The Day Before:
A “welcome to Washington” event in front of the Capitol Building, begun by actor Jon Voight thanking God for helping Donald Trump overcome “all the lies” told about him in the campaign. OMG! Homage to the consummate liar, lying so effectively that Trump has convinced millions he is the lone truth teller among hordes of liars, including the press, our intelligence agencies and Meryl Streep.
Trump and Mel getting out of the limousine with Obama and Michelle waiting to greet them at the Capitol. Mel sticks out her hand to shake and Michelle gives her a hug. Awkward but understandable, both trying hard to get through this with class.
Later Bill and Hillary arrive and jack ass reporters yell out: “How do you feel today?” And the press wonder why most of us don’t like them much, though Trump is an outstanding reason to like them more now.
Waiting for Trump to be sworn in and watching Hillary and G. W. Bush chatting a few rows behind the rostrum, wishing I were a lip reader. Let’s imagine. Hill: ” And I used to think you were bad.” George: “I’m like fine wine. I get better with time.”
Senator Roy Blunt introduces the new president by describing great divides in the country in years past, a recognition of where we are now. A fitting introduction as our new president gives few signs of reaching beyond his base, like the alligator in the group lunch commercial who pretends to be reaching for the check .
Then the new president gives a speech that seemed a crystallization of his entire campaign. I have to praise him for not being shilly-shally. After thanking the Obama’s for help in the transition, he talks about a rigged America in which the political elite and their wealthy cronies- well represented by the people sitting behind him – prosper while the “people’s” needs are ignored and “carnage” abounds like tombstones around the country. In short, he gives those behind him, including the Obama’s, the finger.
The rest of the speech was basically “America first” in everything in every way. If this or that might favor a foreigner over an American, Trump was against it. A foreign company over an American company, he was against it. A foreign government over our own, he was against it.
I imagine our allies are wondering what all that means to them.
But typical Trump, at a luncheon after the ceremony, while demonstrators including some violent idiots were kept far away by security, he joked and glad handed with those same virtually criminal elitists. Always the chameleon capable of matching his colors with those of the audience. Always prompting me to question what will he actually do.
Later the Trumps and Penses escort the Obamas to the helicopter which takes them away.
I have no idea what those four said waving good bye to the Obamas, but I’d guess that one of the Obama’s said: “Thank God that’s over.”