The Inauguration of Donald Trump


First Lady Melania Trump, from left, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, wave goodbye to Executive One flying off carrying outgoing President Barack Obama and outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama after President Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of The United States on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)


On the steps of the Capitol where 44 other men took the same solemn oath to serve their country, Donald John Trump inserted his name into history by placing his hand on the Bible and taking up the duties of the office of the president of the United States.

Trump was inaugurated today in Washington, D.C., in front of a noticeably smaller crowd than his predecessor, now former President Barack Obama, enjoyed for his first inauguration. The crowd was not the only difference between the two men’s inaugural ceremonies, as the speech that Trump delivered contrasted with that of then President Obama’s.

“Since he is not a politician, Trump is not as polished or as diplomatic as President Obama,” history teacher Lance Kyles said. “When he was laying out his plan, thanking his supporters, or setting his agenda today, he was maybe a little more confrontational than the usual presidential address, but for someone with as little of experience making these types of speeches, I thought it was a good speech.”

Throughout the speech, Trump made references to rebuilding the American economy by “bringing back the factories that have left our shores” and “restoring the wealth of the middle class ripped from their homes and redistributed around the world.” These were some of the center pieces to Trump’s campaign platform.

“I feel a bit relieved by Trump being sworn in. It’s time to rebuild our economy and bring everyone together after the divisive election,” junior Landon Ryden said. “I think he should focus on building the economy and bringing back jobs to those who seem to be forgotten about in the country.”

The inauguration was seen differently by different groups of people. For some, the inauguration of President Trump is viewed positively,

“Personally, I see it in a positive light because every new inauguration is a new stepping stone in our country and to build off of what his predecessor has accomplished,” senior Carson Jones said.

However, for Congressman John Lewis and others, the inauguration of Trump has not been received well.  Rep. Lewis of Georgia chose to boycott the inauguration, and others around the school have their doubts about the new president.

”I’m worried about him not letting people in,” senior Iyonna Walker said. “There’s bad people everywhere, but I hope he doesn’t keep everyone out just based on the color of their skin.”