Every four years, our government and our nation celebrates it’s monumental achievements. On January 20th the President of the United States swears an oath to uphold the laws of the land with his body and soul. Just as traditionally, the new President (or “renewed” President, in many cases,) give their inaugural address. Generally, these speeches range from a few words (as with George Washington) to a two hour long dialogue (as in the case of William Harrison), and usually symbolizes the direction the elected President plans on driving their administration.
Today, Donald J. Trump was sworn into the White House as the 45th President of the United States on Capital Hill, following the swearing in of his Vice President, Michael “Mike” R. Pence, several sermons, prayers, and performances from both the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Minnesota State Chorale.
President Trump’s speech was roughly 20 minutes and seemed to inspire the crowd gathered below him on the west side of the Capital Building (a tradition established by our 40th president, Ronald Reagan), despite the cold rain which started as soon as Trump stepped up to render his address.
Introduced by Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO), Trump began by thanking the country’s past leaders present on the balcony with him, including his predecessor and First Lady Michelle Obama, calling the couple, “Gracious…magnificent…” during our country’s legendary transition of power which began, in this case, November 8th, 2016, with Trump’s win over Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton, who was also present at the ceremony with her husband, Bill Clinton, the 42nd President.
President Trump’s address was full of quotable lines, but centered around the theme that power of the government would be given back to the people.
“It’s not whether which party rules the country, it is whether the people rule.” He said. Adding that the power of the government was the ¨reasonable demands of righteous people.¨
Trump insisted that he took “…an oath of services to all the people…” when he was sworn into the office moments before.
He encouraged us, as citizens, to be “…looking only to the future…” a decree which is meant to be heard “…by everyone…”
Much like during his campaign, Trump also declared that he, like everyone in positions of leadership, shoulder put America first. “…to benefit American workers and American families.”
The oldest president to be elected insisted that “We will bring back our jobs… We will bring back our borders… We will bring back our wealth… And we will bring back our dreams!”
Towards the end of his speech, Trump also emphasized America’s demand for unity, insisting, “Whether we be black, brown, or white – we all bleed the same color of patriots!” A statement which points out that racism is just as much of a social construct as patriotism.
And, of course, ending his speech as he ran his campaign, the 45th President of the United States declared with a pumping fist, “We will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together, we will make America great again!“
Followed by a burst of applause, President Donald Trump distributed his thanks before leaving to begin the rest of his Inauguration Day, which includes a luncheon, parade, and ball later this evening.
– Chloe Cushing, senior