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toward the whiouse. i got to say this. you know? new york has the to say this. you know, new york has the macy's day parade and pasadena has the rose parade. vance, you know philadelphia has the mummer's parade. but it's only here in washington that we have a parade that has the president of the united states in it. and they just can't top that. >> no, they can't. our parade only happens every four years instead of an annual event too. >> which is good. >> i agree, pat. >> they are always in step, as opposed to -- i can speak for the mummer's parade. nobody up there is sober enough come new year's day. these guys are on the money. >> cannot compare this to the mummer's parade, no way. >> not even close. th
president and of course his wife and certainly the big question, are they going to get out of the car? and if they do, at what point do they get out of the car? will it be in front of trump hotel, or will they wait a little longer? who knows? >> interesting to see the scene passing by, the same scene the trumps are seeing from the inside of their limousine. >> i've got to go to charlie brotman for a minute. i don't want to embarrass you, charlie. i heard a story and you told the story, and you can't be embarrassed. you were doing a parade -- i can't remember which president it was -- and in the course of your announcement, the you actually addressed the president himself. and the secret service was all over you like white on
>> guilty as charged. >> what happened, man? >> what happened, it was bush, the son. >> geor w. bush, yeah. >> washington hadn't had professional baseball for 33 years. it just so happened that we're talking about george bush actually owned a baseball team. >> yeah. >> texas rangers. >> the parade had stopped right underneath of me. from my perspective, we're talking about doing something to keep the parade alive. >> you're trying to fill time and keep the people entertained. >> you got it. it was deathly
that you enjoy baseball. i know that you're an owner. are you excited about throwing the first pitch out? and he's waving and all that. about 20 seconds later, someone burst into the room and says, who's the announcer? i had all this parade, i had the microphone, i had the earphones. i thought, i don't think it's time for me to say, are you kidding, it's got to be me. so i said, yes, sir, i am the announcer. and he said, as if he were an umpire and i was a player, eye to eye, nose to nose, don't you ever
to me? >> yes, sir. >> don't you ever announce directly to the president. don't ever ask him questions and just direct the parade. do you understand? i says, i'm getting it. >> i read in your bio that you announced some t-ball games at the white house with the first president bush's family. >> that's correct. one of the members of the staff said that the president would like you to come to the white house and do play by play for the t-ball. it's a large t and you put a ball on it. all the kids are in wheelchairs. and so they basically hit the ball, but it falls off the
i say ladies and gentlemen, it looks like this could be a long ball. he's at first base now. it looks like he's going to second base, third base. a home run. every youngster who got up got a home run. >> with that in mind, why wouldn't you have a little fun? >> exactly. >> i think we're going to go to chris lawrence. he's out in front of that reviewing stand at the white house. what's the scene now? >> still everyone here waiting. we've got a few more people that have arrived here at the viewing stand. the crowd in the larger stand there hasn't really filled up much at all, so we don't expect that will. of the inaugurations i've attended, this is one of the least filled of all the bleacher
you can see some of the dignitaries have started to file in. rick perry we saw go in there just a little while ago. but everyone just waiting. there are things to keep in mind as you start to watch this parade make its way down here. a few of the local angles that we're really watching out for. d.c. does not have any participation in the parade. there are no groups from maryland either. but virginia has three. the first you're going to see is the platoon of the first infant infant infant
infantry. you'll also see a little bit later in the second division, the tragedy assistance program for survivors, their marching unit. they're based in arlington. their goal is to offer care for any families that are grieving the death of a service member from the armed forces. they've been around for the better part of 20 years. towards the end of the parade you'll see the corps of cadets from the vmi, the virginia military institute. we'll be keeping an eye on all of those as the parade starts to make its way here and of course keeping an eye out for the and when the president and first lady will get out of that vehicle and perhaps walk part of the way here. >> chris, we'll be coming back to you shortly. right now we want to go to erika gonzalez. what are you seeing? >> we're right at the
this. so the large group of press has just come in. and now right behind that, we are seeing the presidential motorcade, the beast, coming up behind the press here. this is the intersection of 7th and pennsylvania avenue in northwest d.c. this on this friday january 20th of 2017, you are watching the inauguration parade of the 45th president of the united states, donald j. trump. number of secret service officials now walking down, walking up pennsylvania avenue, i should say. the new vice president mike pence's name has just been announced. i'm assuming this is his vehicle here. we're getting a wave
second black vehicle right here. is that baron in that second window? there is the first lady melania trump waving from that back window and a young baron right there looking out at all the spectators that are here to see his father that has become the 45th president of the united states of america. >> thank you. i'm sorry. go ahead. >> i was just going to say they keep going up pennsylvania avenue. so probably now about a quarter mile down is probably where my colleague pat collins is at. if the camera is still over here, you're seeing, of course, to the right of me, that is really where that group of protesters has been focused, but they have been peaceful
again, this motorcade now going up pennsylvania avenue. pat collins is the next on the route. >> thank you. before we get to pat, we want to make note of the fact that earlier today in his first address as the president of the united states, mr. trump spoke for probably 10-15 minutes promising to fight for all americans. >> i will fight for you with every breath in my body and i will never, ever let you down. america will start winning again, winning like never before. >> our new president, his inaugural address. he made a lot of bold promises. it sounded in some
our new president to reach out a little bit more. we're going to go turn now to professor james thurber, of political science at american university. >> i agree, it was more of a campaign speech than it was a speech to bring people together. you compare that to the farewell speech of president obama, it was night and day. that was very inspirational about how we all have to work together to bring people together. this election was very close. he didn't get the popular vote. he should have been speaking to all of the voters. i don't think he did that. it was populist and not good for the nation at this point. >> anything in terms of how we might expe
to govern? >> well, i think the statements were so broad, make america great again -- >> america first. >> which is very troubling if you think about world war i which is isolationist. he didn't have a lot of specifics in it. he didn't talk about getting rid of the affordable care act. he didn't talk about replacing it. he didn't talk about anything but investing in infrastructure, which is probably number four or five for most people on the hill at this point. >> he didn't mention building a wall, but hedid mention strengthening the border passenger. is that code language? do we take anything out of the fact he did not specifically say
would that suggest perhaps that's diminished as a priority? >> he didn't talk about mexico building the wall either. he's backing off. he said when he was president-elect that we're going to expand the wall. but in this speech, he did not. i think he's looking at the realities of the budget, looking at the realities of the real threat. >> this is what everybody on that parade route is waiting for. >> where are they, by the way? >> before freedom plaza. they haven't reached pat collins' location yet. looks like the whole family is out of the car and walking around. pat is in front of the hotel, am i correct? >> yes. pat, you can't see them, can you? >> no,
but i can hear the crowd yelling down the street. >> they're coming your way. maybe he's going to stop off at the hotel on the way. >> let's see what happens. >> maybe he'll stop where your little brick is. we'll see what happens here. this hotel that just opened a few months ago here in d.c. who would have thought when he built this place and cut the ribbon and everything, he would come back to the city as the president of the united states? >> and here he is. >> i just wanted to point out that jimmy carter wanted to be the president of the people. this president says he is. jimmy carter walked the entire route with roslyn to show that. most presidents walk the last two or three blocks. he's a little
most presidents do. >> in fairness, the security restrictions on presidents have tightened up quite considerably. >> they have. they don't like that. >> president carter walked the full route. >> let me say something here i can't help notice. yes, donald trump is out and he is walking, but so is his wife and not unlike -- you know where i'm going, don't you, doreen? >> in heels. >> like ginger rogers, she's doing it in heels. so you go first lady. >> it is a new experience to have a first lady who is a fashion model. and she knows how to walk a catwalk. >> and a 70-year-old president? is this a first? >> he's 70. no. reagan was 70. the youngest was theodore roosevelt at
trump is the second oldest after reagan by a couple months. >> are they getting back in the car? >> that didn't last long. >> no, it didn't. pat, we are so sorry you're not going to get a chance to shake hands and go face to face. >> if he only knew that i was here, vance. i'm sure he would have stopped, come over to shake my hand and maybe give a menu from that trump hotel restaurant. >> we'll stay with the action. if they get out of that limo again, of course we'll be back on it. let's go back to professor thurber if we can. we were talking about our new president's inaugural address. this president enters the white house with the lowest approval rates ever, i think. a lot of -- there's a lot of
concern about how this man with no government experience is going to govern us. why is that? >> we don't know what he's going to do, and he seems to be setting policy in tweets, which is very dangerous, some people think. i think it is. and they haven't taken it away from him yet. we'll see what happens. you know, america is highly polarized and angry on the left and the right. this election was partially about that anger, about the congress not getting anything done. that speech didn't help bring people together and we need to come together if you're going to govern on the hill. it's a slow dleliberative proces on the hill. but the house is split in the republican party also, and the democrats are not going to come across unless they start reaching out and working. president obama said he was going to change the way washington worked. he tried and he tried to reach
people together. >> he does, least, professor, have a congress, both the senate and the house of the same party. now, there are some differences that he has with the republican establishment. but it has to be an advantage for him, quite an asset for a president to have both the senate and the house. >> we call it unified party government. we have statistics about this. it's called presidential support scores. it's like a batting average. obama had the highest batting average, 97% in the first two years. clinton had 83%. eisenhower 80. then after the first two years under the obama administration, he dropped to 30%. yes, technically he has unified party government, of course. but there's a lot of splits in
together like on trade, for example, and taxes, and the budget which is facing him immediately. it's going to be hard. >> in his speech he says we will not accept politicians constantly complaining and never doing anything. that's not exactly reaching out to his own party. >> well, that's causing mcconnell a lot of pain and that's causing ryan a lot of pain, because they're doing everything they can to bring together coalitions even before he got here on no child left behind and other things. i think they're insulted by that. and the democrats, are they going to reach over? i don't know. >> it certainly will be interesting to see and it begins almost immediately. right now we're going to go to pat collins' little corner of the world up in freedom plaza where i think, pat, the president is getting close to you. am i correct? >> indeed, jim, here he comes. you can see all the
camera crews ahead of the presidential limousine. you can see the secret service officers escorting the presidential limousine as it moves slowly down pennsylvania avenue, now crossing 13th street in front of the reagan building and then it will move on down. right now all i'm seeings tinted window and a lot, a lot of secret service officers surrounding those vehicles. you can tell the car the president is in. it's, for one, with all the secret service around it, the second limo in this line.
looking at? >> no, it couldn't be. i'm sorry. >> how long have you been doing this, pat? >> i'm sorry. there it goes. i diplomat see hidn't see him. i saw tinted windows. >> cramped quarters there on that platform. >> my little brick, come on, give me a break. >> we've been there, but our viewers may not appreciate it. pat, show us. >> look at this. this is the souvenir they're selling here. it's a donald trump dollar. you know what they're selling it for? >> what? >> 5. >> get out of here. >> and you want to know why this guy's a billionaire. you know what's worse? >> what's that? >> i bought it. [ laughter ]. >> we're going to stop there because we could take that. oh my goodness, can we roll with that. but we're going to leave it
right there. >> if he could do that with our treasury, that would be something. >> that would be something indeed. pat collins, thank you, man. we were really expecting and hoping that the president would get out of his car as soon as he saw you there. >> right. and all you got was my back. >> we'll take any little bit of you we can get, partner. it's worth every second of our time for you to give us your time. pat collins, thank you very much, man. >> more trouble outside the security zone. this is at 13th and k. you can see on the small screen there a fire burning. that's about all we know.
there? earlier some of the disrupters had set some trash cannings on fire. but that is the first time that i can recall today that we have actually seen personal property going up in flames like that. that's a vehicle that's on fire. >> 13th and k. there's the fire department arriving. do we have anybody on scene who can describe what's happening? >> who's there? but we don't see any of the disrupters in that particular area there. all we see is the police line and the fire itself, which apparently now looks like it's been put out, judging from the color of that smoke. that's in your smaller picture. in your larger picture -- >> the parade goes on. >> it continues. the president and the first lady on their way to the white house reviewing stand, where charlie brot
all those years, calling out the bands and the important officials and everything else. charlie, did you ever have to ad lib because things were out of order or you lost your script or whatever? tell us about that. >> yes. what happens actual ly is the parade isn't always going full speed ahead. it's a flat tire, somebody gets ill. whatever it is, then it comes back to the announcer, who happened to be me. and basically what i tried to do was to give them, the spectators and the
keep them happy. and what basically happened is that i was there to inform and entertain. and so when the parade stops, it was time to entertain. one of the things that i tried to do was to come up with some sort of a game show, trivia. ladies and gentlemen, the parade will stop for a few minutes, but that doesn't mean we have to stop. we can still have fun. let's talk about trivia. nobody gets any money, nobody's going to be a millionaire here, but you have bragging rights. and so the bragging rights
that question? >> 10, 20, 30, 40? >> 12. >> what do you think? >> i'd say closer to 15. >> you've got to think about the office space now. >> the answer, who said 20? and i'm saying wrong. >> okay. 34 is correct. >> is that right? >> yeah. >> all right. >> what we are seeing now -- if they have passed freedom pl
>> they're getting announcer. >> as the president's car approaches the reviewing stand. >> after all the concern about the weather, the weather has cooperated pretty well. right when president trump began his inaugural address, started to see people putting up their umbrellas, but then it seemed to stop. it seems to be pretty much okay for the parade too. >> chris lawrence is right about where the president's car should be right about now, chris? >> you're exactly right, vance. we're just starting to see the edge of his car come down this last stretch of road, of pennsylvania avenue, to pass right here to the reviewing stand. you can see the police us court there and the familiar triangle formation. the leading edge of that,
right behind that. roar of the . the announcer announced that the president donald j. trump was arrives here at the reviewing stand. again, we are expecting him any minute now. he has just made the turn onto this last stretch to pass in front of the reviewing stand on pennsylvania avenue. so, again, there is a lot of excitement here. we have been talking to some of the people who have made the journey from all over the country to come here to witness this. and there was something that he said earlier in the day when he was at the inauguration. he said, if you open your hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. that gave people hope that perhaps after this divisive campaign, after some of the rhetoric that's been said, even after the election, that there may be a window to a more
unified government, a more unifi supporters, there was a line or two inhat p and said, perhaps if there is action that follows these words, perhaps this may be a more inclusive government than we have been led to believe. right now, the car doors are just opening. we are seeing the doors opening. again, i want to point something out to you. when he road to the capitol with president obama, at that point he was president-elect. he sat on the driver's side. president obama sat on the passenger side. now that he is president, he exits from the passenger side. and there he is stepping out of the car and waving. you can hear the crowd erupting in cheers. as he makes the walk, you can see some of the secret service walking in front o
you can see them waving there. now some of the crowd directly in front of us are finally getting their first look. >> chris, how much further is it to the reviewing stand? >> vance, we're talking yards. a matter of maybe a football field or so. so, not far at all from this point. >> don't you kind of wonder what baron trump makes of all this? >> doreen, as the father of three, i'm just impressed at anyone who can -- >> get their kid in a suit? >> yes. corral a child for a day like this. that's a lot of self-control. i give them credit for that. >> we understand that baron trump likes to wear suits and his mother has said he's not a sweatpants kind
>> wow. i think with brotman, who prettyis the encyclopedia of inaugurations, professor thurber talked earlier about jimmy carter walking all the way from the capitol to the white house. and charlie just slipped me a note to let me know that that entire walk is 1.7 miles. i have a notion that if president trump had thought for a second a little while ago that he might want to make the walk, his wife might have pulled his coat a bit and said, no, i'm not walking two miles in these heels. you go ahead if you want to, but i'll meet you out there. in any event, president now approaching the reviewing stand with
in before the parade comes down? >> ten minutes. they wait for about ten minutes to let everybody get their seat location and wait for the president. the parade is actually two parades in one. the first parade is all his friends and everybody else who are going to their seats. and the second parade is after the president has his location in the presidential reviewing stand. >> thank you, charlie. i've got to think there comes a moment in events and ceremonies like this when every member of law enforcement can finally go and exhale. we are a long way from that.
though the president will be in that protective enclave in the reviewing stand, nobody's exhaling yet. what do you think? >> no one is exhaling yet up at the capitol. perhaps people are happy that the festivities have left the capitol. we kind of call out the olympics. it's once every four years. the state of the union is kind of like the super bowl because it comes once a year. but this is only once every four years. so that's a huge event and th they're glad it's over. >> didn't i hear somewhere that the senate is going to go back in session this afternoon? there are still people to be guarded at the u.s. capitol now. >> the work up there never never stops, obviously. i do not know if they're going back in session. >> the security -- >> never stops. >> we haven't really
that worked together to secure all these inaugural festivities. it doesn't just include the metropolitan police department, the d.c. police and the park police, but it includes law enforcement from all over the country, right? >> dozens and dozens of agencies, many, many meetings, a lot of planning and also other police departments brought in from around the country to assist npd for the most part. eastern in t even in the planning stages for the event at the capitol, a lot of work goes on. >> it's a matter of proud if you're from north carolina or nebraska or ohio to volunteer to come in and be part of this. >> absolutely. it's a great honor to be part of history. >> you were chief of the u.s. capitol police force. do you miss
adrenaline. so i'm glad you asked me to come down here, get me out and get the adrenaline going. >> happy to pump you up. >> we miss that team work. that's what it's all about, the sense of accomplishment and getting the job done. >> how nervous do they get when the president gets out of the limo? >> everything is pretty much choreographed. we all know what's going to happen and when it's going to happen. but i don't think they enjoy that part too much, especially the service. but they do a great job and things are locked down pretty well. >> are you saying that the politician know when he's going to get out ahead of time? >> i don't want to speak for the secret service, but they hopefully know. >> all right. >> it's probably fair to say, is it not, ken, that they're control freaks? they like it better when they've got it all wrapped up and under their own control. chris
>> hey, vance, moment that everyone's been waiting for. i want to give you a view from our vantage point. that is the beast right there. and that is the new president, the 45th president of the united states, donald trump, his wife melania. he is now stopping the limousine and he'll be getting out in just a minute here and going up to the reviewing stand. there we can see a lot of the secret service agents starting to get out of some of the other vehicles. a lot of the dignitaries have taken their seats, everything now in place. as he gets to that reviewing stand, that is when the parade will start. there has been a lot of excitement here, waiting for this moment. there you can see the door opening. and there's the roar of the crowd.
to say this has been an unlikely journey would be an understatement. when he came here to break ground on his hotel and he started this campaign, there were few who thought they would be watching this scene now, president trump and his wife melania walking down pennsylvania avenue, now taking charge of the country. now you see he's going past the reviewing stand, he's walking all the way down. a lot of his supporters are on that side of the reviewing stand. and he
it was impromptu. now you have president trump also styling himself as a man of the people, walking these last steps from the capitol to the reviewing stand in front of his new home at the white house. >> chris, shouldn't we point out that one thing we should be grateful for -- correct me if i'm wrong, those guys followed andrew jackson to the white house and then went in and got drunk and tore the white house up. am i fairly accurate as to my recollection? >> you are dead on, vance. they ripped the drapes. they took things. it was a free more all. >> they stole the silver. >> that's right. in fact, the president had to duck out the back to get to a hotel that day. i can guarantee you with the current security in place, nothing like that is going to happen today, although that
vance. >> we don't have to fear that anymore and we are grateful for that. all right. >> the security is overwhelming. you certainly see it on full display in the case of the inauguration and the parade that follows. the secret service, all the security, they are everywhere. >> president enjoying the adulation coming from the crowd there. they have stopped now and seem to be moving in the direction of the reviewing stand. >> yeah. they basically went all the way to the end of the block to where the last part of the bleachers go to basically give everyone a good view, to wave, to say hi to all the supporters. now they're turning around and coming back. so they went well past the reviewing stand. now they're starting to make their way back. >> we have certainly seen throughout the campaign this president really thrives on
energy of crowds. >> yes. i think. >> i think it's also fair to say that some of the president's statements have been challenged and challengeable through the course of the campaign and even subsequent to that. the one thing he said that i think is indisputable, that is not quite anything like what happened here with the election of donald trump, certainly not in recent memory. he did come from pretty much nowhere. and i would venture to say that back when he announced his candidacy, there were very very few who took donald trump seriously at all. >> and most of the way through the campaign was not taken seriously. >> and as that "new york times" reporter famously noted, while many of us, especially in the media, were taking
literally, many of his supporters were taking him seriously. and that is the difference and that's why he's in the white house today. you can see those secret service men there in very comfortable shoes because they do some serious walking on this particular day. those are the same guys or at least one of them are the same guys who walked up to charlie brotman and got in his face 20, 30 years ago, told him, don't you ever speak to the president directly again. i wish i had been there to take a snapshot of your face on that one. >> i wish you were there to protect me. >> no protection from me against them. those are the pros, charlie, as you know all too well. >> it takes these folks a while to settle in, doesn't it? >> yes, absolutely. you know,
president is in the presidential reviewing stand, that is his protective area. president nixon, when the parade was over, i'm high up. i can see everybody leaving going to parking or metro or whatever. and they're going that way because the president is here. and i'm saying the parade is over. and then what nixon did is come down to pennsylvania avenue and start signing autographs. >> really? >> everybody who was going this way heard that the president was now signing autographs and everything turned around and they're all coming back. and i'm yi
>> what do i do now? >> this could be a catastrophe. so i did say, ladies and gentlemen, just a reminder, the parade is over. >> did you then give them your famous line? >> thank you. [ laughter ]. >> i love it.it. >> may i correct you? in 1969 when they were leaving going to the parking lot or whatever, they were not going to metro, because -- >> there was no metro. >> there was no metro. >> oops. >> how many changes since you first started doing this? i mean it was before metro, before washington, d.c. was the very big metropolis that it is now, a much smaller town, right? >> how true. i have no answer for that, because i just don't know. but when it comes down to an announcement that is necessary, the announcer haso
ball. these announcements have to be made. >> did you have a favorite inauguration? of all of the ones that you've announced? >> i think my favorite was probably ronald reagan, because he had half of hollywood here. >> the first one? >> the star power. >> yeah. the second one was, of course, almost frozen out. >> it was a cold one, of course. >> one of the things that i keep hearing from time to time because it's so cold in washington on january 20th, the band members have their lips stuck to the mouthpiece. >> i get. >> it's a little saliva there and becomes ice and you can't -- >> that's got to be uncomfortable. >> very uncomfortable. >> a tuba hanging, that can't be good. >> no. >> that's the vice president, pence and his wife and
reviewing stand right now. we have lost sight of the president. we presume that he might already be on his way up into the stand. following their placement in the stand, that is when we begin with the bands. and the floats and all the other activities that will be coursing its way down pennsylvania avenue. might we say that they don't have a really bad day in order to carry out their performances today. >> we should talk about some of the things we've experienced. this is the 7th inauguration you and i have covered together. this is the first time we have been inside. we have been outside in the elements every other time. >> every single time. and also we have also had the deal with security issues. in the first obama
difficult time get into our review stand. >> it was a long hike. >> it was a long hike, for one thing, and then several different security checkpoints that we had to pass through in order to get to our position, which i think at that time was atop the museum -- >> the museum, exactly, looking out from a balcony at the museum. >> but it was a very difficult time. what i remember most about that one -- that was a very cold day, as you remember, charlie. >> yes. >> bright and sunny, but very cold. >> frigid as it could possibly be. i remember so many people. throngs of people. i have never seen so many people literally chattering, just freezing. they were so cold and literally shivering but they wouldn't leave because they wanted to be part of a very very -- >> i think that was the biggest crowd for an inauguration was president obama's first. >> i remember o
ronald reagan -- it was so embarrassing. this was a daylight parade. however, i believe the president was taking his time at the luncheon. nobody can tell the president hurry up. so it started late. in washington you're talking about the sun going down around 4:00, 4:30, 5:00. it's dark. >> and with it the temperature. >> and the mormon tabernacle choir was the cherry on top of the whipped cream. that was the big star. however, the mormon tabernacle choir, you could hear them as they crossed the
pretty cold inaugurations as we've announcing the parade and it's starting to get dark and it gets darker and darker and colder and colder. you think about the kids in those band outfits and the majorettes. oh my goodness. >> kyou were in office with the second obama inauguration. any particular problems, troubles that you noted in that one? >> folks did an outstanding job. we were very very pleased with the way that went. >> yeah. most of them do go smoothly.
>> any contingency that can arise is thought about and taken care of. >> certainly the security challenges and the level of security has ramped up so much even since we started doing this. 9/11 brought so many changes to our city and to how we secure the inauguration and each new thing. right now it seems to be truck bombs that are the concern. >> a lot of moving parts and choreography. >> one of the other
in this, certainly security in that secure area is of primary concern. one of the things law enforcement has to be concerned about is security outside that very secure zone. >> absolutely. >> which might be an even more difficult process, then you've got the whole dmv you're talking about. >> absolutely. you have a whole city to be concerned with. can't have all security in one place. life goes on in the rest of the wonderful neighborhoods across washington, d.c. and all these other towns as well. >> jim, you know that there's one president that did not have an inaugural parade. >> who was that? >> had to be gerald ford, because of the resignation of richard nixon. >> right. >> and most people don't realize that. >> right, he never did, because he didn't win the election. >> exactly.
serve without being chosen in a national election. >> back to chris lawrence with the front seat -- front review of that reviewing stand at the white house. what are you seeing right now? >> we just saw vice president mike pence and his family walk by. in fact, you could see them there now walking past the reviewing stand just as president trump did just about ten minutes ago, waving to supporters. we've also seen them starting to pull some people out of the crowd with the bleachers and bring them into the presidential reviewing stand. i have a question since charlie is right there with you. we saw president trump, his motorcade take the turn and go around. i presume that he went all the way around and then went into the white house. charlie, what happens at this point?
white house where he'll stay until he comes out directly to the stand? >> correct. he will actually go to the white house, rest, relax a few minutes and then come into the presidential reviewing stands. and then the parade is officially beginning. >> what's happening this year is a bit different in the obama inaugural parade. because we understand, if we remember correctly, both mr. obama and mr. biden and their wives went together into the white house instead of the president first and then the vice president following, as is happening in this case. so a little difference here in the way the procedure is underway. not necessarily significant, but interesting to note. >> an unusual
between president obama and vice president biden. i don't think we've seen that before and maybe won't again. the relationship between those two men and also their families. >> a bromance, as they call it. >> they call it that themselves or make that joke. >> the parade is underway now. they are considerably several blocks back behind the president and vice president as they make their way to the reviewing stand. charlie brotman pointed out it's 1.7 miles from the capitol to the white house. they are now, though, underway with the healthy crowd on either side of pennsylvania avenue. we are going to take a break for a second, because we need a drink. but we'll be right back. >> water. >> water. >> water.
i can't really see any sign right now, so i can't tell you exactly who this is. but another military-style marching band behind us. the crowd here has definitely thinned out a lot, a lot less people than we saw, of course, at the very beginning of this parade when we were seeing the presidential motorcade come up pennsylvania avenue. we were talking so much about this dreary day and this rain that has kind of come and gone, and i was talking to one woman who said, you know, they say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. so i think this is going to be fabulous luck for the new president. i talked to another man who came in from chicago. he said we drove ten hours, we packed lunches, we slept on a friend's couch to be here for the first time in washington, d.c., to witness o first