Donald J. Trump
identified, long before anyone else did, the anger and desire for change that millions of Americans craved.
He addressed that in frank, blunt terms that deeply resonated with millions who were fed up with Washington's political class and felt left behind in the globalizing economy.
He easily vanquished a 16-person field of GOP competitors and then beat the Clinton machine
in one of the greatest upsets in American political history.
Just before noon today, he'll raise his hand and take the oath of office on the Capitol steps
, swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. The 70-year-old Republican will then become our commander in chief, the top executive of the government, the 45th President of the United States.
The weather forecast
looks gray and damp. The chance of showers will increase throughout the morning -- from around 40% at 7 a.m. to 70 to 80% when Trump takes the oath of office.
Here's everything you need to know
about the Inauguration Day schedule.
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The business of governing
Trump will get to the nitty-gritty of governing within hours of taking the oath, saying he'll sign some "meaningful" executive orders today.
Obamacare, the fight against ISIS, immigration and a lobbying ban are high on the list. Or he may wait until Monday. He told some European newspaper he wants to make Monday his Day 1 because he didn't want to mix the serious work with the weekend's inauguration fun.
The other side
Of course there are a lot of Americans who are definitely not feeling the love for what's about to go down today. And there could be demonstrations nationwide today. "Never Trump" folks like Ana Navarro are coming to grips that he'll indeed become the 45th President today. Her advice? Breathe deep
and take a big gulp of your beverage of choice. And for all of you planning to heed social media's call to either not watch or switch channels to sink the inauguration's TV ratings? Just stop it, because it won't work.
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