Inauguration Day

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Park Service Releases Official Inauguration Images

They show a bigger crowd at Obama's

(Newser) - The very first spat between the Trump White House and the media occurred over differing estimates of his Inauguration Day crowd. Well, the National Park Service has released its official photos , along with images from the Obama inaugurations, and the current president may not be thrilled. They "clearly show... More »

Trump Called Park Service to Demand Crowd Photos: Sources

He wanted to prove media wrong, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump may not have had the biggest inauguration crowd in history, but he may have made a bigger fuss about media coverage of it than any of his predecessors. Sources tell the Washington Post and CNN that on Saturday morning—the first morning of his presidency—Trump contacted Michael... More »

Obama's Goodbye in 11 Photos

'This is not a period. This is a comma'

(Newser) - As Donald and Melania Trump head to the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama head to Palm Springs for a post-presidential vacation. Obama bid his formal farewell to Washington after Trump's inauguration Friday, then addressed staffers at Andrews Air Force Base before taking off for good. “This is... More »

11 Big Lines From Trump's Inauguration Speech

He promises a 'new vision' of 'America first'

(Newser) - President Trump stuck to populist themes in his 16-minute inaugural address Friday afternoon, with one line in particular capturing the main message: "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first." The Washington Post... More »

14 Photos From the Moment Trump Became No. 45

Donald Trump takes the oath of office

(Newser) - It's "President Trump" now: Donald Trump has taken the oath of office to become the nation's 45th president. Seen here are photos from his inauguration from the AP. Meanwhile, staffers of now-former President Obama are gathering at Andrews Air Force Base to hear farewell comments from him,... More »

9 Photos That Capture Start of Inauguration Day

Numbers 44 and 45 are now together

(Newser) - The formalities have begun: President Obama and Michelle Obama greeted Donald and Melania Trump at the White House Friday, and the Bidens similarly greeted the Pences; all four are to head out for the inauguration around 10:30am . The actual swearing-in will take place about noon. See a schedule at... More »

How Obama Will Spend His Morning

There will be goodbyes and tea

(Newser) - President Obama has only a few hours left in office, but there's still plenty to do. At 8:30am, the Obamas will say goodbye to the few remaining White House staffers—some of whom are departing for New York or California, per Time —before Barack and Michelle join... More »

It's Here: What to Watch for at Trump Inauguration

His address could have echoes of Nixon

(Newser) - The US begins its journey into uncharted territory Friday when Donald Trump takes political office for the first time in his life—starting at the top. He will deliver his inaugural address at 11:51am, according to the AP's timeline, and analysts say it will be one of the... More »

What Clinton, Bush Told Their Successors Released

Both men had plenty of encouraging words in letters left behind

(Newser) - It may be many years before the contents of the letter President Obama will leave in the White House for Donald Trump Friday morning are known to the public, but the notes from the two previous presidents to their successors can now be seen for the first time. In letters... More »

Girl Scouts Caught in Inauguration Controversy

Protest group vows to block National Mall

(Newser) - Even the Girl Scouts have been caught up in the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration. The group came under fire this week after announcing that around 75 members will be marching in Friday's inaugural parade. Boy Scouts will also be marching, but the Girl Scouts were criticized more... More »

Marla Maples Tried to Get Free Inauguration Hair, Makeup

For herself and daughter Tiffany Trump, stylist says

(Newser) - Marla Maples may have once been married to a rich guy who's about to become leader of the free world , but that doesn't mean she wants to pay for things like having her hair done. According to DC hairstylist Tricia Kelly, a longtime client approached Kelly about doing... More »

China Wants This Guy Kept Out of Inauguration

Says ex-Premier Yu Shyi-kun, rest of Taiwan delegation should be barred from event

(Newser) - A tense political triangle just got even stickier in advance of Donald Trump's inauguration. China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday the US shouldn't allow a Taiwanese delegation to attend Friday's ceremony, Reuters reports. This request was passed to both the Trump transition team and to President Obama'... More »

How Trump Reacted to the Intel Briefings He Got

That and other coverage about the president-elect

(Newser) - Interviews with Donald Trump and related stories about him and his policies are in full supply two days before he takes office. A sampling:
  • The Washington Post has a feature on Trump's life in Trump Tower: He "rarely leaves, not even for a breath of fresh air,"
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What to Expect From Trump's Inauguration

It will be a 'special kind of torture' for at least one person on the dais

(Newser) - 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... More »

TV Listing Frames Inauguration as Twilight Zone Episode

Tongue-in-cheek Scottish newspaper blurb has gone viral

(Newser) - Hey, remember that Twilight Zone episode where William Shatner sees a gremlin outside the window of his plane? Or the one where "huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president," a "far-fetched" yet eventually "chillingly plausible" scenario?... More »

He's Not Donald Trump, He Just Plays Him for the Military

'I believe he's much handsomer,' says Trump's military stand-in

(Newser) - Donald Trump is set to take the oath of office Friday, but the AP reports that on Sunday, an Army band member stood in for the soon-to-be 45th president during an inauguration dress rehearsal at the Capitol. Band vocalist Greg Lowery—a 53-year-old sergeant major—says his role was to... More »

Another Celeb Backs Out of Inauguration After Uproar

Jennifer Holliday apologizes to fans

(Newser) - Singer Jennifer Holliday has backed out as a performer at next week's presidential inaugural, saying she did not realize that her participation would be interpreted as a statement of support for President-elect Donald Trump. Holliday, best known for her Tony-winning role in Broadway's Dreamgirls, faced pressure from her... More »

Commander Ordered to Step Down Mid-Inauguration

Timing is 'extremely unusual,' DC Guard chief says

(Newser) - Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz says he wouldn't leave a mission in the middle of a battle, so he doesn't understand why he is being asked to step down in the middle of Donald Trump's inauguration. Schwartz, head of the DC National Guard, has been ordered to... More »

Women's March Could Be Bigger Than Trump Inauguration

6 times as many buses are seeking permits

(Newser) - The inauguration of a new president is traditionally one of the biggest events in years in Washington—but if bus parking figures are anything to go by, Donald Trump's inauguration may not even be the city's biggest event next week. DC Council member Charles Allen tells NBC4 that... More »

Trump Dumps Inaugural Announcer at the Mic for 60 Years

Charlie Brotman says he was 'heartbroken,' 'destroyed' to find out he lost longtime gig

(Newser) - Donald Trump may not be appearing on this season of The Apprentice , but that doesn't mean he's done with his trademark "You're fired." The president-elect did just that to Charlie Brotman, who, since Dwight Eisenhower's second inauguration in 1957, has served as the official... More »

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