America gets new President on Jan 20; All about Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony
The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m., with a musical prelude beforehand, later Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will take part in the traditional inaugural parade at 3 p.m.
Where can I watch the ceremony?
In Washington D.C., you can watch the inauguration either by purchasing a ticket or from non-ticketed viewing locations at the ceremony. The gates will open at 6 a.m while the tickets will be distributed by members of Congress and the inaugural committee. Otherwise major broadcasts and cable networks will also be showing the LIVE coverage of the ceremony.
The parade will pass through Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol to the White House and also right past Donald Trump’s hotel in the Old Post Office.
Who’s who at the inauguration?
Besides Trumps and Obamas, several living ex-presidents like Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, ex-resident Bill Clinton and 2016 presidential election nominee Hillary Clinton will be in attendance. However, George H. W. Bush will not be present as he was admitted to hospital on Wednesday citing health concerns.
Faith leaders like Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Reverend Franklin Graham will also be present. Planners are expecting about 800,000 people at the inauguration ceremony, a mark lower to President Obama’s first inaugural.
The list includes Three Doors Down, Toby Keith, the Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, who will sing the national anthem.
In a tweet, Trump posted, “the so-called ‘A’ list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!”
All about the inauguration ceremony
Sen. Roy Blunt will open the ceremony followed by readings and invocations and music from the Missouri State University chorale. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the oath of Mike Pence the next Vice Presidential. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs, and then Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of Donald Trump as the next President of USA.
Trump will then give his inaugural address, followed by more readings and a benediction and close with the national anthem.
The inauguration festivities will begin from Jan 19 when Trump will attend a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony and then host a “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial that evening, which is open to the public.
He will then attend inaugural balls— but only three, a sharp decline when compared to President Obama in 2009.
Trump will also attend a national prayer service at Washington National Cathedral on January 21.
Trump’s inauguration speech- what to expect?
Stephen Miller, who frequently served as the warm-up act on the campaign trail for Trump, will be penning his much-anticipated speech focussing on structural problems within the country and setting an agenda for the US President’s first 100 days and beyond.
His immediate test- first 100 days!
After inauguration Trump will immediately face the first test of his presidency: his accomplishments in the first 100 days in the White House.
It is predicted that Trump definitely intends to shake up the status quo in Washington and roll back Obama administration policies. His focus will rely on some major issues like OBAMACARE, BORDER SECURITY and IMMIGRATION, withdrawal of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), ENERGY and INFRASTRUCTURE issues.
Obamas- what to expect?
Outgoing United States President Barack Obama on Thursday offered a parting message of hope for a country governed by Donald Trump. He said, “At my core I think we’re going to be OK. We just have to fight for it, work for it, and not take it for granted.”
On Jan 20, President Obama will meet Donald Trump at the White House prior to the latter’s inauguration, and the pair will ride with their wives to the inauguration from the White House. Finally, after the inauguration, Obama and his family will take one final flight on Air Force One to an as-of-yet-announced destination, which is customary.
A lot of anti-Trump protests will also take place during the weekend, the largest expected to be the Women’s March on Washington. More than 200,000 people are expected at the event.