President Trump’s Farewell, Biden’s Inauguration
By: Doug Casity
The President and First Lady stopped to give a few final words to the camera prior to stepping onto Marine One, “It’s been an honor, an honor of a lifetime,” Trump said. “We’ve had an amazing four years.”
Marine One, the President and First Lady flew to Andrews Air Force Base, where Trump gave his farewell speech. “This has been an incredible four years; we have accomplished so much together.” The President gave thanks to his family, friends, and staff, for their hard work and dedication to the country.
The First Lady then took to the podium. “Being your First Lady, was my greatest honor. Thank you for your love and your support. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, God bless you all, God bless your families, and God bless this beautiful nation.”
When Trump retook the podium, he mentioned several of his accomplishments. Such as, restrengthening our military, acquiring better treatment for veterans through the VA, and creating the newest branch, Space Force.
The Commander in Chief went on to talk about the tax cuts, “I hope they don’t raise your taxes, if they do, I told you so,” he remarked. Trump then explained that the tax cuts allowed the job market to skyrocket, until COVID happened. “The job numbers have been absolutely incredible. When we started, had we not been hit by the pandemic, we would have had numbers that have never been seen.”
“Thank you, Trump,” and “USA,” was chanted by the crowd. “I will always fight for you. I will be watching, I will be listening, and I will tell you that the future of this country has never been better.”
At the inauguration, the Army band played patriotic songs, such as, “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)” and others as the crowd filed in. Lindsey Graham and other members of Congress and the Senate, as well as former presidents were in attendance.
Once the ceremony began, Amy Klobuchar was the first to take to the microphone. “American, welcome the 59th Presidential Inauguration, where in just a few moments, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their solemn oaths.”
“Two weeks ago, when an angry, violent mob staged an insurrection and desecrated this temple of our democracy, it awakened us to our responsibilities as Americans,” Klobuchar said.
Roy Blunt, a senator from Missouri was next to speak. He took a moment to give thanks to the inauguration committee and the security detail, as well as the attendees. “Americans have celebrated this moment during war, during depression, and now, during pandemic,” Blunt said.
“The freedoms we have today, the nation we have today, is not here just because it happened, and they aren’t complete. A great democracy, working through the successes and failures of our history, striving to be better than it had been. And we are more than we have been, and we are less than we hope to be,” he continued.
A prayer, the National Anthem, sang by Lady Gaga, and the Pledge of Allegiance followed.
Harris, the Vice President, was the first to be sworn in.
Jennifer Lopez was next, singing “This land is you land.”
Biden, now the President, was then sworn in.
“This is America’s day,” Biden said when he stepped up to the microphone. “Today, we celebrate the triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy,” he said.
A heavy presence of armed soldiers could be seen roaming the immediate area. America, welcome the 46th President, of the United States.