The Inauguration of Donald Trump: Taking his inaugural ball home

Liberals - from those that protest to entertainers - are vowing to disrupt the inauguration of our 45th President - making the U.S. look foolish on the world stage.

President Reagan being sworn in for second term in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol. Image courtesy of White House Photographic Office - Wikipedia

WASHINGTON, December 25, 2016  – Liberals seem to be unable to grow up and get over Hillary Clinton’s loss, now promising to create havoc and mayhem for President-Elect Trump’s inauguration,  while doing everything in their power to embarrass the U.S. on the world stage.

They are as pathetic as the teenager who, after being gifted and fed, whines their bored on Christmas Day.

But that would break with an important and respected tradition that is one of the cornerstones of America – the peaceful and celebratory transfer of political power.  But it comes at a price and some are worrying that the price might be too high.

The total of inaugural bills come in at $175 million to $200 million for the official parties and dinners, the concert, the swearing-in at the Capitol, the parade, the inaugural balls and all the police, military and security personnel required to keep everyone safe. Young songstress Jackie Evancho will perform our national anthem at the inauguration.

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About $70 million will come from private donations, and the taxpayers will foot the rest of the bill (WaPo), but it is a series of events that are steeped in tradition.

Swearing-in ceremony – Image courtesy of

But that will not happen. On Tuesday, The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) launched its website and social media accounts 30 days ahead of the January 20th inauguration. The website,, lists the events as well as information on how the public can obtain tickets.

“We are hard at work producing the most engaging and innovative inauguration yet, and our growing digital presence will provide every American with a front row seat to this exciting and unifying day,” Boris Epshteyn, the PIC’s director of communications, wrote in a news release.

The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee will organize several other inauguration‑related events at the direction of the President‑elect and Vice President‑elect of the United States, such as the train ride, concerts, parade, balls and prayer service.

The chairman of the committee is Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a real estate investor, and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Colony Capital. The committee is expecting to raise $70 million, which is about $7 million per committee member.

The co-chairs of the committee are Lewis M. Eisenberg and Roy Bailey.  PIC Committee Members include:

  • Sheldon Adelson, the owner of the Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas, and his wife, Miriam
  • Steve Wynn, businessman and casino owner
  • Phil Ruffin, businessman and casino owner
  • Harold Hamm, oil and gas entrepreneur
  • Diane Hendricks, businesswoman
  • Joe Craft, coal businessman
  • Gail Icahn, wife of Carl Icahn
  • Woody Johnson. the owner of the New York Jets

The  Oath of office of the President of the United States is an affirmation, or promise, that President-Elect Trump will take upon assuming the role of President of the United States.  Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. will administer the oath.

The wording is specified in Article II, Section One, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

This clause is one of several that employ the oath concept, but it is the only clause that actually specifies the language of an oath for a constitutional officer. While the Oaths Clause in Article VI simply requires the persons specified therein to “be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution,” the Presidential Oath Clause requires much more than this general oath of allegiance and fidelity. This clause enjoins the President to swear or affirm that he “will to the best of [his] Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

“be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution,” the Presidential Oath Clause requires much more than this general oath of allegiance and fidelity. This clause enjoins the President to swear or affirm that he “will to the best of [his] Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Governor Mike Pence will be administered the Oath of office of the Vice President of the United States and immediately before the President-elect takes his oath.

The Vice Presidential oath of office was passed by Congress in 1884. It is the same oath given to Members of Congress.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

As stipulated by the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the vice president, and president, both begin their respective 4–year term of office at noon on January 20.

But Mr. Trump should take the inaugural ball and go home – to the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave. where he could host a highly vetted and singularly invited group And it should not be open to the “press” – though he needs to invite the few that might be considered fair toward the new president.

He should not subject Melanie Trump to the threats and bad behavior that will ensue. That would be the most solid show of respect he could have for his wife.

On January 21 he should host a breakfast with the Congressmen and House Representatives and outline exactly what he plans on doing in the first 30 days. His cabinet members should be sitting at the tables with the committee groups and leaders they will be most closely working with.

He needs to explain that Republicans under his leadership are tearing down the house that political ideologies on all sides have built because it is what his movement wants – a return to a strong America where you can wish someone Merry Christmas and stand up for your religious and Constitutional rights without fear of reprisal.

The upside of this is not only avoiding the embarrassment of non-tolerant ideological bullies but also showing his dedication to saving America money from the start.



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