January 21, 2017
Que The Music...Bob Seger, 'Turn The Page'
That's the tune that comes to mind following yesterdays Inauguration Ceremony. Although Metallica does a better cover than Seger, in my humble opinion. That's beside the point. So lets dig in and look at it.
First of all, the traffic was as bad as expected, YUGE. Ok, yeah I know, I am getting used to the New York language...and they do have their own 'speak', and this will be an adjustment for all Americans.
Secondly, the rioters were out along with the protestors...smashing windows and being stupid. Nothing to see here.
Third and this was awesome. President Trump tore into the Presidents sitting next to him about their stupid trade deals, and about not putting Americans first.
Mr Trump’s first act as the new president was to deliver the traditional inaugural address. He started by thanking all the living former presidents, including Barack Obama, who had just joined their ranks.
“President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world, thank you,” Mr Trump said.
“Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.
Mr Trump said his inauguration held “special meaning” as the moment the American people had regained control of their government.
“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,” he said.
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
“That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.
“January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
The president reeled off a list of the problems he believed were afflicting the United States, and promised to solve them.
“At the centre of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens,” he said.
“For too many of our citizens, a different reality exists. Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories, scattered like too many stones across the landscape, tombstones of our nation; an education system flushed with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealised potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”
From CNBC...yes CNBC
In what was probably the most populist inaugural address in American presidential history, President Trump began with the people, continued with the people, and ended with the people.
It seemed like the first time in his very long public life that he didn't at least carve out a significant portion of a speech to talk about ... himself!
He kept it about the people by specifically addressing problems that he's seen, but certainly not experienced on a personal level. President Trump talked about the empty factories and the crime-ridden inner cities.
Each and every promise was prefaced with the word "we." As in "We will ... unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism" and "We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world."
He didn't even say the government would unite the country, as he insisted Americans' own patriotism will heal the racial and cultural divide.
Speaking of keeping the government and himself out of it, President Trump didn't even mention how he intends to cut taxes and regulations. In fact, that omission may be why Wall Street didn't exactly soar on the speech. It doesn't mean the Trump administration won't do those things, but it does mean that the new president decided that a speech dedicated entirely to the people was more appropriate for this inaugural address.
For those of you keeping score at home, he said "we" more than 50 times during the speech and only said "I" three times. And even then, it was in more of an "I'm with you" kind of way:
Hmmm...we now have a President totally different than the previous President...its gonna be interesting to say the least.
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