Donald Trump sworn in as 45th President of the United States of America
Donald Trump has become the 45th president of the United States of America.
Donald Trump's swearing-in today was the 58th formal presidential inaugural ceremony since 1789, when US' first president George Washington was inaugurated.
In all, US presidents have been sworn into office 70 times -- usually in public, sometimes in private following the death or resignation of a president, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday.
Notably, the US Senate oversaw the first 28 inaugurations of both the president and the vice president. But it was on February 4, 1901, that Senate approved a concurrent resolution to create a Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).
The Senate and House of Representatives then appointed members on February 5, 1901. Since then, all inaugural ceremonies at the US Capitol have been organised by JCCIC.
However, a separate inaugural committee, appointed by the president-elect, has the responsibility of all official inaugural events, other than those held at the Capitol Hill.
The military also plays a role with the Joint Task Force- National Capital Region, which coordinates all military participation and support for the inaugural ceremonies.
Although US Constitution specified that the oath is taken by the President, its framers provided that Congress would determine when and where the inauguration would take place.
America's interests in the inauguration has grown over the decades. By late 1820s, what had typically been a small, indoor ceremony moved outdoors, allowing more people to witness this important event first hand.
By the end of 19th century, the presidential inauguration evolved into an elaborate day-long event, marked by parades, fireworks, luncheons, and glamorous Inaugural Balls.
According to schedule, vice president-elect Mike Pence was sworn in first, followed by Trump and the JCCIC hosted a Congressional luncheon for them. Nearly 200 guests including members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership are believed to have attended the ceremony in Statuary Hall.
In 1789, first US President George Washington dined alone after his inauguration, but in the modern era, the JCCIC has hosted a luncheon at the Capitol after the ceremonies.
Traditionally, after the newly elected president has taken the oath and delivered his inaugural address, he is escorted to Statuary Hall in the US Capitol for the inaugural luncheon.
As the 20th century progressed, White House luncheons have become elaborate.
The US president-elect Donald Trump took oath during a swearing-in ceremony on January 20, Friday.
“Proud to make this one of my final actions as President. America is a nation of second chances, and 1,715 people deserved that shot,” said the US outgoing president Barack Obama on Twitter.
Proud to make this one of my final actions as President. America is a nation of second chances, and 1,715 people deserved that shot. https://t.co/4hPxG7hqHL
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 19, 2017
Obama said, “It's been the honour of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.”
It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017
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“It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!,” cited Trump on Twitter.
It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017
Emphasising on Americans ability to change, Obama said on Twitter, “I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you”.
I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you.
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017
Trump will be the 45th president of the United States (US).
As Trump heads towards his swearing-in ceremony on Friday, people compared his inaugural ceremony with that of Obama on Twitter.
Here are few jokes from Twitter:
“5SOS HAD MORE PEOPLE SHOW UP TO #SLFLMSG THAN TRUMP HAD AT HIS INAUGURAL CONCERT I'M LAUGHING #5SOSFam #BestFanArmy #iHeartAwards,” said a Twitterite 5SOS UPDATES.
— 5SOS UPDATES (@5sosworldalerts) January 20, 2017
“Crowd for Trump's inaugural concert: 10,000 Crowd for Obama's inaugural concert: 400,000,”Christopher Ingraham said on Twitter.
Crowd for Trump's inaugural concert: 10,000
Crowd for Obama's inaugural concert: 400,000 https://t.co/OG8OAwn2o0
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) January 20, 2017