President Donald Trump delivered one of the most nationalistic, populist and brief inaugural addresses on record Friday, painting a bleak picture of a country marked by "rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones" coupled with his promise to deliver Washington to the forgotten Americans.
“Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or one party to another," he told thousands of red-cap waving supporters, scattered across Washington's Mall.
"But we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.”
An eagle-eyed Twitter user spied Hillary Clinton taking a deep breath and shrugging while waiting to make her official entrance at the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Clinton appeared at the inauguration ceremonies despite dozens of Democratic members of Congress boycotting the ceremony, many after the president's tweets criticizing civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis.
During the campaign, the number of celebrities supporting Hillary Clinton dwarfed the coterie backing Donald Trump, but on Friday morning, Trump's celebrity fans were the excited ones.
"We are ready," Scott Baio tweeted along with a photo of himself and his wife, Renee Sloan-Baio, at the inauguration. "Proud to be an American!"
Actor Robert Davi thanked Eric Trump for the "great example" he set during his dad's campaign, and Stephen Baldwin — whose brother Alec is among Trump's most famous critics — passed along the 45th president's first Inauguration Day tweet: "It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!"
Whether it was a deliberate snub or just a matter seating logistics, President Trump neglected to shake Hillary Clinton’s hand before taking the stage to deliver his inaugural address.
The lack of a handshake did not go unnoticed — particularly after Bill and Hillary Clinton resisted calls to join dozens of Democratic lawmakers in Congress in boycotting the inauguration. The Clintons opted to attend, signaling their commitment to the peaceful transition of power.
Later, after Trump walked into the inaugural luncheon at the Capitol, he briefly greeted Clinton.
Trump, shaking Hillary's hand, whispered: "thank you for being here."
For the second time in less than 24 hours, the National Mall was blanketed with the sound of "America the Beautiful" as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed the durable patriotic tune just prior to Donald Trump's swearing-in Friday.
Visitors were not exactly stampeding into Washington for Donald Trump’s inaugural Friday.
Aerial shots of the National Mall taken by news networks that suggested attendance at the event was lighter than the last couple of inaugurals were backed by official figures from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which tracks ridership on the Metro system.
During Barack Obama’s first inaugural in 2009, the transit agency logged 513,000 trips taken on its trains by 11 a.m. For Obama's second inauguration, the transit system had recorded 317,000 riders by 11 a.m.
On the National Mall, Monica Robinson, 27, and Nate Pierce, 29, stood out among Trump supporters wearing red Make America Great Again hats. The couple held handmade protest signs. One said: "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion. – JFK." The other one: "Abort Trump."
Robinson said she chose to come to the inauguration instead of the Women's March on Washington because "this is where it's happening, all the action."
"I think it's awesome women are coming out," she said of Saturday’s planned march. "But I think women are really dissuaded from politics. ... I think women need to vote and be more involved in politics."