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Trump inauguration: key moments
21 January, 2017
President Donald Trump promised a new era guided by one principle – "only America first" – moments after being sworn in as the nation's 45th commander-in-chief.
But Friday's transfer of power from President Barack Obama's Democratic administration to Trump's nationalist Republican presidency featured many more symbolic moments from the former and new presidents and their families, CNN reports.

Here are memorable moments from Inauguration Day:

Trump takes the oath of office

At noon Friday, Trump placed his left hand on
two Bibles – one used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and one a gift from his mother when Trump graduated Sunday School in 1955 – and pledged to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
With that, the nation had its 45th President.
And then the rain came.
Trump stepped to the podium in front of a massive crowd of supporters – though smaller than the throngs that attended President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009 – to deliver his inaugural address as raindrops splattered onto his shoulders.
Rev. Franklin Graham said after Trump's speech that "in the Bible, rain is a sign of God's blessing."

'The American carnage stops right here'


Trump stepped to the podium and delivered 16 minutes and 30 seconds of pure economic nationalism – a revival of his campaign rhetoric and a rejection of much of Washington's hopes he might change once in office.
"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump said with Obama looking on.
"We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, and in every foreign capital and in every hall of power," Trump said. "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!'"
"Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families," Trump said.
The philosophies Trump espoused weren't just a rejection of the former presidents – particularly Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama – sharing the stage with Trump. They threaten the conservative principles that are the bedrock of the Republican Party, too.
An hour later, Trump moved to the Capitol for a lunch with Congress – the very same political class had just so sternly denounced…

Hillary Clinton's nightmare


It was a split-screen for the ages: At the same moment Hillary and Bill Clinton descended the steps of the Capitol building, making their way to their seats in the audience, Obama and Trump left the White House to ride to inauguration together.
The two men who had denied former Secretary of State Clinton the presidency would arrive in the same car.
Clinton wore white – a color with symbolism in the women's suffrage movement and her preference for major events, including her final debate with Trump and her speech accepting the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia.
Before Trump's inauguration, Clinton's official account posted a tweet about her presence: "I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future."
She was composed throughout the ceremony, but Friday was the day she had warned supporters about.
"Imagine that on January 20, 2017, it is Donald Trump standing in front of our Capitol and taking the oath of office," Clinton had said in a dire warning to supporters in Las Vegas, just three days from the election. "Imagine with me what it would be like to have Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office come next January…"

The Trumps and Obamas meet

Barack and Michelle Obama were waiting at the White House steps to greet Donald and Melania Trump Friday morning after the Trumps attended church across from Lafayette Square.
The moment was of symbolic importance, showing the willful and peaceful transfer of power.
But it also showed just how awkward it can be to greet new acquaintances with the entire world watching.
As Melania Trump went extended her hand for a shake, Michelle Obama leaned in, saying, "I'm a hugger" – prompting Barack Obama to joke about the "protocol" for such occasions.
The Trumps also brought a large, flat gift box from Tiffany and Co. – which the outgoing President had to stash in the White House before the four could pose for a round of photos on the White House steps…

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