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    President Donald Trump danced with first lady Melania Trump at the Liberty Ball.

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    President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama talked, as they paused on the steps of the East Front of the U.S. Capitol as the Obama’s depart, today, in Washington.

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    Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump looked on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington today.

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    President-elect Donald Trump pumped his fist as he arrived during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington today.

WASHINGTON >> Pledging emphatically to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States today, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

Under cloudy, threatening skies at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Trump painted a bleak picture of the America he now leads, declaring as he had throughout the election campaign that it is beset by crime, poverty and a lack of bold action. The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military rank — promised to stir a “new national pride” and protect America from the “ravages” of countries he says have stolen U.S. jobs.

“This American carnage stops right here,” Trump declared. In a warning to the world, he said, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”

Eager to demonstrate his readiness to take actions, Trump went directly to the Oval Office tonight, before the inaugural balls, and signed his first executive order as president — on “Obamacare.”

The order notes that Trump intends to seek the “prompt repeal” of the law. But in the meantime, it allows the Health and Human Services Department or other federal agencies to delay implementing any piece of the law that might impose a “fiscal burden” on states, health care providers, families or individuals.

“This is a movement and now the work begins,” Trump told supporters, before dancing with his wife, Melania, to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” at the first of three inaugural balls. “We love you. We’re going to be working for you and we’re going to produce results.”

Trump also signed commissions for two former generals confirmed to Cabinet posts earlier by the Senate: James Mattis as secretary of defense and John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security. Vice President Mike Pence swore them in soon after.

Mattis struck a different tone from his new boss in his first statement to his department: “Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances.”

At the inauguration, the crowd that spread out before Trump on the National Mall was notably smaller than at past inaugurals, reflecting both the divisiveness of last year’s campaign and the unpopularity of the incoming president compared to modern predecessors.

After the swearing-in, demonstrations unfolded in the streets of Washington. Police in riot gear deployed pepper spray after protesters smashed the windows of downtown businesses, denouncing capitalism and the new president.

Police reported more than 200 arrests by evening and said six officers had been hurt. At least one vehicle was set afire.

Short and pointed, Trump’s 16-minute address in the heart of Washington was a blistering rebuke of many who listened from privileged seats only feet away. Surrounded by men and women who have long filled the government’s corridors of power, the new president said that for too long, “a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.”

His predecessor, Obama, sat stoically as Trump pledged to push the country in a dramatically different direction.

Trump’s victory gives Republicans control of both the White House and Congress — and all but ensures conservatives can quickly pick up a seat on the closely divided Supreme Court. Despite entering a time of Republican dominance, Trumpmade little mention of the party’s bedrock principles: small government, social conservativism and robust American leadership around the world.

He left no doubt he considers himself the product of a movement — not a party.

Trump declared his moment a fulfillment of his campaign pledge to take a sledgehammer to Washington’s traditional ways, and he spoke directly to the alienated and disaffected.

“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people,” he said. “To all Americans in every city near and far, small and large from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again.”

But the speech offered scant outreach to the millions who did not line up behind his candidacy.

Trump’s call for restrictive immigration measures, religious screening of immigrants and his caustic campaign rhetoric about women and minorities angered millions. He did not directly address that opposition, instead offering a call to “speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.”

While Trump did not detail policy proposals Friday, he did set a high bar for his presidency. The speech was full of the onetime showman’s lofty promises to bring back jobs, “completely” eradicate Islamic terrorism, and build new roads, bridges and airports.

Despite Trump’s ominous portrait of America, he is taking the helm of a growing economy. Jobs have increased for a record 75 straight months, and the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December, close to a 9-year low.

Yet Trump’s victory underscored that for many Americans, the recovery from the Great Recession has come slowly or not at all. His campaign tapped into seething anger in working class communities, particularly in the Midwest, that have watched factories shuttered and the certainty of a middle class life wiped away.

Randy Showalter, a 36-year-old diesel mechanic and father of five from Mount Solon, Virginia, said he felt inspired as he stood and listened to Trump’s speech.

“I feel like there’s an American pride that I’ve never felt, honestly, in my life,” said Showalter, who donned Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” red hat.

Trump’s journey to the inauguration was as unlikely as any in recent U.S. history. He defied his party’s establishment and befuddled the news media. He used social media to dominate the national conversation and challenge conventions about political discourse. After years of Democratic control of the White House and deadlock in Washington, his was a blast of fresh air for millions.

At 70, Trump is the oldest person to be sworn in as president, marking a generational step backward after two terms for Obama, one of the youngest presidents to serve as commander in chief.

In a show of solidarity, all of the living American presidents attended the inaugural, except for 92-year-old George H.W. Bush, who was hospitalized this week with pneumonia. His wife, Barbara, was also in the hospital after falling ill.

But more than 60 House Democrats refused to attend Trump’s swearing-in ceremony in the shadow of the Capitol dome. One Democrat who did sit among the dignitaries was Hillary Clinton, Trump’s vanquished campaign rival who was widely expected by both parties to be the one taking the oath of office.

At a post-ceremony luncheon at the Capitol, Trump declared it was an honor to have her attend, and the Republicans and Democrats present rose and applauded.

While most of Trump’s first substantive acts as president will wait until Monday, he signed a series of papers formally launching his administration, including official nominations for his Cabinet. Sitting in an ornate room steps from the Senate floor, the president who had just disparaged the Washington establishment joked with lawmakers, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and handed out presidential pens.

AP writers Vivian Salama and Nancy Benac contributed to this report.

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Donald Trump Inaugural Address

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because 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, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;

We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

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.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, 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. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.

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    • 64hoo: Could not have said it better. This is where the world gets to see how immature, perpetually angry and just plain hateful the American left is. They’ll no doubt engage in destructive and violent behavior because Barry Hussein’s Marxist fundamental transformation has been stopped dead in it’s tracks. Add to it the fact that Waldo Clinton won the popular vote and you have a recipe for disaster.

      • CEI the popular vote for Hillary was from California where she had 5,860,714 to trumps 3,151,821 the 2 million 600 thousand or so is what gave her the popular vote which she won. so she is the president of California and trump is the president of the rest of the country. so she did not win the popular vote from all 50 states and D.C. that the liberal dems and the stooges in the media try to tell you. California gave her the popular vote that’s why we have an electoral system so one state with populous vote cannot decide the presidency.

        • also if you deducted her California vote from her national vote it would leave her with 54,978,783 and deduct trumps California votes from his national total would leave him 57,113,976 he wins in a landslide in the other 49 states 51.3% to her 48.7%. that’s why Kellyanne Conway by passed California and worked on the 6 states that gave him the presidency which were FL.,NC,MI,PA,OH,and WI smart move by trumps campaign manager.

        • Are you still trying to peddle that nonsense, 64hoo? Take away the electoral votes from texas and trump wouldn’t have won. That makes just as much sense.

        • Who’s rioting? Rep.’s? Come on, Fess up you Libertards! What don’t you see and can’t believe? Your Pied Piper left the WH

        • The popular vote tally is completely irrelevant! Electoral votes carry the day, and everyone had those rules from the start. Some of us in Hawaii might’ve even voted differently (or voted at all) if it weren’t for the Electoral College. It would’ve been a completely different game, and both candidates would’ve engaged completely different strategies. Trump won 57%. THAT IS A LANDSLIDE. Trump’s team was simply smarter, and the popular/electoral vote margin even attests to that.

      • I didn’t vote for Trump but I must say all those people who are protesting and dividing this great country are truly deplorable. All those over educated people who think they’re better then everyone else. No wonder they lost.

      • CEI, the country will remain bitterly divided by remarks like yours about the 54 % ofAmerican voters who did not vote for Trump and do not support his values, principles, or morality

        • Vector the tranny king is on a rampage again. Better take more of those estrogen hormones vector, looks like your PMS is flaring up again.

        • DPK, I am only stating a fact, there are many ignorant, superstitious, gullible, and uneducated people in America. In other words , sheep and cattle ready to be easily lead by demagogues and tyrants into submission and slavery

      • What about the lynch mobs at Trump’s rallies who shouted crooked Hillary and lock her up. Now that was really a witch hunt promulgated by Trump and his advisers.

    • Sounded more like a speech a president would make after winning World War 3. No, America is not a destroyed pile of rubble like Trump wants us all to think. Expect the riots to get worse though in the coming months as Trump starts to dismantle everything that Obama has accomplished.

      • Also expect increasing repercussions for the thugs committing these property crimes. Cry foul all you wish, but destruction and assault are not in the Bill of Rights.

        • The Constitution protects protests, free speech, a free press, and the values and principles of DEMOCRACY, such as equality and justice for all

        • Why bother? None of you will answer a direct question, so just continue flapping your gums, which is a right you do have.

    • lespark, George Soros and his family had been in Nazi concentration camps. He know a lot more than you about totalitarianism. You are nothing more than a historical revisionist

    • The right wing obsession with George Soros can be explained by the fact that he is Jewish, that using his name provides convenient cover for anti-Semites to vent their fevered imaginings about Jewish control of the media, Hollywood, banking, the “new world order,” etc. Demonizing Soros instead of other wealthy supporters of left-wing causes is transparently and viciously anti-Semitic.

  • Yes, of course. Writers on here are now saying that everyone should worship Trump or suffer the consequences made up by the writer.

    None of you understand that the Constitution allows and encourages this. How could so many people possibly be this ignorant of our freedoms? This low knowledge / poor education combination (along with the dim wit violence factor thrown in, of course) explains the Trump win. Nothing in our Constitution requires anyone to accept Mr. Trump as their leader. Hardly any of you accepted Mr. Obama, so now it’s someone else’s turn to protest.

    • klastri, as usual, you speak and represent only a tiny minority of devout “D” nut jobs like yourself. Everything you’ve posted like ignorance of our constitution and our laws relates to Obama whom you so dearly cherish.

      *Aren’t you the one that promotes illegal immigration? Last I recall you were posting all over the SA comment sections pro-illegal immigrant propaganda
      *Aren’t you the one that promotes illegals are granted amnesty?
      *Aren’t you the one that promotes illegals should game the system and keep dropping off anchor babies in order to steal government benefits that were once reserved for legal residents and legitimate US Citizens?
      *Aren’t you the one that also promotes millions of Syrian refugees into the USA while countless US veterans are still poor and suffering with the VA hospitals in shambles without enough funding but magically we can afford to transplant millions of refugees form Syira?

        • @sarge, namecalling is never a smart proposition. And I believe you mean “panty waist.” But what’s wrong with being a “weak or effeminate male”?

        • sarge22, resorts to insults and falsehoods whenever he has nothing to back up what he says. If anyone has a thinking and reasoning deficiency, he is one of them.

        • IRT Vector: It’s called defense…They will be playing a lot of defense the next 4 years…#MAGA

        • An America First Energy Plan
          Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.

          For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.

          Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.

          The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.

          In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.

          Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.

          A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health. Under the Trump Administration’s energy policies, that future can become a reality.

      • The First Amendment of our Constitution, a very important Amendment, being the First, allows people the freedom to protest. Please read our Constitution and understand it.

        • Vector: you dodged the question. Where in the Constitution does it say that people can burn cars and destroy property as freedom to protest?

        • DPK,where in the Constitution does it say anything about cars? Did we have cars in 1787?

        • But not destroy other peoples property. . You are not a lawyer or any where near on. Read again. Free education, it shows. LOL

        • nanakuliboss: people may not have had cars in 1787, but people did own property. Your humorous response lacks substance, if indeed you were responding seriously.

        • mgwright: perhaps you are not familiar with the second amendment. Of course, present federal law prohibits fully automatic weapons.

    • Perhaps you might elaborate on precisely which freedoms you’re referring to that permit masked individuals to race through streets smashing storefront windows? The “poor education” and “dim wit violence factor” you allude to seems more aptly applied to the degenerates committing the ongoing property crimes as their preferred method of rejecting Trump as their president.

  • Mr. Trump will be a great president for our country.

    I’m sick and tired of lifelong politicians, who are all talk take money from special interest groups and do nothing for the people of this country.

    Having a businessman who knows how to produce and get results without government help will be incredible. Not to mention all his cabinet pics are other successful businessman and women and not political hacks.

    • Trump’s advisers and cabinet nominees all are very rich businessmen with backgrounds and connections with Wall Street, in particular, Goldman Sachs, and connections with the oil and gas industries. Those are the special interest people influencing Trump, Pence, and the Republicans. Trump’s own business empire, is a very special interest inside of the White House, with his son in law, Jarred Kushner at his side, his daughter Ivanka in the other wing, and his sons Donald Jr. and Eric running his business empire. It reeks of nepotism, self serving, self interest, conflicts of interest, and insider deals. These people on the Trump team, most of them in among 1% wealthiest in the country, did not accumulate their wealth by being concerned with the condition of hard working middle class and the poor. You are deceiving yourself, if you think they have anything in common with you.

  • As I watched President Trump’s inaugural speech on TV, I looked out my window to watch the sun rise over the panorama of Kane’ohe Bay. Sunrise in America. What a glorious day it is!

  • Meet the new swamp, ten times as deep as the old swamp. Only question is will the Donald do to America what his SOS did to Chad? Time will tell. Enjoy your new minimum wage jobs republicans.

    • C’mon Boots. Time to lace them up. It’s a glorious morning filled with endless hope.
      Are you going to be a bitter loser for the next 4 years? Just sit back and watch Washington and the establishment get turned on its ear. The time is now. Enjoy the ride.
      Negativity will raise your blood pressure and give you ulcers. Stifle the hate.

  • Trump’s speech could have been more inclusive, and thanking Obama for his service to the nation would have been appropriate as well, although I had to let the cat in, so maybe I missed it. I’m confident all of us by this time understand Donald’s general intentions, so belaboring them during his first address as president seemed a tad excessive.
    Regardless, it’s time to rally and look forward to what’s ahead. I’m sure there’s an overabundance of watchdogs chaffing at their bits in anticipation of any Trump missteps, so we can rest easy that whatever he does will be thoroughly vetted. So let’s see what his concept of a great America turns out to be. Who knows, we may be pleasantly surprised…

        • Of course. We know how many Americans are looking for jobs picking fruits and vegetables, landscaping, and other back breaking tasks. Great analysis!

        • dragoninwater, oh really klastri? You mean to tell me America was built on illegal Mexicans? You better share the name of that history book with us because the last time I recall America was built by Americans, today Americans can’t get those jobs because the illegals work for peanuts under the table earning cash and not paying taxes. Go ask any unemployed black guy on the mainland who took his job and why he can’t get one today!

        • dragoninwater. you are dead wrong. Look it up. Undocumented immigrants pay $12 billion in taxes every year. And they’re not lazy, but hard working.

        • koae: what is the source of your claim that illegals pay $12B in taxes annually? How can they pay taxes if they don’t have SS numbers?

        • DPK, it is true, some of them do in fact pay taxes, using a stolen identity including stolen SS from a US citizen! LOL

          My identity was stolen by some illegal Mexican on the mainland. Due to a background check I discovered I have two identities using the exact same SSN!!! I only hope the illegal using my SSN is getting the taxes withheld correctly by the employer he’s working at!

  • a great day for America. washington needs some shaking up and trump was the only one bold enough to do it. he’s rough around the edges for sure but our career politicians and their pc-ness have weakened our country so now its time to get the ship back on course. hold our local representatives accountable to working with the president instead of being professional cry babies just trying to get re-elected.

  • From the aticle, “Trump’s first words as commander in chief were an unapologetic reprisal of the economic populism and nationalism that fueled his improbable campaign.” Also, “He vowed to stir “new national pride,” bring jobs back to the United States, and “eradicate completely” Islamic terrorism.”

    I wonder if historians are replacing a few words to see if there is a comparison to Germany in the 1030s.

  • That was a nice inaugural ceremony. I liked President Trump’s speech and I think we will see a different Trump as he settles into the oval office. Right now I am seeing on TV a violent protest near the inaugural parade site. Too bad this is happening.

    • Great day for some rioting/protesting…Seems police are a little “nicer” to these protestors than they were to some of the “darker” ones last year…This type of protesting is just what America needed, hope it keeps going a little longer too…Nothing like a little chaos to bring two opposing sides together…Minority Left will see NOTHING wrong with the rioting and Minority Right will villify ALL Lefties for the riots…#MAGA

  • “In an upscale loft space in downtown Moscow’s Central Telegraph building, Russian politicians, political analysts, hangers-on and activists were toasting President Trump’s inauguration on Friday evening, applauding as he took the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States.

    “It’s going to be a lot of action, drive, excitement,” said Dmitry Nosov, a sturdily built former member of parliament, who wore a grey-checked blazer with a bear pin. “Not dull like it has been.”

    “There was champagne. A live translator narrated Trump’s speech. It felt as if half of Moscow’s foreign press corps was there.”

    –written by Andrew Roth.

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  • The “American Carnage Speech,” as it will be known in history, was one of the darkest, most dystopian, most divisive of all inauguration speeches, consistent with the worst dictators of history, who proclaim that everything is disastrous and that only they can save their country. Particularly offensive was Trump’s use of the anti-Semitic slogan, “America First.” A President’s word choices are critically important, in diplomacy and in all other respects. Presidential speeches are not isolated events without reference to previous speeches. Presidents choose words, phrases and themes that reference previous Presidents’ words, and ignorance of that history is not an excuse. “America First” is not an anodyne, patriotic meme. It was a vile political movement supported by Nazi sympathizers like Charles LindberghIt has an extensive history as an anti-Semitic rallying cry with chilling echoes of the darkest periods of anti-Semitism in America. Trump knows this, it has been explained to him, and he continues to use the phrase as a dog whistle to his white nationalist and anti-Semitic supporters. His blatantly false claim that “America First” is “a brand-new modern term” that means only what he intends it to mean is a transparently dishonest attempt at plausible deniability. Essentially, Trump’s excuse is “I am ignorant of history.” To say that “America First” has no historical reference is no more believable than if he were to begin a speech with “four score and seven years ago…” and claim that he was not referencing Lincoln.

  • It sure felt good to see Obama board that helicopter to get out of town. He has been a total phony who accomplished nothing for the majority of the American people. His final act of inept leadership and defiance by commuting the sentences for a record number of criminals was completely asinine.

  • “Subdued” hardly describes what a flop this was. Trump predicted the greatest crowd ever, but empty grandstands lining the parade route. Trump’s inauguration-eve concert was attended by 10,000; Obama’s was attended by 400,000. Obama’s first inauguration was attended by 1,000,000 more people than Trump’s

  • This article is full of falsehoods such as the “economy that has recovered from the Great Recession but has nonetheless left millions of Americans feeling left behind”. For the majority of us, we have recovered from the Recession. Inflation is out of control. In my State, inflation was 2% and the biggest increases were in health, food, and housing which as a senior citizen with disabilities hit me the worst. The Feds attempt to tell us that the CoL is low so they wouldn’t increase social security CoL. But the low CoL formula they use is for working people. I gave up my car so the cost of gasoline decreasing is no great bonus for me but it is the major consideration in the Feds CoL. And nobody has done anything to help us. Now the GOP wants to reduce both Social security payments and Medicare coverage and reimbursements. So for me and others, the ECONOMY HAS NOT RECOVERED!

  • Idiots just can’t move on. And say America changes for the better in the coming years what these idiots will say then? If you idiots don’t like it move to a country where you happy. We don’t need you people here. At least a lot of us will give him a chance. And I for one like a lot of his ideas.

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