I viewed the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States at Temple University. I went there because I wanted to watch the inaugural address on a big screen.
There was a small turnout of students, faculty and staff for the event. Still, I expected the post-inaugural discussion to be heated. It wasn’t. One student expressed concern that President Trump did not mention climate change. When a faculty member questioned his pledge to put “America first,” there was pushback. A student asked: What’s wrong with an American president putting America first?
Indeed, Rev. Jesse Jackson told an Atlanta television station:
The speech was full of hope and inclusion and he reached out to cities in a way they’ve not been reached out to for a long time. But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said Trump declared his independence:
The inaugural address was utterly and uncompromisingly Trumpian. The man who ran is the man who’ll reign. It was plain, unfancy and blunt to the point of blistering. A little humility would have gone a long way, but that’s not the path he took. Nor did he attempt to reassure. It was pow, right in the face. Most important, he did not in any way align himself with the proud Democrats and Republicans arrayed around him. He looked out at the crowd and said he was allied with them.
He presented himself not as a Republican or a conservative but as a populist independent. The essential message: Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all.
It was an unmistakable indictment of almost everyone seated with him on the platform
Then a stark vow: “That all changes—starting right here and right now.” Jan. 20 “will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
President Trump may turn out be the disaster the mainstream legacy media and political establishment hope and expect. But apart from the #NotMyPresident and #NeverTrump crowd, Trump’s “blunt” speech was “a ray of light for millions.”