New Era Begins in U.S. History as President Trump Takes Office
President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office today with his hand on his childhood Bible and that of Abraham Lincoln's swearing to uphold and full discharge the duties of the office of the President of the United States of America.
The Inauguration ceremony featured opening remarks by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) who called Inauguration ceremonies both miraculous and commonplace. Commonplace because they've been happening since Washington and miraculous because they represent the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another, though there may be stark differences of opinion and policy because the two.
An opening prayer offered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan from New York City asked for God's sovereignty in the prayers of Solomon when he took over as King in Israel.
Paula White, pastor and spiritual adviser to Trump prayed next asking for God's hand on this presidency and thanking God for the gift of the United States.
VP Mike Pence was then sworn in, followed by Trump. Trump then proceeded to give a 16 minute speech where he stated, "We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people."
Next, as only a true reformer could, he boldly called out the Washington establishment for prospering at the expense of the people of America,
"For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you."
Next, he promised to work for the American people and return the government back into the hands of the people,
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. "January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. "
He stated this oath of office was an oath to all American people.
"Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."
Trump continued calling for reform, unity and a government by the people, for the people.
Rabbi Marvin Hier followed with a prayer for God's blessing on Trump and a call to care for Israel.
Rev. Franklin Graham came to the platform next saying, "In the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing and it started to rain, Mr. President when you came to the platform. It's my prayer that God will bless you, your family, your administration—and may He bless America."
Graham proceeded to share a word of instruction out of 1 Timothy 2.
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people."
Graham pronounced a blessing out of 1 Timothy 1:7, Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.