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wife staying up late one night and saying who will be the first woman president? it almost happened this year but it didn't. >> what do you think the future will be. >> they'll never be out of politics. it's what drives them, it's what feeds them. i think we have to worry somewhat about bill clinton's physical health. but as long as he's healthy, i think he'll be part of the action. >> we watch on the right-hand side the motorcade and now former president bush, former first lady laura bush are being introduced. they will come down and take their seats. while david was talking, we saw new jersey governor chris christie, among others. boy, he certainly thought today would be different, certainly thought he would be transitioning into a high-profile role with this new administration. it was not to be.
>> we also saw michigan governor rick schneider there. we've seen a bunch of republican governors here. a reminder of how the two parties have changed in the b l obama era. it held at the top but fell beneath him. the republican party held in states and its reach in congress but it's unrecognizable at the top in terms of this president-elect. he has consolidated republican support around him. two years ago if you asked anyone in the republican party to envision who they would put in the white house, they couldn't have sketched donald trump, let alone named him. >> i just saw the warm embrace that w gave to the supreme court justices and i realize why they
embraced him. they put him in office. [ laughter ] >> that was gratitude. >> there is that. >> their warm embrace for him was called bush v. gore. you see all the hands on doors waiting for the signal to open the limousine doors. all the cars you saw filled at the white house have now arrived in order. there's mrs. obama and there's mrs. trump, as they get out, protected from the rain underneath the portico for the most part. they'll make their way inside. today is also about holding rooms. if you're one of the bold-faced names at something like this, there's a number of them, with beverages and places to rest and relax. the obamas have been around the
machinery of the presidency for so long, folks who have taken care of their family for so long. you see the aides and ushers stay for years and years and years. it's a time of good-byes. we're just going to watch some of these pictures go by, the president, the president-elect. present arms. >> ladies and gentlemen, the children of vice president elect
pence. >> hello, everybody. >> are you going to reverse the immigration order in the next few days? >> congratulations, sir. >> thank you. >> reporters trying to squeeze in some policy questions there. >> do you have an immigration order, sir? >> i think paul ryan said to that reporter "nice try," as he walked by. >> the time honored bipartisan tradition of presidents ignoring shouted questions from reporters. >> and reporters shouting them. >> i think maria shriver used to be particularly good at that, waiting at the podium to grab the guys who went by. >> kelly o'donnell, where are
you in the building? >> i'm in the rotunda but i'm darting in and out of the corners of the building, trying to be one of those reporters who likes to shout questions. you got a sense of the warm welcome they received here. i spoke to dick cheney and dan quayle. you get a sense here that inside the capitol, there's a moment to breathe for these dignitaries. the lining of the parade, there's that intense emotion and here they have a chance to sort of take in the splendor of it and catch their breath. i certainly sense that with former secretary of state hillary clinton. also i got a chance to see the supreme court as they came in, a little easier for them today, in addition to the chief justice, who will administer the oath to donald trump, it is clarence thomas, who will do so for mike pence. and he will use the reagan family bible the first time since president reagan that that was done. but as we see behind the scenes
here, very few people have access to the interior of the capitol today, so it makes it much more intimate. i've soon several members of the cabinet to be for donald trump, who have come here to the rotunda and had an opportunity to look around, take it in and experience this. in addition, of course, to the families. we see the adult children of donald trump who are making their way. earlier today we saw the vacuums out as they were preparing to have all the spit and polish ready for this day. brian? >> kelly o'donnell, thanks. let's take in this moment as we see the children of donald trump, barron, it's his education in new york that will keep barron and melania trump in new york. >> he's 10 years old. to have the cameras up against him. it's got to be hard on a 10-year-old kid to have this kind of pressure and attention and to stand there alone behind
the other adult children of his father, you got to -- i hope that barron trump gets the same kind of insulation from public attention and scrutiny that some of the other presidential children have received. >> to catch the little kid's reaction, he's -- he saw the cop with the heavy beard. most don't have heavy beards. that's the guy that a kid would notice. >> now being announced to the crowd.
>> if we go silent from time to time, we're just doing exactly what you're doing. it's a lot to take in. fascinating live pictures of new characters in american life who are going to loom large. in our coverage and in this presidency. >> i sort of wish somebody was looking after barron i have to say. he's sort of out there untethered. we just saw the man in the dark
sunglasses, that was steven mnuchin. he had a rough and tumble nomination yesterday. donald trump jr. and eric trump will take over the reins at the organization. ivanka trump will not be. she's taken steps to separate herself from some of her own interests and the family business and will move to washington with her family and take an ill-defined role within the white house. >> this will be a bifurcated white house with time in florida as well. a first lady with a lot of responsibilities, a lot to balance. when asked this past week if she would be assuming first lady
roles, ivanka trump, the president-elect's daughter, said it was an inappropriate, that of course melania will be first lady in every way. >> i think one people miss about the city i've lived in is that it's a largely african-american city with an international phenomenon. as you know, brian. so when you go to the mall, you'll see a lot of people from iowa and oregon from all over the country but the african-americans don't come that often to the mall. what was so amazing about barack obama was everybody came downtown that day, anybody that lived near the federal part of the city, everybody came that day. i think that's why you saw the extraordinary number of people. when people save they don't like
washington, they shouldn't think about the people that live there. they should think about the people elected to go there. that's the problem. it's not the african-american main stream man or woman who have been there. it's the people that go there to govern. it's a fact of demographics, you don't see the large citizenry of washington coming out for this thing. >> again, donald trump polled 4%. >> they're not thrilled by today. >> washington demographic, it's still mostly african-american but just barely now actually. >> the plan -- >> the plan. >> this rumored plan to change the demographic. >> one thing washingtonians agreed on is they didn't vote for donald trump. >> that's true. neither did anybody in any big city. philadelphia was about 85% for secretary clinton and new york as well and certainly san francisco and l.a. and atlanta. >> and someday we'll talk about
the drivers in washington. something just got the attent n attention, you saw rex ti tillerson, we saw -- we heard a couple of chants of "usa, usa" we don't know if that's how they started out. the weather may top out at just under 50 degrees. it's not a bone-chilling cold, the likes of which we've seen for many, many inaugurations. we do see the white space there, the plastic flooring. it's 11:12 a.m. you would think -- >> that's exactly what i was going to say. in terms of thinking about whether we might see that empty space fill in. it's 11:12 now. the swearing in ceremony will start in the next 10 to 15 minutes. the president will be sworn in at noon. if people are going to show up
to see this in person, don't need to be ticketed to go down to the mall, this is the ticketed area, but if people want to see this, this is the time for them to be getting there. but, you know, some inaugurations are big, some are small. one of the things that is unpredictable about our new president, he does seem to be ratings focused and he likes to talk about the size of his support and his victories and the number of supporters. >> i don't know this dynamic that you speak of. >> it will be interesting to see if this bothers him and how he reacts to this and if he does in the end have a small inauguration. >> there were millions outside that couldn't get in. >> bingo. >> that's the look we're going for today. even in a smag inauguration, you still got a ton of people there and this will be a meaningful
occurrence for all there. >> sometimes you have to act, like secretary clinton today. she's put on a smile but let's face it, she doesn't want to smile. and look at the manner in which she carries herself. every once in a while you'll see her, i have to smile again. >> ronald reagan was famously asked how could you have been prepared to be president? you were an actor. he replied, "i have no idea who anybody could have done this job that wasn't an actor." >> there was some unity this morning, guys, which was the front pages of the two tabs in new york. >> what was it, "don of a new age"? >> yes, d-o-n of a new time.
>> do we know in the obamas are going to be back in washington? >> they probably come back to washington. sasha's in school. it's the school year. >> that's paul pelosi coming down the steps, nancy pelosi's husband. >> heading to palm springs, i suspect the former president will be found on a golf course tomorrow morning.
>> let's see if we can't do a lightning round. lawrence o'donnell is watching with us. penny for your thoughts today. >> brian, this is the last time we will get to speak of the obama presidency in the present tense. so i will do that. amazing grace is the phrase that keeps coming to mind. when you see the way he greeted the trumps, it was really an extraordinary moment. when you realize that the birth of the trump political life was all about lying about president obama's birth and to see president obama greet him and go through his role today as he must and as he's doing with dignity and amazing grace is
that final moment of obama amazing grace as president. >> hugh hewitt, your hopes and fears for the incoming trump administration. >> it's a tremendous balm, it's wonderful to see it all unfold in the same way every four years. >> it is a terrific pageant to look forward to. let's take it in as the first ladies will be welcomed. >> mr. paul pelosi.
>> you know, dr. jill bide grew up in rural pennsylvania and she still comes off as the most popular girl in the class, the queen of the class, the most popular girl in the world. >> she has done so much in the area of education, in the area of veterans. there the first lady derided by some for her exercise initiative to trying to make our children eat better food in schools, but in every other way, even by detractors of this family, what an exemplary first lady. she is richly rewarded in terms of opinion polls.
at times the most popular american in public life. a unique person in so many ways, up to and including the fact that she is a graduate of harvard law school, and that's a first among first ladies. >> i think the president has secretly enjoyed having to fend off questions over and over and over again toward the end of his presidency about whether or not michelle obama will herself run for office someday. i think he has secretly enjoyed the admiration and adulation with which she was greeted. they have been very certain in saying no to those things. >> he has enjoyed it. those last few speeches she gave were something else. it's not that she won't be asked again and again and again. i believe her when she says no, but they're going to ask her. >> the democratic convention speech for one but also her campaign speech after the
"access hollywood" tapes were leaked with the incoming president talking in very crude terms, michelle obama's speech about that was one of the signal moments of the campaign. >> the incoming administration, karen pence with military aide escort and melania trump. >> and karen is a pilot. did you know that? >> she's a licensed pilot. >> and an art teacher, an artist. she uses art as therapy for young kids. interesting person. sometimes these first ladies are a little more sophisticated than the guy they're with. >> sometimes? >> i was thinking of laura bush, for example. >> brian, your law school just called. they want the record to show that the first first lady who graduated from law school of course graduated from yale law school.
biden and obama. all day is a series of lasts. last time the president will go down these steps as president. joe biden, who is every bit a creature of the united states senate and capitol hill. >> within the hour at every government installation in the world, every u.s. embassy, the photos on the wall of president obama and vice president biden will be taken down. at the moment of inauguration, new ones hung of president trump and vice president pence. >> and that's the least of it. that's the least of the changeover that will go on. chris matthews, there was a time you were a fresh scrub beyond
capitol hill police officer. you know better than most, it's a world unto itself up there. >> i know it well, brian. i see the sacredness with which we treat our capitol. they don't take the oath at the white house. they go to the capitol. it's the center of our democracy. of course it's been in a way big footed by the president in its modern time since roosevelt but it is where our power lies, our legislation, all appointments are to be confirmed there. it is the center of our country and our government next to the capital of the city itself. it's right there. as i said, the idea was for washington to be buried there. it's that important. capitol police, by the way, an honor to them. they would die for that building. they love that building. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, the honorable barack obama and joseph biden, escorted by senate
>> he's never faced a crowd at the white house or the capitol that wasn't his own. you know? walking out the first time there in 2009 was 1.8 million people there to see him. in 2013 not that many people but still a very large crowd but there to see him. every other time he's ever faced the public in this way, it's been there to see him. this is the first time president barack obama has been there with a crowd assembled really for a different man. >> bander back and for er banten the last two presidents. we're a minute away, less than that, if we keep to schedule. >> you saw president bush say "thank you." president obama probably asked
about the senior president bush and his health. >> this is as much a celebration of his presidency as it is the new one. >> here comes the republican leadership structure, house and senate. behind them the 45th president of the united states. >> button the coat. oh well. >> this will now become the fashion in washington, an extra
long tie and the open coat. >> how do you tie the tie to make it get that long in. >> that's the way he's always done it. it's liberdeliberate. it will become the fashion in washington. >> the short end is so short that he tapes it. >> donald trump acknowledging the pool television camera there, which has now broadcast his image out to the waiting crowd. if you hear some crowd reaction. the final good-byes, his final moments as a private citizen. president-elect to gather his thoughts. everything from here on out will be shared with the public. >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice president elect michael richard pence. >> you know, in just a moment the voice recognition system in headquarters in omaha will be tuned to the voice of donald
trump. he can make the call. >> the strategic air manncomman they've been in charge since the dawn of our age. they're always in charge. there's never an off shift, never an off day. they have to know the president's voice, they have to listen for authenticated codes, the most awesome responsibility of the job of president. >> the military aides who carry the nuclear codes in that suitcase called the football accompanied the president of the united states, barack obama, this morning and they will leave with donald trump, the 34545th president of the united states.
>> mike pence who started in our line of work, in the media. >> his hero is john f. kennedy. interesting. >> john f. kennedy, whose inaugural speech dealt with no domestic issues because our world was different. we were all about our wider world, the sky above, the space above that. >> look at has to guys. >> ladies and gentlemen, escorting the president-elect, the staff director for the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies, stacy mchatton-mcbride, the house sergeant at arms, chairman of commission of joint ceremonies, senate democratic leader charles schumer, the speaker of the house of representatives paul
>> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint congressional committee for inaugural ceremonies, the honorable roy blunt. >> thank you all. if you have a seat, you can set down. mr. president, mr. vice president, mr. president-elect, mr. vice president-elect, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] today the legislative, the executive, the judicial branches of our constitutional government
come together for the 58th inauguration of the president of the united states. millions of people all over the world will watch and will listen to this event. 36 years ago at his first inauguration, president ronald reagan said that what we do here is both commonplace and miraculous. commonplace every four years since 1789 when president george washington took this exact same oath. miraculous because we've done it every four years since 1789 and the examples it sets for democracies everywhere. washington believes the inauguration of the second president would be more important than the inauguration of the first. many people had taken control of
the government up until then, but few people had ever turned that control willingly over to anyone else. and as important as the transfer of -- the first transfer of power was, many historians believe that the next election was even more important when in 18 01 a group of people willingly, if not enthusia enthusiastically gave control to people with a dramatically different view of what people would, could and should do. after that flaw that was discovered in the constitution itself, which was remedied by the 12th amendment, thomas jefferson at that inauguration, beyond the chaos of the election that had just passed, said "we are all republicans, we are all
federalists." after four years of civil war, lincoln's second inaugural speech tried to find reason for the continued war when he pointed out that both sides prayed to the same god. he'd earlier written about those fervored prayers that one side must be and both sides may be wrong, but in 1865 he looked to the future and the memorable moment in that speech was "with malice toward none and charity for all." in the middle of the depression, the country was told that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself, and president kennedy talked about the obligation in democracy to country, the great question that day was ask what you can do for your country. so we come to this place again, common place and miraculous, a national moment of celebration but not a celebration of victory, a celebration of
democracy. and as we begin that celebration, i call on his eminence, timothy michael cardinal dolan, reverend dr. samuel rodriguez and pastor paula white cane to provide readings and the invocation. >> the prayer of king solomon from the book of wisdom. let us pray. god of our ancestors and lord of mercy, you have made all things, and in proper providence of charge dust to rule the creatures produced by you, to govern the world in holiness and righteousness and to render judgment with integrity of heart, give us wisdom, for we
are your servants, weak and short lived, lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws, indeed though one might be perfect among mortals, if wisdom which comes from you be lacking, we count for nothing. now, with you is wisdom, who knows your will and was there when you made the world, who understands what is pleasing in your eyes, what is conformable with your commands, send her forth from your holy heavens, from your glorious throne dispatch her that she may be with us and work with us, that we may grasp what is pleasing to you, for she knows and understands all things and will guide us prudently in our affairs and safeguard us by her
glory. amen. >> from the gospel of matthew, the fifth chapter. god blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. god blesses those who mourn for they will be comforted, god blesses those who are humble for they will inherit the earth, good blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice for they will be satisfied, god blesses those who are merciful for they will have mercy, god blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called children of god, god blesses those who are persecuted for doing right for the kingdom of heaven is theirs and god blesses you, when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts
of evil things about you because you are my followers, for you are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. no one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. instead a lamp is placed on its stand where it gives light to everyone in the house. in the same way, let your good deed shine out for all to see, that everyone will praise your heavenly father, respectfully in jesus' name. >> we come to you heavenly father in the name of jesus with grateful hearts, thank you you for this great country that you have decreed to your people. we acknowledge we are a blessed nation with a rich history of faith and fortitude, with a future that is filled with promise and purpose. we recognize that every good and
every perfect gift comes from you and the united states of america is your gift. for which we proclaim our gratitude. as a nation we now pray for our president, donald john trump, vice president michael richard pence, and their families. we ask that you would bestow upon or president the wisdom necessary to lead great nation, the grace to unify us and the strength to stand for what is honorable and right in your sight. in proverbs 21:1, you instruct us our leader's heart is in your hands. gracious god, reveal unto our president the ability to know the will, your will, the confidence to lead us in justice and righteousness, and the compassion to yield to our better angels. while we know there are many
challenges before us in every generation you have provided the strength and power to become that blessed nation. guide us in discernment, lord and give us that strength to persevere and binds us to our nation, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, the psalm is declared, let your favor be upon this one nation under god. let these united states of america be that beacon of hope to all people and nations under your dominion, a true hope for humankind. glory to the father, the son and the holy spirit, we pray this in the name of jesus christ. amen. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the missouri state
well, the missouri state university choral practices and performs about two blocks from my home in springfield, missouri. so it was easy to find them and we're pleased they're here. [ applause ] >> it's also a great opportunity for me to introduce my colleague, the senator from new york, chuck schumer. [ applause ] >> my fellow americans, we live in a challenging and tumultuous time, a quickly evolving, ever more interconnected world, a rapidly changing economy that benefits too few while leaving too many behind, a fractured media, a politics frequently consumed by rancor.
we face threats, foreign and domestic. in such times, faith in our government, our institutions and even our country can erode. despite these challenges, i stand here today confident in this great country for one reason, you, the american people. [ applause ] we americans have always been a forward-looking, problem-solving, optimistic, fate and faithful people, whether we are immigrant or native born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty, we are all
exceptional in our commonly held yet fierce devotion to our country and in our willingness to sacrifice our time, energy, and even our lives to making it a more perfect union. today we celebrate one of democracy's core attributes, the peaceful transfer of power, and every day we stand up for core democratic principles enshrined in the constitution, the rule of law, equal protection for all under law, the freedom of speech, press, religion, the things that make america america. and we can gain strength from reading our history and listening to the voices of average americans. they always save us in times of strife. one such american was major
sullivan belluo. in 1861 when the north and south were lining up for their first battle, a time when our country of our country was at a nader, major balou of the 2nd rhode island volunteers penned a letter to his wife, sarah. it is one of the greatest letters in american history. it shows the strength and courage of the average american. allow me to read some of his words which echo through the ages. "my very dear sarah," he wrote, "the indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days, perhaps tomorrow. if it is necessary that i should fall on the battlefield for my country, i am ready. i have no misgivings about or lack of confidence in the cause in which i am engaged, and my
courage does not halt or falter. i know how strongly american civilization now leans upon the triumph of the government and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us, through the blood and suffering of the revolution, and i am willing, perfectly willing, to lay down all my joys in this life to help maintain this government and to pay that debt. sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with the mighty cables that nothing but omnipotence can break, and yet, my love of country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield." sullivan balou gave his life on the battlefield a week later at the first battle of bull run.
it is because sullivan balou and countless others believed in something bigger than themselves, and were willing to sacrifice for it, that we stand today in the full blessings of liberty, in the greatest country on earth, and that spirit lives on in each of us, americans whose families have been here for generations, and those who have just arrived, and i know our best days are yet to come. i urge all americans to read balou's full letter, his words give me solace, strength, i hope they will give you the same. now, please stand while the associate justice of the supreme court clarence thomas, administers the oath of office to the vice president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ]
>> please place your hand on the bible and raise your right hand. mr. vice president-elect, would you raise your right hand and repeat after me. >> i michael richard pence do solemnly swear. >> i, michael richard pence, do solemnly swear. >> that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> against all enemies, foreign and domestic. >> against all enemies, foreign and domestic. >> that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. >> that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. >> that i take this obligation freely. >> that i take this obligation
freely. >> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. >> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> and that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> the duties of the office of which i am about to enter. >> the duties of the office of which i am about to enter. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen, it's an honor to introduce the chief justice of the united states, john g. roberts jr., who will administer the presidential oath of office. everyone, please stand. [ cheers and applause ] >> please raise your right hand, and repeat after me. i donald john trump do solemnly swear. >> i donald john trump do solemnly swear.
>> that i will faithfully execute. >> that i will faithfully execute. >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> preserve, protect and defend. >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. ♪ [ cheers and applause ]