Barack Obama left town Friday promising his closest friends and supporters that their cause will live on, declaring the day’s events “just a little pit stop” on the way to the progress they want to see.
In his first remarks as a private citizen, Obama addressed almost 2,000 people in a hangar at this military base as newly sworn-in President Donald Trump was already signing his first executive orders.
Many of those present had just cleaned out their desks and offices at the White House, or at other government buildings around town, and were moving on to uncertain futures under the Republican president.
When Nellie's Sports Bar opened its doors for a "Farewell Obama Love Trumps Hate" brunch, the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump was playing on the television upstairs. But on the main floor, the TVs were blank. As one of the bar's employees said looking out at the crowd, this was "their show."
Servers wore defaced inauguration shirts, bartenders served a drink thumbing their noses at the new president, "... Trump punch" (Stoli Ohranj vodka, triple sec, Sprite, orange juice and a splash of cranberry), and just about everyone was singing.
Performer Riley Knoxx came out dancing to Beyonce's "Sorry" and screams of delight. Then Shi-Queeta Lee (who came up with the T-shirt idea) entered in a leopard ensemble paired with a bright yellow fur coat, dancing to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." The mood was electric.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) felt obligated to attend the inauguration as a member of Congress, but wanted to use the platform to show her displeasure with President-elect Donald Trump. That came in the form on a pink hat with cat ears.
You may have noticed a smattering of pink hats and scarves among the members of Congress watching Trump’s inauguration today — a subtle protest from some Democrats ahead of Saturday’s Women’s March.
He said it on the campaign trail and, just moments after being sworn into office, President Trump said it again on a new platform, the White House website:
He intends to roll back former President Obama’s signature efforts to fight climate change, reverse other environmental laws, dramatically expand fossil fuel production on public lands, revive the coal industry, establish “energy independence” from the OPEC “cartel” but also “work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.”
Trump’s “America First Energy Plan” was the top item under the “issues” section of the wholly revamped White House site that appeared just after noon Eastern time.
If disaster had struck Donald Trump's inauguration, where most members of the legislative, executive and judicial branches gathered at the Capitol, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson would have become president of the United States.
Johnson, the Cabinet member selected as the designated survivor during President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address last year, reprised his role during the 45th president's inauguration.
It's typically associated with State of the Union addresses, but every four years on Inauguration Day, the outgoing or incumbent administration selects a designated survivor who would be prepared to take the oath of office if necessary. The White House keeps the identity of the chosen one a secret until the day of the event, and the person's location remains a mystery until the all-clear.
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.”