America inaugurates Donald Trump as its 45th president

Photo: Whitney Ziegenhorn
A crowd watches president-elect Trump on a big screen. Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States this past Friday.

Lauren Purdy, Copy Editor

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land,” Donald Trump said before being sworn into office as America’s 45th president this past Friday.

The Performers

Before the swearing-in ceremony, performers, including former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho, Toby Keith and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, took the center stage. The Piano Guys, Sam Moore and Frontmen of the Country also performed.

The Ceremony

The swearing-in ceremony commenced at 12:00 ET at the front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan presented the opening remarks while Chief Justice John Roberts swore Trump in as president.

The Attendees

All living and former presidents, except George H.W. Bush’s absence due to his health, attended the inauguration, which included former election rival Hillary Clinton with her husband Bill Clinton, along with Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. 

Although there was a smaller number of celebrities in attendance at Trump’s inauguration in comparison to previous ones, Caitlyn Jenner, Willie Robertson, Stephen Baldwin, Jon Voight and Antonio Sabato Jr. attended the celebration, according to Global News.

Junior Whitney Ziegenhorn attended the inauguration and enjoyed the experience of seeing the civil exchange.

“I think any inauguration is such a great experience because one can see first hand the peaceful exchange of such a powerful position,” Ziegenhorn said. “Trump’s was something else, though, because I found there were more people around me that didn’t support him, but they respected the process enough to not riot or make a scene. Rather, they clapped in a respectful manner.”

The Inaugural Balls

Three official inaugural balls were held: The Liberty Ball, the Freedom Ball and the “Salute to Our Armed Services Ball.” The Liberty Ball and the Freedom Ball were held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center while the “Salute to Our Armed Services Ball” was held at the National Building Museum. Performers for the balls included Tony Orlando, Chrisette Michele, Josh Weathers and Tim Rushlow.

For a full recap of President Trump’s Inauguration, see C-Span.