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PRESIDENT. TRUMP.

Donald Trump:

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at noon on Friday.

‘It Is What It Is’

“Mike Pence ― did he ever think he’d be vice president?” joked Sherri Shafer. “It’s like Joe Manchin being vice president.”

Pence was on the big television screen taking the oath. Shafer was sitting more than five hours away in a room set aside for West Virginia State University students and faculty to watch the inauguration. Free pizza, sodas and popcorn had been set out. But that wasn’t enough of a lure. Shafer, the chair of the communications and media studies department, was joking to an essentially empty room. Only a handful had shown up to watch.

West Virginia State, a historically black college with 3,500 students located a short drive from Charleston, is often quiet on Fridays. A few years ago, when gas prices spiked, the college decided to try to keep most classes Monday through Thursday so commuting students could keep their driving costs manageable.

As Trump began his speech, promising to be guided not by Washington but by the people, to put America first, no one in the room cheered or showed much emotion at all. One man, who had taken a seat closest to the door, walked out about midway through the short campaign-lite speech.

Jeff Petty, 21, sat up front taking it all in with a plate of popcorn. He had voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary. He said he skipped voting in the general election. He wanted to give Trump a chance, but wasn’t sure if he could believe anything from his speech. “I don’t know,” he said. “He’s flipped flopped so much… I don’t know how to take it.” Trump was now just another politician with a speech full of promises.

In the nearby student union, Maurice Green, 21, and Alicia Tucker, 19, ate lunch at a table away from the television screens. Tucker had watched Trump take the oath of office, but skipped the speech. “I mean I think it’s a joke,” she said. “It is what it is. You can’t wish bad on somebody that’s going to run the country for the next four years. I’m hoping something good can come of it. I’m just a little surprised and amazed.”

“He played on America’s deepest, darkest fantasies,” Green interjected.

“Fears,” Tucker replied.

“That too,” Green agreed. It was all still scary.

“Your vote showed how you feel,” Tucker said.

Tucker didn’t vote in the general election. Green, who is a sophomore and in the National Guard, voted for Clinton.

― Jason Cherkis

Trump Awkwardly Hands Out Pens Among First Official Acts

The first thing presidents do after they leave the inaugural ceremony is sign a bunch of papers to make it all official. This means lots of pens get handed out to attendees as mementos.

House and Senate leaders from both sides of the aisle were in attendance while Trump signed his documents, most of which were official nominations for his new Cabinet.

Handing out the pens proved interesting.

Trump tried to give House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the pen he used to officially sign Tom Price’s nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. She was not excited. So Trump offered her another — Elaine Chao, for transportation secretary.

Proving she pays better attention to these things than the new president, Pelosi gave that one to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.).

Chao is McConnel’s wife.

— Michael McAuliff

Louisville Trump Voter Excited For Millennials To Experience Trump

Christine Gupton, 46, a life coach for retiring athletes from Louisville, Kentucky, is excited for millennials to witness a presidency that resembles Ronald Reagan’s.

“They’ve never witnessed a Reagan era and I have,” she said. “They’re going to show that there’s a cool factor in politics, that there’s a cool factor back in the White House.”

In His Inaugural Address, Trump Embraced Anti-Semites’ Slogan

During Trump’s campaign for president, the Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, asked him to stop using the phrase “America First” to describe his foreign policy views. As the ADL explained, the slogan was used by people who warned, ahead of World War II, that Jewish Americans were pushing the U.S. to enter the war because they put their own interests ahead of the country’s.

But Trump never stopped using the slogan. And on Friday, he made it a key part of his inaugural address. “From this day forward,” he proclaimed, “A new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.”

The crowd went wild.

People who aren’t Jewish or familiar with the history may not realize this, but “America First” makes many people deeply uncomfortable.

Bushes Recovering In The Hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush were unable to attend the inauguration because of health problems. In an update on Friday, their spokesman said they are both recovering in the hospital and watched the inauguration together.

Meanwhile, In San Francisco

Demonstrators are lining up along the pedestrian walkways of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to form a “human chain.”

“What we’re looking for is a beautiful visual symbol of togetherness,” organizer David Moore told KTVU on Thursday. About 4,0000 people were expected to attend.

Pope Asks Trump To Keep In Mind The Poor And Outcast

Pope Francis has a message for Trump:

“Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.”

Trump’s Speech Shortest Since George W. Bush

Inaugural speech times: TRUMP: 16:14 ’13: 18:21 ’09: 18:37 ’05: 21:07 ’01: 14:25 ’97: 21:55 ’93: 13:59 ’89: 20:33 ’85: 20:40 ’81: 20:03

President Trump Attacks Outside World

President Donald Trump condemned the world beyond America’s shores in his inaugural address, saying the U.S. had surrendered its wealth to foreigners and promising to bring it back.

He presented the previous bipartisan consensus on U.S. foreign policy as counterproductive. While suggesting he was interested in traditional American alliances, Trump promised new ones and sent a warning to partner nations that the U.S. helps with issues like border security.

― Akbar Shahid Ahmed

President Trump Says ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’

President Trump mentioned “radical Islamic terrorism” in his inaugural address, making it official U.S. government rhetoric after years of the GOP condemning Democrats for declining to call terrorism “Islamic.”

The self-styled Islamic State did not instantly evaporate.

― Akbar Shahid Ahmed

President Trump Attacks Outside World

President Donald Trump condemned the world beyond America’s shores in his inaugural address, saying the U.S. had surrendered its wealth to foreigners and promising to bring it back.

He presented the previous bipartisan consensus on U.S. foreign policy as counterproductive. While suggesting he was interested in traditional American alliances, Trump promised new ones and sent a warning to partner nations that the U.S. helps with issues like border security.

― Akbar Shahid Ahmed

President Trump Heralds Dawn Of New Era: ‘America First’

President Donald Trump vowed to enact a new vision ― one that would benefit America first and foremost.

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first,” he said.

“Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” the president continued.

“I will fight for you with every breath of my body, and I will never, ever let you down,” he added.

― Igor Bobic

 Russian Parliamentarian Speaks Of Trump-Putin Meeting During Inaugural Coverage

Alexy Pushkov, the chair of a foreign affairs committee in Russia’s parliament, predicted a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during Russian coverage of the U.S. inauguration. He said it may happen in the next few months in Finland, according to news outlet Coda Story.

Trump has frequently praised Putin, and the Russian government is suspected of actively boosting him throughout his campaign for the White House.

― Akbar Shahid Ahmed

 January 20, 2017 10:09PM
 Anti-Trump Protester In The Crowd

According to HuffPost’s Laura Barron-Lopez, who is at the inauguration, at least one anti-Trump protester made it into the crowd. A woman shouting “Donald Trump is a racist” made it to the area beneath the podium before being taken away by police.

― Paige Lavender

 January 20, 2017 10:08PM
 Presidential Twitter Account, Website Now Belong To Trump

@POTUS and WhiteHouse.gov were transferred to Trump just as he took the oath of office around noon on Friday.

― Nick Baumann

 January 20, 2017 10:01PM
 It’s Official

Trump is now president of the United States. He was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at exactly noon.

― Marina Fang

 

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