Jon Kay takes America's Route 45 from Wisconsin to Washington, Alabama, talking to people about their hopes, fears and expectations for President Donald J Trump.
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What a week it has been in the United States. The transition of
power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, who is now the 45th president
of America. So we've spent the last few days heading down Route 45,
stopping at high schools and sports grounds, factories, talking to
ordinary voters about their hopes and fears, expectations for the next
four years. What you think of your new president, Trump? Give him a
chance. To do what he said he was going to do. We will just have to
see how it plays out. We do know what he will do! This is a man who
has not got a political record. Trump exodus each in and get it
done. I am concerned what he will think about us, especially Mexicans.
I think he can make America great again. We just have to believe in
him. I will never respect him as my president. Never. We are nearly at
the end of the road here in Alabama, but we started 1000 miles further
north in freezing cold mill walkie, in the state of Wisconsin. Mill
walkie. Known for its harsh winters, for making cheese and beer, and now
for its role in America's fragile new politics. This is no place for
fragile. Junior ice hockey. Jonathan is coaching the under nines. He
likes Donald Trump because he is different, a nonpolitician, and
outside. It just goes back to an alternative that is outside of the
box. A different viewpoint. He is a billionaire though, he isn't every
man. He certainly is not, what I think there's something to be said
for him being able to relate to a plumber, a welder, a teacher. The
state of Wisconsin switched sides in this election. It is largely white,
working-class electorate normally votes Democrat, but this time they
chose Trump. A little grassy, but I will give him a try. They like
giving you things a try here, like soccer on ice. But might a Trump
presidency and up feeling like this? Your gloves are nearly as big as my
hands. Engineered Jason is confident. After nine redundancy
threat in six years he says it is time for a businessmen in the Oval
Office. It would be nice to have a bit more stability in the job front,
so I'm hoping that from an economic standpoint Trump reflects giving
that stability back to the country. Are you more optimistic for your own
family and household economy? Absolutely. Take about four steps.
Confidence on the ice is another matter, for me at least. Some of
America's top ice athletes practice on this rig. I understand you like
to do this? You are not doing that as much. Nancy was an Olympian and
is now a coach. It is time to be a little risky. She told me Donald
Trump can bring a winner's mindset to the White House. He makes a
decision and get it done. Do you have any reservations about his
personality, the things he has said about women, for example? I think
everybody who is behind him has some reservations are closely really
don't know the truth behind that and they are just hoping at this point
in his life he has put that behind him. Wisconsin may have voted Trump,
it only by 1%. And some are still struggling with the result. This is
one of the most important jobs in the world and I am not certain that
he is prepared for it. But hockey mum Leila is willing to give him a
chance, even though as a Muslim she is worried by some of his comments.
I try to look at the bright side. I think we have to just wait and see
what happens. You sound to me like you are maybe a little nervous? I
might be. Are you prepared to support him? Not quite prepared to
support him, but iambic head to initiate change to support him. What
does that mean? How do you initiate change to support him? Change my way
of thinking, try to find the good. Here in Milwaukee many people told
us they want to put the country first now and move on. It is that
the feeling elsewhere? And howl easy will it be to unite? We hit Route 45
as the nation prepares for its 45th president. Right through the middle
of Donald Trump's America. To get a sense of the country
he is taking over. But our next stop is
not Trump territory. This is Barack Obama's
favourite diner. He lived around the corner
before he was President, Normally he is a breakfast person,
egg whites come an omelette. I hope you are hungry? Very!
As a nurse, she likes the changes he made to healthcare,
She worries Donald Trump will overturn the reforms,
They will not have adequate care, they will not have access
they have to come through emergency services.
Many of them will be very sick, can't get medicine, some
Her son Daniel thought having a black President would mean a more
inclusive America, but he fears Donald Trump's form of populism
I do feel my safety might be in danger.
Really - you feel more vulnerable now?
Post-Trump, yes, because it is something that you can see
from the energy that Trump built, and the way people
express themselves, who support Trump.
A lot of them have certain beliefs and things like that that do not
Some here do question the Obama legacy, and think change is overdue.
Aspiring businesswoman Erica hopes Donald Trump will help
I believe that it's going to open up doors for small
..that's trying to create big businesses.
Maybe you'll be as rich as Donald Trump in a few years.
Elgin, where nearly half the population is Hispanic.
Donald Trump's plans to build a giant wall along the Mexican
border mean many here cannot support him.
I am concerned, what does he think about us, especially Mexicans?
But some views here may surprise you.
Rosa hopes a wall would stop illegal immigrants.
We have our own problems here in America.
So, you know, to add more of them coming over here,
I think - that, I don't think it's a good thing.
And in the choir, Margarita hopes Donald Trump will safeguard her
I'm so excited and I'm so happy for him.
And we should not be afraid of anything, not even
Elisa confirmed to me that the Hispanic community is split
It's a scary time because we don't know what will happen and how things
will roll out. There is the unforeseen,
with our future, Hispanics, and a lot of people are scared
about what is going to happen. If you want to understand
Donald Trump's election win, Next to Route 45, the Ohio River
meets the Mississippi. It's an essential artery for the US
economy, carrying 18 million tons But things aren't
what they used to be. The locks which boats pass
through here have seen better days. Nearly 100 years old,
they regularly break down, A boat could be waiting out for 52
hours before coming through? Mark, the lock keeper,
says it's a struggle The concrete is starting
to break up and crumble. Every time it gets hit by a boat
and it lands on it it puts pressure on it and causes more
cracks and stress on it, we patch it together
and try and keep it going, Donald Trump has pledged $1 trillion
to rebuild America's rivers, A promise that's won him plenty
of support round here. But he hasn't said where
the money will come from. We head back on Route 45
to see the kind of project the new president
wants to encourage. A huge dam and lock system to
replace the failing one downriver. It's nearly 20 years behind schedule
and $2 billion over budget. Many here believe Donald Trump's
life in business will mean I think he if he really wants
to put his mind with it and really wants to work with the people,
for sure, why not? One person can't do it
but if you take a group of people and you've got good conversation
communication skills, good listening skills, you can
pretty much accomplish anything. Trump's critics say his pledges
are unrealistic and unaffordable. But in an area where jobs can be
scarce, they're prepared Once you start pulling people and
government assistance is go down in these communities, and people start
making good, well paying jobs brought in, it will pick up, and in
my opinion I think it will outweigh it, yes, it will be expensive but in
a business cost analysis it will make a good return back on the
investment. We drive on into
America's rural South. There are 2 million
farms in this country. Will a property developer president
understand this business? At the University of Tennessee,
students are learning how to weigh Stick it in, press it
forward, pull it out. Some are gonna be more willing to go
forward and some are wanting Donald Trump won nearly 80%
of the vote in the Martin area. They like his confidence and in turn
they have confidence in him. He might have a few mess-ups
on the way but eventually he'll We're always going to need
agriculture, that's what feeds us. So we're going to need
it to keep going. But is farming compatible
with Trump's plans for building? What about the land,
the environment? Donald Trump is a man you associate
with skyscrapers and New York City, not with farming
and places like this. Do you think he understands
you and what you want to do? I think he's going to help
small town people out. I'd don't think he's
going to be the big city man What about farming, does
he understand farming? Not as well as some
agriculture people. Whether it's agriculture
or infrastructure, in these communities away from Washington,
many feel Trump will be a president Someone not just following
the political herd. Halfway through our journey down
Route 45, and as the 45th president prepares to take over, we've reached
the Deep South. One last practice before heading to Washington.
Tonight, the Tupelo High School band will be travelling 900 miles
from Mississippi to the capital to play at President Trump's
Just to march in the parade and go to Washington for the first time.
What do you think of your new president?
Donald Trump got 60% of the votes in this state.
The students might be playing for him, but that doesn't mean
they are all fans of the new man in the White House.
If you had been able to vote, put your hands up if you would have
I think some of his ideas are pretty great and I think he can make
America great again, we just have to believe in him
But you're about to go and play for him.
I like Washington, but I don't like him.
Lots of celebrities said no to performing, didn't they,
I'm not a fan of Trump, but I'm going for the experience
I'm not going for him, I'm going for me.
Music matters in this small southern town.
Just off Route 45 is the tiny house where Elvis Presley was born.
But we're not here to talk about The King, we're here to talk
Because as well as producing rock 'n' roll stars,
I wish we had hired one of these for our road trip.
Donald Trump has promised a return to the heyday
He says he will create jobs and improve trade deals.
This local steel company supplies the car industry.
They believe the new president will cut red tape, cut taxes
The boss here hopes Donald Trump will fill his government
And if they don't do it he will fire them!
Politics is more complicated and more nuanced.
Will he be able to cope with the political diplomatic challenges?
I think he is introducing something into the political landscape that
Elvis stood right here on the cross and asked for his first guitar.
This hardware store is where the young Presley's
As well as guitars they sell tools to local businesses
and they are waiting to see what Trump really means
This is a man who has not got a political record.
He has gone on record sometimes supporting things,
Does it worry you that he hasn't given much detail about
He has made big promises but not explained how.
It does worry us and I think it worries everybody,
Anything you take to the parade is subject to being searched.
Tomorrow they will perform outside the White House.
And this nation will have to march to a very different beat.
We have arrived. But this is Washington County, Alabama, one of
America's poorest states. And on a wet mornings are busiest spot we
find... We are open, ladies, open for business. Is the local food
bank. These volunteers hand out hundreds of parcels every week.
Well, here you go. To people like Roosevelt, a President's name but he
is out of work anti-trust Donald Trump to make life better. I hope he
is right about getting jobs. You just want a job? If he doesn't get
it going, I went like him. Will he? I hope so, I believe so. Catherine
and Willeen run the front desk and say some of the poverty here is
heartbreaking. Some of them come in and they don't have toilets in their
houses. They believe Donald Trump will invest in this community. He
spent a lot of time campaigning here and it worked. He has been out in
the community, out in the countryside, and he has seen how
people need help and he has been there with the community to help,
and he does. He is not afraid to go into poverty areas and talk to the
people, where most politicians you don't see around unless you have
$1000. It is very tough for a lot of people, especially in rural areas.
Larry will watch the inauguration later, once finished helping here.
He hopes Donald Trump will use his speech today to inspire the nation.
I hope he says enough good things that people will give him a chance
at to do what he said he will do. We will just have to see how it all
plays out. Along this section of Route 45, one quarter of the people
live in poverty. Many believe Donald Trump can make America great again.
I can't believe that do to won. But not Tyrone. We join him and his
family as the inauguration began and this former soldier believes Donald
Trump will only make the country more divided. He is doing everything
he can really to try to make us feel like this is not our and America.
This hat will show you are and an American and I fought for this
country. And I would never respect him as my president, never. Are you
going to be watching the big moment? No. Tyrone's mum says the new
president is a bully and she hates his Thai raids on Twitter. I don't
like him, I don't trust him, -- tirades. He is talking about making
America great. I don't like the way he downeds women. We have met so
many pro and against Trump, but there are also voters like Jeff. It
is tough, real tough. Unemployed and unimpressed. On his porch he told me
it doesn't matter who is sitting in the other White House. Do you feel
forgotten? Yeah, I do. These small counties do. Bad roads, that
bridges, you know. They don't look at us. Do you think Donald Trump
will change that? Is he going to look after the likes of you? No. You
don't things are? No, no I do not. Why not? Because the politicians,
the governors, they all have their hands like crabs in a bucket, you
know, they are looking out for themselves. After 1000 miles
crossing the United States, we reached the end of Route 45. And
this divided nation will try to move on and begin its new journey.
Many of us have enjoyed quite a settled spell of weather in recent
days, but that's not to say that we're all enjoying the same
The Weather Watcher pictures again tell the tale.
Cold, frosty starts across the southern half of Britain.