The Beginning of An Era

On Friday morning, as we all went about our day, a huge event occurred to possibly change the course of American history. Donald Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States. 800,000-900,000 Americans were in attendance, opposed to Obama’s 1.8 million 8 years ago. Every four years recognizes the rebirth and celebration of democracy with the recognition of a new president. Although this has been happening for many decades, this inauguration is a little unique.


As we already know and can’t escape from on the news, the 2016 election was, and remains to be, highly controversial. Between rumors of Russian interference, and defiance from the democratic party, America is still far from unity and peace. This inauguration is sure to stir up more turmoil in the nation. Many people boycotted the inauguration, and refused to acknowledge Trump as our commander in chief. Democrats including, John Lewis were not in attendance on Friday. Lewis was reported as saying “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.” Lewis along with about 50 other democrats boycotted the event. Katy Perry, Chelsea Handler, Cher, and many other celebrities protested the inauguration. Trump had a smaller pool of performers to choose from than past Presidents. Justin Timberlake, The Chainsmokers, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Garth Brooks and, Sir Elton John have refused to perform at the Inauguration. However he managed to gather a line up including Sam Moore, the Rockettes, Jackie Evancho, Toby Keith, and The Piano Guys. Protestors marched around D.C. to show their discontent for the new President. Groups of people were seen holding signs and protesting, including a man walking around with alpacas and llamas.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were in attendance, along with Joe Biden. The large crowd seemed to be electrified with the officialization of Trump’s presidency. Trump began his speech with a powerful statement to Americans, “Today’s ceremony, however, has 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.” Some Americans feel unsure about Trump, some are refusing to acknowledge his existence, while others are relieved by this new chapter in American history. As I went through my classes today and overheard talk about the inauguration, I could feel a sense of slight division in each room. Some students were stunned by this event actually happening, while others seemed excited by the change Trump could bring, and were relieved Hillary Clinton wasn’t being sworn in. Trump is officially our new President, and only time will show the change he will bring to America.