Donald John Trump is the 45th President of the United States. Get used to it. He won..and to the winner goes the spoils.
But..the mood was a bit different. Perhaps because skies were gray and rain spritzed from time to time. Or maybe…just maybe…people just weren’t so excited about it all
Sure there were the merchandisers who were making a buck off the event, but the picture below seemed to show the most glaring proof of American apathy towards the Trump inauguration. It’s a high angle shot of the National Mall comparing the first Obama Inauguration (left) and the Trump Inauguration. It speaks for itself.
It’s impossible to say a presidency is ‘failed’ before it even begins. However, confidence in the new administration can be visibly and vocally measured. Much of what I hear is essentially “Wait and see” with quite a bit of “He’s not MY president” mixed in.
Points I will take away from covering this inauguration include:
- The endurance of the process — the ‘transfer of power’ — despite who won or lost.
- The cordiality of the people (at least where I was near Lafayette Park) for the latter stages of the Inaugural Parade, and
- The class and dignity shown as the 44th president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama exited stage left.
Now it’s President Donald J. Trump. We know what we get with him. But I will echo my wife Karen’s sentiment that she shared with me in our nightly conversation. To paraphrase, she hopes the magnitude of the office brings about some kind of change in him.
Hearing that..maybe those who told me to “wait and see” were on the right track.