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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
it was important to be here. he a deplorable. so i asked him about that. i said tell me why you're wearing the shirt. he said, because i'm an educated american, i'm not a deplorable. he said this is my dig at hillary clinton. he said everybody here in washington, d.c. has been very nice. we've had, you know -- they've had a good time here, a pleasant time. this is a very different scene that we're seeing that my colleagues have been seeing outside in the areas they've been covering. i do want to mention quickly before i send this back to you all. a tweet from the mayor of washington, d.c., to those of you visiting washington, d.c., we welcome you, but we cannot allow you to destroy our neighborhoods. i respect your right to peacefully protest, but the damage that has occurred today is unacceptable and not welcome in washington, d.c. as you all have been putting up
violent protests, protesters clashing with police, this word from the mayor of washington, d.c. back to you. >> thank you so much. take note of the fact that that band from talladega is here not without some controversy. talladega is of course one to have nation's hbcus, the historically black colleges and universities. not there was controversy about their decision to participate when many others had problems with donald trump's demeanor and what his policies might have been, decided to boycott the parade. the director of the band at talladega
which were kind of violent, that they would, they considered it an honor to be invited to participate. >> a lot of pressure on a lot of entertainers about participating in the trump inaugural, indeed. we are checking in with pat collins now and see what's happening on his brick and on the parade route. pat? >> well, here we are. and here comes the band i think you were talking about, coming down pennsylvania avenue. the parade really was in two parts. there was a military part with the president going up and getting into the reviewing stands. and then came, well, everybody else. so you have the college bands.
you have other schools and military outfits that parade down pennsylvania avenue. as i said before, you know, the inaugural parade is sort of different. think of the macy's day thanksgiving parade. the big attraction, of course, is santa claus. santa claus is at the end of the parade. so everybody stays around. they're there to see santa claus. in the inaugural, the big attraction is the president of the united states. but he leads the parade. once the president goes by, a lot of people are out here to see him. and so once the president goes by, a lot of people leave and only some people stick around to see the entire show. that's what we're seeing here now. if you could look down, there's a lot of entertainment coming down the street. but i'll say maybe two-thirds of the crowd that was here for the initial inaugural parade has moved to maybe drier and
quarters. it happens all the time. >> all right, pat. we'll check back with you in a little bit. right now let's bring peter laford is back with us. he's the former director of d.c. emergency management. we got to talk to you earlier, but we never got to see you. talk a little bit about are the security people beginning to breathe a little bit now that the president is at the white house? or are there still a lot of concerns? >> the secret service may be breathing but the npd is not and the metropolitan transit police. they're in a whole other police force that are on the line today. and you can't help but think we've got a huge event tomorrow. this has been going on for a while. this is where our men and women on the front line really earn their pay. >> what are you hearing about
what's going on outside of that sece ne group of protest t ers are still rallying. they've done some destruction. the mayor has spoken in a solid way to say, we're not putting unwiup with this. chief newsome talked about 95 arrests. it's probably more by now. you've got to keep your guard up. the folks on the front line need to protect themselves as well. >> in planning for an event like this and especially for this one, can we assume that the law enforcement people have a lot of information that we never know about and that they know who's coming, what's going to happen, almost where -- i mean, i've got to believe that they have moles, they have guys in all these different groups and organizations with a lot of information to help
intel is really important. some of these protesters, they let everyone know what they were going to do, on social media. we saw it. the idea here, though, from a standpoint of the overall approach, it's gone very well. we've had some disruptions. the response was pretty quick. so what's different from this inaugural t the past? law enforcement is using more technology. better coordination, more situational awareness, quicker response. there's protesters. go back to world bank imf. >> i remember it well. >> i remember chuck ramsey rolling around on the streets with the bad guys. this is an opportunity for the city when you have an inaugural like this every four years. it's a chance for the city to shine for the new administration. a new family is m
it's a great opportunity for the city to welcome them and there's a quid pro quo. there's an opportunity here. >> and we learn something every time, don't we? every time we cover an event like this. >> we do. >> or try to secure it, i mean. >> d.c. puts its best foot forward and in a way welcomes the new family. but at the same time there's an opportunity -- we've seen it in the past dealing with the bush administration. there was a great opportunity. a >> you mentioned the big event coming up tomorrow. that is different. how hard is it going to be? and tomorrow's security is all d.c. police. >> and park police because it's on the mall. the relationship with park police, capitol police and npd and the
strong. but these guys are going to be tired. there were the first protesters we saw wednesday night. and they're going to be going all day tomorrow with a huge crowd. hopefully it's a demonstration, a march and we're not getting protesters like we had today. >> chris lawrence, what you got? >> vance, we're waiting for president trump to come out of the white house and enter the reviewing stand. i think we have a picture of the door that he will leave. this door really gives us a chance to take a look at the arc of the day for president donald trump. remember, he came here this morning as a guest of president obama for coffee, for tea, to, as you said, vance, we would all love to have been a fly on the wall, to hear that conversation and to hear what those two men talk about. he left this morning as a guest.
hours later as the president of the united states. this is his house now. and that is just an incredible arc when you think about the change from morning to evening in one man's life. you also mentioned the talladega band that is making its way down here. they have a fascinating story. i think, as you and as charlie mentioned, they got here under a cloud of controversy, because other historically black colleges like our own howard university refused to participate in this inaugural parade. and they took a lot of heat at talladega. it's the oldest private historically black college in the state of alabama. they took heat online their alumni called. but the president said they view taking part in this not as a political statement, but as a civil
of on representative of a historically black college to participate in this inaugural. again, as we take a look at the big picture, that beautiful sweeping view of washington, d.c. right there as we await the president's arrival. we've seen people come through the door here in the reviewing stands. again, as the parade starts to make its way here, they will stop short. the parade will not get here until the president, his family, the vice president and his family, until they are all seated behind me. at that point, the parade will proceed. of course they will be able to see it pass by the white house. >> all right, chris. you're saying that. it reminds us in past inaugurals, the past six that we have done together, there was always a point where we had to
and weke major wallace to help us out. remember the parade would stop and we were trying to figure out what's going on. then we found out the president was not in the viewing stand yet. >> thank goodness. >> that's why we've got major wallace here today, to help us with this whole kind of thing. major, we were talking earlier about what an honor it is to be asked to participate in something like that. okay. the bands that we saw earlier that the president was reviewing in front of the capitol -- >> that's his escort. >> right. >> can those men and women expect to do it again in four years? i mean, is that a one-time shot, a one-off? or do you expect that to continue? >> some of those elements have been here for multiple inaugurations. the sergeant major
corps has been in six inaugurals. some of the other ones, this would be the first time and maybe the last time depending on their military career that they get to participate in something to this level. >> tell us about your history. you were with the old guard band. how did you come up through -- you've got quite the military background. >> active dut 16 years. this is the first inauguration that i've participated in, the first time to be here in the old guard. what a blessing to be in a unit with such tradition and honor. >> for people who don't know what the old guard is? >> the third is the oldest active infantry --
you've seen the old guard if you've been to the tomb of the unsno unknown soldier. >> you've earned your way here. would you mind giving us an idea? you served. >> i have served. what a privilege and honor to serve with such great men and women throughout my career. but those have been the ones who have really helped sort of, i think, provide the passion. i'm just really in love with what they do and the service they provide every day, which makes this job so easy for me. >> you've been to afghanistan. >> some really impressive stuff on your chest. a lot of people who aren't military don't know what's going on. tell us about your service. >> i've had the opportunity to deploy six times, twice to iraq and four times to afghanistan throughout the years, a number of assignments and
type of units, all in the global war on terror. >> including the rangers. >> that is correct. service in third ranger baa t l battali battalion. >> so proud to be in your company. we do thank you for your service in the past now and what is to come. we mean that very sincerely. >> we do. >> thank you so much. on behalf of the young men and women marching today and really representing all the service members around the world, certainly we all appreciate it. >> when you say that these ceremonial band, military band performers are combat ready, you're an example of what you're talking about. >> indeed. here now come the president, his wife. that's his son, i think.
>>ha trump and his wife. tiffany and baron, his children. baron his 10-year-old son. >> who would probably rather be any place today than where he is. >> this is ivanka trump and her husband jared kushner, going to be one of the president's top advisors. >> donald junior. >> and his children coming behind ivanka and her husband. pretty glamorous looking group, right? >> the president's grandchildren who will grow up in the white house or spend at least four years in the white house. what an experience that will be. they're on the way up to the reviewing stand. the president and first lady will join them at that
they are in obeyance right now. they are being held up. it's 1.7 miles from the capitol to the white house. the band has stopped. we don't know how far away, but it kind of matters that whoever is marching gets to march in front of the president of the united states. that's why i think one of the reasons why they're holding them up now until the president takes his seat. >> so much interest in washington about ivanka trump and her husband jared kushner and her children who have bought a home in washington. everybody anxious to see how they're going to fit into the scene here in d.c. where will they send their children to school, all of those questions. here comes the new vice president, mike pence,
indiana governor and his wife . they have a son in the marine corps and a daughter who's a filmmaker. they did a lot more walking on the parade route than the president and mrs. trump. >> she's younger. >> charlie and i can speak to that. you get to a certain point, am i right, charlie? >> sad, but true. >> how many has this been? >> 15 consecutive presidential inaugural parades. >> 15 consecutive. nobody else in this country will be able to say that. >> nobody in the world. >> indeed. i know doreen asked you before is there anyone that was more speci t
is there any one that you wish you hadn't been there? any one that you might actually regret? >> no, not at all. >> good. >> it was such a thrill. you can imagine being part of this day. ♪ >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states, michael r. pence and mrs. karen pence. ♪ ♪
>> announcer: la a president of the united states, donald j. trump. and the first lady of the united states, melania trump. >> what must that be like to walk into that reviewing stand, hearing them play "hail to the chief," and unlike at the congressional luncheon, there's only friends in that crowd. >> and knowing it's all about you. >> that's right. >> it's all for you.
>> president trump has has promised a shorter day, 90 minutes. >> the longest one ever was the one with dwight eisenhower, four hours maybe. >> just sort hort of five hours i think 9,000 military service members. >> we were just talking with charlie about how it gets dark. we can see it's already starting to get dark and they're just getting the parade started. >> 25 after 5:00. >> charlie, no knock on the guy who just did his job. what were you feeling when you heard that man say ladies and gentlemen? >> it was going through my mind, i was living vicariously. and would have done it a little differently. i would have introduced the wife first and the
because the wife, you couldn't hear a thing about it because of the applause for the president. >> i took note of that. >> just a thought. >> sounds good to me. >> had to be a moment for you, my friend. >> yeah, yeah. >> president with his son now. here come the bands. >> now they can march. it might matter to point out that a great many of these young men and women and boys and girls have prepared for a long time for this day. and what a thrill it is for them to march in front of the president of the united states of america. and i get we ought to give props to those who planned this thing to hold up the parade until the president is in place so that these young men and women, these boys and girls, can get
honor that their hard work has earned for them. >> and regardless of your politics or whether you agree with this new president or not, it is a huge honor to march in the inaugural parade. a lot of these people work for months and months. they hold fund-raisers to come to washington. it's quite a big honor. >> i think this is the u.s. army band, major. >> that is. that's the army staff element right there and members of the u.s. army field band right behind him. >> when you say staff of element, what does that mean? >> the commander's staff, staffer in charge of personnel, intelligence operations, communications functions. it would be a staff of four marching right behind the commander and troops.
in d.c. and ey're the musical ambassadors of our army. founded in 1946. really supposed to take the military music back to the grassroots of america. >> they're based here in d.c.? >> yes. >> they get to sleep in their own beds tonight. ♪ ♪ jtsd >> there are military representatives in that reviewing stand? >> there are. we just saw the chief of s
other service chiefs in attendance today as well. >> also the military contingents from out of town. i just thought about that. they all have to have a place to stay, all the police, the law enforcement volunteers from out of town. where do all those people go? >> they do. it's a tremendous operation in terms of size, scope. some of the locations, ap hill, maybe quantico, some of them in fort mcnair. >> we talk all the time about the hotels booking up and the crowds coming into washington. we don't really think about these folks. >> they have to be housed as well. >> yes, they do. >> that's the marching element from the old guard, actually, the 3rd u.s. infantry regiment. first
here i believe we have other elements of the national guard and the army reserves. ♪ the commander of troops or in this case the commander of the marching element, he'll notice he's approaching the reviewing stand and give an eyes right and everyone will render appropriate honors to the commander in chief. ♪
>> if you notice -- >> these folks are from the new york police department emerald society, pipes and drums. there we . >> what happens with the president, he is not at the best of locations to see what's happening. he can see everything that's right in front of him, but nothing to the right, nor to the left. and so the announcer says things like, ladies and gentlemen, now approaching the presidential reviewing stand, so the president can hear this and react accordingly. he'll known
to salute, and so on. it's really quite a deal. >> quite coordinated. >> yes. that's why they called me the president's announcer. >> that's what we're going to call you too. major, is it protocol for presidents to salute every single military unit that goes by? >> it is. as much as we render a salute and it's returned by the superior, the superior would drop the salute before the subordinate would. the commander in chief would return that salute. you've got members here of the united states army caisson platoon here riding horse back. also members of the old guard. this platoon really supports memorial affairs in our cemeteries for every jnt
service in l >> these are the nassau county firefighters pipes and drums, also from new york, volunteer fire service and more than 71 individual fire departments represented here. a 35-member band made up of active duty and recently retired volunteer firefighters. >> charlie? >> what happens with the announcer at this point, when there is any kind of a stoppage, we like to think that an ad lib or two was
and quite often below zero. and in an effort to get to the spectators, i say something like if it feels a bit chilly or down right freezing, remember just 58 days until the beginning of spring, only 151 days to the first day of summer. >> all right. that's encouraging. >> write that down, charlie. >> we got nothing to worry about. we're nice and warm and dry in here. >> unit from the wounded warriors project just went by. disabled american veterans unit also going by. >> this organization has been around for a long time, since
veterans of america, 70 years they've been working to change lives and build brighter futures for seriously injured veterans. this next one will be interesting, the new york military academy is coming up next. president trump graduated from new york military academy. so they get an extra special salute. he graduated in 1964, before he went off to the wharton school at the university of pennsylvania. new york military academy is in cornwall, new york, about 60 miles north of new york city. >> by the way, you know when the president was there, it was an all boys school. it is no longer all boys. it now includes female cadets. >> one of the o
and now they've fell on hard financial times and the school is now owned by a group of chinese investors. did not know that. >> that's interesting. >> this is the marris college bands going by now, very colorful there, from poughkeepsie new york. >> when there is a little silence and the announcer feels that we need a little bit of a smile, and now, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to ask the question that everybody wants to know the answer, where are the restrooms. [ laughter ].
there are approximately 250 portable toilets along the inaugural parade route, and i only hope that everybody doesn't have to go at the same time. >> some things matter more than others. >> you never answered the question about how many restrooms are in the white house. >> 34. >> he did? 34, all right. i needed to know. >> i would not like to be the housekeeper at the white house. >> neither would i. >> the west monroe high school marching band, from down in louisiana. their second inaugural parade, as a matter of fact. >> very colorful group. you know, you save your best stuff for when you get right in front of the white house,
>> absolutely correct. >> then you crank it up. >> announcer: these are the texas state university strutters. >> i was getting ready to say tell us who that band is. >> these are the texas state university strutters. they've performed at two u.s. presidential inaugurations. they've been in the macy's thanksgiving day parade and a
and then president of the school went on television afterwards they were able to raise 620,000 to fund their trip to and home again. >> they're playing a song called happy from pharrell williams. that's an uplifting song. >> ladies and gentlemen, from the lost and found department, if you have lost a child and you really want them back, go to the nearest law enforcement officers. >> he covers all the important material. the restrooms, the lost children.
>> where do you get food along the parade route, charlie? >> i have no idea. >> i do remember we had an intern and the intern wanted to get a chance just to announce one of the units. and i had to go to the restroom and i said, young man, come on over here. here's the marines and their entire band. and the intern goes, ladies and gentlemen, now advancing to the presidential reviewing stand, the marine corpse band. [ laughter ]
>> i never had to go again. >> do you know any broadcaster who hasn't made a grievant pronunciation error? >> no, i don't. >> all right. that completes division one. we're moving into the second division. major wallace, we're off of the army and onto the marine corps now. >> the u.s. marine corps. really created by decoration of the second continental congress in november of 1775. here's the commander and his staff element.
>> the navajo code talkers used their language. the navajo language was perfect for a code because it's not written, it's very complex and it's not spoken by many. so great to have them represented here today. >> our enemies had a devil of a time trying to figure out what those guys were talking about. >> mm-hm. here you see the u.s. border patrol pipes and drum corps. right behind them, the u.s. customs and border protection office of field operations.
♪ that's got to be the commandant of the marine corps sitting next to the president. >> absolutely. he's there division two rehearsal there. general robert nellers. >> everybody gets their turn next to the president when their division is up, right? >> absolutely. >> some switching of seats going on. >> they do a show in the summer time. >> they do terrific shows, sunset parade and their evening parade. >> i've seen that. isn't that spectacular? >> fantastic. >> just really good show. >> the vice president is looking forward to
roup. metropolitan police motorcycle drill team coming up next. of course, vice president mike pence is from indiana. >> let's assume it's 20 degrees below zero and the announcement is, ladies and gentlemen, remember last july and august when you were sweltering in the heat and humidity and you said you couldn't wait until winter got here? guess what, it's here. >> enjoy. as best you
>> this drill team, this motorcycle drill team started in 1954. they ride these harley davidson motorcycles in parades and they also use them in their daily patrol. they're doing that going slowly on two wheels thing that you were talking about vance that i would never be able to figure out. >> just come ride with me some time. >> not happening. we've got some horses here, the culver academy black horse troop and equestrians. these folks are also from indiana, culver, indiana. it's a college prep boarding school in culver indiana. this black horse troop has been around since 1897. different horses, i would have to assume. >> i would think so. and we also have waiting to see who's walking been inin
usually in a parades there are units. tical elements going >> oh my goodness. >> because thedey to. >> we all know just what you're talking about. no need to i lab rate. >> tmi. >> the vice president has got to be very proud and his home state has got to be very proud of him. this is the columbus north high school marching band from columbus, indiana. guess what? this is mike pence's own high school. he graduated in 1977. according to his high school yearbook, he was president of the assembly and one speaker of the year. premonition of things to come, i guess. these folks raised more than
and their mascot, the bulldogs. what's next here? >> going along with that, in 1993, bill clinton was the preside president, and they had in the stands the leader of the band asked me if i would announce that mr. president, the university of arkansas marching band and mr. president the band members say they want you to put an extra sax phonophone. i mentioned, you want to sit in? >> waving
>> no secret service jumped on you after that? >> not that one. >> these folks are from arlington. the tragedy assistance program for survivors is based in arlington. this is a nonprofit organization, one of the only local groups to take part, the taps program offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our armed forces. >> they've been around since 1994, as a matter of fact. they have helped more than 60,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers.
presidential inauguration. they're located up in northfield,vermont, which i think was the first private military university in the nation. it houses all four branches of the u.s. department of defense, the army, the navy, the marines and the air force. >> well, now, this one is big fun. the big old tractors. everybody loves those, right? >> big wheels. >> the rural tractor brigade. rfd tv, the flag ship network featuring programming on agriculture and the rural lifestyle. who knew that was even a thing? did you know? >> no, i did not. >> there's a tv channel for everything now. who wouldn't love a good excuse to drive a giant tractor in the inaugural parade? >> i'd pay
i'm not getting on a motorcycle, but that would be great fun, driving a tractor. >> i don't blame you. so would i, doreen. >> my son grew up loving trucks and all that. but now they just play video games all the time, right? any kind of construction equipment, he's always interested in. >> absolutely. i wonder if they drove. >> or hauled them on flatbed trucks. i don't know.
>> we want to take a moment right now to offer our gratitude and our appreciation to two men who have just helped us immensely here today. major lee spencer wallace with the 3rd u.s. infantry regiment and the old guard has been with us to help us with the military units throughout this parade. we certainly do appreciate your help, major. and thank you very much for being with us. and once again, we thank you for your service. >> absolutely. >> and love your -- the fanciest uniform we've ever sat next to covering the inauguration. >> thank you so much. it's been an honor
privilege to be a part of this entith>>thright, the one, the only, the incomparable, there's no one ever been like this man and no one ever will be again, ladies and gentlemen, charlie brotman. >> stop now. >> we so appreciate you sharing all of your expertise for us. it's been a real treat for us and an honor to have you join us. >> thank you. i was ready for it. >> it's an honor for me. i'm a native washingtonian and been watching channel 4 for 120 years. >> there you go. stay tuned for 120 more. we'll be right back.
you're watching inauguration coverage on news4 at 6:00. >> a big day here in washington as we watched history unfold. president donald trump and his family took it all in from the reviewing stand near the white house. >> about an hour ago, the first family made their way down constitution avenue, up pennsylvania avenue with a military escort, waving to supports.