Trump Presents 'New Vision' and Rips Establishment in Inaugural Address as He Becomes 45th President
The new president's speech was a marked departure from the soaring inaugural addresses to which America has become accustomed.
With family, friends and former presidents at his side, Donald Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th American president.
After former Indiana governor Mike Pence was sworn in as vice president by conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Trump took the oath of office while facing Chief Justice John Roberts.
Trump then took the podium, and delivered a speech unlike most given during the traditional transfer of power.
"We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people," Trump said early in the speech, which thanked the Obamas for helping to complete the “the orderly and peaceful transfer of power” before quickly striking the anti-establishment tone that helped catapult him to power.
“Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth," the new president told the crowd and millions watching worldwide. "Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.”
Trump continued: "That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you.
"Today will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."
Trump offered what he called "a new vision" for America, one he said will reopen factories, bring back wealth to average Americas, rebuild infrastructure and, of course, "make America great again."
In a moment viewed as unusually brutal compared to previous incoming presidents' lofty addresses, Trump also vowed to defeat "radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely throughout the earth."
While at times it evoked notions of racial unity, the new president's 16-minute speech struck the same isolationist, nationalist chords he used throughout his campaign to portray America as a country whose prosperity has been quashed by globalism and multiculturalism.
"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump notably said at one point, before later finishing on a slightly less brutish note:
"Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America."
Before Trump and his family were led back to the White House for a traditional luncheon, they said farewell to the departing Obamas.
Barack and Michelle Obama waved a final goodbye, then boarded Marine One for the last time Friday afternoon before the helicopter flew them up and over Washington's National Mall and the thousands of inauguration attendees and protesters who packed in for the day's events.
The helicopter headed to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Obama was slated to address staff and supporters before he and his wife fly to California for a vacation.
The Obamas will then return to Washington until their youngest daughter, Sasha, finishes school.
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