On Friday January 20th Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States along with Vice President, Michael Pence, in front of a worldwide audience . The two-day event featured performances, religious services, and banquets.
The purpose of an inauguration is to symbolize a peaceful transition of power from one president to the next. Central to the inauguration ceremony is taking the oath of office. This tradition has been a part of inauguration ceremonies since America’s first presidential inauguration of George Washington in 1789. In the ceremony, Chief Justice John Roberts read the oath of office to both Trump and Pence. The oath of office states, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President (or Vice President) of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Both repeated the oath back while placing their hands on the Christian Bible, thus completing the ceremony and beginning their new terms of office.
Inaugural chairman Tom Barack talked of the significance of this event saying, “an inauguration is truly a historic event. It’s the only time that you have this passage of a partisan power that transpires in the snap of a finger. In three minutes you have reflection and expectation.”
After the inauguration ceremony, the new president Trump addressed the crowd. Trump thanked his supporters and promised his loyalty and service to the United States. Trump promised, “I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never, ever let you down.” Trump then shared his vision of what will happen in the next four years including the increase of national security, elimination of the illegal drug trade, and increase in employment.
While the purpose of the inauguration is to symbolize a peaceful transition of power, the inauguration brought mass protests to cities around the United States and around the world. In Washington DC, thousands of protestors who opposed Trump’s ideals rallied in the streets. Although the protests were organized peacefully, chaos broke out as protesters damaged store windows and bus stops, hammered out the windows of cars, and threw rocks at supervising police. Officers responded by launching firehoses and flash-bang devices into the street to disperse the crowds. Similar cases also happened in cities such as Dallas, Chicago, and Portland.
With the beginning of a new presidential administration comes the end and beginning of an era. Trump’s agenda is to “Make America great again”, but what changes await the United States are yet to be seen.