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US Inauguration

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Welcome to Washington, where Donald John Trump is soon

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to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

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Hello, I'm Katty Kay - with you on BBC News

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for this momentous day of ceremony and celebration.

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The crowds are gathering and we are now little more

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than an hour away from the formal ceremony.

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Donald Trump will take the presidential oath just before

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noon, Washington time - before delivering his

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That will signal the end of President Obama's term of office -

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the two men are now holding a final meeting ahead of the ceremony.

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The inaugural platform is ready and waiting for Donald Trump to utter

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the 35 words written by America's founding Fathers, the Oath of Office

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which will make him the 45th president of the United States.

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Here on the National Mall, excitement is mounting.

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Hundreds of thousands from across the United States gather here on the

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National Mall to witness history. Dignatories, senate leaders,

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military leaders are already taking their seats on the platform -

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ahead of the ceremony - In less than two hours,

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Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President

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of the United States. The property tycoon won

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an unexpected victory in November's election

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after a controversial campaign. Hundreds of thousands

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of supporters - and protesters - are in Washington DC for the event -

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an event that will also be The ceremony is being attended

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by former presidents and first ladies, including Bill Clinton

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and his wife Hillary, Mr Trump's In keeping with the new style

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of politics in the Trump era, he posted a message on Twitter

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earlier today - saying "the movement continues -

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the work begins!" Let's go over to Capitol Hill and my

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colleague Nick Bryant who is where the president will be taking his

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oath of office. What is the scene at the moment? It was very wet until

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recently, the weather forecasters have proved themselves to be more

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accurate than the political forecasters who did not expect

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Donald Trump to be taking the oath of office today, they thought it

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would be Hillary Clinton but the weather forecasters have predicted

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rain and it has been raining. People have been coming in their ponchos

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and in the scarlet red Make America Great Again hats which were a

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feature of Donald Trump's campaign. There is the beta of the military

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band behind me, it is an extravaganza here as they go through

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the repertoire that is familiar on these national pageants. They have

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taken off the cellophane which was covering the inaugural lectin from

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which Donald Trump will deliver his long-awaited speech, it is said that

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he has written his speech himself. -- inaugural

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lectin. They are sat in the White House as part of the tradition, they

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have had their church service, it is the last time that Michelle and

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Barack Obama will be in their home of the last eight years before

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accompanying Donald Trump to the Battle, where you are now, for the

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services. -- to the Capitol building. What do you think Barack

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Obama is passing on to his successor now? Wouldn't you love to know! ?

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Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall in that conversation... Never

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before has an incoming president had such a different personality and

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political agenda than an outgoing president. You will remember Barack

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Obama thrust himself into the midst of this campaign, so too did

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Michelle Obama in an emotionally powerful way. Both said that Donald

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Trump was tempering -- temperamentally. This is not how

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Barack Obama wanted to end his presidency, handed over to somebody

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who has vowed to dismantle and demolish his signature achievements,

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like health care. But it has been a peaceful transition, Americans pride

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themselves on this and one suspects it will be a civil conversation as

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they have a chat and a coffee at the White House. It was a nice moment

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when Melania Trump arrived at the White House, and the couples were

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met. We can bring in these pictures from moments ago, of Melania Trump

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and Donald Trump meeting Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on the

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steps of the White House, and Melania Trump offering Michelle

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Obama a nicely wrapped gift, it looked suspiciously like Tiffany box

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to me! A nice gesture, the crowds are gathering and there were tears

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of invitation to inauguration cheap seats and the less cheap seats!

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These are people who have come from all over the country, who have long

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been supporters of Donald Trump, handing him victory and who believed

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in him early on. They are here in Washington, DC, and are here ready

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for the inauguration services. I am joined here up on the podium on our

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perch over Capitol Hill... Carlos Watson is

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Founder of OZY Media. former speech writer

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for President George W Bush. Carlos Cuellar you predicted that

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Donald Trump would become the President of the United States. You

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can see him now on Inauguration Day, is he now

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President Trump? We have been surprised by President-elect Trump

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and President Trump regularly but in the transition of the last 60 days,

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the candidate you saw for the last 15 months is

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likely to be the president you will get. Some of these early fights,

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most significantly a supreme court battle, and fights over immigration,

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in some way, will that temper his approach? I doubt it but we will

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see. And you are a former speech writer, he will be on the podium,

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George W Bush, his father is in hospital sick with pneumonia, but

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George W Bush will be there. How much pressure is there on the

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President-elect, on this day, to say the right thing to the American

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people? This is the most pressure that he has faced to date in his

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speech, for the longest time he was not taken seriously and I think that

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the pressure was not as high profile but now the eyes of the world and

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the nation are on him. This is his first address to a country, half of

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whom did not support him and he has to explain to them why he is

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everybody's president and how he will work to make America a nation

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everyone is proud of. We know that the country is divided, a recent

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poll showed that more than 80% of Americans think that the country is

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more divided than it used to be and they do not feel very optimistic

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that it will get less divided over the next four years. This is

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something that George W Bush thought about in his presidency, and he did

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reach out after a very contentious election in 2000, when he gave his

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inaugural address to those people who have lost the election campaign.

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Do you think that it matters to Donald Trump, to be seen as a

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president who tries to unite the country, or not the ticket Lily?

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Absolutely, in many of his speeches he spoke about it being a divided

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nation, this is something that has been on his mind and he will be

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looking to draw on the common themes of what makes Americans a common

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people, what resonates with them, and how they can appreciate

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unifying, even around something as amazing as a peaceful transition of

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power. The average American, myself included, you feel overwhelmed by

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the patriotism from these traditions that we observe today, regardless of

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who was sworn into office, that remains true, and he will draw on

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that. He will have, Carlos Watson, behind his sales, if you like, the

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wind of the whole Republican party. He has the Senate and the House of

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Representatives, and the Supreme Court, and of course he has the

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White House. It gives Donald Trump an awful lot of power? It does, and

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the power is strengthened further by the fact that many of them did not

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support him. You will remember the House Speaker, Paul Ryan, famously

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said would one month to go committee all but walked away from the Dem

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candidate Donald Trump. -- he all but walked away. In states like

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Wisconsin and Ohio, where they were not supporting him, it will give him

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a lot of sway and a bit of power. Reince Priebus, the former National

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committee chair, coming in as chief of staff, will be very valuable. And

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Kellyanne Conway has distinguished herself as a thoughtful counsellor,

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and a spin master for him. Let's pause and we will talk about what we

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are seeing in these pictures from Capitol Hill. There is the former

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Republican Speaker of the house John Baena. What is happening on Capitol

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Hill, the members of Congress, Donald Trump supporters, former

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presidents, Republicans and Democrats, are making their way to

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the platform on the west side, just behind where we are seated, of

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Capitol Hill itself. They are making their way down and awaiting the

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arrival of President-elect Trump and President Obama, John Baena on his

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way out. The top dignitaries, you President-elect, Vice

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President-elect, President Obama, Michelle Obama, they will all be

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announced by a Herald who will call them individually onto the platform.

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At the moment, the seats are filling up with the political and military

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dignitary, Newt Gingrich and his wife, a long-time supporter of

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Donald Trump, part of the campaign as well, making their way to the

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podium. It's not a very cold day, I have covered much colder in

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operations for right have won what I would have wanted goalie skiing

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holiday! This is damp but not that cold? -- I would have worn on a

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skiing holiday! It was frightful the last time! The campaign chairman for

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Donald Trump, will be a special adviser. It is fair to say, Anita

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Green, one of the more controversial figures entering the White House? He

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was the CEO of Breitbart News, who has published very far right things.

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It was the third shift in the campaign that Rob had undergone, and

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he had been doing poorly at that point. -- Donald Trump. He and

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Kellyanne Conway were seen as resurrecting a campaign that was

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flagging and ultimately went on to victory. Newt Gingrich and his wife,

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making their way through the Capitol Building, you go through on the red

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carpets, and get onto the viewing platform. And Steve Bannon, he has

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been a strong supporter of nationalist movements in Europe,

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this is an interesting moment in history that we are at, not just

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here in the USA, but we've seen this populist wave, which you could argue

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started with the Brexit movement in the UK and came to the election with

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Donald Trump, and people watching other countries in Europe now to see

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if they will be the next dominoes to fall in the populist wave, or if you

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are a supporter of populism, the rising movement, which Steve Bannon

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has specifically said that he hoped it would be? As you know, in May,

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the French will vote, and that could be quite a significant... Steve

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Bannon has reached out to Marine Le Pen, they have been in contact with

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one another? And Nigel Farage has been over, I saw him in DC not long

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ago, no doubt about it, much like we saw in some ways with the Tony Blair

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and Bill Clinton movement, the third wave movement some 20 years ago,

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there is clearly a uniting across the Atlantic among various European

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efforts and various US efforts as well. He will need to get off to a

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good start that is credible enough, others will follow and mimic him,

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and his candidates and in his policy, that is not clear, but Steve

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Bannon, it is incredible. Katty comes you been here long enough to

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show that -- to know that he covered the things that Breitbart News did,

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and consistently, we clean it up and call it the alt-right, it is a

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factual viewing of it, the fact that that person is literally just down

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the hall is typical, the other thing that Steve Bannon symbolises is a

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return of Goldman Sachs to power. There was a time when Goldman Sachs

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could not participate in senior levels of government, along with

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Gary Cullen and several others, they are now back. You've worked with

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President George W Bush's White House committee came in on an ethos

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of compassionate conservatism. He had high ratings with Hispanic

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groups can he did well in the 2004 election with Hispanic groups, how

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different is the philosophy and tone and political style of the Trump

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administration, compared to the Bush administration? It's been very

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direct, in ways that the Bush administration did not embrace.

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There was that emphasis, like you said, on compassionate conservatism,

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they had to figure out a way forward, we all did, with the

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attacks of 9/11, President Bush came in with a domestic agenda and then

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became a wartime president, he was not looking for that. It was

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different, President Trump, in one hour, will be President Trump, not

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President-elect Trump, he has been himself, he shoots from the hip, you

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can see that from his Twitter feed and his own advisers don't know at

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times what he will say which is very different from the Bush

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administration. What about what Carlos was touching on? Some of the

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things that Donald Trump said about women and allegations about

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Breitbart News gritter muck that it was anti-Semitic and wrote

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anti-Semitic headlines at time? There were accusations of racism

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about Breitbart News as well? What would George Bush have made about

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that if it was in his White House? When he sits there in one hour's

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time and watches Donald Trump become president, as a former speech writer

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to his, what will be going through his mind? He is there to support the

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next president and the process, he was very supportive of Barack Obama

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and President Obama has mentioned it several times, how he appreciated

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it. I know that one of President Bush's worst moments in his

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presidency was when can you West says George Bush hates black people,

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which could not be further from the truth -- Kanye West. He took it

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seriously, and Donald Trump, if that kind of charge was levelled at him,

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he would have thought that it was the media being hyper partisan and

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would not have taken it to heart in the same way... Let's run through

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what we will see... There are the members... You are looking at the

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platform filling up where Donald Trump will give

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his inaugural address. That is the young lady who will sing the

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national anthem, it looks like? We will see her, she was the winner of

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America's Got Talent, and she will sing the national anthem.

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President-elect Trump and Barack Obama are in the White House having

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a cup of coffee and a final meeting between the two of them. They will

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make their way in a brand-new version of the Beast, the

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presidential limousine, which has been refitted for Donald Trump. The

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President-elect and the president will drive together to Capitol Hill,

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in the Beast, and they will make their way onto the podium,

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President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect pence, President

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Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, they will come into the Capitol

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complex, taking their seats, and the official services will begin at

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midday local time, that's 5pm London time. President Trump will become

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President Trump when he takes the oath of office, and will give his in

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your -- give his inaugural address, we do

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not know how long it will be, some presidents before have given very

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short addresses previously, having given that, the Vice

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President-elect, Vice President, president and President Obama will

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depart, the Obama family will head to Andrews Air Force Base, where he

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will depart the scene, he will then be ex-president, and President Trump

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will go back to Capitol Hill for lunch with supporters. We will look

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out for that in the next couple of hours in Washington as the services

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begin. We are currently waiting for President Trump and President-elect

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Trump to leave the White House and head down towards the Capitol. It's

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a very formulaic day? Yes, Ronald Reagan encountered bad weather in

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1981 which calls for a variation in plans, and other kinds of things

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have happened in the past. Other than that, it's largely formulaic.

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At one point, we expected that... Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are

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going in to the Capitol Building, the building where she used to work

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as a senator for the New York State. This is an extraordinary moment,

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seeing Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, when George Bush took over,

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it's not unusual for your rifle to be sitting there, Al Gore would have

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been sitting on that platform as Bill Clinton's vice president as

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well? -- it is not unusual for your rival. I'm sure that John McCain

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will be there, it is unusual, historically speaking, to have so

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many political rival pull for power,. What will it be like for

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Henry Clinton sitting and watching Donald Trump take the oath of office

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gritter muck it will -- what will it be like for Hillary

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Clinton sitting and watching Donald Trump take the oath of office? No

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matter what, when you are on the losing side, it cannot feel good...

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But they had to be there, Bill Clinton is a former president, he

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has two B there and there will be some tight handholding between the

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two of them? It sends a terrible message, if she was not to be there,

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her whole question was, will you do the presidential dignified thing,

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when you lose, and attend my inauguration? One thing that you can

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say is that she is incredibly disciplined? She is, she's been seen

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around town in New York recently, any kind of loss, whether you are Al

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Gore, or Hillary Clinton, it hurts, but people saw her in bakeries and

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in restaurants around New York. She has got a lot of love, and that

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discipline is taking place. President Obama has tweeted, from

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his Twitter account @POTUS, I do not know how long he will have that

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for... "It has been the honour of my life to serve you, you have made me

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a better leader and a better man". We should spend a moment talking

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about President Obama, he is president for another hour and 40

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minutes? Incredible in so many ways, it's an unusual time in American

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history, when you think about the people elected to the highest office

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in the last few years, you've had Bill Clinton, the son of a single

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mother, who grew up in working-class Arkansas, not immediately the kind

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of guy like his predecessor, there was controversy with the Supreme

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Court, you get the first African-American elected, and very

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few people expected a 70-year-old reality star... He will be the

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oldest president to take office? Yes, Barack Obama goes out on a wave

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of enthusiasm, with very high approval ratings, as does the first

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Lady. When you think back on his record, even if you disagree with

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him, a lot got done. If you think about what happened with health care

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and immigration, and the movement between the two wars... Thing about

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the economy? Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, and

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Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager, wearing a very patriotic coat, she

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will be senior adviser to President Bush, she is the first woman to have

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run a presidential election campaign and the first woman to have led a

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winning presidential election campaign.

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A very important figure in this transition process. Kellyanne, she

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told me on election morning very confidently that Donald Trump at

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seven different parts to the White House. Few people believed her on

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that election morning. And the poll suggested that this would be a

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victory for Hillary Clinton but, I have to say, that morning Kellyanne

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Conway sounded confident and she was absolutely right? She certainly will

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be remembered as one of the most valuable players, as you pointed out

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earlier, she was part of the third set of changes which is unusual in a

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general election... It was quite a choppy campaign? Yes, and yet again

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someone who started something called The Apprentice, and was regularly

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firing people, it's not that surprising... But Kellyanne Conway

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is clearly an important person internally and externally. It's not

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unprecedented to change your campaign manager. Hillary Clinton

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didn't, I wonder she regrets that, given the strategy that was pursued

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to neglect entire states at times, like Wisconsin? Whenever someone

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loses, you hear the recriminations and now you are hearing them about

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the campaign manager, and incredibly young campaign manager in his early

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30s, and former President Bill Clinton who argues he repeatedly

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went to the campaign manager and encourage them to go after the

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states that he used to call "But -- Bubbas". That looks like

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the Beast. We did not see pictures of President Obama and

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President-elect Trump leaving the White House but this cavalcade looks

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very presidential... They may well be on their way to the White

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House... A little earlier than we may have thought. I'm not going to

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swear by that! I have not seen evidence with my own eyes, what do

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you think? I'm trying to figure out... No, I understand that they

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have not left the White House yet, they were random pictures, maybe

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that was the Beast going to pick them up? It could be President

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George W Bush? It could be. Let's go down to the national more now, where

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of course the supporters are already beginning to gather. Mike colleague

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Rajini Vaidyanathan is down there. -- my colleague. When I saw you

:25:43.:25:46.

there earlier, it was not looking very packed. It is a wet day but

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what is it like there now? I am in the middle of the national more

:25:54.:25:56.

because we are near the broadcast position. But, much further down it

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is filling up -- National Mall. From the Capitol onwards, I do not know

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if you can see that, but it is filling up. Even in the area that we

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are, their people streaming past in greater numbers, they are estimating

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some 900,000 people will be on the National Mall for the inauguration

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of Donald Trump. I'm joined by two Trump supporters who have come here.

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I'm joined by John and Charles. Let's start with you, John. You are

:26:33.:26:36.

a trump supporter from the liberal state of Massachusetts? Yes. How

:26:37.:26:42.

does it feel to be here today? You supported Donald Trump from the

:26:43.:26:46.

start? Yes, I supported him from the start, and I decided two days ago to

:26:47.:26:51.

fly here, and I feel ecstatic that he has been sworn in as the

:26:52.:26:57.

president. And I'm quite excited. Massachusetts went for Hillary

:26:58.:26:59.

Clinton, do you think that there were more people who actually, even

:27:00.:27:03.

in liberal areas, voted for Donald Trump than people may have expected?

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Yes, I do. A lot of the people I grow up with voted for him. I quite

:27:10.:27:14.

frankly, despite the polls, thought Massachusetts would have voted a bit

:27:15.:27:17.

more for Donald Trump, they did not. But we did not need their votes

:27:18.:27:22.

anyway! Charles, you are from the state of Maryland? Let's have a look

:27:23.:27:29.

at your heart. You have a badge on it saying" President Trump, get used

:27:30.:27:37.

to it!". How can Donald Trump unite the country for everyone? He has

:27:38.:27:43.

made a good start, he has got... What's his name, Brown and Ray

:27:44.:27:48.

Lewis, to help him out with the inner cities and Ben Carson as his

:27:49.:27:56.

secretary, if the Democrats let him get approved. He has made some good

:27:57.:28:00.

starts. What is the biggest priority that you personally have four

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President Trump? Was the first thing that you want him to do? I think

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jobs and tax reform. It would be nice not to face so much taxes, and

:28:13.:28:17.

get some jobs back in the country. There have been jobs coming back,

:28:18.:28:20.

corporations have seen the writing on the wall. We have companies

:28:21.:28:30.

making plans to expand in the US, he is making inroads into the economy.

:28:31.:28:36.

John, what do you think Donald Trump's weaknesses are? What

:28:37.:28:39.

concerns do you have for him, if any? As for concerns, the only

:28:40.:28:43.

concern that I have, I do not know if it is so much his weakness as it

:28:44.:28:52.

is the desire to not work with him from the left, I think that he is

:28:53.:28:57.

willing to work and his biggest weakness, from his opponent side, is

:28:58.:29:04.

that he may need a bit of a filter! Instead of coming out as hard as he

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is, even though I enjoy it, in order to get it all to work together, I

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think he needs to filter a bit but he is the king of the deal. I think

:29:14.:29:20.

that he will get it done. Thank you to both of you for joining us and

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enjoy the inauguration. The point that John made there, I have spoken

:29:25.:29:30.

to several Trump supporters since he won the election, some have concerns

:29:31.:29:34.

about his tweeting and think perhaps that he should bring back on that a

:29:35.:29:39.

bit but certainly, there is definitely a celebration spirit here

:29:40.:29:42.

on the National Mall from the many people who voted for him, people

:29:43.:29:46.

have travelled from across America to make it here today to be part of

:29:47.:29:52.

Donald Trump's inauguration. OK, Rajini Vaidyanathan on the Mall for

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us, it's always extraordinary how many people come from all over the

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country, they turn out to vote and months later they get on buses, get

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into cars, get on planes and trains and come here for this extraordinary

:30:05.:30:08.

day where there is this peaceful transfer of power. It is a

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fundamental tenant of American democracy. Something Americans are

:30:12.:30:17.

incredibly proud of, especially when they watch other countries around

:30:18.:30:23.

the world. We can see it happening in the Gambia today, that transition

:30:24.:30:26.

of power is not happening peacefully. Whether it is a change

:30:27.:30:30.

of administration or the successful second term of an existing

:30:31.:30:36.

president, inauguration sorry big day for celebration. That is the

:30:37.:30:42.

White House where Donald Trump, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama and

:30:43.:30:49.

Melania Trump will be wrapping up their coffee morning and getting

:30:50.:30:54.

into their cars to come to Capitol Hill -- inauguration day. You cannot

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have an inauguration ceremony without a fairly strict schedule!

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People do not show up late to these events, Donald Trump will be heading

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down to the Capitol very shortly... In the Beast, which has been read

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version for his successor, that will be the last time the Obamas, I do

:31:15.:31:19.

not know if they will take a moment before stepping out, saying goodbye

:31:20.:31:23.

to the home of the last eight years, it is where they have raised their

:31:24.:31:27.

two daughters here in Washington. It has been a family home and Michelle

:31:28.:31:31.

Obama's mother has lived with them as well. They had to say goodbye to

:31:32.:31:36.

their family home, moving a couple of miles down the road to a rented

:31:37.:31:38.

house here in Washington, DC. Anna Kerr, tell us about the White

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House and what it will be like for the Obama is to be leaving it as

:31:51.:31:56.

George Bush did in 2009 himself? It is a bitter ex-variants, to be

:31:57.:32:02.

short. I didn't live there but I worked there. I slept on the couch

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in the West Wing, that happened! It is incredible to be there. You slept

:32:09.:32:16.

on the house ash on the couch in the West Wing, let's pause for a moment!

:32:17.:32:24.

We are expecting the president and the president elect. They dry

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together in the Beast and the First Lady will dry separately and the

:32:30.:32:35.

vice president and the vice president elect. That is not

:32:36.:32:38.

Michelle Obama, that is somebody coming out to check everything is

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ready. This is a day that has two work very well. Anna Carr, you were

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telling us about sleeping in the White House. -- Anneke. When I left

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the White House, I took a pic of everything. George Bush's little dog

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was a Scottie dog. I walked around, Leo -- realising I was leaving, and

:33:11.:33:16.

you cannot just walk back in again. The Obama daughters, a significant

:33:17.:33:24.

portion of their lives was spent growing up there. A playground that

:33:25.:33:30.

was donated to them, they have given that away to an organisation. Each

:33:31.:33:38.

first family makes it their own and the staff that go in there with them

:33:39.:33:42.

really see themselves as a part of it. Talk to us about what happens to

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the staff? They hand in their passes and that is it? There are a few

:33:50.:33:54.

people who stay through to the very end and the chief of staff is one of

:33:55.:33:58.

them. Many have already left, they have packed up their offices. I

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would be surprised if anyone was still there, saving file, or

:34:04.:34:08.

printing documents. Everyone has patched their things and are just

:34:09.:34:11.

waiting. When the Obama is leave, they will film that. There will be

:34:12.:34:20.

staff there, in the corner, crying, and watching that happened, and

:34:21.:34:25.

saying thank you. That is true, regardless of what your politics

:34:26.:34:32.

are. A friend from Barack Obama's Chicago days we could picture of

:34:33.:34:38.

herself taking a final walk the White House grounds with a it'll

:34:39.:34:42.

message saying, after tomorrow, I will be a citizen and watching from

:34:43.:34:47.

the outside in. You literally lose your privileges. You cannot go back

:34:48.:34:54.

in. As Anneke said before, so many have people have given so much. They

:34:55.:34:58.

are looking forward to it all down time and for the most part, that is

:34:59.:35:03.

the feeling. We have had in recent years a few presidents in

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particular... We have pictures of what seemed to be President Obama in

:35:09.:35:12.

the Oval Office, wow, leaving. Perhaps there is a custom, the

:35:13.:35:16.

president leaves a note for his successor. George W Bush and Bob

:35:17.:35:25.

Barack Obama and Barack Obama is doing it. Mr Obama, leaving the Oval

:35:26.:35:30.

Office. His time as a resident almost at an end. He leaves that

:35:31.:35:37.

node in the draw of the desk that was made from the timber of the ship

:35:38.:35:43.

that was donated by the British. Not when we but it down. No! This is a

:35:44.:35:53.

remarkable moment. This is the transfer of power. President Obama

:35:54.:35:59.

in the Oval Office. Walking out of the Oval Office. He has been

:36:00.:36:06.

resolutely... You have to wonder what he and his wife are going

:36:07.:36:09.

through in these final moments. There has rarely been a transition

:36:10.:36:13.

web people with such different worldviews and a lot of it between

:36:14.:36:18.

these two men, during the course of the last two years. But he has

:36:19.:36:22.

during the last few weeks been resolutely positive and up beat

:36:23.:36:27.

about his time and the state of America. Indeed. And for several

:36:28.:36:33.

each reasons. One is the reference for office love of democracy. I

:36:34.:36:38.

remember his campaign manager telling me that the loss that the

:36:39.:36:42.

Obama campaign had in 2008 in New Hampshire was critical because from

:36:43.:36:46.

that point forward, he never had to remind his team again not to take

:36:47.:36:50.

anything for granted. I am sure part of what President Obama is saying to

:36:51.:36:56.

lots of young people and particularly young progressive women

:36:57.:37:00.

is that after this campaign, you will never listen to polls and you

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will never listen -- take things for granted again. The end of the world

:37:07.:37:11.

only happens when it is the end of the world and everything so

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something you learn and grow from. He has spent a lot of time on the

:37:21.:37:28.

phone with president-elect Trump. They have worked closely with

:37:29.:37:31.

Kellyanne Conway. She has said that a number of times. All of that

:37:32.:37:40.

point. Carlos Watson and Anneke point. Carlos Watson and Anneke

:37:41.:37:47.

Green, thank you for joining us. That's go to Nick Bryant. You do

:37:48.:37:52.

know a lot about American politics. How does this rank in historic

:37:53.:37:54.

terms? This will be memorable for the

:37:55.:38:36.

surreal nature of it. Nobody really expected this moment to happen. We

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are seeing gathering behind me senators and congressmen from both

:38:43.:38:44.

parties. On both sides here in Washington, very few people gave him

:38:45.:38:50.

any chance of winning. He set out for the presidency back in June 2015

:38:51.:38:54.

and even on the morning of the election itself, some people, senior

:38:55.:38:57.

Republicans saying, it would take a miracle for him to winds but he has

:38:58.:39:00.

John just that. And what seemed to be the physically impossible is

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about to come true. I'm going to interrupt you. We can see pictures

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of the protesters. We have been speaking a lot... They seem to have

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frozen. We are getting rather grainy pictures of protests in the city. We

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have been talking a lot about the supporters. There are hundreds of

:39:21.:39:24.

thousands of Trump supporters in the city as well. Let's not forget that

:39:25.:39:28.

this is a very divided country. Donald Trump has the lowest approval

:39:29.:39:32.

rating is on record of any president-elect. A lot of people in

:39:33.:39:37.

the country are very angry at the moment, who do not feel that Donald

:39:38.:39:39.

Trump represents American values and who are fearful about what the Trump

:39:40.:39:45.

presidency will mean for this country. There are people who feel

:39:46.:39:49.

that he ran a very divisive and negative campaign, minorities who

:39:50.:39:52.

say they feel threatened by the this Administration's tone, and Muslim

:39:53.:39:59.

Americans who feel they are in some jeopardy, of course, now what we are

:40:00.:40:04.

seeing is that some of these protesters, it is hard to know

:40:05.:40:08.

exactly how many there are, I can hear them from where I am, some of

:40:09.:40:12.

these protesters. Apparently, we are hearing that shop windows have been

:40:13.:40:18.

smashed. This seems to be a fairly violent protest that has taken

:40:19.:40:23.

place, which is unusual on inauguration day. I have not seen

:40:24.:40:27.

violent protests take place on inauguration day since I have been

:40:28.:40:33.

reporting. People in balaclavas. They are running away, perhaps, from

:40:34.:40:58.

the police. This is a couple of blocks from where I am, so very

:40:59.:41:01.

close to the parade route and capital help stop it looks like

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there are several dozen protesters there are several dozen protesters

:41:04.:41:05.

running away from the scene. It looks like people have come prepared

:41:06.:41:08.

looks like an organised and looks like an organised and

:41:09.:41:09.

potentially violent protest. We are potentially violent protest. We are

:41:10.:41:10.

getting reports of shop windows getting reports of shop windows

:41:11.:41:12.

being looted. OK, let's bring in Ron Christie, a Republican strategist

:41:13.:41:14.

who is here with me, up on our perch above the parade route. We spent

:41:15.:41:19.

election night together. It was a long night. And an unexpected

:41:20.:41:27.

result. And we made it through. I think it is an amazing day for

:41:28.:41:30.

America. Whether you support or oppose Donald Trump, one of the

:41:31.:41:35.

things that makes us a hallmark is our beacon of democracy. I'm going

:41:36.:41:40.

to get you to talk about these pictures. This is fairly dramatic.

:41:41.:41:44.

It looks organised and liberty violent. Looks like they know what

:41:45.:41:52.

they are doing. Look at that, people smashing windows of a McDonald's

:41:53.:41:57.

downtown. This is very unusual. We can hear this from where we are. We

:41:58.:42:06.

can hear the yelling going on. This is unprecedented. None of us

:42:07.:42:13.

expected this today. There is a lot of security in town. We have been

:42:14.:42:18.

hearing. It looks like the police are responding as well. Using water

:42:19.:42:26.

to try and disperse the protest is, getting them out of the area. I

:42:27.:42:29.

think this is very close to where we are sitting at the moment. I know

:42:30.:42:32.

that Macdonald is very well. It is a couple of blocks away from here.

:42:33.:42:36.

During the day, if there wasn't an inauguration going on, there would

:42:37.:42:39.

be a lot of people there. Wow. Look at that picture. Carlos. As you have

:42:40.:42:49.

said, your people have -- fewer people have turned up in support of

:42:50.:42:53.

this resident. We may see as many of the couple of hundred hours and

:42:54.:43:01.

protesters. There was a sense on the part of the number of the protesters

:43:02.:43:08.

from the access Hollywood remarks to the disagreement with the con family

:43:09.:43:16.

and the arguments in terms of the Muslim registry that Donald Trump

:43:17.:43:22.

talked about, and I think that has caused a greater level of agitation

:43:23.:43:25.

and protest than you might normally have seen in 2000 and one or in

:43:26.:43:34.

2009. We were having a party switch but there is more than a party

:43:35.:43:39.

switch going on here. These are clearly organised protests, they had

:43:40.:43:41.

come prepared with their bases covered, there are all night

:43:42.:43:46.

security measures which is why we are seeing these protesters running

:43:47.:43:51.

away from the scene. We saw some of them smashing shop windows. Also on

:43:52.:43:58.

the streets of Washington, DC today, they will work hard to dispel these

:43:59.:44:03.

protests as quickly as possible. I think you will see a fair number of

:44:04.:44:07.

protests over the next year. We often focus on the first 100 days,

:44:08.:44:12.

in terms of what the president will do but I think one of the hallmarks

:44:13.:44:18.

of this next year, and for some, they will feel it is unfortunate, I

:44:19.:44:23.

think you will see very strong, very frustrated, very angry protests. I

:44:24.:44:27.

don't think they will be small and I don't think they will be limited to

:44:28.:44:31.

Washington DC. The level of frustration, I think, that you see

:44:32.:44:35.

in some of the polling going on, is significant. The last 60 days of

:44:36.:44:40.

transition, it is normally a time when the president-elect bills more

:44:41.:44:42.

support, and unfortunately in the case of resident elect Trump, you

:44:43.:44:48.

see fewer people supporting him so he hasn't gone from 46% to 60%

:44:49.:44:54.

support, is dead he went from 46% of the vote to 40%. I think we are

:44:55.:45:01.

going to see a fair amount of protest. I think it unfortunate. The

:45:02.:45:07.

way we have the electoral college system, it is not the popular vote

:45:08.:45:11.

that winds. You have seen this several times over the last hundred

:45:12.:45:19.

years. We are coming away from the protests now. Jimmy Carter, Alderley

:45:20.:45:27.

and recovering from cancer. That is a beautiful shot of. Chief Justice

:45:28.:45:39.

John Roberts who would live the oath of office and there are the Supreme

:45:40.:45:43.

Court justices following him in. There are only eight of them at the

:45:44.:45:48.

moment since the death of one of them last year. This is a very

:45:49.:45:52.

moment fought President Trump as well because he has the chance to

:45:53.:45:57.

put in place a Supreme Court justice and tilt the Supreme Court in favour

:45:58.:46:02.

of conservatives. He hasn't named who that will be but we expect that

:46:03.:46:06.

to be one of the first things that he does, Ron, in the next couple of

:46:07.:46:10.

weeks. We should point out these are unelected people at, my goodness,

:46:11.:46:15.

are they powerful, in the way they affect American life and possibly

:46:16.:46:20.

one of the most important things out of the selection will be that they

:46:21.:46:25.

will be more conservative for the next generation. And once you are a

:46:26.:46:30.

federal judge, you are appointed for life. It is not a term, you are

:46:31.:46:35.

there for life. There is a lot of speculation that the new president

:46:36.:46:39.

will select someone who is very young, could be on the court for 40

:46:40.:46:46.

years that could have a rheumatic impact on jurisprudence. --

:46:47.:46:51.

dramatic. He could get as many as four. The reality is some -- several

:46:52.:47:00.

of them are elderly and have had public struggles with health issues.

:47:01.:47:06.

We know that in the case of Justice Ginsburg. Some of them are 80 or

:47:07.:47:11.

close to 80 and they will step down. This is something which point out. I

:47:12.:47:17.

think we are going to start getting the pig just when the White House as

:47:18.:47:24.

well. -- the pictures. President Jo Biden's wife has already left. Vice

:47:25.:47:30.

President Jo Biden's wife, they are starting to get ready, all of them,

:47:31.:47:39.

to get -- make their way down. You will hear the helicopters, down

:47:40.:47:47.

Pennsylvania Avenue, you will hear protests from others. A remarkable

:47:48.:47:54.

sight. And the former president Jimmy Carter, the oldest living

:47:55.:48:00.

former president. She flew up yesterday from Atlanta on a

:48:01.:48:07.

commercial ELT airlines. He made a point on his flight of saying hello

:48:08.:48:13.

to every single person on the -- every single person's hand. 40 years

:48:14.:48:20.

ago, he was a surprise winner. Or one term governor from Georgia. And

:48:21.:48:25.

there we have Melania Trump and Michelle Obama leaving the White

:48:26.:48:31.

House. This will be the last time Michelle Obama is in the White House

:48:32.:48:36.

as First Lady. This is an emotional moment for her. This has been her

:48:37.:48:42.

home for eight years. She gets into the car, without a look back she

:48:43.:48:46.

gets into the limousine and she and Melania together will drive down

:48:47.:48:52.

Pennsylvania Avenue. Donald John Trump and Barack Obama, two very

:48:53.:48:59.

different men and two very different agendas, leaving the White House

:49:00.:49:02.

together, as is part of the custom. Here they go. No. Jo Biden and Mike

:49:03.:49:10.

Pence come out first. Full start! The vice president and the vice

:49:11.:49:14.

president elect. Getting into their limousine. Jo Biden, one of the more

:49:15.:49:20.

consequential Bice presidents. A very close duration ship with Barack

:49:21.:49:27.

Obama and he himself thought of running for the presidency and there

:49:28.:49:30.

was a lot of speculation between Democrats. If it had been Mr Biden,

:49:31.:49:40.

would be Mr Biden taking office now? I think he would have. The support

:49:41.:49:45.

he had. He is very popular amongst them American people and sadly with

:49:46.:49:52.

the passing of his son, I think he would have had a groundswell of

:49:53.:49:56.

popular support. It might have been him in the limousine. And what a

:49:57.:50:02.

different moment, what a different day that would have been in American

:50:03.:50:07.

history. An even older president than Donald Trump. And here we go.

:50:08.:50:16.

Donald John Trump and Barack and saying Obama coming out of the White

:50:17.:50:22.

House. That is the last time they will come out. Too sombre looking

:50:23.:50:29.

men. This is an important sombre looking -- sombre day. A moment of

:50:30.:50:35.

advice there, perhaps, from Barack Obama to his successor. And in they

:50:36.:50:44.

get, into the Beast. 90 days ago, very few people thought we would be

:50:45.:50:48.

seeing that scene. You have to wonder what is going on in the mind

:50:49.:50:56.

of those two men. A sense of relief... The expectation is now on

:50:57.:51:06.

him, he is going to be our president and he has to lead us forward. He

:51:07.:51:11.

will spend the next four years at least travelling in this limousine.

:51:12.:51:15.

This is his life now. He is about to become the president with all the

:51:16.:51:20.

trappings of office and all the seriousness of office and as you

:51:21.:51:25.

said earlier, Carlos, he has not necessarily made the progression yet

:51:26.:51:31.

from candidate Trump in his behaviour to President Trumper.

:51:32.:51:34.

Today is the day he has to do that. He becomes the 45th President of the

:51:35.:51:41.

United States. -- President Trumper. -- President

:51:42.:51:50.

Trump. They are leaving the White House. A mile down the road. They

:51:51.:52:04.

head down Pennsylvania Avenue, they come down to, and the honour guard

:52:05.:52:15.

is all out, there are no press to -- no protesters anywhere near this

:52:16.:52:19.

route, they have been moved swiftly along, I don't know whether Donald

:52:20.:52:24.

Trump will be aware that there were violent scuffles on the morning of

:52:25.:52:30.

his inauguration. He is talking firmly to his supporters are the

:52:31.:52:35.

moment. There you can see Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Of

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course, all of the former president apart from George HW Bush who is

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sick in hospital. There is George W Bush and Laura Bush as well. George

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Bush has made it even though his father and his mother are both in

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hospital. George H Bush sent a nice note. He said his doctor said if he

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sat outside, he would be six speed under. His sense of humour still in

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evidence there! A true gent. And George Bush himself who went through

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this recess in 2001 after a very contested election. He too lost the

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popular vote but by much less than Donald Trump has lost the popular

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vote, and his wife Laura. They have had eight years out of the public

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eye by and large, and I've actually had a very good relationship with

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the Obama is. George Bush has had a very good relationship with ill

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Clinton working on things like Haiti and international aid efforts. I was

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there on the last day, eight years ago, and when you go through this,

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it is so emotional from the sense of the president is going through a lot

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of emotions and he will fly out on a helicopter to Andrews Air Force Base

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and the staff is there to wish the president well but I have to say, it

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is a remarkable feeling, Katty, to be there with them when they

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transition from resident to private citizen. -- President. It will be...

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Former president Bush Dr sell-off in the sunset, several thousand miles

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away to Texas but Obama is staying in DC, in part because one daughter

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is still in school. I wonder whether that will be making the transition

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easier or more difficult. And that has never happened before. You have

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never had a former president decamping a couple of drops down the

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road from the president. This is the cavalcade, it is heading along

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Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. At some point, I ink, on

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their route, they will pass Donald Trump's new hotel, which is also

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quite a thing, the fact that Donald Trump has this big, swanky hotel,

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which is a couple of hundred yards from the White House. The new

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residence for Trump will be in Pennsylvania Avenue. I have a

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feeling we will see him a little bit there over the next fool years. The

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helicopters. -- the next four years. Here they are, the cavalcade,

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carrying the 44th President of the United States and the 45th President

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of the United States, two very different men, with two very

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different world views sharing a car together in this important process

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of the transfer of power here in America. There is a new government

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on its way, a new way of doing business coming into town, and there

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you go, the Trump Hotel, they just drove straight past it. Maybe Mr

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Obama will stay there one day when he is a private citizen. Some of the

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tape I saw when LBJ was in office and you hear him talking about

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former come editors and Eisenhower and Truman and you know it is a rare

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fraternity and you know that President Trumper will be talking to

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former resident of Obama and seeking advice. They have both said that

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conversation had been cordial. The Obama team has left stacks of

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national security documents, who knows whether the Trump team has

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read them. Everything from North Korea to Iran. To the state of the

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rest of the world. China, relations with China. Russia, I imagine. And

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those documents sitting on the desk now are heading on their way. I can

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look over my shoulder, I can start to see the motorcade. There are the

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outriders on the motorbikes and police cars. They are all starting

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to head our way. Coming to Capitol Hill. It is worth pointing out that

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Donald Trump comes into office in quite a storm of controversy is.

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This is not a smooth, calm, quiet, necessarily dignified transition.

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You can lift them from Russia to his taking on civil rights leaders, this

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is quite... It is a troubled transition, would you say? I big you

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would. I think you would look at everything that Donald Trump ran on,

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I think are Kabbalah who is leaving will say is this man going to and do

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this legacy. Will this man this legacy. Will this man

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transformed the artist Steve and harm my legacy -- there is

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investigation of the Russian involvement. It is a relatively

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small number of people who have been nominated head. More important

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people have denominated and will move through the process. Not only

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is there significant dissension and their buck he won't have a full team

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as soon as he might want it. It will be interesting to see what kind of

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support he gets from Paul lying and Mitch O'Connell, the two leaders of

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the House of Representatives. -- Paul Ryan. Will they be supportive

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as Trump takes on if a cult policies and takes a different approach. One

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of the things that will be difficult for Donald Trump is what will his

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relations be with those two leaders, can he govern with them or will they

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try to support his Administration's plans, along with the Democrats?

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Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton there, the woman who wanted to be

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the first female President of the United States. There is the beast.

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The president and the President elect inside the car, making their

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weight to the capital.

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