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tonight, the president arrives. >> well, we did it. >> the first dance. ♪ i did it my way >> the first night of a new moment in time. after a final wave good-bye. you're up to the minute all-access pass to the black tie balls of the newest member of the president's club. >> hear these words -- you will never be ignored again. >> pageantry on one side. protests on the other. and the voices of the people he's pledged to serve. >> i hope for the country. >> is to protect. >> bring us all together. >> unite this country.
>> the inauguration of donald j. trump. and now, live from washington, d.c., david muir and elizabeth vargas. >> good evening, and it is greet have you with us live from washington on this historic day. >> what a day. >> what a day it was. far from other, too. donald trump's presidency is not even ten hours old and he began celebrating to the tune "my way." ♪ much more than this ♪ i did it my way >> his first dance was at the liberty ball, and his first comments were there, too, tonight. comments of triumph and gratitude. >> well -- we did it. we did it. we began this journey, and they said we -- we, and me -- we didn't have a chance. but we knew we were going to win.
and we won. >> and right before he got there tonight, he was already in the oval office, signing executive orders, preparing for the repeal of obamacare. in his inaugural speech today, he pledged to give power back to the people. and spoke of the americans who feel forgotten. tonight, you'll hear reaction here to president trump's first and most important speech of his life. those voices from all over the country, coming up here. >> and all this came during a day of protests here in the capital, as well there were 217 arrests. riot police fired tear gas canisters. there were reports of lots of vandalism. six police officers suffered minor injuries. we'll have much more on that later. >> also tonight, the american designer who dressed the first lady. and what americans were saying on social media all day today. >> she looked gorgeous today. >> very good. >> right now, we have live team coverage tonight. our cecilia vega is at the freedom ball. deborah roberts is at the trump hotel, where the first family plans to pop champagne corks at a private reception. and bob woodruff at the salute to our armed services ball.
so, let's go to scecilia first. >> hi, guys. what a long day for president trump, and a long party for everybody in here, 22,000 people here in this room. a few thousand more, the liberty ball, upstairs from us. i have to tell you, a lot of frank sinatra covers being played here we are waiting for the president and the first lady to show up and do another dance here. i've seen a few ""make great america great again" hats here. everybody watched that first dance, and that is all they are talking about in here right now. ♪ now, the end is near ♪ and so i face the final curtain ♪ ♪ my friend, i'll say it clear ♪ i'll state my case
♪ of which i'm certain ♪ i've lived a life that's full ♪ ♪ i traveled each and every highway ♪ ♪ and more, much more than this ♪ ♪ i did it my way ♪ regrets, i've had a few ♪ but then again, too few to mention ♪ ♪ i did what i had to do ♪ and saw it through without exemption ♪ ♪ i planned each charted course ♪ ♪ each careful step along the
byway ♪ ♪ and more, much more than this ♪ ♪ i did it my way ♪ yes there were times ♪ i'm sure you knew ♪ when i bit off more than i could chew ♪ >> and cecilia, we know you're in the room there tonight. you witnessed this dance, and the inaugural speech, millions were watching today. hundreds of thousands gathered here in washington. but the first dance is always such a traditional part of that first night. what was the body language like, of course, what was the -- what was the mood in the room? >> well, kind of funny, david, i have to tell, we've been talking with people here in this room and some people told us they didn't necessarily want to see donald trump dance. they wanted to see what first lady melania trump is wearing, and look, by all account, she looks absolutely stunning.
what is not to love? she just looks gorgeous. ♪ i faced it all ♪ and i stood tall ♪ and did it my way >> we're hearing that melania trump's dress, the white dress tonight, is designed by carolina herrera, a very well-known, high end designer. and she looks stunning in it, as she did today, all day long, in that powder blue suit designed by ralph lauren. >> i think she is going to end up being one of these first ladies that becomes a fashion icon. and as we all wait to see what kind of role she carves out for herself in this new life for her in this white house, we will follow her through that journey. she said that she wants to take on cyber bullying, of course, a
big issue for her. and guys, well, everybody watching to see how this plays out. everybody in here, very excited to see them tonight. >> you know, the -- >> president trump and the first lady now at the freedom ball. let's listen in. >> bypassing dishonest media, right? we go, wah, wah. so, but -- i just want to thank you. we started out -- we weren't given a great chance, but we knew we were going to win, and, you know, it took two weeks before we went to number one, not a long time. and the first week was composed in terms of the phony polls, was composed of two days. so,er with at number one and we stayed there the entire route. during the primaries and then boy did i work those last four weeks, i worked. ay yi yi.
that was some job. we did a good job together, and i'll tell you what, many of the people in this room went to those rallies with us, right? they went to those rallies. i saw one person on television tonight, incredible family, her and her husband, she said, we've gone to 42 trump rallies, i said, 42? 42? but we did, we had a lot of people that went to a lot of the rallies, and it showed up. and, you know, when we went in, i really felt, that last week in particular, i said, how are we going lose? how can we lose? it's just too much. there has never been a movement like this anywhere in the world. there's never been anything like this. so, i am so looking forward -- i've ever just -- i just left, actually, the oval office,
because -- because our great general mad dog mattis was approved -- was approved tonight, the senate approved, he was first. and i went to sign and mike pence, who is coming out in a second, signed, you saw what happened, right? he just swore him in, and general kelly, the border, the border, oh, the border, we're going to have a border again. and he was approved tonight by the senate. so, we're starting to work and we're going to do a great job. we are not going to let you down. remember the theme. make america great again and make america great again, i'll tell you what, i've added, since i got to know so many people in this country, greater than ever before. it will happen.
so, i want to thank everybody for being with us and for sticking with us and -- it's been an amazing experience, and now, the fun begins, okay? now the fun begins. we're going to do a really good job. and i will be fighting every single day for you. thank you, everybody. thank you. and have a great time. thank you. >> and now, the president and first lady of the united states will take their first dance. ladies and gentlemen, the first couple, donald and melania trump. ♪ >> and there you see, president trump and first lady melania
trump, having their second inaugural ball dance, again, to "my way," this time, an instrumental version, at this, the freedom ball at the washington convention center. and this, of course, after a few remarks by the president. we're watching the first couple dance, and let's turn now to some experts on everything that's happening tonight, at all these inaugural balls and festivities and everything that happened today. we have with us jonathan karl, who has been covering everything, from start to finish. jon, good to have you. mark updegrove, a presidential historian, historian. and i'm curious, as we watch them, you just heard from the president there. we took it right up as he was talking, again, about the dishonest media, but there was a lot of red meat in the inaugural speech today, and i'm reading a lot online, hearing from people today what are your reactions? i'm hearing the word dark,
distaudi. >> it's a speech that you might have heard from donald trump at a rally. he used a lot of the same theme s as during the campaign. for donald trump, this is paired with a type of optimism. he's going to make america great again. he's got this positive promised land he's promising to bring us to. but his speech included a lot of lofty promises. it's not clear if everybody listening to the speech believes he'll be able to achieve it. >> mark, you've studied the addresses. have you heard one like this? >> not like this one, david. >> ever? >> you don't know what the inflection was, before there was a camera there, but the message itself, very populist, a little dark. it was certainly a great
rallying cry for the people who voted for him, the forgotten man. i don't think it was unifying. it lacked a conciliatory tone to make it a unifying speech, to rally all of americans. >> i was struck today that when he first began assigning some of his executive, first official paperwork, that he was surrounded by the trump family. i mean, this really has become the family business, trying to get him elected, and now he's the 45th president of the united states -- >> grandkids handing him the pen. >> fighting over the pens. nancy pelosi handing a pen over. look tonight. surrounded by his family on that stage. >> and his business is a family business, and now he's moving into the white house. it's hard to imagine that he won't be relying on the same people that he relied on that helped get him where he is. right outside the oval office is an office that will be held by jared kushner, his son-in-law. >> eric and don jr. withinere o campaign trail the whole time. >> they're going to run the business, i'm sure they're going to be in touch. but coming back to the speech, i
got to tell you, i mean, it was just stunning to be there, seeing them kind of welcomed by the establishment. they have arrived, they're welcomed by former presidents of both parties, the -- the current congressional leadership and also the past speakers and senate leaders and now, this guy that had been seen as a pariah has been welcomed, he's taking the oath of office and what did he do? he just went after them, a blistering attack on the political establishment in both parties. that was not a conservative speech. it was not a liberal speech. it wasn't a republican or democratic speech. it was a populist speech, taking aim at the people that were sitting around him. >> i will say, jon, there was a little bit of grace after the luncheon, when the toast was made to donald trump, he made brief remarks. he did recognize hillary clinton, so, you saw two different donald trumps today. >> exactly. we were saying the same thing. because i was surprised not to hear any mention of her in the
inaugural speech, since she was sitting ten feet away from him. >> right. >> and you were so aware of the dynamics of what she must have felt sitting there and watching him be inaugurated. >> dichotomy between the two. >> right. >> and don't forget, barack obama was also sitting there, very close by, as donald trump's speech really painted this very negative picture of the country that he was inheriting. >> american carnage. >> and there were beautiful moments of grace throughout the day, of the incoming president and first lady bringing that tiffany's box, giving them a present, the gracious waving good-bye on the chopper. lots of nice moments, as well, mix into a day that will go down in history for sure. >> a lot more to talk about. our live coverage just beginning tonight. and looking forward to diving into the politics of it all. melissa rivers is here tonight to talk about the first family and what they are wearing at the balls tonight, as we continue with our live coverage of the inauguration of donald trumj. t.
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mr. trump -- oh, no, excuse me, president trump. my hope for you is -- >> that you protect the rights and liberties of women, minorities. >> protect the ideals of this country. >> to bring us together as a country. >> i would like him to know that we're rooting for him. >> some voices from across america this week, with what they hope for our new president, president trump. cecilia vega is at the freedom ball tonight, and one of trump's ball guests is with her. >> hey, elizabeth, david, thank
you. look who i have here. scott baio. can i call you chache? >> no. you can call me a president trump supporter. >> good day to be a president trump supporter. best thing about today? >> ah, watching him being sworn in, after all the -- everybody made fun of him and mocked him and derided him and said he was a joke, to see him put his hand on the bible from abraham lincoln, to be sworn in, was the most incredible thing i've seen. >> there aren't a lot of celebrities here. you're the big one. tough being a celebrity supporter of trump? >> it can be. not a lot of us. john voigt is here, i saw some other people. antonio sabato is here. sometimes. you know, we catch a lot of flak. i really don't care anymore. >> first thing you want to see donald trump do on day one? >> i want to see him start building the wall. >> scott, good to see you tonight. thank you. elizabeth, david, back to you? >> all right, cecilia, thank you. the balls for washington, d.c. and inauguration is their oscar
night, to show their style, to make a statement. we're here with melissa rivers tonight, who is going to weigh in. known for fashion policing. how are you? >> good, you guys look very fresh and -- >> oh. >> excited. >> you know what -- >> well, the first lady looks gorgeous tonight. >> she's been knocking it out of the park this entire last few days, from the ralph lauren today, i thought she looked gorgeous. >> well, here she is, first of all, in tonight's ball gown, which we were originally told by the pool reporters that was designed by carolina herrera, and now we're not so sure. might be one of her designers. >> a man named erves pierre, the former creative director of carolina herrera. >> it is all important, that carolina herrera is considered an american designer. the first ladies do wear american designers. would have been quite a statement if she didn't. >> it's very important for them to do that. it will be interesting. if it is this gentleman, it will
be like launching a new designer, kind of like what michelle obama did for jason woo. but carolina herrera got a ton of play this whole week, thanks to ivanka, who is wearing carolina. but i mean, the focus is all on melania, and granted, she's tall and thin and gorgeous and a model, and she's got such a sleek, clean, sort of very jackie o american style. >> well, it's funny you say that. there were a lot of comparisons today to her suit to one that jackie onassis kennedy wore -- jackie kennedy onassis -- >> so hard to keep it straight, yes. >> and that, so similar in style and color, her inauguration, 1961. >> well, i thought the ralph lauren suit was gorgeous. i loved sort of the new take on the jacket, which was cropped and sort of -- you see a lot of asymmetrical this week on her. >> we have. >> people were saying jackie o,
jackie o. they are both doing a modern classic. they are both young women, stepping into the role of first lady. they're both looking for classics with a modern twist. at the time, jackie kennedy was considered very modern. a lot of people were talking that melania has the matching shoes, saying that's old fashioned. i liked it. i thought it was just a beautiful take, i loved the hair, the jewelry was perfect. you know, again, look at that, you go, wow. >> and no matter how you look at it, people are drawn to the first lady, what she's wearing, but what americans, a lot of them don't know yet what kind of role she's going to play in the white house. she talked a little bit on the campaign about bullying on social media. a lot of people, a lot of skeptics said, well, donald trump is known for what he has done on twitter and the voice that he has on twitter. so, we'll see if she continues to campaign on that front, as first lady. but make no mistake, everyone was watching her, at least today, with how she was stepping out and how she would present herself. >> and remember, they can create, i mean, michelle obama
put jason woo on the map. >> yeah. >> and it was a lovely gesture that she wore jason woo in -- >> in the end, full circle. >> today, which is a lovely nod and a thank you to him. the one everyone is talking about, though, kellyanne conway, i mean -- >> social media can be tough. >> i mean, it blew up. >> david, what did you think of it? >> yeah, you know what, that's why melissa is here. >> well, it's been interesting, because she seems to be channeling a lot of different things. the cast of "hamilton." >> oh. >> the new england patriots logo. >> oh. >> hot dog on a stick. i mean -- >> this is a gucci coat that sells for $40,000. >> i actually thought she looked like the nutcracker. i'm not sure why she felt compelled to add the hat and the gloves, because, i guess the coat alone wasn't enough. i cannot for the life of me figure out, she looked beautiful the night before in that red dress, so, we now she's got it in her.
>> celebrating her birthday, the night before. >> i think -- >> it's today. >> brought her up on the stage -- >> yes, he did, wished her happy birthday. this was just a fail. i mean -- and it's got -- it's got -- >> she's tough enough to handle the social media. >> it's got cat buttons. what i don't think you should bring to the swearing in is whimsy. >> well, we'll see what she's wearing tonight. >> i'm thinking not that coat. >> right. right. thank you so much, melissa. when we return, a return, a journey to the capital, for some of the president's not devoted voters. and, of course, more on the inaugural balls as we cover the first day of a sea change in the american presidency. hambone! sally! 22! hut hut!
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a trump presidency, to me, is strength. and justice. >> i want people to have pride again, to be an american. >> president trump, we're going to hold you to your word. >> keep america great. >> for millions today, all across this country, for some, it's a day of uncertainty, for others, though, you're hearing it's a day of great hope, of feeling heard, finally. looking forward to change and many people, hunger on both sides of the aisle for unity. >> absolutely. and tonight, there is a special group of president trump's biggest cheerleaders. they call themselves the trumpettes, believe it or not. our nick watt has followed them to the capital for tonight's celebrations. good evening, nick. >> good evening, elizabeth and david. the crowds on the mall today were not quite as big as they have been in years past, but
there were plenty of passionate people that traveled from all over the country to be here to celebrate, and we imbedded with some of them for the ride. hundreds of thousands of people braved mild temperatures and a light drizzle on the mall. >> come over for a second. >> among them, lisa, a trumpette from pennsylvania. >> i believe mr. trump, president trump, will go down as the most beloved president in history. >> we first met her and the gang at the frock store back home. >> you don't want to look better than melania. >> that's right. >> lisa is going to the ball. this morning, we caught them before they left, harrisburg, 0445 a.m., and there's a wrinkle. >> cynthia, one of our friends, is not here yet. >> cynthia? nope, back to voicemail again. >> to winners. >> drinking prosecco all the way, at least most of them made it to d.c. there are a lot of people, women, coming to washington, not to celebrate, but to protest.
what's your message to them? >> we'd love to talk to them. i'm sure if you talk to us, they'll fall in love with donald trump just like we did. and he has wonderful hair. >> can we get one? map? >> thank you so much. >> i don't think there's a catchy handle for male trumpettes. mean jua meet juan. >> there are a lot of people here. >> he elbowed his way to the front, filmed this himself -- and loving it. we first met juan back home in santa clara, california, just before he left. >> i get to wear all my trump gear. instead of all my rainbow gear. >> juan is a gay man of mexican decent, not the only guy in that demo to support trump. >> there's one in los angeles. >> you're not alone, juan. >> i'm not alone. >> what does he want from the president? >> i want him to protect our borders. i believe in him. i believe in trump 100%. >> half his extended family gathered for their monthly get together. >> is anybody here never going to talk to juan again because
he's going to the inauguration? >> not because of that. >> juan worked on the trump campaign, so, he's invited. >> oh, wow, you got some good seats. a lot of packing to be done. a hair cut. >> ready to go. >> tux to collect. two outfits a day for a long weekend. the preps did not go entirely smoothly. >> i don't know where my bow tie is. >> here in d.c., it's all about hats. i've never seen so many red baseball caps in one place in my life. >> pretty good feeling. >> juan's highlight so far? >> when it started to rain. >> you liked that? >> yeah, because somebody said rain is a blessing. >> now, remember this morning, one trumpette overslept? we found her. cynthia, you missed the bus. >> ah, yeah. >> how did you get down here? >> ah, i would have hitched a ride on a bird to be sure i would be here. >> actually, she drove to maryland, parked, took the metro. anyway. >> i was right there, i was hooting and hollers, screaming like an idiot.
>> juan will not look underdressed. he found his bow tie. and guys -- i am in a trumpette sandwich. you guys made it, cynthia, you made it. what is it about this guy that gets you so fired up? >> he speaks the truth. he's a straight shooter. and that's what i love about president trump. >> well, i'll tell you what, when he threw his hat in the ring, my 14-year-old nephew eli said, he's the one. he picked him, and i ran with it and i opened my mind, and he's in the white house. >> see you back here in four years, maybe. david, elizabeth? in the meantime, back to you. >> all right. >> made some friends there, nick. >> don't stay up too late with the trumpettes. as we know, emotions are running high. a lot of people in a celebratory mode, but others have been out protesting. a third of the democrats in
congress were choosing not to attend the inauguration ceremony. and many protests have been under way tonight. and tomorrow, a huge one is scheduled here in the capital. matt gutman has been following all of it. matt? >> that's right, david and elizabeth. some of those protests have been violent. riot police have been squaring off against protesters here most of the day. you can see the street cleaners still cleaning up after the melee. it's been a cat and mouse game between those protesters and the riot police. those rioters in black gear. they smashed this limo, then set it on fire. took hammers and crow bars that they came with to smash the windows of starbucks and mcdonald's and other stores. it took that brigade of riot gear using pepper spray, chemical spray and that cascade of flash bangs to vacate them and push them back. still, we're told, that six officers have been injured. now, police tell us that not all of the protests have been violent. some of them were peaceful.
protesters stopped an interstate not far from here. others just marched down the city's grand avenues, but the biggest protest, by far, the women's march on washington, slated for tomorrow. hundreds of thousands expected to be back here in washington, in fact, we're told more bus passes registered for tomorrow's event than for the entire inauguration today. david, elizabeth? >> all right, matt gutman there on the streets of washington, d.c. going to be covered this through the weekend. big crowds,%ed tomorrow for that. when we come back here, it's back to the inaugural balls and the military ball, where president trump and the first lady have just arrived. and we'll take you there live, when we come back with a live edition of "20/20," the inauguration of donald j. trump. when we have a cough or cold, we fight it with everything...
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my hope for the president is for his success. >> i hope that he makes college more affordable. >> i expect you to inspire the american people. but still support diversity and the individualism that makes this country the greatest in the world. >> we are back now, after hearing more voices from across america about the new president trump, and we've been looking in on all the celebrations. an evening of celebrations, and,
of course, we're going now to the third ball, the armed services ball, where president trump and the first lady have just arrived. it's at the national building museum. bob woodruff is in the crowd, waiting for the president and the first lady to make his way out on stage. >> lelizabeth, all the veterans the active duty service members have been waiting here for almost five hours to get this chance. they feel so proud, they have this honor to actually be here and watch the new president and his wife, the vice president, as well. now, when the president gets here, he's going to come out, right here to the center, and he's going to start to speak, to talk, and he's going to look up at the tv screens around the side, because they're going live through satellites to bases in iraq and in afghanistan, to talk to those who are serving our country in those areas right now. after that, the president and the first lady will have the chance to dance with two veterans. also, the vice president and the
first lady, also dance. four veterans will have the chance to dance with them. i interviewed them. i said, well, how were you chosen? they got the word at the end of november. it was not because they're great dancers. they're not. i asked them if they practiced for it, they said, no, the president is going to take the lead. and we'll see exactly what happens. and i'm also really, i'm happy, elizabeth, you did not ask me about any fashion. i know nothing about it. >> leave me out to dry, bob. >> you and david are off the fashion hook. bob, i'm curious, with the live via satellite fees to military bases, installations, all over the world, this is going to be a pretty significant speech. president trump has enormous respect for the military forces who are out serving, even though he might have, in the past, criticized some generals. >> yeah, he's been very supportive of the military. i talked to a lot of my friends here, and they said, listen, they're behind him. but those that have been
invited, given free tickets, so, they are certainly on president trump's side, but they will have this chance now to actually see him and look at him very close and see what he has to say, but you know, he's the commander in chief. this is the group that is very important for him to talk to, and they are very much by his side. >> bob, you know that along the campaign, it was a very heated campaign, a very bruising campaign in this country, 18 months, a lot of people are very glad it is over. at one point, donald trump did say, now he's the 45th, that he knew more than the generals. but you can see by the scope of the crowd there, and as elizabeth was saying, you know, members of the armed forces have been quite supportive of president trump. doesn't seem to be that they hold him responsible for some of the rhetoric, the heated rhetoric along the way, particularly when he did criticize the generals. >> you know, that's -- the president has certainly been supported by all the veterans. he's had some very interesting positions. he's the one, you know, changed the budget, he wants to put more
money into the military, open more for the navy and the army, make a more powerful military. so, they're looking that way, you know, right now. and it's a very conservative group, they want something changed in this country. and that's the ones that i spoke to. you have to remember that there's not just those who are active duty, those who are wounded here that are not active anymore, and also, those first responders are here, those who have saved lives. they, too, really believe that president trump is going to change things for them, too, so, there's great hope in this group. this is not exactly the protest protesters, let's put it that way. these are supporters and they are looking for this to happen. >> can't wait to see the veterans up on stage. putting a lot of trust in letting the president lead the dance. have they been watching the other two balls? he's doing well so far. bob, we'll check back in with you if we see the president. let's go to cecilia vega, and we saw that first dance of the night right there behind you.
>> hey, guys. i don't know if you can hear me from in here. the party is still going a little bit. you can't really see a lot of people dancing. where they are, i've got to tell you, in this huge room here, at the bar. they came -- they got what they came if. they got to see that big arrival on-stage, the president and the first lady out here, and, of course, that dance. a family affair. everyone out there, and i will tell you, from a non -- completely unbiased political opinion, i'm totally coveting ivanka's dress. carolina herrera, every cell phone was out here, absolutely stunning. this party is starting to wind down, but i think everybody in here had a really good time. this was a core group of volunteers in here, delegates from all over the country. 22,000 people here. >> cecilia, thank you so much. you look gorgeous tonight. >> i was going to say. cecilia. >> in the meantime, all the action, as cecilia said, moved
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offi political office. his presidential campaign, obviously, broke many, many rules. his first dance was to "my way." >> if you want him to stop tweeting, don't hold your breath. tom llamas, you've been foll following this campaign. anybody that thought donald trump couldn't pull this off, shouldn't be surprised. >> two things i learned f eed a covering donald trump for 18 months, he's never boring and never low energy. he's never held public office. he's not a politician. but in many ways, he's planned his whole life around this moment and he's prepared very closely.
>> reporter: yes, it's true. donald j. trump was sworn in today as the 45th president of the united states, even though he was dismissed by some as a clown just 18 months ago. but could all that mockery actually have helped him? >> it sets him up as an underdog to prove him wrong. >> since when do i care what people think? >> donald trump, at his core, is and always will be a salesman. >> reporter: english professor mark bauer-line, a pro-trump academic, says trump's brilliance is in simplicity of message. >> when you have a huge population, you have to carve the message down into very basic, simple expressions. >> we will make america great again. >> reporter: and his selling style is what separates him from the pack. >> we can be number one again. >> reporter: the new president may live on fifth avenue, but
his act has always been worthy of hollywood. >> today, one man has become synonymous with success. >> that would be me. >> donald trump reminds me of lady gaga. >> dan henninger of "the wall street journal" says trump isn't just a performer. he's a performance artist. there's a difference. >> a performance artist challenges people. they challenge convention. they try to alter your perceptions about the way things are. and trump, with his stage acts, his rallies, and his tweets, is obviously challenging us all the time. >> reporter: but remember, trump's bonfire has been blazing for years. this is, after all, a businessman who found it suitable to appear in wwe's "wrestlemania." >> look at this, donald trump! donald trump! >> donald trump has been around for 25, 30 years. something clicked this time. >> he still talks like he's from queens and he doesn't speak
perfectly. >> i didn't say that. >> and he speaks very politically incorrectly. >> wow, that was a hell of a -- >> it's amazing when they did research and people said, well, i trust him. because he says it like it is. >> don't be -- i'm not going to give you a question. >> reporter: but a trump performance is about more than tone. it's about the shrewd and shameless use of hyperbole. >> i will build a great, great wall. >> he just starts off with the big sales pitch. so, if he's building a building and you go, how many stories this is building? it's going to be 170, even if it's 47. >> impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall. >> as a salesman, he comes in and he goes -- ah. >> we will bring back our borders. we will bring back our wealth. and we will bring back our dreams. >> reporter: so, the stage is set. and the legendary showman begins
a four-year residency that starts now. >> people have to understand, this is a 70-year-old man who has been very successful doing it his way. he's not changing. >> reporter: so, it is going to be a fascinating four, possibly eight years, we never know. i will say, buckle up, guys. and there books written, there will be movies made and donald trump will love all of it if it is positive and as long as alec baldwin doesn't play him in the movie. >> he's still watching. he says he wants to sleep in the lincoln bedroom tonight. the whole family is going to be there. we'll have much more of our inauguration it's terrible. this is a classic case, which happens in business every day, of curiosity killed the cat. for me, though, it was the deal. it was that i would be teaming up with another company, and i want to work with -- that's a great -- great logic. then -- then that's fine. but, melissa, that's... that's great logic. and i want to work with an investor who wants me... but that's your confidence.
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an eventful day, right? >> that's right. a very eventful day, with the trumps spending their first day in the white house. i hear that president trump says he wants to sleep in the lincoln bedroom. we have this photograph on instagram now of former president obama flying away from the house in which he's lived for eight years. >> yeah, formally marine one, that was called executive one, as it took the president and the first lady away today. there's much more to come tomorrow. the women's march in washington. we'll cover it from "good morning america" straight through "world news tonight" saturday. >> all right, i'm elizabeth vargas. >> and i'm david muir. we leave you with more of that first dance, and your late local news, coming up next. >> coming up on "action news," inaugural ball wraps up trump's
first day in office and a major bridge is closed indefinitely. next. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> "action news," delaware valley's leading news program, with jim gardner. >> we are transferring power from washington d.c. and giving it back to you, the people. >> pledging to be the president of the people, donald j. trump takes the