(UPI) — Donald Trump, accompanied by family and four former presidents, stood on the Capitol steps Friday, reciting the oath of office to become the 45th leader of the United States.
Using two Bibles — one that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and one a gift from Trump’s mother — the president spoke the 42 words of the oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Prior to his swearing in, Mike Pence was sworn in as vice president.
VP-elect Pence sworn-in by Justice Clarence Thomas. pic.twitter.com/Rkb8RT5uu7
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Inauguration Day went off with the precision associated with the peaceful transition of power in the United States. As others have done before him, Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, attended a church service at St. John Episcopal Church just across from the White House. The first couple then made the short drive to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the address they will officially call home for the next four years.
Once there, they were greeted by outgoing President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The two couples then had a customary private coffee and tea reception in the Blue Room before departing together for the mile-and-a-half drive to the Capitol where the swearing-in takes place.
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Trump gave a customary inaugural address following his swearing-in.
Hundreds of thousands of onlookers crowded the National Mall, many supporters but also a significant number of protesters opposed to Trump were also on hand. Security surrounding the mall was tight, but the crowd braved a chilly, 44-degree day an intermittent rain showers in the hours leading up to the ceremony.
Trump was joined on the dais by former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, whose wife, Hillary Clinton, Trump defeated in the November election. The Clintons received a mostly warm greeting from the crowd, as did outgoing President Barack Obama, who was greeted for the final time by a rendition of Hail to the Chief by the Marine Corps Band.
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