To the question of which Donald Trump would speak to America on Friday — the dark Trump who spoke angrily at his party’s convention or the more conciliatory Trump heard in the hours after his surprise election — the answer was clear.
Trump used his inaugural speech to present the same vision of a devastated America that he presented when he accepted his nomination last summer — the nation as a place of “carnage,” as the new president put it.
There was very little in the way of reaching out to Americans who had not supported him, or who did but were wary of his dystopian views or his temperament.
Pope Francis sent a brief message of congratulations to newly inaugurated President Donald Trump while also urging him to remember the poor and the outcasts of society.
"I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office," Francis wrote Friday.
The pope expressed hope that America’s stature in the world would continue to be measured “above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.”
Aside from President Trump's small band of celebrity fans, the entertainment industry was in mourning early Friday as the 45th commander in chief was sworn in. Not a surprise, since Hollywood as a whole had overwhelmingly and vocally supported Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
It was a rainbow of reactions: Comedian Maz Jobrani had his own interpretation of the 21-gun salute.
I'm hearing gun shots. Are those people killing themselves b/c they can't live with #trump#Inauguration
The country singer Tim Rushlow carved his name into history on Thursday when, as part of the trio the Frontmen of Country with Lonestar singer Richie McDonald and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, he performed at the pre-inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
But for Rushlow a bigger spotlight was still on the horizon, he said, speaking from his Washington, D.C., hotel a few hours later. He and his big band will accompany the newly installed President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for their first dance at the official presidential inaugural balls at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Friday..
The singer, who was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas, said that in December someone from the president's team saw Rushlow's big band perform.
Yes, Kellyanne Conway, we noticed that in addition to the patriotic color combination of red, white and blue, your military-inspired coat (which appears to be this $3,600 Gucci wool A-line coat) is studded with metal buttons -- in the shape of cat heads.
It doesn’t take much heavy lifting to draw the connection between the cat motif and the litter of cat references that have been ping-ponging through the political landscape for the last several months.
Of course there was the Trump comment about grabbing women, caught on video and released before the election. Then Melania Trump turned up not once but twice wearing outfits with the distinct neck detail known as a “pussy bow.”
Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, spoke briefly at President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, calling on God to bless the nation's newest leader.
Heir, whose center also boasts the Museum of Tolerance, used his two-minute benediction to urge Americans to do their part to improve society and the world.
"The freedoms we enjoy are not granted in perpetuity, but must be reclaimed by each generation," Hier said. "As our ancestors have planted for us, so we must plant for others."
It's official: Donald Trump is president of the United States.
That title comes with a few perks and privileges, including the @POTUS Twitter handle. Shortly after Trump took the oath of office, Twitter announced that the accounts for @POTUS, @FLOTUS, @WhiteHouse, @VP and @PressSec all had transitioned to his team.
Of course, Trump retains his own Twitter handle, which he is still tweeting from as of this morning.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.