Tomorrow we welcome the new master of the universe and bid good-bye to the old one……the day will be filled with all sorts of things and spectacles and pomp and ceremony….everything that has NOTHING to do with the governance of this country….just theater of the absurd.
Me? I will leave the play by play and the color commentary of the day to others…especially those Trump supporters……but in case you will do the same as I do and avoid this thing with all passion and would like to have an idea of what to expect….I can help…at least a bit…..
As Donald Trump is officially sworn in as America’s 45th president, his vanquished rival will have an up close and personal view of the proceedings. Hillary Clinton, along with her husband, will stand only yards away from Trump during his inauguration, with cameras trained on her, in what the Guardian describes as “a special kind of torture” for the woman who hoped to be the first female US president. Other things to expect from the day:
- The Washington Post lays out the plan for what it calls “a relatively low-key affair” to be stretched over three days (President Obama’s inauguration lasted five). Trump will give a short speech, per CNN, to be followed by one of the shortest inauguration parades on record.
- The New York Times explores the cost of the whole shindig, including up to $100 million in security, and where the money will come from.
- Politico describes the order of Trump’s swearing-in ceremony, with performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho. Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, and the Rockettes will also perform at inauguration events.
- Few celebrities are expected to be among the 800,000 people to attend alongside Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, but a Presidential Inaugural Committee rep tells the Daily Beast that “we have the biggest celebrity in the world.” No, he doesn’t mean Taylor Swift.
- USA Today names several Democrats who are boycotting the event, some of whom plan to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday.
Former inaugural announcer Charlie Brotman won’t be there, either.
The first day of the rest of your life begins tomorrow……pray for your souls.