By Mina Onar
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” With these words, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office to formally become the 45th President of the United States of America Jan. 20, 2017. Celebrations took place from Thursday, Jan. 19 to Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Trump maintained his campaign platform when he gave his inaugural speech.
“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 people,” he said.
A total of nine main events took place in the 58th Inaugural Ceremony: Morning Worship Service, Procession to the Capitol, Vice President’s Swearing-in Ceremony, President’s Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Departure of Outgoing President, Inaugural Luncheon, Inaugural Parade and Inaugural Ball.
The National Anthem was sung by Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old singer who has gained success and fame after her appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” It was a difficult time for the Trump team to find a big-name performer such as Beyonce who had performed at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2009, since many of the big-name artists did not support President Trump during the elections.
Inauguration Day was not the first official performance by Evancho. She had also performed for Obama in 2010 at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree. She became the youngest performer who performed on Inauguration Day.
The head of state of the US has been a president since 1789. It was the year when George Washington was elected and inaugurated as president of the United States of America. He was inaugurated for the first time on April 30, 1789, and for the second time on March 4, 1793. Subsequent inaugurations were held on March 4 until the second inauguration of President Franklin Roosevelt on Jan. 20, 1937. Trump reiterated his dedication to America coming first during his decision-making.
“We assembled here today are issuing a new decree … from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First. America first!,” Trump said.
As of noon Jan. 20Trump officially began his presidency.