Today was the day of President Trump’s Inauguration. Donald John Trump took the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States.
His inaugural address was very different than the kind we have come to expect lately. It was much like the man himself – plainspoken and to the point, delivered not in the cadences of Harvard or Yale but in the blue collar accents of Queens.
For one thing, unlike his predecessor, the word ‘I’ was mostly absent. This was a speech to the American people and it was deliberately made inclusive, with the focus on ‘we’ and the all-inclusive ‘you.’:
“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.”
After a few salutations to the ex-presidents assembled and a special thanks to President Obama and Michele Obama “for their gracious aid throughout this transition” he then proceeded to rip apart the policies of the last quarter century and in particular the last eight years. No names mentioned or personal attacks, just the unadorned truth:
“Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.”
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment.
It belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day.
This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.”
His message was simple. Things are going to change, and from now on, the country’s business will be conducted with the benefit of the American people as the first priority.