#Inauguration of the 45th President - I was there #FirstBroDC
I am a native Washingtonian and have attended parts of many Inaugurations. Sometimes my guy won. Sometimes my gal lost. For the first time, I was able to view the ceremony from the grounds of the US Capitol. I was able to view the unbroken chain of the transfer of the Office of the President of the United States first hand. I felt that it was very important to be there to hear it, to see it and the feel it firsthand. #NoFilter. The processing of what transpired on January 20th is a journey that many Americans and people around the world share with me.
It was a chilly, gloomy day. It's usually well below freezing on Inauguration Day so even the weather was odd. My sister, Mayor Muriel Bowser had seats on the Capitol steps. She and the District of Columbia were recognized during the ceremony when DC and our Mayor were announced and seated with the State Governors. We had seats on the West Lawn where we couldn't quite see the main podium so we had to rely on the jumbo screens. There was virtually diversity no in the crowd. I found myself taking shots of minorities when I spotted them. All the red hats in the shots are "Make America Great Again" hats. I sat next to a Ben from Natchez MS, his wife and daughter. Ben is a doctor. The daughter works for the RNC. We corjially chatted from time to time about Washington DC. We both are Americans there to observe the Inauguration although we did not support the same candidates.
Crowd responses when there were glimpses of the new first family, Vice President and President were vocal and exuberant as one would expect. The Carters and Clintons received applause as they exited the Capitol and took their seats. As an Air Force veteran who loves and respects our country to includes its symbols and ceremonies, I did not expect the amount of jeers, heckling and campaign slogan chants every time senior Democrats spoke or were shown during the Inauguration ceremony. But again, I wanted to there there to experience everything for myself. This is where we are!
I had a number of people express concern for my safety when they heard I was going to the Inauguration. I was not concerned about my safety. I was much more concerned about my Democracy. I had to be there.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) got boos and jeered during speech during Inauguration as he reminded everyone of our Democratic values. In the video, you can hear "It ain't working," "boos." and, "Trump, Trump, Trump" as the crowd became increasingly anxious for the Oath of Office to take place.
Donald John Trump takes of Oath of Office
Many are saying the Inaugural Address was dark, negative and/or divisive. For me, it was consistent with his campaign message which was dark, negative and divisive. My only surprise is that he stayed on script. What confounds me more is that people continue to say that he does not mean what he says which is nonsense. He means exactly what he says. Look at his cabinet picks.
I nearly jumped out of my boots when the 21 gun salute started. I noticed the Howitzers on the hill not far from where I was seated but.....WOWZA......it added a militaristic edge to the event that was continued in the Inaugural Parade.
In keeping with the traditions of the Peaceful Transition of Power, the Obamas left the Capitol immediately following the administration of the Oath of Office. This happened. I know the drill and knew they would depart by helicopter but I felt a kick to the gut nonetheless. In another post, I sincerely wished Donald Trump all the best as our President because the stakes are so high for all of us. I mean it. We only have one president at a time. He's it this time. It's incumbent on all of us the ensure the he honors his words to be the people's president. We need to ensure he knows what Democracy looks like.