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This is BBC News special looking back at the highlights of Donald
Trump's presidential inauguration. I was joined by two commentators.
Donald Trump came to Capitol Hill where hundreds of thousands of
people had gathered to witness the ceremony. The Republican and
Democratic leadership coming in before the President-elect. This is
not just a new president, it is a change of power here in Washington.
Very firmly switching from Democrats to Republicans. This is going to be
a different America with a different political bent. This is a
conservative, hard right turn that America is about to take. Donald
Trump, about to come out onto the platform, the last person to arrive.
Announcer: Leaders and gentlemen, the President-elect of the United
States, Donald John Trump. Ladies and gentlemen, the chairman
of the joint inaugural commission for ceremonious. Ladies and
gentlemen, welcome to the inauguration of the 45th president
of the United States of America. Today, the legislated, the
executive, the judicial branches of our constitutional government come
together for the 58 inauguration of the president of the United States.
Millions of people all over the world will watch and will listen to
this event. So we come to this place again, a commonplace and miraculous,
a national moment of celebration but muddy celebration of victory, a
celebration of democracy. Mr Vice President-elect will you raise your
right hand and repeat after me. I come Michael Richard p do solemnly
swear. I, Michael Richard p do solemnly swear. But I will support
and defend the Constitution of the United States that I will support
and defend the Constitution of the United States. Against all enemies
foreign and domestic. Against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But I
will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will bear true
faith and allegiance to the same. That I take this obligation freely.
But I take this obligation freely. Without any mental reservation or
purpose of evasion. Without any mental reservation or purpose of
evasion. And that I will well and faithfully discharge. And that I
will well and faithfully discharge. The burdens of the offers on which I
am about to enter. The duties of the office on which I am about to enter.
So help me God. So help me God. Congratulations, Mr vice president.
Mike Pence has just been sworn in as the next vice president of the
United States. The transfer of power is partially complete now. Next,
Donald Trump will take the oath of office. You can see President Obama
there smiling in the background. Mike Pence, the former Governor of
Indiana waiting to the crowd. And here is, the moment that many
thought would never happen. Donald John Trump is about to become
president of the United States. He will take the oath of office and
once he has done so here's America's 45th president.
Please raise your right hand and repeat after me. I, Donald John
Trump do solemnly swear. I, Donald John Trump do solemnly swear. That I
will faithfully execute. That I will faithfully execute. The office of
president of the United States. The office of president of the United
States. And we'll come to the best of my ability. And we'll come to the
best of my ability. Preserve, protect and defend. Reserve, protect
and defend. The Constitution of the United States. Constitution of the
United States. So help me God. So help me God. Congratulations, Mr
president. Chief Justice Roberts, President
Carter, President Clinton, President Bush
President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national
effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world
Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly
And we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
for their gracious aid throughout this transition.
Today's ceremony, however, has a very special meaning -
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 people.
For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped
the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost.
Washington flourished, but the people did not share
Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories.
Their triumphs have not been your triumphs.
And while they celebrated in our nation's capital,
there was little to celebrate for struggling families
That all changes starting right here, and right now,
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance
For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense
of American industry, subsidised the armies of other
countries while allowing for the very sad depletion
We've defended other nations' borders while refusing
to defend our own, and we've spent trillions and trillions of dollars
overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen
We've made other countries rich while the wealth,
strength and confidence of our country has dissipated
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even
a thought about the millions and millions of American workers
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes
and then redistributed all across the world.
But that is the past, and now we are looking only
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every
city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this day forward, it's going to be only America first
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration,
on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries
making our product, stealing our companies
Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never
America will start winning again - winning like never before.
We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.
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 labour.
We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world,
but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let
We will shine for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite
the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism,
which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
We are protected and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military
And most importantly, we will be protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action,
constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it.
Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done.
No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
Our country will thrive and prosper again.
So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large,
from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean,
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our
And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us
Together, we will make America strong again.
And yes, together we will make America great again.
Donald Trump, delivering an inaugural address. 20 minutes long.
Directed clearly at his supporters and followers. The people who got
him into the White House. He talked about a transfer of power to the
people. This was also a strongly nationalist speech. He talked about
making America great again. He said there would be a new decree, a new
vision, that will govern our land. From this day forward it will be
only a America first. He talked about total allegiance to the United
States of America, about having hearts full of patriotism. This was
an address to the people who support him. The people he calls forgotten
Americans. He talked about a strong nationalist call for a America's
role in the world. Mr President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God's
blessing. It started to rain when you came to the podium. It is my
prayer that God will bless you, your family, your administration, and man
He bless America. . The passage of Scripture comes from Timoty, Chapter
two. I urge them, first of all, that petitions, prayers, and
Thanksgiving, be made for all people, for Kings, for all those in
authority, that we may live peacefully quiet lives in godliness.
This is good. It pleases God, our Savior, who wants everyone to come
to the Truth. There is one mediator between God and mankind, Jesus, who
gave himself as a ransom for all people. Now to the King eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only God, living forever and ever, in Jesus'
name, Amen. # Who's broad striped
and bright stars There we have yet. The official
inauguration ceremony is now over. Donald Trump, the 45th President of
the United States, leaving the inauguration stand. He goes first.
And now his wife, Melania Trump, will follow. President Obama, now
former president, Obama, will follow behind. There he is. Donald Trump.
Property billionaire. He just gave his inaugural speech promising to
change America. Promising to bring back jobs to a America. Promising
that in everything it will be a America, and American workers,
first. Jon Sopel, quite a speech. Quite a speech. I think we have
heard so often an inaugural address is very carefully modulated and a
kind of conciliatory speech. I do not know why we thought he would do
a standard political speech. He delivered a more polished version of
the way he has campaigned throughout the country these past 18 months.
And he has sought to say, do you know what, the way use on the
campaigning is the way I am going to govern. A Republican strategist. I
listened to that speech and I imagine many people around the
world, and in the UK, in Europe, in Asia, millions of them, watching the
speech, they would have heard the message from Donald Trump that every
single decision they make will now be about America first. You and I
both acknowledged that Donald Trump managed to cut the employment rate
in half. There are 9 million people who are dropping out of the
workforce not being counted. There is a meaningful job problem. There
is a wage issue as well. There will be opportunities. Will he be
challenged I questions of technology and trade, immigration, even a trade
war, no doubt about it. The world says goodbye to President Barack
Obama. In office for eight years. Immensely popular around the world
of Barack Obama. He turns around and waves goodbye. And that is it. The
last we see of Barack Obama in Washington. He will now fly to the
Air Force Base. The new man is coming back into the Capitol
building. That is it. He is alone now. He does not have Barack Obama
on his side now. He is the 45th President of the United States. All
the decisions and cares of these offers are now on his shoulders.
This really has been an extraordinary transition of power.
Many people thought it would not happen. Donald Trump is now the 45th
President of the United States. You have been watching this BBC News of
special on the inauguration of the next president of America.
I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear.
The office of President of the United States.
From this day forward it's going to be only America first.
Many of us have enjoyed a settled spell of weather over
That doesn't mean we are all enjoying the same conditions.
Cold and frosty starts in the south of Britain.