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  1. WOW!!! A very dark speech, nothing about bringing America together. It was like his campaign speeches but now he’s the establishment he talked about all the time. Now let’s see that new health plan, let’s see that wall and let’s see those big tax cuts for the rich.

  2. I watched. I wasn’t paying attention to Trump as I knew he’d say, “I do” and go on to say the same thing we’ve all heard him say plenty of times. I kept my eyes open for a glimpse of Joe Ganim and the staffers he chose to go with him. There are thousands of videos out there and I would appreciate captured images of Bridgeport mayor Joseph P. Ganim at the Trump inauguration. No fake images please.

    1. Joel,
      Happy New Year, my friend. Good to see your words in print and to know you are on a project. I was working too, and missed the events of the day. What actions will occur in the days ahead to reinforce my current attitude or force me to revise? Time will tell.

  3. I watched the entire Inauguration. I let the students at Bassick enjoy the historic event from 8am ’til 2:30. I was moved by the Obama departure and very impressed by Donald Trump’s praise of Obama and having a standing ovation for Hillary during the luncheon.

    His speech was typical Trump. I thought Melania and the Trump family looked stunning. I think Baron Trump and the grandchildren will make Trump more thoughtful.

    I thought Hillary Clinton really showed courage and leadership being there. I do not believe boycotting today’s event served anyone’s purpose.

    Of course the entertainment was dull. Today was not about the entertainment. It was an historic day. The transition of power. Saying good-bye to my President and accepting a new reality. I am hopeful. He is our President.

    The reaction from the students today was mixed. The conversation was definitely spirited.

    I will miss the Obamas. I will be happy if Trump refrains from his tweets. He wasn’t my choice, but I wouldn’t have missed this historic day under any circumstances.

  4. I’m going to offer perhaps a surprising perspective. President Trump’s speech, as others have said, indeed painted a miserable picture of the United States.

    And it was delivered in Trump’s annoyingly repetitive language, absent of imagery and full of repetition of the same sentences and sentence structure. His distinctly Queens accent is nonetheless unlike the Queens accent of any of my family and friends.

    It was not too different from his Republican Convention speech with one major difference. Last summer, he wound up promising he alone would fix the ills of the nation. In his inaugural, he said he would help the people fix their problems, as he sees the problems.

    As Mark Shields pointed out on PBS NewsHour, it was “Midnight in America,” as opposed to President Reagan’s “Morning in America.” Shields also pointed out the speech was devoid of reaching out to groups beyond the coalition that elected him. Trump is a man from a city full of bridges; he uses the bridge-building imagery not a bit.

    But this is the surprising part: The core of the speech was economic populism. I know this speech. In Indiana, which is nearly evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, the typical pattern is for candidates to run to the liberal or conservative edges of their party in a primary, and then move rapidly to the center for general elections. This speech is in many ways the core of an Indiana Democratic economic populism speech. I recognize this speech. I’ve even written this speech, in part.

    1. In other words, this was a speech to his base, not the nation as a whole, with the exception that this speech would attract more Midwest manufacturing smaller counties to him.

      Missing a unification message to the rest of the country was an opportunity lost from his hubris.

  5. I watched a lot of the festivities yesterday. While he wasn’t my choice in November, I am on board now. Maybe the radical change in the way we do business in the world is what is needed. We have no choice at this point, he is our elected president; he does well, we as a country will do well. Buckle up!!!

    1. Trump is President, yes. Trump is not presidential in any sense I have come to understand and I did not follow his words with the attention Doug Davidoff observed.

      Personally his use of words is extravagant and imprecise. It would seem to leave the negotiating table open for closer bidding in many things. He now faces the rest of government and the mighty machinery with its own evolved checks and balance weights system. That includes a Congress that has lived with its own brand of “courtesy,” or lack thereof, for some time. May it creak back into reality and life? And what of our neighbors and challengers on this earth (and the earth itself, which is not to be ignored)? Is USA meant to be #1 of all, king of the mountain (so to speak) or what, respectfully, as we address other leaders, democratically elected or otherwise, at what actual expense? And there is the world economy tied more closely than ever before with personal debt, business debt, government borrowings and pledgings of all kinds and the derivative products invented in recent years certainly beyond normal learning and ken. Where do we stand with money today? The average American. Will that become revealed before we get to see the President’s tax returns? How will my neighbors respond to the reality? Time will tell.

    2. The citizens of the German Weimar Republic were not happy with the direction of Germany and made a radical choice and democratically elected Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany.

  6. I did not support or vote for Trump or Clinton. I agree with Steve’s observation of Clinton and Trump’s lunch moment, it was brave and gracious on both their parts. A childhood Hoosier friend of mine supported Trump, his reasoning was, yes Trump is an A$$hole, he thinks right now America needs as A$$hole president. My prayer is Trump does such an amazing job, we all want to vote for his reelection; if not, both parties get their houses in order and give us candidates who represent the best of our collective population rather than the lesser of two evils.

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