas. [ laughter ] there you have it. that's official. hot diggity, baby. let's show your our inaugural weather. okay. the warmest ever inaugural was ronald reagan in
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four years later, boom! he gets the coldest inaugural 7 degrees. they cancelled the parade. they moved the ceremony inside the capitol dome. for us, we're looking at radar. you can see the moisture starting to push in. we're seeing a little drizzle now. the forecast for the swearing in ceremony coming up at 12:00 noon, we're looking for some showers, some rain, 44 degrees by the time we get to the parade. 3:00 46 degrees, and mostly cloudy skies. and some folks even running up to see all of this. [ cheers and applause ] >> do you have tickets? >> we got tickets. we got all. we went to the texas ball. err we're so ready to make america great again. >> hot diggity. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. well, here we have some sprinkles around capitol hill. if you look at the radar very light rain. most is still up to the north and west. it's
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off to the west. that's where we're watching right around noon today. temperature wise at 42 degrees in the district. elsewhere getting closer to 40 through most spots. by noon today 46 degrees and light showers around 3:00 starting to tamper off. by 6:00 p.m. dry tonight for any inaugural balls. and mostly dry tomorrow. that's your latest weather. mr. lawyer. >> mr. roker, hot diggity trending on twitter. thank you. the bush twins on what it's like to experience the inauguration as members of the first family. tom brokhaw is here on the lessons donald trump can learn from other presidents and their first weeks in office. our live coverage of this historic day rolls on. first, these messages. [instrumental music plays] [microwave beeps] [heart monitor beeps] hasta luego, profesor!
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participate in an inauguration day. >> i do. good morning. it's an incredible experience. my family had the honor to be a part of. it's hard not to feel the awe on inauguration day. from the time-honored traditions and a house that becomes a home to a new family. ♪ >> i george herbert walker bush. >> we had gotten to attend our grandfather's inauguration when we were 7. >> i think the best part when we were little was the parade because what little 7-year-old doest ve a parade? >> i george walker bush -- >> our experience as 18-year-olds and 22-year-olds was very different. for both of us we realized the gravity of the situation and the fact you're watching the history of the united states unfold and getting to be a part of it. the first time we walked into the white house w
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unbelievable. just because you can't imagine being in such a huge, magical place. when we were older, and we got to go back there sheriffs a familiarity with it, which was comforting. also, very awe-inducing to realize the magnitude of the white house and how many incredible people have lived there. >> i think there is a real sadness leaving the white house that we didn't expect. we were saying goodbye to people that we'd come to love. even the secret service. you know, secret service -- people said that must have been hard. but it doesn't -- it wasn't hard. it became life. and they became friends. >> butlers and the grounds keepers and dale the gardner who watched our dog every day. they became part of our family, too. we would interact with them every morning when we were waking up or see them every night when we were going to bed. there's sort of a goodbye team.
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immediately go to work to get the house ready for the next family. it's sad. we cried like babies saying goodbye to them. we were worried we wouldn't see them again. luckily we have. we've got ton stay in touch with them and go back to visit them. they are the people that make the house a home. ♪ >> watching your parents end a chapter of their lives that so defines them and took so much out of them was hard. and bittersweet in different ways. >> when my dad flew off, back to texas, barbara was with him and we got back in the car and drove back to our house in baltd moim and it was sad for us. mainly because we weren't going to be so close to each other. we watched malia tear up. it was, in so many ways, us. we cried at a lot of our dad's speeches. not necessarily because of what he said, but
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the fact first. and i see that so much in the obamas. ♪ >> i think what is funny about being part of a club of former first children is our dad is one of them, also. so, for us we have gotten to interact with chelsea and with sasha and malia and a number of other first children. we have a very shared experience which is extremely unusual and at the same time totally normal because you're kids following your parents around. >> and i think it's going to be so fun for us to watch and see what malia and sasha will do. i know they're going to do some incredible things. >> for those of you who don't have the opportunity to snow jenna bush hager personally, she's a giant mush ball. [ laughter ] you're tearing up again watching those
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coming in but i can't stop this morning thinking about the obamas packing up. that morning for us, you saw some of the ugly crying pictures of barbara and me, but saying goodbye is really hard. >> you said something almost in passing during that piece. you talked about this chapter of your parent's life coming to an end you said a chapter that took so much out of them. which, i'm assuming you're referring to the sacrifice part of that job. can you explain that? >> yeah. there were times, for example, where we would be sitting around the dinner table and my dad would be in a grumpy mood and we would poke and poke as teen girls would do, and he would tell us. my mom would pull us aside and said dad found out about something hard is weighing on his shoulders. i think that's hard. you carry the weight of the world. and it is a job that he took very seriously. and that was hard. >> i'm curious, what is it like a week later for
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you carry the weight but does he -- do you miss the weight? >> i think he did. i think that's why we were a little worried when he started communicating through his art. [ laughter ] is he okay? very strange when he only writes through text messages. but, you know, he did take up a hobby, and i think life continues just at a slower pace. >> you were a part of quite a few inaugural days. this is not tom brokhaw's first. he joins us here. what are your thoughts today, tom? >> i was thinking about your parents. thursday night and friday night your mother had a wonderful book festival. she had honors and i was honored to read at the library of congress. i went back to new york. it was a hard, rainy day. got up on tuesday morning, got a call some planes hit the world trade center and we went from
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i said to your mother later, i reminded her, and she thought, yes, that's what the white house is going to be about. book festivals. so it had consequences beyond the great strategy. >> can i say that mrs. obama continues the book festival and now it's ten times the size. that's the beauty of inauguration day, in my opinion. making this country, you know, continuing the things that work. >> jenna can't leave, though, without someone other than jenna talking about how loved the bush family is that people will welcome the trump family into the white house. they run the house and they're the most important and should be the most revered people on the whole 18-acre plot. they adore this family. >> a couple of things we're looking at pictures now. vice president-elect mike pence is arrive agent the church of saint john's church where that prayer service will be taking place. we'll be showing you more of that. jenna, i also do not want to let you go without asking how are
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within your grandfather and grandmother? >> your thoughts and prayers have been heard. he's much better! we're so thankful for everybody caring about our family. >> glad to hear that. good news. what a day for mike pence, chuck. think about the journey he's been on the past year or so. >> i was talking to him earlier this week and i asked him has it hit you yet? he admitted it was just in that -- his family came in and it's starting to hit him. >> his wife, karen, by the way, sorry. >> he was trying to get one more personal moment with his family before the chaos. >> he might except for a plane malfunction. donald trump's plane went down in indianapolis and he had to spend the night at the governor's mansion. >> we'll see the president-elect join this prayer session in just a little while. we're minutes away from our first view of him this morning.
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washington on morning. inauguration day 2017. first, your local news and weather. but first, your local news and weather. all 26 is the time on this friday, january 20th, 2017. eun yang. in a few minutes president-elect trump will head to saint john's for a prayer service. happening now protesters are making their way through downtown. take a look at the video here. you can see there are a lot of protesters outside of d.c. police headquarters right now. also, heavy police presence now. we're live streaming the scene at nbcwashington.com from our inauguration cafe. you can see up-to-the-minute coverage there. be sure to get our app. we'll take a break and czech your forecast when we come back. stay with us.
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good morning we're at 42 in the strict. sprinkles out there with light rain trying to move in. it's mostly north and west of the district. as we zoom in, you see it's light rain on the radar for this afternoon. mainly
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start to move in. there it is off to the west. expected through the middle of the day. >> sheena, thank you. we have live coverage of the inauguration cafe now in our nbc washington app.
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>> announcer: this is an nbc news special report. here is matt lauer. and good morning everyone. this is an nbc news special report. 8:30 here in the nation's capitol. we're about to see momentarily, we believe, president-elect trump, for the first time on this inauguration day. he's there in blair house across the street from the white house. that's where he spent the night with his family and he'll move from there a short drive to saint john's church, just across lafayette park. there will be a morning prayer service on this inauguration day. i'm joined by tom brokhaw, chuck todd, nicole wallace, and presidential historian. this is about as good as it gets.
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before. i know you have experience whou >> it's one of the great stories about ronald reagan the morning he was staying at blair house and scheduled to leave, just as president-elect trump is, he was uncharacteristically late. he was not coming out of the bedroom. finally, they sent in mike dever and the room was dark and the president was in bed with the covers over his head. and mike said, mr. president-elect, it's time to go. and reagan pulled back the cover and he said "do i have to?" [ laughter ] >> the answer resounding yes. >> knowing donald trump, we know his habilitates now. he doesn't sleep much, as it is. i can't imagine you sleep at all. >> what is the over under of sleep last night? >> i say three. >> it's interesting. and i think his supporters will be comforted on the day he's being sworn
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haven't changed. he's been watching the news and tweeting. last night in his event he was in his rare form, you know -- >> still a candidate. >> right. he hasn't made the turn. he's talking about the republican primary when he first met reince priebus. >> what is the history of president-elect staying in the white house? >> in recent time, that's what they do. as you know, matt, donald trump raised the possibility he might want to stay in his hotel in washington, d.c., and cooler heads talked to the trump people and said, you know, usually a president-elect and his family stay at the blair house for good reason. and the other thing is, you know, we begin to see now him really, as president, doing the things that other presidents have done on their inaugural day. you know, this last two months has been very unusual because, you know, as during the campaign, he shattered a lot of precedents. now we're going to see him come out of this building. >> there he is. >> th
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president-elect donald trump about to become the 45th president of the united states. his wife melania just behind him walking down the steps on blair house. >> very elegant. >> and what must be going through his mind at this moment? is this the moment you think where it is all real? >> i don't know it will become real for donald trump until he stands up there and looks out at those crowds. we know that's something that affects him deeply. when he sees crowds, a switch flips in him. i think it will be the case today. >> can you imagine? i've thought about this today and, you know, he's -- they say he's practiced a little bit, but he doesn't like reading off the tell prompter. he ad libbed all week. i'm thinking about it, he may ad lib parts of the inaugural. >> we talked about obama time and clinton time. if you're keeping track, we're two minutes ahead of schedule. he's leaving blair house two minutes ahead of the time where
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that gives us any indication of what we're about to see over the next four years -- >> you know the fact is, i'm not putting a knock on either party. republicans always run a tighter schedule than democrats do. >> come on, let us have a little bit of credit for something. we're prompt. >> but you may remember when the cl clintons left blair house mrs. clinton was saying something to bill clinton over her shoulder and wasn't a kindly "oh dear, we may be late" expression. they were running quite late at that point. and that became the m.o. of the white house. he was always late. they're -- >> still is. no matter what. you have to transfer that power on time >>well, it's -- but these are the rituals that are fun for us to see. but the fact is, in the long course of history, they probably don't have that much application, except it's ritualistic and it is, for me, always, inspiring however you feel about who is about to occupy the office because it is peaceful.
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has a majesty about it but it's still rooted in who we are and out there are the trump supporters who are thrilled to be in this town and to see the man that they chose as president take office and not have troops in the street and not have tanks surrounding the white house. i know this happens in other western democracies. this is a big one, and we've been through a difficult time. to have this happen, i think, is an encouraging sign, to me. >> it's comforting to see the inaugural. there's a comfort that comes with that. if you think about it, over the last when you think of 2008 there were voters who thought i'm finally heard for the first time. in 2017 you have a different set of voters. collectively the country can't say they're not -- that they don't have an opportunity to be heard. we have seen that in the last decade. >> even as you talk the peaceful transition of power over the last eight years, we've s
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haven't seen in awhile. we saw it at the beginning of the obama administration and we saw it in the last couple of weeks with representative john lewis questioning the legitimacy of donald trump's presidency. >> and don't forget, al gore and george bush xliii. the fact it is was settled by the supreme court. al gore had more popular votes than bush. when he took office people thought he wasn't a legitimate president. we elect by the electoral system and that's the system that is in play here today. >> and that's why it was so important in 2001 for al gore to be on that stand standing next to george w. bush so even his strong supporters who were saying we don't like george bush, we think he's an ill legitimate president, al gore, the person would have been the president had there been a popular vote saying no, he's everyone's president. >> there was
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during the transition. i think it's one of the mistakes that the trump transition has made. george w. bush and al gore met before. >> they did. >> before the inauguration. it was an important moment because that was -- we haven't had that moment between trump and hillary clinton. i think it's a huge mistake. >> by the way, i want to say in that presidential -- the inaugural address that year, george w. bush did offer a tip of the hat to al gore saying i thank him. >> that was the point i was going to make. it was a different transition. there's almost more sort of steam building into this moment because that hasn't taken place. there are more expectations, i think, on donald trump today to be gracious to hillary clinton. >> ron allen is down there somewhere close to blair house. ron, can you hear me? >> reporter: i do, matt. good morning. >> good morning. >> reporter: we don't know what is happeni n
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i can see a couple more people coming out of the blair house. more members of the first family, i believe. also, i can tell you everything is in position. the police cars are here now. they're about to pull up jackson street here and i think they're about to take off. i can also tell you that a gentle rain started falling here. and that's hopefully won't become too much of a factor during the course of the day. but, yes, security here is expo expo extraordinarily heavy. the well wishers gathering here what will be the end of the parade route in front of the white house. the journey from blair house to the church, as you have been saying, is just across lafayette park. i can see the church here from where we're sitting in the bleachers. there they go. it appears the motorcade is starting to move out. the first car is pulling out. from my vantage point,
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see the helen mirr sre-eut cars. they're heading toward the church. >> ron, thank you very much. it's very quick. >> shortest motorcade in washington. >> yeah. >> hi-o! >> you mock the people in the car. i'm sorry, you know, come on now. >> it's a security reason why they don't walk for folks wondering what a waste in all this stuff. and the security that is a real concern. but there is something -- they're going to pull up to saint john's church and the prayer ceremony will start in a little while. and michael, i view this when i've watched this during inaugurations of the past, as the spiritual calm before the political storm. >> i think that's right. and that is -- that goes back, actually, to 1789 with george washington. congress was a bit heavy handed. they passed a resolution after the new president is sworn in,
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paul's chapel for religious service. later on that did not happen. but every president from james madison madison has gone to saint john's. not necessarily on nag really a day. that tradition began with franklin roosevelt 1933. >> there's a special pew inside the church for the president. i think it's number 54. do we have an idea who might be in the prayer service other than his immediate family and immediate advisors? i just know some of the cabinet is in there. i think we'll find out. what is interesting about this, you end up finding out who the kitchen cabinet is. right, the people he wants in there. that teams you something. >> right. george bush often went to church -- it ends up being closest friends you share this ritual with. i want to say something about first family.
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melania trump. they are hopeful that ivanka trump will continue to 34r5i a big role had her father's presidency. they're impressed by what they've seen so far. >> i thought it was interesting when ivanka trump was asked about being de facto first lady. she said that's insulting to the first lady. basically saying it's insulting to the first lady. i think it was an interesting marker ivanka wanted to put out. the speculation continued and built steam. >> donald trump said he's pre presbyterian doesn't go to church that often christmas and easter. what else do we know about his spirituality? >> infrequent but not uncommon. ronald reagan was an infrequent church goer. barack obama was, as president, an infrequent church goer, as well. i think part is a lot have spiritual advisors inside the white house. >> sure is right. and sometimes you actually find out, and we don't know whether
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it's true of donald trump, but sometimes a president who doesn't seem particularly observe isn't a -- has a deeper view. harry truman and ronald reagan. >> security is such a big consideration. just to go across from the white house to saint john's. the fact they're not walking. everything we have just seen, you know, a lot of presidents made the decision i don't want to do that. they would have services in the white house or call in the spiritual. >> right or at camp david. >> you talk about security. there's an article in the paper this week talked about the effort. you had the secret service, the fbi, state and local law enforcement, you have the national guard involved in this. the security effort alone in this inaugural is expected to reach a price tag of perhaps $100 million. for the several days of the naulg really a events. >> i'm not surprised. if it goes well, it'll be worth every nickel. we live in a dangerous
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lone wolf to come in. >> it's a symbolic target. when you say local law enforcement, i was talking with many of our affiliates this morning. every single affiliate i talked to they have contributed. whether it was charlotte, st. louis, minneapolis. there's law enforcement all over the country that come. >> and we know retrospect but many of those involved in barack obama's inauguration in 2009 have told us that there were serious threats that they thought were possibly very grave that would take measures probably persist to this day. >> this ceremony is expected to last about 30 minutes or so. after that, we'll see the reverse procession. they'll leave that church, get back in the cars, and those suvs for an even shorter trip over to the white house where they'll have that morning coffee or tea with the current first family. that moment when the incoming president arrives
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house, tom, to meet the outgoing president is one of the highlights of this day. >> it is. and there have been mixed experiences with that. 2008 eisenhower was civil to john f kennedy but wasn't thrilled about the young man coming in. by the way, that was the last inauguration in which the president-elect wore a tie at. john kennedy decided he didn't wear hats, period. but in those days think about that. i know i'm the oldest. >> he's crossing -- i love it. >> it's like a throw down here. >> he's about to one up with trumanize, hour. >> i gave up my top hat last week. i'm not going wear one. >> all right. >> eisenhower, maybe, was cool to kennedy but it was nothing like 1953 when trumans were inside waiting to give the eisenhowers coffee and the eisenhowers rolled up in the
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car because they didn't wish to do this because there was a big feud between president truman and president eisenhower. >> there's a great story that follows up on that, if i may. it was one of the most touching stories of the assassination of john f kennedy. everybody was coming to the white house and the chief usher told the story that truman got there first and they took him off a holding room staring out the window, and then eisenhower arrived and the usher went how is this going to work? so he brought president eisenhower in where truman was and they had a cold relationship. and eisenhower threw his arm around him and said harry what are two old birds like us doing here when that young man is down the hall? they kind of bonded at that moment. two combat veterans. truman in world war i, general eisenhower in world war ii, but that was a great national mourning and tragedy that, in fact,
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because they had a common >> that's why i'm proud to have this panel here this morning. stay with nbc news and nbcnews.com all day for complete coverage of the inauguration events. most of you are going to have more of a special edition of "today." this has been an nbc news special report. . i'm matt lauer. this has been an nbc news special report. we're going to be back with we'll be back with more from washington on this day. donald trump's fiercest rival in the republican primary. senator ted cruz will join us live. first, on a friday morning, this is "today" on nbc. senator ted cruise will join us live. first on a friday morning this,
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welcome back to washington. during the campaign donald trump clashed often with republican rival senator ted cruz. so how is he feeling this morning? ted cruz joins us now from the capitol. to
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>> good morning. good to be with you. >> good to have you here. you were in this race for a very long time. you wanted the nomination. you wanted to be the guy taking the oath of office today. let me start with your emotions. what are you feeling? >> well, to be honest, the biggest thing i'm feeling is excitement for what is coming next. this election in november was a mandate for change. it was the american people saying overwhelmingly that we want to change the path we're on. and i think we have the opportunity right now to do an extraordinary amount of good, and i'm excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work actually delivering on the promises we made bringing back jobs, helping raise wages, protecting people's freedom, and keeping people safe. >> let me stay on the personal side for a moment, senator. if you don't mind. i mentioned you clashed often with donald trump during the campaign. how would you describe your personal relationship now? >>
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he campaigned hard. i campaigned hard. he won. democratic process worked. he prevailed in the primary. he prevailed in the general. and at this point, i would say we have a very good relationship. you know, right after the election was over in november, i traveled to new york and went to trump tower, sat down with the president-elect, and i said i want to help any way i can. i want to help lead the fight in the senate to accomplish what we've promised for the american people. the stakes are too high. and since that meeting, my office and his office, we have been talking every day. sometimes as frequently as every hour. i'm very, very encouraged. i think we're poised to have the most productive congress in decades. i think we're going to start off confirming every one of president trump's cabinet nominations. i think it's a fantastic cabinet. and then we're going to turn to repealing obamacare. we're finally going to repeal that law that has hurt so many millions of
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care. it's driven up premiums, and cost people jobs. then i think we're going to be very productive early on lifting the burdens on job producers on small businesses and create an environment where there's more jobs and more opportunities. >> senator, there is still this russia cloud that hangs over the election and hangs over today. the "new york times" said more news today. what is your level of concern about what russia has done, and how important do you think it is for there to be an investigation that gets to the final verdict bottom of what russia did? >> you know, there's no doubt that russia tried to undermine this election, and they've tried to undermine past elections. unfortunately, cyber attacks, mischief by a foreign country is not new. we've been for eight years subject of cyber attacks from countries like china, countries
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i'll tell you one of the reasons for that is after eight years of the obama foreign policy, the foreign policy of this country has been to show weakness in the face of aggression. >> wait a minute, this is a different -- senator, you're sort of conflating it with other cyber attacks. what russia is doing is trying to undermine a lot of western democracy. what is your level of concern on russia, in particular? >> listen, my level of concern with the enemies across the globe is significant. i think there's also a reason why folks in the press like to focus on this media issue. why so many democrats like to focus on russia because there's an effort to try to delegitimize the election. russia did not decide this election. what decided this election is the american people rejected a failed economic agenda from the last eight years of president obama. this election was decided by the working men and women in this country. it was decided by steel workers and truck drivers and plumbers
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teachers. those are the people that have been hammered the last eight years. and hillary clinton's defenders want to try to blame russia rather than the american people saying enough is enough. >> the election is over, and i agree with you on that. let's talk about what happens after the election. you have said we need to stand up to vladimir putin. donald trump said we need a better relationship with vladimir putin. do you worry that donald trump has a blind spot when it comes to russia and vladimir putin? >> you know, i think putin is an individual who respects strength. one of the reasons that we have seen such an aggressive russia the last eight years, i don't think putin respects the current occupant of the oval office. i don't think he respects president obama. i think he views him as weak and ineffective. i hope and believe that's going to change at noon today. that if you want to keep
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country safe, you know, when i travel abroad, when i talk with foreign heads of state, with foreign ministers, with ambassadors they say over and over again our friends and allies tell me we can't trust america. your word isn't any good. you don't keep your word. you don't standby your friends and our enemies are not afraid of us. that needs to change. our friends and allies need to be able to trust us and our enemies should fear us. i'll tell you if you look at the national security team that president trump has put together. if you look at general mattis as secretary of defense, if you look at general flynn, mike pompeo at cia, i'm encouraged that we're going to see a return and i cross the world friends and enemies alike will say america is back. >> you have talked about joining him in his fight. he fights for some things you're not a fan of.
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parenthood. he has a position on trade that is diametrically opposed to use of republican orthodoxy. he talked about doing deals with senator schumer on infrastructure. are you going to fight for those things? >> i think the next few years we're going to see what specific policy proposals emerge from the new administration. >> specifically, would you fight to reverse trade deals that you once thought were a good idea and good for the american economy? >> well, i've advocated vocally we need to be more vigorous protecting american interests on trade. i think the obama administration didn't look out for the american worker. i opposed tpp. i'm glad to see a president who is focussed on american jobs. i think we need to be opening up foreign markets at the same time. i think that's good. but i'm encouraged -- you know, i sat down with our new commerce secretary likely to be confirmed soon. his views is in line with what i
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markets but on are good for america. we shouldn't just get taken advantage of by other countries. >> on that note, senator krooulkrooulcruz, i have to run to a break. thank you for joining us this morning. >> good to be with you. >> it's going to be interesting the dynamic that develops inside the research party. >> absolutely. there's more of the inauguration morning coverage to come. including welcoming the trumps to the white house. first, your local news and weather. 8:56 is your time on this friday, january 20th, 2017. inauguration day. good morning to you. eun yang. protesters are making their way through downtown washington. you can see there are protesters, a lot of them, but also a heavy police presence there. this is video from lafayette park moments ago. we're live streaming on the
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nbcwashington app from the inauguration cafe. we'll check the forecast when we come back.
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now with very light rain falling. as we go through noon today, we'll see more. here is a close up look at the radar. look at the green to the west it's moving in closer to noon. and tamping off through the afternoon. 12:00 p.m. you see a steady rainfall across the district. areas to the south, as well. clearing as we get closer to parade time. >> thank you, sheena. we have live coverage of the na inauguration cafe in the nbc washington app. join us for a conversation on this inauguration day. have a great someday!
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9:00 on a friday morning. look down at the nation's capitol. we welcome you back to a special edition of "today" on this inauguration. january 20th, 2017. donald trump set to take the oath of office in about two and a half hours from now. right now he's inside saint john's church with his family members and others at the traditional preinauguration worship service. i'm matt lauer here in washington alongside chuck todd and nicole wallace. we've seen some of the traditional moments we've come to expect. >> we've been watching the crowd fill in and you can see near the capitol. look at. that we've been watching that.
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we hear the gates are we can see some people behind us, actually, going through the security check points making their way on to the mall. they actually have something up in front of me here. they would like me to say it's official that melania trump is weari wearing ralph lauren. >> can i just say for women i'm glad to know. >> i knew it right away. [ laughter ] >> peter alexander also knew. he's outside saint john's church. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: yeah, matt, suffice to say i got the same e-mail you did. [ laughter ] so they're inside the church of the presidents now. the part of this service that has been -- >> we seem to have lost the signal to peter momentarily. hopefully we can get it back. we're about, probably, 15 minutes intoh
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it's expected to go between a half hour and 40 minutes and then comes the moment where they'll head to the white house. >> it's been interesting to watch president-elect especially last night at the concert. he's a jumpy guy. >> all politicians i've worked for have ants in their pants. john mccain was always ready. i don't know there's anyone more ready than donald trump. >> he's at another level. if you're charged with something for donald trump you said 30 to 40, take me under. >> we have peter back. >> reporter: i hear you. we'll try it a second time, if we can. dating back to 1980, the only president that hasn't come here to saint john's episcopal church is bill clinton. all the other presidents at that time have. it's been a spiritual tradition. only nixon didn't participate. we've seen the trump family. we
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mike pence and his family. i asked him how he was feeling and he said humbled on this day. we've seen a all sorts of other individuals that are close. almost every close advisor of donald trump here, as well. including members of his cabinet likely to be confirmed ben carson, nikki haley, the u.n. ambassador pick by donald trump and tom price, the georgia republican congressman who has been selected as donald trump's choice for the health and human services secretary. you've been talking about security over the course of the morning. i think it's notable to give you a sense of where we are. about a half block down there are two layers of giant trucks, sand trucks and buses to block off the potential for any truck that would want to ram down this direction to do anything about it on this day, as well. we've seen people in the distance craning their necks trying to get a chance to see donald trump as he arrived. he's behind closed doors. the sermon being delivered on this day by a man by the name of
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may not be familiar but he's large within the faith community and evangelical for the first baptist church in dallas, texas. also controversial figure for the comments he's made in the past about islam describing it as an evil religion. about gays saying it's a filthy lifestyle, and mormonism he once described as a consult, as well. i spoke to the reverend a short time ago and he said the criticism is unwarranted. he said it's wrong he said his views are the same of tens of millions of evangelicals in this country that voted for donald trump. he said he loves everybody. he doesn't hate anyone. nonetheless, that's one controversial element on this day for donald trump on a day that is intended to be the theme of unity that there is a figure certainly speaking out at one of the official acts on this day. >> when the prayer service is over, peter, i promise we'll come back to you for more on that.
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picture up a second ago. the crowd slowly growing outside the capitol. the swearing in ceremony will be held. hallie jackson, good morning, again. >> reporter: hey, matt. good morning. i think we might have the best view in all of washington for the president-elect soon-to-be president oath of office. it will happen at this podium. no surprise it's covered in plastic given the rain started to fall. from our advantage point being here the last several hours you see the area for the victims start to fill up. lines of people are waiting to get in. security is tight. we went through a few check points to get in here, as you might imagine. the inaugural speech is expected to take roughly 20 minutes or so. i was listening to your conversation with chuck earlier. he's somebody often off the cuff. all week long has delivered these off-the-cuff remarks and on the campaign trail has done it, as well. he would veer off on to
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i h av a might stick close to what has been scripted. he put up a picture of himself in mar-a-lago writing the speech. we know he's had help. most notably from steven miller. somebody joining him at the west wing and has written every major speech donald trump has delivered in the last year. i'm told it will be nonideological today. we should look for him to touch on topics like immigration and education and jobs and wage stagnation. it won't be a policy speech. it's more broad-based and vision oriented. i'm told it will challenge people to think about politics a little bit differently. the podium, you can see, starting to fill up now, the platform surrounding it with people make tha peomahay in. we expect it to get full around
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here at the capitol. we have a pretty solid view of the national mall where you're seeing the people start to come out. matt? >> you may have the best seat in the house. thank you very much. nicole, by the way, you mentioned we're talking about him being scripted or unscripted. we were talking earlier you said when he does a scripted speech, the moment where he tends to go off script is when he gets a big round of applause. >> yeah. he's so fuelled, i would say, you know, 90% of what animates him is a reaction. and so when he looks out, and sometimesa delay because a lot -- the further away you are the more you rely on the monitors. we've shown them a few times. he's an experienced performer, if you. i think he'll be reading this crowd and, you know, if you go back to the memorable tell prompter speeches i think the first at apac, his convention speech. he's never deviated from the practice of going off script if the audience seems to like it. >> i have a
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be -- >> he'll be telling us. >> the poll numbers. >> yeah. four of the five living u.s. presidents are attending the inauguration. more than 60 democratic lawmakers are refusing to show up. nbc's kristen welker made her way to the vip stand. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the anticipation is building hered in the vip section. it's bustling as they await the vips who are said to arrive any minute now. ultimately 1600 seats will be filled up here. you can imagine the impact and the optics of that. so who are we going to be watching for today? of course, the clintons. former secretary of state hillary clinton, former president bill clinton. this is going to be the first time that the two former rivals will be in the same place at the same time since the bitter 2016 battle. also, former presidents george w. bush and laura bush. his father, former president h.w.us
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henounc it weeks ago and now recently hospitalized. there are other big names here. the supreme court justices, also, the congressional leaders, and, of course, more than 60 members of the democratic house said they're going to boycott the event. there will be big names performing, as well. 16-year-old jackie i van coe. there's going to be a lot of anticipation. once it wraps up president trump will leave with his family. he'll hit the parade route to the white house. all eyes will be watching it closely. will he, in fact, get out and walk when he passings his hotel? that's something we'll be watching for. there is going to be a first this year. it's the first time in 60 years charlie bratman will not voice the parade. steve ray a 56-year-old broadcaster who is an early trump supporter is going to broadcast the parade. matt, back to
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>> thank you very much. will either president trump or the first lady see al roker along the parade route? >> joe biden did. >> al will make it happen. >> i know. come on now. >> it will happen. the morning just getting started. much more of our live inauguration coverage after this. ration coverage right after this. what's happened to snacking? how did it become absent-mindedly eating one after the next? we are a creamy cheese that still believes in savoring our food.
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nbc news special correspondent tom brokhaw is explain that side of things. zblz ago around the country, people who didn't vote for donald trump are saying it's going to be terrible. are we going to be okay? his supporters are saying this is the greatest thing. it's going to be a triumph. the fact is, history is replete with examples of the developments that don't work out the way presidents intended. ♪ >> john f kennedy brought to the white house what author david helmerson called the best and brightest. he signed off on the decision to attack the bay of pigs. jfk's defense secretary, robert mcnamara, led the way into vietnam, a colossal mistake for what he much later apologized. and after 50,000 americans died.
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>> i think we were wrong. >> i, lyndon baines johnson -- >> johnson succeeded jfk after the assassination. winning the election in a landslide. and managing the historic passage of the civil rights and voting rights bills. but his commitment to vietnam brought him down. >> i will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president. >> as president of the united states -- >> reporter: richard nixon inherited vietnam and a deeply divided nation. he opened the door to china, a triumph. but then, became deeply involved in watergate, a hapless break-in, that led to his resignation, the first-ever for a president. >> preserve, protect and defend -- >> reporter: jimmy carter came to office, promising a new day. and turned out that new day brought a deep economic lamaze
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iran, and the imprisonment of 52 hostages to the embassy there. >> i ronald reagan, do swear -- >> reporter: ronald reagan signed off on deployment of servicemen to beirut. and they were killed in a terrorist attack. the deadliest day for the marines since the battle of iwo jima. and his national security team secretly ran the iran-contra scandal, trying to trade arms for hostages. >> i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> reporter: bill clinton took the country and his family through the sordid monica lewinsky affair, which led to an impeachment trail. george bush 43, encouraged by his vice president and defense secretary, went to war against saddam hussein and iraq for weapons that didn't exist. a disastrous decision, still playing out.
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solemnly swear -- >> barack obama signed off on libya, that led to benghazi and the continuing chaos in that north african country. the essential caution for any president is, if something can go wrong, it will. matt, it's hard to have 20/20 foresight when you sit in the oval office. the unforeseen will occur. and we've had nothose examples. >> i want to remind people what we're watching and waiting for. you're looking at st. john's church. not far from the white house. where that morning prayer service is under way. they went in about 8:45 this morning. it is expected to last maybe another five to ten minutes. we will cover it live. as they come out. just cracked open a bit, maybe. we'll see if that happens. we're going to go now for a
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we have mr. roarkker on the str. >> reporter: folks are lining up. they have different color tickets. this is the blue colored line. you have a ticket? you better get in line! go! look at the line stretching all the way down. look at that down there. man, that's a lot of people all lined up waiting for the inauguration of our 45th president. let's show you take a look at the presidential inauguration weather history. for example, most rain that was franklin roosevelt january 20th, 1937, it was the first year it moved to january 20th. before that it was march 4th. almost 2 inches of rain, that's the record for that date. snowiest william h. taft. 20 inches. you can see we have moistu
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some light rain. as it's getting closer it's losing steam. that's good news. a few scattered showers. here is a forecast at noon today. a few showers. no big deal. 44 degrees. and then the inaugural parade 3:00 p.m. 46, cloudy and cool. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. and locally we have the light showers in the district a bit ago. you see them starting to clear out. the light rain mostly confined in maryland. you see that area off to the west, that's what we're watching around noon today. here is future weather by noon. right over the district. steady rain but nothing very heavy. and then we start to clear out in time for the parade. here is the forecast with the temperatures. we're looking at mid to upper 40s by 3:00 p.m. 48 degrees. by 6:00 p.m. 47 degrees. >> matt, the other interesting thing is these tour buses in this area are doing double duty. not only do they transport
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blockades from here over to union station and back. all around the capitol. they're using buses as opposed to -- in addition to other vehicles to help protect folks around here. >> it's nice to see people moving so freely. tell everybody how long it took to cross the street yesterday? >> about ten minutes. just to wait to cross the street. maybe even closer to 15. i went back out again and i found another way around. so it worked out. it only took about five minutes. >> thanks for sharing. appreciate it. more of our live coverage of today's events as we wait for mr. trump's exit from the church. first, these messages. m the ch i'm about to start the nature's bounty hair, skin and nails challenge to help with lustrous hair, vibrant skin and healthy nails. so in 30 days, my future self will thank me. thank you. wait, i become a model?!? no. whose cellphone is that? sorry. sorry. sorry about that vent blowing your hair.
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that is the exterior of saint john's church. i have a picture here we want to put up. we just received this. it was tweeted out moments ago. kind of a wide shot, but this was tweeted out from inside the prayer service. tweeted by mr. trump's senior director of social media. that's our first look inside saint john's church this morning. we're about to see president obama for the first time today leaving the oval office and that moment, as we talked about, we're going to talk about when we get to it, is one of the, i guess the most emotional and moving and important moments. by the way, we're looking at tape now. this is president obama
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the oval office for the last time. >> i would assume they had the moment where they say goodbye to staff. staff says goodbye to them this morning. as you were sharing earlier, it's excruciating emotional moment for everybody. first family and the staff. >> working in the white house is like being in the trenches. politically speaking. and you're saying goodbye to your closest colleagues and friends. >> and what we think we're looking at now that's president obama placing the letter he has written to incoming president trump on the desk in the oval office. the contents of that letter, we don't know when we'll find out. >> but they have -- president obama has worked hard to forge a relationship with the new president, and i won't be surprised if the residential relationship that trump is closest with ends up being obama. >> we'll wait and see. we'll have more of this special edition of "today," including president-elect trump leaving saint john's church and hea
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it's all coming up, after these messages, your local news and weather. u9d 26 is your your time. inauguration day. good morning to you. eun yang. we're about two and a half hours away from the swearing in of the 45th president of the united states. national mall is filling up with people waiting to see his ceremony. news 4 megan fitzgerald is down there. follow them on twitter for the latest updates from the mall. we're awaiting for president-elect trump to leave the service at saint john's church. he's head to the white house for tea with president obama and the first lady. we'll check the forecast. we'll be right back. stay with us.
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good morning. the rain mostly confined to maryland now. if has moved out of the district, at least the light rain we saw mostly moving to the north. we have more in store for around noon today. it's off to the west. by noon it looks like steady rain and clearing in time for the parade. temperatures in the 40s thug
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noon. >> thank you, sheena. we have live coverage of our inauguration cafe right now in the nbc washington app. join us there.
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>> announcer: this is an nbc news special report. here is matt lauer. good morning everyone. 9:30 now on the east coast. the preinauguration church service for president-elect trump about to wrap up at saint john's church. we'll bring you the exit in just a moment live. from there president-elect trump will head to the white house for morning tea withhe obamas. i want to show you a video, if i can, of the president leaving the oval office just a moment ago. this is a walk he has made a thousand times, but every step he takes today takes on added significance. he'll be joined shortly by joe bidennd
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biden. again, a very emotional moment for everyone at the white house this morning. not only for those elected officials but those who have worked for them over the last eight years. >> you know it's fun there. the bidens are going home via amtrak today. the obamas are flying away. they're going out to palm springs. >> they're going to palm springs. >> really come to love palm springs. loves golfing there. >> before returning to washington where sasha continues in school. we see donald trump and melania trump exiting saint john's church after that prayer service this morning. michael, talk to me about what these moments are like inside that church for an incoming president >>well, a lot of presidents and staff that was the moment that it began to hit that these offices -- that this office was settling on my shoulders today. but, you know, when harry truman, who was quite religious but didn't like to show it would say when you hear a politician
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despite that he was a church goer. >> peter alexander is there not far from the church. can you hear me? >> reporter: i do, matt. we actually just asked the president-elect how he's feeling on this day. he smiled, nodded, and gave thumbs up. social media is giving us a unique window into what happened inside the church. a matter of moments ago. saint john's e church. you can see the vice president-elect mike pence walking out. he and his wife greeted to people from a distance waving. he said he was humbled by this day. we'll try to get his attention as he walks
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mr. vice president-elect, are you excited on this day? >> very moving. >> reporter: what was the message, sir? >> reporter: he said he was humbled and the service -- the sermon was, quote, "very moving." matt? >> peter, thank you very much. you were asking me earlier about donald trump's spirituality. mike pence is very much very deep man of faith. his family is a deep man of faith in ways that are much different than donald trump. it's a very authentic mike pence. he was actually -- he lived in my neighborhood in arlington. >> we heard from peter that social media is giving us an idea what was said in the church. nicole, if you can put your
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glasses on. [ laughter ] what are the thoughts of president obama on this final morning in office? >> listen, appropriately so we're focussed on the president-elect and soon-to-be president but obama has had a tour deforce the last week. the one that stands out to me is asking you to belief, not in my ability to bring about change but yours. i believe in change as i believe in you. that, to me, is just vintage obama. and i think if you look back at his last two weeks, i can't remember a president -- you tell me, because you know, it was bill clinton but i don't remember a president that crammed in so much in a transition. and just the added press conference to really send the message about american democracy and putin, saying involved and fighting for voting rights. his speech, traveling to chicago, the interviews he crammed in. interviews and writers to get advice. he had a rather extraordinary final stretch as president. >> remember what it's about. he is wod
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i think they had a different plan. okay. they had a different plan of what these -- what this two and a half months were going to be like. it's a much different plan. and i think he's been in a little bit of a rerestoration, i guess, if you will. i think what is fascinating by the tweets and giving attention to his foundation. i asked chuck schumer earlier. this is barack obama saying i'm still the spiritual leader of the democratic party. >> by the way, you mentioned a couple of tweets. it's been the honor of my life to serve you. you made bea better leader and a better man. as we look forward, i want our first steps to reflect what matters most to you. share your thoughts with me. then he links to, as chuck mentioned, obama.org, which is created to carry out projects on the south side of chicago. >> it is. and it's going to be interesting. you mentioned he's going to live here for a little bit. obvious obviously, the
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in chicago. >> i don't know if this iss unusual. tom, you may have insight. it seems to me, when the secret service and the fbi -- when security is moving a very important person, they do not like to stand still for any long period of time. yet we saw at blair house the motorcade filled with the president-elect standing still and in the church they're in the cars and not going anywhere. it strikes me as a little bit unusual. >> on the other hand, that could not be a more secure area. >> i was thinking the same thing. >> it could be about scheduling at the white house. >> yeah. >> maybe they're not ready for the 45 second white house. >> maybe the scones aren't ready yet. >> michael, is it required if are the meeting at the white house? is it traditional or something that is deemed to be crucial? >> it's not required, but i think w
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incoming president refused to meet with the outgoing president, it would tell us a lot. and it's actually been a lovely moment, for the most part, in american history, especially in this case because we have a picture of president obama and president-elect trump in the oval office. one of mrs. trump and mrs. obama, but there were not a lot of pictures taken when that visit to the white house was made. so we should get a little bit more of a sense of what the interaction between those two -- >> and people were surprised by how well those meetings went. i mean, the meetings between donald trump, who was the creator of the birther movement, and president obama who campaigned until 20 minutes before the end of that election for hillary clinton ended up going, i think, more than 30 minutes longer than expected. they have an open line of communication. they've had four or five phone conversations since. >> i've been struck -- >> michael, you know, there is a ritual of the inauguration week and the 24 h
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it's been designed almost to make sure the incoming president feels the weight of the office. i thought about it yesterday when he laid the wreath at arlington. i appreciate as a citizens to know that he's being taken it's almost like it's our way of reinforcing. this is what is weighing on your shoulders. you may end up making decisions that end up getting folks buried here in arlington. >> that's all the more important. we have a situation we've said many times. we have our first incoming president with no military experience, and no experience in public office. it's not as an incoming president that is senate of the foreign relations committee, or like lyndon johnson served 32 years in congress. >> motorcade leaving saint john's church. chuck, if you're driving how long will it take? >> if i'm driving -- >> eight seconds. >> all the one-way
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even these guys have to go around pennsylvania avenue. >> right. >> the other thing about president obama, he's leaving with very good approval ratings and a good feeling in the country. even though he said this election was really a commentary on his record, as well. mrs. clinton did not win, obviously. but his numbers are solid at this point. the unemployment rate is down below 5%. even though there are a lot of holes in it. there are a lot of temporary workers and people not looking for jobs. by and large, he's going out with a enormous amount of good feeling around the country. you see that reflected in the big polls, as well. >> and by his own admission, he expresses disappointment over not being able to bring real change to the dynamic in washington. >> right. >> which is one of the things -- >> they all do. george bush left with that regret. >> i'll be honest, i think this is a defensive presidents say
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had regret. you cannot make change and unify the country at the same time. i mean it not as a bad thing. >> we're getting our first views at the white house there. dr. jill biden, vice president joe biden. i heard they might not use the diplomatic entrance to the white house but it appears that's exactly where they have pulled up. and when president obama, chuck, walks out on that carpet and that suv carrying donald trump pulls up, it is an understatement to say that is not the person he expected to see getting out of that car somewhere through this election cycle. what is the moment going to be like for him personally and politically? >> you know, my understanding that the moment for him, that moment he's already been -- that he's actually -- and, you know, it was a rough few days after the election. but he has viewed hi
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as being the guy to buck everybody else up. and i thought it was fascinating at the press conference this week. i thought he used the questions about his daughters almost as a metaphor to other democrats to say they're not moping. the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world. and i loved when he said journalists asking me what are you thinking? this is what i really think. that's who obama is. >> no drama. >> yeah. has the ability to simultaneously be in the moment and above the moment. >> and no drama obama. he showed it and i think he's living it in this moment. >> and mrs. obama is brushing off her shoulders. we like to the attention that you deserve from your wives on those occasions. but it goes back to the point that there is nothing to be gained for him at all to be short or churlish in any fashion
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whatsoever. more over, what people may feel about his politics, you know, they conducted themselves so well as a family at the white house. >> let's just kind of sit back for a second and watch this moment as it
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mr. president-elect, how are you? nice to see you. how are you? thank you. you look beautiful. we have the official procession. now, you will get used to the motos. yo president obama telling donald trump, president-elect trump, you'll get used to the protocol. for those who have done some shopping around the country at a store called tiffany's. >> you recognize it. >> that blue box. there are a lot of spouse dallas recogni -- spouses that recognize that blue box. they are the best of the best, those marines. >> a word on the box, and we remember where tiffany's is in new yos
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trump tower. i think it was not a long walk to make that purchase. in 2009, michelle obama gave a present to laura bush who was the outgoing first lady, which was a journal in which she was encouraged to write her memoir. it may be a new tradition. >> michael, it's not always just the president-elect and future first lady and the president and current first lady at the gatherings. there have been times in the past where it's been expanded to includes a vice president, some children of the president and president-elects have been present. >> right. speaker of the house, sometimes. the chairman of the inaugural committee. and even sometimes the dog. when george h.w. bush was coming out of the white house to greet bill clinton who had defeated him, chelsea clinton walked up the stairs and patted the bush's dog and george h.w. bush
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the enormous civility said "chelsea, welcome to your new house." >> you brought up something. the tremendous thing that the white house staff does is they have to de -- the place. they want to make sure there isn't any allergies and the process of and, you know, the clintons you had to get rid of the cat stuff with, you know, dogs. and we don't know what the allergies are of the trumps. it's among the things they are doing today. >> they were given five hours to do it the procession leaves the white house to the end of the inaugural parade. they basically change -- some has been moved out of the white house. one moving van will leave on this day. that is tradition. but they change everything, michael, from the toothbrushes to the brand of shampoo that the incoming first family desires to have in those bathrooms. >>
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and the first family comes in and opens the refrigerator and finds all the foods they like from the places they like. with one exception, 1969, when the nixons came in, they asked for ice cream and turns out all they could find was butter brickell ice cream which was the favorite of johnson's. >> there's a mcdonalds about a half block from the white house. as we all know, the incoming president loves him some fast food. and that mcdonalds, we've had a white house -- outgoing presidents enjoy it. i have a feeling that mcdonald's will get busy. >> they don't get right in the transfer. it when lyndon johnson left office he left behind the shower. if not regulated could take out the west wall of the white house. he told richard nixon you'll love it. richard nixon went in there and got blown into the far wall and said ge
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he left a recording device which gave nixon an idea maybe i should record things. not the best idea in the nixon presidency. >> michael, he brought up the things of nixon and johnson. nixon had a bunch of tvs ripped out. johnson, obsessed with television and maybe we haven't had a president that wants to watch the media as much. >> johnson had not only triple television on about every surface, including bathrooms. >> this is the '60s. >> yeah. and, also, two enormous wire service tickers for our younger viewers that wire service ticker was a device. >> the twitter of then. >> yeah. shorthand. that's what it was. >> and a spigot with fresco. >> right. >> michael, we glanced past it a second ago as we saw president obama leaving the letter on t
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he'll leave for soon-to-be president trump. talk about the sentiments that have been expressed by past presidents in the letters? that's another new tradition going back to ronald reagan who left a letter for his president. on a piece of stationary that said "don't let the turkeys get you down." he sent in the text there will be days, george, when you want to use the stationary. and after that every outgoing president has written a similar letter to his predecessor. >> there was a kerfuffle, as you'll remember, between outgoing bill clinton and incoming george bush xliii about the condition of the white house. there have been trash in parts of the white house where there were ought not to have been and kind of snarly messages left in different areas. >> i think
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>> how real was that, nicole? >> well, listen, we've gots to the business of getting to work quickly. and george w. bush tried to pay it forward and ensure a smooth and gracious transmission. >> we talked shortly after then president trump will deliver his inaugural address, perhaps undoubtedly the most important speech he'll have ever given in his life. does he have any chance between this moment and that moment to sit in some quiet room and go over those remarks before he delivers it to the world? >> not much. i mean, you look at presidents just before they walked on to the capitol steps. they step into a telephone booth. i won't describe what a telephone booth was -- [ laughter ] and make a few nations and they don't have the time. >> george w. bush and laura bush arriving at the capitol making the trip to washington, despite the ft
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mother are in ill health but saying they're coming to represent the bush family and the good news is that george h.w. bush and barbara bush are said to be doing better. >> it was good news to hear. >> another great reagan story he left office and came back and described to a public audience what it was like for the first time to return and he said we made the slow turn over the nation's capitol and saw the washington monument, the jefferson monument, and david gurgen and the rose garden. >> yeah, okay. an old joke from back in the day who served in four or five straight presidencies, it seemed like. democrat or republican. >> it's inevitable in the hours that follow, somebody will post an aerial view of the mall in washington, and overlay this
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for barack obama and try to compare the size of the audience and equate it to enthusiasm. isn't that inevitable. >> it is. and this is different -- he comes in divided but let's remember had hillary clinton won, she, also, probably would have been the most unpopular incoming president at the time. it was a divisive election. it's a divided country. so you're not going to -- you're going have a different level of enthusiasm. and, again, i go back. i think in the trump transition, i think they have missed some opportunities to little moments that could have brought the country together in a bigger way. >> i agree with that. and that's especially important for a president-elect and without the popular vote relatively narrow electoral vote majority. i think if he had done a little bit more of that, i think we would probably see numbers higher than they
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spent a shorter transition, worried about the asterisk, as i called it. he erased it. >> i'm watching the pictures. and i imagine them saying, did you pack my golf clubs? this is the last time they will stand there. and it's just remarkable. you know. >> this is tape. i want people to understand. it's a different angle. >> waiting for them to walk in. >> they were waiting for the car to pull up. and you want to hear the inside of these conversations. >> i think he's saying, what's for dinner tonight? >> or what do you want to do tomorrow? we're free. we saw that video that michelle obama posted a couple of nights ago of her taking her last walk through the white house with the dogs and then she tweeted it's been the honor of my life to be your flaefd. behind the scenes, what is the feeling about her emotions as she prepares to leave?
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>> i think that president obama pulled back the curtain in that press conference, too. he said our daughters saw the election as michelle degrscribe it. i think they took this campaign very personally, and they're graciousness is, you know, despite their feelings that we're very real during the campaign. >> when he was running for officer, when barack obama was running for office there was a time in chicago whethn she was t described not a sister. she had gone to ivy league school and had done well. and chicago had a wonderfully revealing front page story and she said what do they expect from me? my father was a municipal worker. i went to princeton and harvard, isn't that what we're posed to do? >> that's donald trump jr. along with his wife and children arriving at the capitol.
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we'll see a different first family in the white house. all though barron trump is 10. he won't be moving to washington immediately. he'll stay in new york with melania and finish the school year. when it comes down to it, this is what i was going to get to. jared kushner and ivanka trump are not two children, one is a son-in-law, growing up in the white house. these two will become the power couple in washington. >> this is -- and not only that, trump has embraced the idea he wants to be compared to the kennedys. in some ways it's a fair comparison. the kennedys, politic was family business. for trump, basically, business is family business. >> donald trump jr. is the oldest of the trump children. ivanka is second in the order. eric is third. then followed by tiffany, who we
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the daughter he has with marla maples trump, and barron, as i mentioned, is 10 years old. we've seen it with jenna bush hager and her sister and sasha and malia. how life will change for barron trump. >> you have to cut the family the most slack. they don't ask for this life. most of them don't want this life. we know that melania was sort of reluctant participant, in many ways laura bush was and michelle obama, as well. i think when you have a 10-year-old child who is in the middle of the school year, you're wise to keep his interest first as your first priority. >> you were asking about michelle obama. she -- she is looking forward to civilian life, i think, more than -- >> out of the bubble. >> out of the bubble. look, this is a -- she has been on s
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every most, you know, she had a rough time during the early parts that have '08 campaign. so she really so of, you know, decided, okay, she wasn't always going to speak her mind. it wasn't until this campaign that you saw her speak her mind more so politically than ever before. it'll be interesting to see the role she carves out for herself. i've heard others close to obama say that he's mindful it's her turn. what she wants to do, he wants to support her. >> there was talk about some people in democratic circles saying, michelle obama, maybes it your turn. >> she shot that down. but she does leave incredibly popular. and most first lady's are always more popular than their husbands. she does have quite a platform. >> and usually their books outsell the memoirs of their husbands. >> exactly. >> people are curious. >> right. that's the thing. ll
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about at that moment probably more in michelle's memoir. not president obama's. >> stands at the capitol are filling up. that's the victim section. you can see at the west front of the capitol. the area in front stretching out on to the mall filling up, as well, for the ceremony that begins at about 11:30 this morning with the swearing in taking place at just about noon and the inaugural address coming shortly after that. here is kellyanne conway. steven bannon arriving at the capitol. >> he shaved! >> bannon is one of those guys. >> it's a big day. >> the arrival of those two in the campaign, by the way, was very important. >> the beginning of the come back that delivered a victory. >> i'll turn things over to my esteemed colleague lester holt in a couple of minutes. it's a long day for you guys.
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morning. nbc news continuing coverage of this inauguration right after this. we'll take a quick break. n, rig this.
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good morning. i'm meteorologist sheena. we've been talking about the rain today around noon. we're watching it move in. currently 44 in the district. fairly dry now but mostly rain in parts of maryland. the district fairly dry at the moment. look at the rain heading our way right around charlottesville. it's moving to the east around 30 miles an hour. in d.c. it'll be here around 11: 45 or so. so right in the middle of the day during the swearing in ceremony. we expect mid 40s, a steady rainfall. during 3:00 p.m. during the parade showers ending and around 46. we'll dry out tonight for any inaugural balls. tomorrow fog and drizzle in the morning. temperatures in the afternoon getting back in the mid 50s. so a drier day tomorrow for that. by sunday we have heavy rain moving in and windy conditions. we'll be watching a nor'easter sunday into monday. heavy rain, windy conditions as we start off the workweek dry into thursday.
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inaugural coverage on this friday. good morning from washington on this historic day, which is they will be departing shortly for the u.s. capitol. and we are following it all now. our coverage on nbc news begins right now. >> from nbc news, the inauguration of donald trump, li

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