The 58th Presidential Inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump arrives during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Carolyn Kaster

President-elect Donald Trump arrives during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Erika Spafford

WASHINGTON D.C. – On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was officially inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.  It is estimated that 300,000 to 600,000 people had gathered at the National Mall and on the steps of Capitol Hill to watch this historic event take place (Frostenson, 2017).

Though the ceremony began at around 11:30 AM, spectators were flooding in by the hundreds before 7:00 AM.  People came in from all directions, directed by members of the military, national parks service, and other authorities.

Ticket holders were able to stand on the lawn of the Capitol, whereas thousands stood out in front of the Washington Monument.  At around 11:30 AM, senators, state representatives, Supreme Court Justices, high ranking military officials, and other diplomats made their way to their seats, all the while being broadcasted on large screens to the public.

Former presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were present along with their wives.  Though there were boos and negative comments fired at them, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, made a surprising appearance and stayed the entire ceremony.

Before Mike Pence and Donald Trump came on stage, there were multiple performances to set the mood of the ceremony.  Each branch of the military had a special band that played patriotic songs, and Jackie Evancho, a former America’s Got Talent contestant, sang the National Anthem.

When the families of Vice President Pence and President Trump appeared on screen, the crowds cheered.  When it came time for the actual swearing into office, Pence took the oath first, with a crowd cheering and lively music playing afterwards.

Donald Trump was next, and after his oath, the spectators went crazy, with cannons being fired and a military band playing music.  Several pastors of various faiths took the podium, proclaiming scripture verses and offering prayers for Trump’s new presidency.

Next came Trump’s speech, one of length but full of enthusiastic promises for his term.  Though he had not even started his speech, the masses of spectators were fired up and clapping, ready to hear their leader speak.

“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.  Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.  We will face challenges.  We will confront hardships.  But we will get the job done.”

Michael Johnston, junior, watched the inauguration and was highly pleased by Trump’s words.  Johnston is ready to see how Trump will step up as the nation’s newest president.

“I’m definitely happy to see power peacefully passed over.  I enjoyed the speech a great deal.  It brought a lot of hope…or feelings of hope. I am happy to see what [Trump’s] administration is going to be doing over the next four years and I’m pleased to see progress and ready to get started.”

Mrs. Linda Schemenauer, the high school economics and history teacher, also watched the inauguration and was equally impressed.

“I personally loved the inauguration.  I liked his speech.  I liked the theme of putting America first for a change so we can fix our own problems before messing with other people’s problems.”

Although Trump’s overall inauguration flowed smoothly, protests were soon rallied, both during the ceremony and afterwards, with people both at the National Mall and not, berating President Trump and his administration.  However, in spite of the numbers against them, President Trump was stood tall throughout it all.