When they arrived a few days ago, there may have been much to do. But now, the job should be nearly complete.
All the contents of the white house, wrapped up, tucked into boxes, and hauled away to the new residence, along with the personal belongings of the owners. These transforming hours will reveal character as none other, the character of an exit. From the most important leader in the world to a nobody, neighbor, living down the street from John somebody, is the former president, wishing he didn’t have to go. But he does. That’s how the system is designed.
You work hard to bust your buns and get elected into a job nobody wants, nobody would do, and nobody else was elected to, then you do your job – or play golf for 4 years. Do it again. And then you become like the least of your constituents, unworthy of anything more… except that you’re a ‘former recognized person’ so you have Secret Service, and retirement, and all those other THINGS that come with being a ‘former recognized person’.
As the Obama’s left, the white house staff readied the house for new tenants.
Arriving in four year stints, with a mere 9 weeks to prepare to leave or stay for the next four years, this transition is designed to ease the pain of coming and going for the citizens of a nation. The white house is never fully without a resident.
The inaugural events filled Washington with people and action for 24 hours, and then… the protests. As citizens who weren’t there for the event, prayers were sent up for security, safety, and blessings for those who were there. The threats of vandalism, riots, and other possible dangers, made this year’s inaugural address more stressful than previous years.
The turn out was better than previous years. The schedule was busy. Warmer than average in Washington D.C. and yet… The weather played a low key part in the event… Since it really didn’t sprinkle on the president.
We all watched as George W. Bush toyed with his plastic rain coat and hat, then listened to the Inaugural address, peppered with inclusive pronouns and words to include the people of the United States.
Trump Inaugural Address“Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.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.It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.This is your day. This is your celebration.And this, the United States of America, is your country.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.The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.Everyone is listening to you now.You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.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.We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.” Donald J Trump.
I must say this is one citizen of these United States of America who appreciated the number of times he included the citizens. It’s going to be nice to hear WE instead of I from the president on a regular basis.
And how about those ball gowns?
Below – a few videos you might want to see: