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Obama Out, Trump In -- a New Era of Politics Begins

January 20, 2017 - 3:00pm

It's a new day in America: Donald Trump is now the president of the United States. 

Trump took the oath of office Friday afternoon, placing his hand on the Lincoln Family Bible seconds before noon. 

He then spoke to the crowd of thousands of his supporters. Beginning Friday, he said, the country is about to change. 

In an address that seemed to speak directly to the heart of his most ardent supporters, he said, "We are transferring the power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you." 

The crowd felt his words to their core, chanting and cheering with each mention Trump made of returning America to its place on high. 

"For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost," he said. "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.”

The time is now, Trump said, to put America first again. The time is now, he said, to make America great again. 

Florida had a heavy presence in Friday's ceremonies. Thousands flocked to the nation's capital to see their next president take his place in the White House. 

State lawmakers sat near Trump as he took the oath. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio could be seen on the stage as Trump made his remarks. 

A sense of newfound hope could be felt all around the U.S. Capitol. Pops of red from thousands of "Make America Great Again" baseball hats filled the swath of people on the inauguration grounds. 

For many Florida Republicans, a politician like Trump has been a long time coming. 

"The road to the White House was not an easy one, but regardless of where political loyalties lie, the peaceful transfer of power for this nation is a meaningful and historic day," said Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia. "We are grateful to the millions of grassroots leaders and volunteers who worked arduously for this moment and for their unwavering passion of a government accountable to the people."

Expectations are high. Trump has vowed to eliminate the Washington elite power brokers, so the pressure is on for him to make good on his promises. 

When the ceremony ended, former President and Michelle Obama waved to supporters outside the Capitol and left by helicopter to begin their new life. The transfer of power was complete. 

Trump's new direction hasn't sat well with everyone. He rubbed some Florida politicians the wrong way and several, all Democrats, decided to forego the inauguration. U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson both boycotted Friday's ceremony. 

"This decision is not a protest of the results of the Electoral College, but rather, an objection to the demagoguery that continues to define the incoming administration. … President-elect Trump has done little to prove that he is ready to lead this country," Hastings said earlier. 

Protesters flooded the city on Friday, trashing Trump, many coming intent on physically disrupting the city. On Thursday, protesters rioted in front of inaugural balls, throwing bottles at partygoers and instigating violence.  

Miami Republicans huddled in Washington to watch the inauguration Friday. Most said they were hopeful about the future and Trump's legacy, but also said they hoped the deep wounds left from last year's elections would heal. 

Others said they weren't sure much would change under a new president. Jason Webster of Fort Lauderdale said he worried about the evident disparity between Americans' political beliefs and how they would act on them. 

"I'm personally hopeful but I do see a complete divide in this country," he told SSN. "I don't think we are headed for unity ... people's lives are going to go through a change. We are definitely headed for separation more than unity."

After the inauguration, Trump headed down Pennsylvania Avenue for a parade. On Friday evening, the festivities will continue with three inaugural balls around the city. 

 

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen.

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Listen Allison: Trump swore to uphold our Constitution with his hand on the "Lincoln Bible" AND the "Trump Family Bible" (If you look at the "swearing in ceremony" you will see Trumps hand on TWO Bibles stacked together). [Sometimes "FACTS" are important; more so when you are a "reporter"...]

Can't wait until we start enforcing our immigration Laws again and we want you deported asap if you are undocumented and here in America illegally.

Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison et. al. are spinning in their graves!

.....as well as Martin Luther King! They are ALL so excited that the divisive Barak Hussein Obama is FINALLY "out of the picture"!!!

"Trump took the oath of office Friday afternoon, placing his hand on the Reagan Family Bible seconds before noon." Your piece starts out with misinformation (fake news) President Trump put his hand on the LINCOLN Bible and the one on top of that was the Bible that his mother, Mrs. Trump, Sr. gave him when he was a boy. It had nothing to do with Reagan.

Amen "ShariLee";...(glad that some people pay attention to what's happening around them !)

Same speech same old uninspiring BS Traitor Trump National Embarrassment Nobody there to hear it any way

"OBAMA OUT,.. TRUMP IN !"....("Symphonic Music" to ALL PATRIOT ears! ! ! ! !!!!!!!! ...)

"Scott, please "marshall" your errant brain cells; or take your meds.

Anyone that didn't like his Speech.. Doesn't belong in America - Get Out.. you are the problem...

I AGREE, and we could get one of those fundraising things going on Facebook to buy him a ticket to Indonesia... or someplace equally as far away. I would not send him to Austrailia. They are too good for him.

His speech was nothing more than an unprepared campaign speech full of jibberish. It was nothing more than an incoherent rambling. Our reaction is best described in Footnote One of In re Richard Willis King, 2006 WL 58126, (United States Bankruptcy Court), “Or in the words of the competition judge to Adam Sandler’s title character in the movie “Billy Madison,” after Billy Madison had responded to a question with an answer that sounded superficially reasonable but lacked any substance, Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I’ve ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered rational thought, Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.” Mr. Trump, we pray that you have recovered from whatever physical or mental ailment that caused you to draft this speech. We further thank all things Holy that the premise upon which American Jurisprudence is based is not consistent with your belief. In the I'll leave the light on so you can find my home.

You talk like you once read a book "David" (Bet it was "See Jill Run"... Oh wait, it HAD to be your Mom who read, and explained, it to you..)

He spoke to "Main Street America" not the legal profession which in my estimation is the real problem with politics. His speech was not calculated like a closing statement in court. Lawyers are the real problem in politics, especially the ones that get a JD an never practice real law. Instead go directly into politics. They are the ones over the years that got it all screwed up not someone like Trump who will get things done. I'm not too concerned about the cadence of a speech, I'm looking for results. Results that were talked about by previous presidents especially Obama with nothing getting done. Most of the ;laws passed are to benefit the lea gal profession i.e. lawyers, one in particular is this; there is no way the scums we caught and shipped to GITMO should have ever been tried in a civil court, giving them the same rights as a US citizen.They should have been tried in a military court. "THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH WATERBOARDING" when it will give us the information that will save american lives!! I could go on with a laundry list of defective laws hurting American's while benefiting a cadre group of individuals. Don't bother leaving the light on it will only burn out....

"Lawyers without portfolios" don't practice LAW.... They suckle upon the "government mammary" and talk like they demand to be listened too (FAT CHANCE!)... Common sense should always prevail... or else we'd ALL be on "medical" marijuana ( ;-)

Take your best shot.

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