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An Exceptional Inauguration
Friday, January 20, 2017: a date that has widened the divide within the American populace. As the clock struck Noon at E.S.T., the 58th Presidential Inauguration commenced as Donald John Trump was administered the Oath of Office becoming the 45th President of the United States of America. Spectators turned out to both cheer and jeer our new Chief Executive.
Our first President being General George Washington who commanded the American Continental Army was inaugurated at Wall Street in New York City on April 30, 1789. Our quadrennial festivity offers Americans a renewed opportunity to accomplish new objectives. Inauguration Day welcomes the president’s Inaugural Address, features the Inaugural Parade, and concludes with a formal Inaugural Ball.
A presidential inauguration is a celebration of pageantry and ceremony. Inauguration Day is a uniquely American institution that represents both tradition and transition. The USA heralds the peaceful transfer of power between opposing political parties, which is the foundation of our Constitutional Representative Republic.
Buy American, Hire American
The Trump and Pence families were gathered together on the dais to participate in our American ritual of pomp and liberty. President Trump’s Inaugural Address was a declaration that America would undertake a great national effort to fortify America First as our primary prerogative. “Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people.
“That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you. This is your day, this is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans”.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First, America First. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. And yes together, we will make America great again”.
An Inauguration to Remember
Inauguration Day was Barbara Poltorak’s 51st birthday. Born in Poland, she and her daughter Anna had driven up from Raleigh the night before without tickets. A Trump insider handed her two red gate tickets to attend the ceremony while riding the Metrorail. Poltorak remarked, “I think the country needs change. We’ve had enough of Obama, too much corruption. It was great. I loved his speech and Trump made the sign of the cross”.
18-year-old Morgan Morrison attended the swearing-in ceremony along with 46 fellow students from West Shore Christian School of Harrisburg. Morrison was a first-time voter who commented, “This is the most people I’ve ever seen together in my life. I see red hats everywhere. It’s like one big family in support of American pride”.
Surprisingly, Tita Espiritu invested in her roundtrip airfare to the attend Inauguration from Las Vegas on August 29 last year! Espiritu was exceedingly confident that Trump would indeed defeat Clinton to secure the presidency. She stated, “I came for the Inauguration and enjoyed watching Obama leave and Trump become our President”.
David Byrne from Atlanta and Donald J. Bortz, Jr. from Miami, attended the misty ceremony. Together, they legally filed to appear on three state ballots as write-in candidates for President and Vice-President in AK, GA & NJ. Byrne mentioned he had recently met candidate Trump in NYC at the 911 memorial. “I thought the Address was great. I didn’t think he was gonna do it, but America wanted something different. This was a true transfer of power to the people.”
Jessica Walsh flew in from the West Coast with her son Dominic. Walsh said, “We wanted to be witness to history after closely following the election campaign for 18 months, and having lived through the disaster of the Obama administration for eight long depressing years. The trip was to support our new president, and to celebrate with like-minded Americans!”
The New Carrollton park & ride was not crowed. The orange line on the Metrorail was not crowded. Most businesses within the District of Columbia were closed. Although spectators outnumbered the protestors with both commercial and homemade signs, malcontents had turned out in force to disrupt and disturb the inaugural proceedings.
Media warnings about rainfall and possible protests certainly kept many Trump supporters from attending this Inauguration. As my friend and I approached the Red Gate entrance, a huge throng of protestors had lined up in front of the entryway. We simply walked right by them through barriers and were inside the security area in no time flat.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by an Indian television camera crew at the Inauguration. Yuva with Telugu TV 9 interviewed me for my impression of Trump’s inaugural address. I took the time to personally interact with several protestors to inquire why they were there and what their peccadillo with Trump was. My most pleasant conversation was with Ali Sheff from Virginia.
As Trump was reciting the Oath of Office, a young male in a red apron began barking “hotdogs, get your hotdogs” infuriating everyone within earshot. I ran into Kyle Ferris later and told him he was wise to lock his lips when people scolded him to STFU. As 44’s helicopter was exiting above the Inauguration crowd, spectators erupted in unison and began to sing, “na na na na, hey, hey, goodbye.”
A double police presence protected the Inaugural Parade route. A good deal of protestors up and left once both President Trump and Vice-President Pence’s limousines had passed from view. Small fry vendors were everywhere profiteering to sell inaugural memorabilia. At least 200 arrests were made in the Capitol as disguised rioters destroyed commercial property requiring tear gas and water cannons to restore order in the District of Columbia.