As President Donald Trump took his oath of office Friday afternoon, he certainly did not forget the people who got him to that exclusive stage on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
“Today’s ceremony has very special meaning,” Trump said in his inaugural address. “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.”
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now,” Trump said.
Under the drizzly rain clouds following a tumultuous campaign season, Trump officially became the 45th president of the United States. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath with Trump’s hand on two Bibles — one from his childhood and one from former President Abraham Lincoln.
Trump’s speech, much like the skies above, was dark at times, as he promised that the “American carnage stopes right here and stops right now.”
“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,” Trump said.
A Manhattan businessman, Trump decried the current state of the U.S. infrastructure and reiterated his promise to bring jobs back.
“We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams,” he said during the speech he reportedly wrote himself. “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.”
But he also called for “action” and promised that no longer would just a “small group” in Washington, D.C. “reap the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.”
“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it,” Trump said. “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.”
Former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were in attendance at the ceremony as well as outgoing President Barack Obama. Trump’s chief campaign rival Hillary Clinton also attended alongside her husband, dressed in white, the color of the suffragette movement.
Following the ceremony, Obama and his wife departed on the Marine helicopter Executive One.