Early tweet from Trump ahead of inauguration: 'It all begins today!'

Posted January 23, 2017

The long and turbulent 2016 election reaches its final milestone today when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. His supporters were more convincing, saying that the arrogance of entertainment elites was part of the reason Trump succeeded. He was welcomed by a celebratory evening concert with the majestic Lincoln Memorial for a backdrop when he vowed a "movement like we've never seen anywhere in the world". "You're not forgotten any more".

"I am marching as a member of the LGBT community, a sexual assault survivor, and a mother, for equality, for women's rights, and for a better tomorrow".

A polarized country, which in many ways can be separated by how one views Trump, sets the backdrop for the incoming president's inaugural speech. Later, he placed a ceremonial wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. "Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Then Trump veered into the territory of the unknowable to boast his Cabinet selections had "by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever".

The swearing-in ceremony is expected to begin around 11 a.m. ET, with the inaugural address to follow.

The Republican billionaire, who enters the White House with the promise of transforming U.S. politics over the next four years, began his day with tweeting: "The journey begins and I will be working and fighting very hard to make it a great journey for the American people". While Donald Trump's past pre-written statements have often taken on a more measured tone, the man is anything but predictable.

Though the College Democrats did not collectively have an Inauguration Day watch party, some had strong opinions about the transition of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump.

The event featured performances by Toby Keith, Three Doors Down, and others, as well as remarks from actor John Voight and President-elect Trump himself.

It won't include singer Jennifer Holliday, originally announced as one of the headliners.

Trump's address lasted just 16 minutes.

Barcroft said he thought Trump "didn't leave any doubt as to what he has planned for the nation for the next four years. Despite opposition, anger and divisiveness, we have, once again, proven that this institution, our way of life, is more powerful than our petty differences", Williams said.

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The President's Own Marine Band rehearses for the inauguration of US President-Elect Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US January 19, 2017. "And it's something very, very special", Trump said.

She said Friday's protests are a sign of things to come under the Trump administration. "Who will join me?" Also spotted: bags of dresses and formalwear for the coming days' festivities.

"This is a gorgeous room". Prior to his swearing in, Mike Pence was sworn in as vice president by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.

Events were taking place all across the capital.

Thousands of people traveled from across the country to witness history. Thursday's "Peace Ball" for liberal activists promised Solange and Esperanza Spalding. "We were on the precipice of having the first woman president in the U.S. and I was so happy to cast my vote for a woman. We have to make some hard choices".

March organizers have said the march is not anti-Trump but rather a call to highlight the rights of women, LGBTQ and other groups suffering discrimination.

"Women's rights are human rights. So really, no matter what community you're a part of, you have a stake in this fight".

For Tyler-Shafiq, the march will, she hopes, be an outlet for the frustration that her and many other Americans in the United Kingdom are experiencing.

"Washington is freaked out".

Derided by Hillary Clinton, described as racists and fools by the pundits they distrust, dismissed by sophisticated number-crunchers as naively optimistic about their man's chances - they had prevailed, and the country felt Thursday like it was theirs again.