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inaugural day. >> some of photos will show what transpired day. in the internal white house photo shop they have a large scale quick turn-around print shop. the frames are kind of permanently mounted. this is depending on where you are in the west wing, the area we're talking about is outside the main press office around the bend from the cabinet room, roosevelt room and oval office. the preset frames, you pop in new pictures. they change them out all the time. it's traditionally been a morale booster, and an interesting way to decorate the west wing hallway. watch as the marine guards take their position, pete sousa, the official photographer for eight years in the obama white house, one last assignment in washington, and we await the reemergence of the former president, former first lady, down the steps of what was
marine one. carries that designation only when flying the current president. >> doris kerns goodwin, presidential historian, author. doris, i was thinking today of your former boss, lyndon johnson, about his speech before leaving town for the two notable things that happened, and i'll let you fill in the blanks. the person he noticed on the outskirts of the crowd who showed up to see him off, because it was the right thing to do, and what lyndon johnson started doing on the plane on the way home. >> brian, you have to tell me. you'll pulled it out. >> oh, come on. >> this is embarrassing. >> a young texas congressman named george herbert walker bush -- >> oh for god's sakes, of
course. >> to see off the democratic president because he thought it was the right thing to do, and on the plane home, lyndon johnson resumed a bad habit that he stopped while he was president, and he lit up a cigarette, and his family protested, and he said that you know, these next years are for me. he was dead four years later, unfortunately. >> you know, it's right, brian. he didn't take care of himself. his health declined. he had another heart attack. he started smoking again. it was almost as if, sadly, he had nothing left to live for. that was the sadness. now if only he could be alive now to see his memory and his reputation having gone so far up after looking at civil rights and medicare and aid to education. you know, i was thinking, watch this stuff with obama leaving it's an extraordinary humbling movement in america to have the most powerful person in the world become a private citizen, even as lbj did on the plane there and as obama is now, and that's one of the qualities that
was missing today from president trump's speech. i mean he said that, when drugs and carnage are happening, i will make it stop this very day, there will be no more drugs, no more crime. george washington when he went to his inaugural talked about feeling like he was going to his execution, that he was worried, do i have the political skills, do i have the ability to meet the ocean of difficulties? all i can promise is integrity and firmness, so i don't think we saw a humble president today. as i said earlier, i do think he didn't speak about "i" as much as he normally did, it was we in a movement nor did i see empathy another really important quality in a leader. he has to understand his sloepters are happy now but a lot of people who voted for hillary are not and needing to empathetically reach out to them and try and be their president as well as supporters president. >> nicole wallace? >> yes? >> same question. >> you know, i think that what
we're watching is just a continuation of everything we've been talking about for the last year, this divided nation, these missed opportunities. it wasn't just in the speech. doris makes a good point about the lack of empathy. that's been the case for the entire campaign. there was an opportunity in the transition to say i'm so surprised and humbled by this win that i'm going to be everything that my supporters loved and i'm going to be some of the things that my detractors loath. i'm going to be empathetic. i'm going to learn from some of my mistakes, and that he continues to resist and seems to view it as a sign of weakness, to do any of those things, one suggests he is not a student of history and there are some uncorroborated reports that some of the foekds around him have not read all of doris' books which is never a good idea, when you get a job on the white house staff you read everything she's ever written, her and jon meacham and's a man resistant to
evolving personally and temperamentally. >> one thing missing any nice reference to this lady here. was there a grand tribute to hillary clinton? was there some moment of wonderfulness there? it was brief if it was there and i think she was the stoic figure today. she was the one that half the country voted for and wanted her to be president, and yet today she stood there like a true american, a patriot, and joined in the celebration of the guy she actually beat in the popular vote by 3 million votes, didn't cry, didn't wince, and yet the guy who won in the electoral college never gave her much. >> and on election night donald trump did have kind and generous words for hillary clinton. to go to doris' point about unifying language, we had a right to expect certain kinds of lines in this speech and i'm going to read some from another speech. now is the time for america to bind the wounds of division. it is time for us to come together as one united people, for those who have chosen not to
support me in the past i'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help, so that we can work together and unify our great country and you know who said that? donald trump on election night, and in that speech there was not one policy position enunciated by donald trump as opposed to all of the things he went through today, the buy american, hire american and all those other things, that election night speech should have been the template for today. >> why do you think they were different? >> because i think he doesn't have a question about what to do next. he knows what he wants to do next. he thinks he has the answers, and it's this sort of ultra nationalist approach to everything, and that's his answer. >> the question is -- >> you're going to love it, right? >> people who voted against and for hillary clinton whether he sees them as the enemy. that's really the question. >> the interesting thing is, this is the one speech that he ever delivered that made his poll numbers go up with people who did not vote for him.
>> that's a good point. >> that was then, this is now. you're all going to love this. okay i think he genuinely believes everybody is going to love this. >> you can hear some of the ambient sound coming from our cameras on the right side of your screen there, the former president and former first lady have arrived at joint base andrews. they've stepped into a sort of humble looking hangar there, but it's full of people who are cheering them on their way, and this will be their stop before they get into an airplane and fly to the west coast. >> barack obama now getting used to life with a plain electric tern, with lecturn with no seal on it. they'll play the anthem prior to his remarks. you see the hubbub there on the left there, with former secretary of state hillary clinton, as we get set to start that luncheon. this really mashes up everybody in d.c.
you've got supreme court justice, democrats, republicans, house, senate. >> i remember at the luncheon an the last inaugural seeing ruth bader ginsburg and then president obama having a big hug and a big warm discussion and there was so much talk about whether or not justice ginsburg would retire while president obama was still in office, and he never for one instant gave any sense he'd pressure her in that regard. we actually got insight into his perspective on that when you saw at this event four years ago. the warmth between them >> what do you think she's planning now, another eight-year engs tension? >> i think she's planning on immortality. she should talk to peter thiel about that. >> jacob is with some folks taking in today, watching the speech, the rain seemed to start, jacob, just as the new president started his speech. >> reporter: i think at the exact moment, brian. this is jimmy and this is jindy
from frederick, maryland. about a mile away from the capitol hill building on the national mall. there was a good sized crowd on the way down here. i want to ask you, jimmy and cindy, you're donald trump supports. he lost the popular vote by quite a bit. do you feel he did enough to unify the country today? >> he's doing what he can, telling us to come together and telling us to be american and telling to us make america number one, period, under no circumstance, always number one. >> reporter: thank you so much, jimmy. brian, rachel, chris, back to you. >> thank you. and there you see barack obama out of andrews. let's listen in. >> so it behooves me to be very brief. >> no! >> yes, yes. i said before and i will say again that when we started on this journey we did so with an
abiding faith in the american people and their ability, our ability to join together and change the country in ways that would make life better for our kids and our grandkids, that change didn't happen from the top-down but it happened from the bottom-up. it was meant sometimes with skepticism and doubt, some folks didn't think we could pull it off. there were those who felt that the institutions of power and privilege in this country were too deeply entrenched, and yet all of you came together in
small towns and big cities, a whole bunch of you really young, and you decided to believe. and you knocked on doors and you made phone calls, and you talked to your parents who didn't know how to pronounce barack obama. and you got to know each other and you went into communities that maybe you never thought about visiting and met people that, on the surface seemed completely different than you, didn't look like you, talk like you or watch the same tv programs as you. once you started talking, some of it turned out you had something in common. it built and it grew. people took notes and throughout
it was infused a sense of hope. as i said in 2004 it wasn't blind optimism that drove you is it wasn't naivety. it wasn't willful ignorance to all the challenges that america faces. it was hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty. you proved the power of hope and throughout this process, michelle and i have been your front men and winner. we have been the face, sometimes the voice out front on the tv screen, or in front of the mike phone but this has never been about us. it has always been about you, and all the amazing things that
happened over these last ten years are really just a testament to you. in the same way we talk about our amazing military and our men and women in uniform, the military is not a thing. it's a group of committed patriots willing to sacrifice everything on our behalf. it works only because -- [ applause ] of the people in it. as cool as the hardware is, and we got cool hardware, as cool as the machines and weapons and satellites are, ultimately it comes down to remarkable people. some of them a lot closer to malia's age than mine or
michelle's. the same thing's true for our democracy. our democracy is not the buildings. it's not the monuments. it's you. being willing to work. to make things better and being willing to listen to each other, and argue with each other, and come together and knock on doors and make phone calls. >> just so plain what we're seeing on the left-hand side of the screen, president obama is, and this is common, signing some initial documents, one declaring this a national day of patriotism, the next document was the waiver, allowing general mattis, who has not been out of the military as long as required, to serve in a civilian cabinet position, running the pentagon. the third is formal nominations of cabinet officials. it gives new presidents a chance to try all of this on for size,
the formal documents, the pens, the signature, and grandkids are watching. >> i think those are his grandkids there who are being adorable, which will now be their full time job in the white house whenever they're there and playing with the pens that he's using to sign these various orders. it's interesting, the new president had said that on day one, he would enact a lot of his most controversial major policy actions. it appears as far as we know the day is young, but as far as we know, we think this is his full plan for day one, the waivers, general mattis can serve as secretary of defense, the formal nominations to the senate and as brian said the proclamation for a national day of patriotism. we think that's it. >> yes and i'm told this will happen a million times. i already called him president obama. president trump, and we see speaker ryan has been talking him through some of these procedures, when a president has a bill with 15, 30 pens next to him and everyone gets one, they
learn this odd cligify of signing one fraction of their name at a time. the signatures end up looking very strange when they're displayed for the ages, but everyone gets a pen to keep from something like this. the kids just think it's just endless amounts of fun. >> yes, i was just going to say. i think some of the pens may end up with the grandkids, whether or not they get used to sign anything but who is going to complain at this point? >> looks like mccarthy has one. >> i guess i give the first pen to nancy. >> a very careful protocol about who gets the pen signing and exactly who they are and what order.
we're not seeing that today. >> as much as we came to know president bobama's signature, te greatest characteristic of which was that kind of bisected "o." donald trump's signature for those who haven't seen it is much more like an electrocardiogram. it's very dramatically up and down. >> spiky. >> yes. now there's negotiation about which pens. nancy pelosi interrupting giving back one pen, it being handed over to mitch mcconnell. >> put them back. >> oh dear. >> this is better than carson. >> these are all the individual nominations for cabinet selections. >> who wants the rick perry pen? kevin says i'll take it. >> the speaker still doesn't
have one. >> betsy, education, right? >> yes. you're getting a chuckle out of this. >> he's going to start auctioning them off. >> i'm happen. toy take it. >> next, i think we're going to need some more pens, by the way. labor. >> oh no. where's kelly? >> come on, son, i think the senator likes that. he's going to do a good job. >> he keeps suggesting it's his nominees. he's off camera but suggesting them to chuck schumer. schumer said perry was preferable to carson. he was not happy, he said he'd rather hear about general kelly. >> this is the veterans administration. i think chuck might like it. you want to trade it out? i'll let you make the trade.
>> he's a good man. >> chuck you're going to get, put the cap on or you're going to get your shirt stained. >> this is the guy that helped me with a hammer and a nail. >> john kelly. ryan should get something. >> you getting some more pens back there? this is fun. okay, so -- >> it's an equal number for the candidates. >> i think dan is a good man, right? we've run out of pens, we'll just use the same pen. >> steve, is this how it's usually done? >> no, it's interesting to see
the negotiating who gets what pen for the nominee. i do think you're going to see in some ways a real informality around this president, the trappings, the customs used across administrations of both political parties are just out the window. >> whose idea was it for roy blunt to give a speech and then chuck schumer to give a longer one? where'd that new tradition come from? it was absurd. >> we've seen them before but they've usually been shorter and shorter and more ignorable but that is the senate role as the chairman of the senate rules committee is in charge of the inauguration and chuck schumer has been at that podium before at the inauguration and no one noticed. >> they booed him and yelled
trump, trump, the nice thing he said about immigrants they started booing in particular. >> i hope some of these nominates get their designated pens. >> kids and grandkids playing peekaboo and giving high fives. >> we showed you out at andrews air force base former president obama wrapped up his remarks shortly after we switched over to the capital. he's working the rope line, the long good-bye, and you saw the 747 out on the tarmac with a carpet leading to it, special air mission 29,000 as opposed to air force one, as it travels a final transcontinental journey,
they're going out to palm springs, where the smart money has him on the links, oh, what, within an hour after arrival? >> i think so. joy reed is watching it all. joy? >> oh, mii am here. so sorry. this has been an interesting day. the split screen is something else. i was thinking as distracted tweeting with mark murray our own political guru mark murray he tweeted that donald trump's speech was a recitation of rural versus urban america. i kind of tweeted back i think what we heard today was a resitation of declining industrial america versus future high tech america. the legislation wasn't urban
versus rural. obviously hillary clinton won her 3 million vote majority because she did so well in urban america but you had the sense in donald trump's speech, no longer are we going to foreigners to take away our jobs and industry and sort of overrun the country. it is this message from a declining industrial america that's shouting out for a kind of nationalism that you're also seeing sweep across europe. this kind of euro-christian nationalism is something that steven bphen bannon adheres to, of the threads that tie this is new right, if you want to call it the alternative right to russia, a lot of them look up to vladimir putin as sort of the champion of state-based nationalism of essentially white christian nationalism, it's one of the reasons so many of them look up to him. they see him as going away from this idea of shared borders and shared cross border interests and going more toward great
power, single country interests, each country acting in its own national interest and that includes protectionism and trade and that's what donald trump said he would do. it was quite a dark speech, it was quite a partisan speech. it was not uplifting and then you have barack obama who comes along and right afterwards in his going away speech reiterates his vision that is quite the opposite. it's about perfecting our union and bringing us together so quite a contrast between the two. >> nicole wallace is also watching this. nicole you went through this with a veteran of politics. this is all new for the new president. >> i was listening to all of you ogle the pens. i have a drawerful of george w. bush pens. >> i want one. >> i'll bring you one on monday. >> thank you. >> i did, and watching george w. bush this is the third inauguration he's attended that wasn't his own.
this idea of a former presidents club it struck me rereading the speech since i've been sitting here that something steve schmidt said on election night that donald trump didn't just defeat the democratic party, he defeated the republican party. this is what it looks like. this is his speech that was basically i don't belong to anyone, and the truth is donald trump does not owe this victory to anybody. the entire republican establishment was against him, everyone except bob dole refused to attend his convention. it is fair for him to i don't know if it's a good use of his time, but it's fair for him to say that the media largely accepted the establishment critique of his policies. he is an isolationist. he does believe in protectionism and a lot of people believe he's sort of fomented the sense of nationalism that didn't just border on racism but had overt racist undertones to it.
he put off and put out a lot of people, so the speech today was exactly what we should have expected it to be, yet it's still shocking to hear something like what he did today at the inaugural. so i think there's going to be, they're rookies at some of the logistics but i think who gets what pen is the least of our worries for anyone that sort of cares about norms and traditions. >> some of the lunch combinations are fascinating. rosa delouro, the liberal connecticut democrat next to the giulianis. leahy at the table with wilbur ross, just some fantastic combinations. how about that, the chairman and ceo of exxonmobil with the chief justice of the united states, rex tillerson obviously nominated to be -- >> on rex tillerson there it's interesting. he, if any trump nominees are going to have trouble conceivably it might be rex tillerson, with marco rubio, one
of the senators on his committee wavering as to whether or not he with support him. the republicans in the senate already announced if that happens, they'll put the tillerson nomination on the floor anyway and get him through. as controversial as trump is, as a nominee, and everything nicole just said about his standing in the republican party is true, he has nominated a cabinet that his nomination, vetting process has been very wobbly in the confirmation hearings have been rocky, for all of that, is he likely to get through every single one of his nominations because republicans in the senate will absolutely coalesce around him and to the extent that they broke any dissent on any of his nominees they'll find ways to still make those things not block the nominations. >> he is facing a bigger struggle than previous presidents. he will get two confirmations from the senate today, general mattis and general kelly, and then there are no others scheduled. when bill clinton was inaugurated in 1993, within 24 hours of taking the oath of office his entire cabinet except for attorney general was sworn
in. >> look at that picture. >> look at that picture, the rotunda on the left as members of the extended trump family come in, and on the right, we saw briefly white house press secretary outgoing white house press secretary josh earnest with his young son on his shoulders. >> that was great, his kiddo up on the shoulders. >> and denis mcdonough, the national security adviser, maybe the most relieved man in washington, because that is maybe the most -- >> the worst job. >> -- nonstop job, in the post 9/11 era, this president, this white house staff kept the country safe, a hug for his chief speechwriter there. that is hard work. the hard work has already started in the west wing for the new administration, what members they do have, have hit the ground running. if they all do their jobs correctly t means the boss can continue to enjoy lunch at the capitol. you see trump's son-in-law with
senator sessions, trump's daughter there, justice alito in the foreground. what a mash-up of pictures. doris kearns goodwin, what does history tell us about the first night in the white house and the realization that settles around you, that you indeed are the new president of the united states? >> at least from some of the memoirs that we've read and heard about presidents there, i think it doesn't settle in, until they go to bed that night, and suddenly they're sleeping in a bed, and they're in the white house, oh my god, this is what's happening. and that's where that combination of confidence and humility has to come in. you need both things, confidence in yourself and in your country, and humility to understand you're one of these 45 people, it's a very difficult time, and you're going to have a lot to do. it was interesting watching him sign the orders for the cabinet, and using the pens, it makes you realize that eventually if he wants to get his program passed, and he wants a lot of other pen signings for the legislation
that he cares about, the very class as we were all saying earlier of people he's going to need is that congressional class. i think sometimes when eisenhower came in, they were saying he's going to be a very sad man. he's no longer a military leader who can give orders. he's got to deal with all these people. similarly he's a ceo. he can fire people. can he give them bonuses. he doesn't have to worry about things in the same way a president does, and it's nice to see at least an informal reparte with the senators and congressmen but he has to really work with them. that's his body, who he needs and i don't know if those words are going to be good in their heads in what he said today. but maybe words don't matter anymore. that's what's scary. oh he said that, he doesn't really mean it. that's part of what's happening in our political culture today. >> doris, you know -- >> you go ahead. >> doris, i think something we don't get to, lawrence has around it and i've been around it, when a human being, trump is a human being, whatever you think of him, he's a human being, when all of a sudden
becomes objectified, he becomes the president of the united states and person of political opponents, media doesn't look you him, target him every day, every hour. he's not a human being he's a target. the same with his own party they want stuff from him. these republicans like paul ryan are not trumpites. they want to cut government spending and screw around with the entitlements, don't believe in infrastructure spending. they see him as a target, as someone, a being but not necessarily a human being. i remember lyndon johnson saying when he quit, when he left office he said i'm going home where people know when you're sick and care when you die. >> and they care when you die. >> it's not true about politics. you're president, we care about him as president, and only lately been thinking about barack obama as a human being we're going to lose but what's that like to go into that world where you're no longer a person anymore, you're just this object of national focus and a lot of it negative? >> and that's why i think the most important transition that a leader has to make is to
recognize that the criticism is not necessarily don't take it personally. people are arguing with your ideas, one of the things eleanor roos veld evelt no longer got u. she said they don't like what i'm saying but that's okay because i believe it. somewhere along the line he has to make the huge transition, if somebody says something about them and he does a tweet as president undoing what that person said or making the controversy go on longer, then that's where his words are going to really take on a meaning. i sometimes think what he should do is have a fake twitter account and whenever he's angry with somebody he puts it in his fake account and it never goes anywhere like lincoln had hot letters he wrote to people and they would say all the mean things he cared about and he would never send them, wait until he cooled down. he can have a twitter account when he's feeling good and wants to talk to the people but the minute he feels bad, go. >> i wish people had that in the car horn. you can only have the car horn in your car. leaning on the damned horn,
makes you feel good, listening to your own horn and stop ruining everybody else's morning. >> a couple of the scenes we're watching on the left as you've seen some of the dignitaries being invited, being introduced as they walk into the luncheon. on the right, the former president about to head up the stairs of a plane that, when he was in it, was known as the designation air force one, now special air mission, as it takes him to california. i want to fit in a quick statement, we just got from houston, texas, president bush remains in stable condition at the icu. he was ex-tube atubated, breathe removed, breathing well on his own, minimal supplemental oxygen. he's watching inauguration coverage together with mrs. bush, their son neil, daughter in-had-law, let's be opt mig,
hello, mr. president, we hope you're watching our coverage. mrs. bush meanwhile continues to feel better and focusing on spending her time with her husband. she's expected to remain in the hospital over the weekend as a precaution. barbara bush as you know was being treated for bronchitis. let's watch this departure on the right, as we watched the entrance on the left of the new president, donald trump. [ cheers and applause ]
oh to be a fly inside that airplane. >> i think we saw pete sousa who has been the white house photographer all of these years, to some controversy, sometimes the media felt like provided pictures were not the same as journalistic access but sousa being on the plane is a blessing. >> he never tells. >> never tells. ♪
democrat. not happy. >> here we go. >> a long handshake and some words exchanged between the new president and the woman he defeated in the campaign to get there. >> the last of which appeared to be "thank you." >> he said thank you for being here. >> i'd bet on that, that's what it looked like they said. >> welcome to this lunch and if everybody would be seated. >> kind of lunch any of us would enjoy at home. >> i'm afraid chuck schumer has another speech ready there. right there. >> this is actually -- >> we'll get through it together as a people. this is the time to come together. >> put down the portfolio and step away.
>> let's listen to the toasts, part of the tradition of inauguration day. >> -- this inaugural luncheon, the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies has been pleased to host this lunch at least since 1953, with president eisenhower. in 1981, president reagan's first inauguration, the lunch took its current form and moved to this grand hall, the national statuary hall which served until 1857 as the chamber of the house of representatives. the statues that line the hall of this room were placed throughout the capitol and recognize important figures in our national history. the collection and statuary hall doesn't change very often but actually, since this lunch was held the last time, it's had several additions. rosa parks is now in statuary, she is of course seated rather than standing as she should be.
[ applause ] when miss parks died in 2005, one of the few people who had never held any public office or served in the military laid to honor in the capitol rotunda, and several of us were there that day. norman bergalog, leader of the green revolution though this green revolution was about his great efforts to feed people, the demands in food production, and he was really a leader in that area, and talking to governor pur perdue what's goin happen when world food demand doubles in 45 years and the great opportunity we have there, barry goldwater, a real inspiration to a generation of conservatives was added to statuary hall and thomas edison
of ohio, who discovered more than 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb, until he discovered the one way to make that light bulb. the painting in the middle of the room is from a great missouri artist, george caleb bingham. he did three election series, the painting here a three-painting series, one was stump speaking, one was the county election, and this one is verdict of the people, in the 1850s, when this was painted, often it was several days after the election before the results were announced, and all kinds of people are in this painting, people from all walks of life, people who are excited, people who are confused, people who wondered what's happened and people who wondered what's going to happen, are all there. actually he painted this painting about the same time that in this very room some of the least successful debates in
the history of our country were being held, and of course, that we paid the price for not being able to find solutions. one of my favorite statues in the building is in a room that i have here in the capitol right now, i had it in the whip's office when i was the whip in the house, and it's one of my favorites because nobody knows who it is, and i don't mean nobody here can guess who it is. i mean nobody knows who it is and nobody has known who it was since about 1930. couldn't have been in the capitol building more than 100 years before people began to wonder, who is this person? and i think it's a great reminder that what we do here is a lot more important than who we are. so we have work in front of us. it's a wonderful opportunity. it is a great day, and i'm asking barry black, the chaplain of the senate, to come and give
us our opening prayer. >> let us pray. eternal lord god, our refuge and strength, we praise you, that we have nothing to fear. we can stand fearlessly during this season of peaceful transition because we know your providence will prevail. lord, we're grateful for this inaugural luncheon, and for your providence that has brought president donald j. trump to this milestone moment. you have admonished us to pray for leaders and governments, so
we pray for our new president. lord, crown his labors with success, leading him to the destination you have chosen, surround him, his family, and the members of his cabinet with the shield of your divine protection and favor. may president trump seek your wisdom, justice, and grace, leading with your strength, which reaches out to those on life's margins, the lost, lonely, last, least, and left out. may he remember that those who would leave a legacy of greatness must strive to become
servants of all. lord, inspire our president to perform his god-appointed duties with such reverence for you that his tenure will be like the sun, shining forth on a cloudless morning, like a rainbow after a storm, and like the singing of the birds at dawn. bless our food and fellowship. we pray in your sovereign name, amen. >> lunch will be served. >> that also usually means
cameras will be turned off. this is usually the end of our access to this lunch. people ought to be able to eat lunch, you know? >> in peace. as it were. >> yes. >> the chaplain's remarks, the chaplain, a, is blessed with one of the greatest voices in american public life, but what a beautiful and important prayer there. >> especially the portion about the lost, lonely, last, least, and left out. skies appear to be brightening over washington, d.c. it was an odd occurrence that, as the president stepped up to deliver his speech, we saw the first appearance of the first drops on the lapel of his coat, rain that never went beyond light rain. we saw some scurrying while he spoke to distribute tarps and umbrellas to people on the official reviewing stand there.
there's residual members of the crowd on that kind of artificial plastic flooring. there is the top of the reviewing stand across from the white house on pennsylvania avenue, so that's kind of the back of the reviewing stand, the sloping roof leads down to pennsylvania avenue. it is climate controled inside, the same super structure is used year after year, and there's a path across the white house lawn into the structure. >> and you know, the inaugural parade is due to get under way shortly, in a little bit over an hour and it will be interesting to see what happens in terms of the crowds. as you can see there's a huge security presence here and then that sort of frozen zone with all the barricades and you see people lining the parade route. this appeared to be a comparatively sparsely attended inauguration. we just got notice from one of our reporters saying that the
parade route in most of the parade route looks almost empty. there are whole areas of stands right now, again, an hour before it starts, that are open. also there are a lot of anti-trump protesters you see there some of the signs. those are not pro-trump signs. among those who turned out in washington, i will tell i've also been told by a source in the outgoing administration, that the secret service issued for the last two inaugurations, you see some of the protesters here, for the last two inaugurations the u.s. secret service issued 10 to 12 permits for organized protests. for this inauguration, as of yesterday, the u.s. secret service issued 103 permits for protests against this new president. that's an important part of what's happening today, and it may be an important part of the character of the inaugural parade, if there are that many protesters mixed in among the people to support the president. >> we have imagery comparisons,
and you'll be seeing a lot of this, i'm sure, in the days to come. that's '09 on the left, leading out from the capital and 2017 today on the right during the speech. of course, you know, we can go on and on about the events and how the events historically were not comparable but that is -- >> and yes i think that's a very important point. first of all, 2009 the election of the first african-american president, also seeing off a president who was leaving with approval ratings that approached, that were in the 20s by the time george w. bush left office. in contrast barack obama leaving office with 55% to 60% approval rating, and the numbers who are turning out for donald trump are still a big deal. there's still a lot of people in washington today. it's still a celebratory occasion. i think the important thing here, and it has to do with what
we are expecting, and what we don't know what to expect from this new president, is that he has said, he has promised that he would break the records for the turnout at this inauguration, that he said his movement would come to washington, and would be the biggest inaugural turnout ever and he said as recently as this week, he had been told there were record crowds already. the question will be how he deals with not being able to live up to those expectations, but he himself put in place. that's what's interesting. >> doris kearns goodwin gave us the answer when she talked about this new phenomenon of words don't matter. and that was certainly all over the president's speech today, about islamic terrorism. he actually said we will eradicate it completely from the face of the earth. now, presidents, when they say the phrase "we will" all the words that follow that are very carefully calibrated and usually
modified by something that allows for something other than an absolute. this statement is of course impossible to achieve, but words don't matter. >> there's the reviewing stand.. back to the parade route. the business of watching parades, and this is raw video just coming into us. >> can you tell us what we're looking at there, in the control room? >> objects being thrown. hey, gang, okay. this is live. >> what street is this, i'm sorry? 12th street and i -- 12th street and "l" in washington, d.c. >> not far from the white house. >> some kind of smoke. >> that's interesting. >> very close to "the washington post." >> did you say that was close to the washington post offices? >> yes. >> i was just going to say. >> police with riot shields.
protesters with face covered. some may be because of the smoke and some may be a conscious decision also. this is not a typical protest scene. >> jacob rascon is wired up. jacob, what have you got? the control room is trying to get him wired up. but this is live as it's happening. sounds like some combination of firecrackers and a crowd control grenade to move people back. >> we should be clear, this is not the parade route. this is a street off the parade route. >> reporter: i apologize for the audio issues. all of a sudden police officers
started to spray pepper spray and they got our audio technician, so we lost that audio. we were running because there were throwing flash bangs, very, very loud. at the same time they were arresting some people. these protesters you're seeing behind us, they've been here for hours. we're talking about a dozen groups or more of protesters that were trying to block checkpoints this morning. and then maybe a couple of hours ago, they started to converge into one group. they started to smash some windows as they were running around, throw tables. that's when we saw a few hundred police officers come and try to corner them. they were running around for a half hour or so. they finally cornered a lot of them and started making arrests. it was calm for a couple of hours, until just now. they're running because they're going to throw more flash bangs. you're going to hear them as
they do this. they've been trying to control these protesters for hours. at this point, i would guess there are near 1,000 protesters total. you're going to see things flying because these protesters are throwing bricks or rocks or bottles. we know from d.c. police that at least three other officers were hurt earlier today. we've seen protesters also injured because of pepper spray. i should clarify that most of the protesters are not throwing things. it's a small group of maybe 50, 60 of them that have their faces covered and dressed all in black. we'll look over here and you'll see them try to carry a gate. we moved back a little bit, again, because we were being hit by the pepper spray. >> so, eugene, you're the one that works down there by day. that's "k" street.
>> it's a big, wide street with central lanes and then side lanes separated by -- >> how far is this from the parade route, gene? >> oh, six, seven blocks or more. it's away from -- >> we should be clear that some of the difficulty of the audio, jacob was saying the pepper spray got our audio tech so he's not able to avail himself of the services of our audio tech. jacob, can you hear us? he was saying the protesters have been there for about -- for hours. he says there's about 1,000 overall. 50 to 60 is what he described as the group that is militant and throwing stuff. >> reporter: maybe 100 protesters mostly dressed in black with their faces covered. they were not just walking, they were running around and tossing chairs and throwing tables. and then there was a couple -- >> coming down, coming down, we have to move. >> reporter: smashing windows with a hammer. that's the group of protesters the police surrounded for the last couple of hours.
for a couple of hours, i should say, were chasing. as the -- president trump was taking the oath of office, they had them surrounded. mostly it was quiet and we were stationary in one intersection for a while, until just now. until five minutes ago, when some of the protesters, it appears, were pushing against the police line. police started to push back. that's when they started to spray more pepper spray. you'll see now the line of police officers. they're close enough to us. you can see them. i would say -- and they're shooting right now out of what look like paintball guns. it's like a pepper spray ball they spray. it hits and you can smell, your eyes can feel it, it's difficult to breathe. we were seeing that earlier. >> it is a crowd dispersement. in the foreground we saw some,
what appear to be reservists, with backpacks as if they were en route to a different post. jacob is reporting for our friends over at the nbc television network. that's why we don't have communication with him. >> reporter: i apologize for the audio issues here. we're probably about five or six blocks away from the parade route of the inauguration. >> as jacob made clear, these
protesters were out during most of the inauguration. this is a different end of town. we've been concentrated on the capitol. this is down closer to the white house. you've heard "k" street used as a euphemism as lobbying interests. it is, indeed. a lot of law firms and a couple of interest groups are headquartered there. restaurants as well. >> jacob said d.c. police have reported three officers have been injured. the chaotic video we've been able to capture live, you did see some protesters throwing things in the way of the police. i should also tell you we're getting reports that the protests, including protests that have turned violent, have not just been in washington, they've also been in san francisco. we're having reports there may be as many as 50 arrests in san
francisco as well. we're working on getting you some visuals from those protests. what we're told by people monitoring protests is, again, the vast majority of people who have turned out to make their displeasure known about the new president have turned out and are peacefully protesting. what we're seeing here in terms of stuff being thrown at police and, again, injured police officers and windows being smashed with hammers and things, that's obviously not peaceful protests. >> you see the police shield. you see the police advancing in increments with every volley of either pepper spray or flash bang grenades. this is all about eating up territory and getting this nailed down before the president comes back into this end of town after the luncheon. >> we should also be clear that even though you keep hearing what sounds like gunfire, what jacob made clear at the start of his report a moment ago, is that
he believes those are flash bang grenades, which are basically being used as a crowd dispersement by police as they try to regain this territory. it may sound like gunfire but we don't have any reason to believe that it is gunfire. >> reporter: how about now? >> one, two, yeah, yeah. >> reporter: talk to me on one. >> you're listening to our crew try to establish communications. sorry for the quality of this picture. it's technology less than our regular mode of transmission and television cameras, but it is live. >> and the audio issue, again, as jacob explained, is because the audio technician working on this crew was disabled by pepper spray and is not able to have his expertise.
>> can i have your name? >> reporter: ma'am, i'm busy. thanks. >> 2:00 east coast time. this is the scene not terribly far from the white house. and not terribly far from the reviewing stand and what will be the end of the parade route. certainly a lot closer than where the gathering is right now across town at the capitol. official washington is inside the luncheon, behind closed doors. this is happening in the business district of