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Donald Trump Inauguration: 3 Important Facts!

VO: Matthew Wende
Written by Matt Wende On January 20, 2017, the United States of America's presidential inauguration ceremony saw Donald J. Trump sworn in as the 45th Commander in Chief of the United States. WatchMojo presents 3 need to know facts about the inauguration of America's newest president! How did the ceremony go? What did the Obama's do? What was Trump's speech like? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: To vote for which News story we cover next, head over to WatchMojo.comsuggest

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It’s official, after announcing his bid for presidency 18 months before, as of January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump is now the president of the United States. Welcome to WatchMojo News, the series from where we look at news stories that might be on your radar. In this installment, we’re looking at three things you should know about the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

#3: The Inauguration

The inauguration is a traditional ceremonial event in which the power of Commander in Chief of the Unites States of America is transferred from an outgoing president to the newly elected one. It is held in high regard as a symbol of democratic principles within the republic. If you’re looking for more details, click here to check out our video on Top 5 Facts about the presidential inauguration. After the Vice President has taken the oath of office on Inauguration Day, the big moment comes when the incoming president places his hand on a Bible and takes the oath of office, marking the moment when power is officially transferred.

#2: The Controversy

The weeks leading up to the inauguration were filled with anxiety, with scars still deep and bloody from an election campaign that many viewed as toxic. Many artists refused to perform at the inauguration, including Elton John and Céline Dion. Finally, Jackie Evancho performed the country's national anthem at the historic event. Many called for viewers to not watch the inauguration in protest, and more than 50 members of congress were said to have allegedly boycotted the ceremony. Meanwhile, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, wore a button emblazoned with the hashtag “protect our care”. A protest was scheduled for the day immediately following the inauguration known as the Women’s March, in which Gloria Steinem, Scarlett Johansson and Angela Davis among many others were scheduled to speak.

#1: The New President’s Speech

After taking the oath, President Trump gave a speech that lacked any of the incendiary rhetoric we've grown accustomed to, such as when he argued that prejudice isn't consistent with patriotism - though some still viewed his speech as divisive. He tried to strike a balance between rallying his supporters and uniting the country. The speech seemingly called out previous US politicians, including the former presidents sitting next to him, as being ineffective and inadequate at leading most Americans. It also echoed much of the same sentiment that his campaign had inspired, in which Trump related his election to that of a revolution in the country, promising great change. Nationalism ran high, with Trump stating that America would come first in every situation from that point forward, and in the finale he repeated his longstanding promise to make America Great Again. After the national anthem was sung, the new president left to escort former president Obama out of the Capitol building.

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