Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States shortly after 9 a.m. PT Friday morning.
Trump voters were likely heartened to hear him re-emphasize his campaign themes - America First, a U.S. in economic distress, and a Washington awash in self-interest. But critics of the President likely didn't hear much outreach to them. To them, his address sounded more like a campaign speech than the typical conciliatory tone of an inaugural address.
KPCC listeners weighed in on the moment and the upcoming Women's March.
Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman for California
“[The speech] talked about big themes that [Trump] campaigned on and themes that cut across political boundaries, such as the people vs. the government [having power], such as a lack of hope or stifling of opportunity in our country, and some of the things he wants to do to turn around inner cities and drugs and poverty and all of that. I like the broad strokes, big themes and that he stuck to the things that got him elected.”
Nicole àBeckett from Hollywood
"[Trump’s speech] made it very clear that we need to continue to be vocal because... President Trump spoke directly to his base and didn't make it clear that he's interested in uniting us, and working for all Americans.”
Tony Beall (R), Rancho Santa Margarita City Councilman
“I would describe it as the exclamation point after many, many months of hard work. It was thrilling, and a moment that I will always treasure. What we got today was Donald Trump, the same man that gave his very first speech announcing he was going to run for president. What was so refreshing about now-President Trump from the beginning is that he is authentic, unscripted, and unabashedly proud of America and the American people. It wasn’t a partisan speech. It was a speech of big principles that Americans can get behind. He wasn’t elected President by Republicans, he was elected president by the American people.
Clare Sebenius Cohen from Benedict Canyon
"I'm nervous, but I'm excited [for the March]. [I'm] feeling the magnitude of what's happening in our politics and feeling so much conviction about messages of inclusion and progress. That feeling of responsibility to get those messages out in a way that resonates with people and can... facilitate... productive dialogue as we move forward into this new administration."
Ben Clymer Jr., chief financial officer of the Body Shop & Collision Centers of Southern California
“It was surreal, because for so long people continued to say it was impossible. Being at the RNC was extra special, being able to serve as a delegate, and then being here to hear his inaugural speech and no longer having to call him President-elect Trump. It’s now President Trump.”
Jack Guerrero (R), Cudahy City Councilman
“This was the first inauguration I’ve attended, and I feel so emotional about joining the proceeding on so many levels: as an elected official, as a proud American, as a first generation American to Mexican immigrant parents. Today’s event, really for me, was not a campaign rally. It wasn’t a partisan forum. It was a solemn occasion for all Americans to recognize the peaceful transfer of leadership, like we have every four years since the inception of the country. I think there’s something profoundly poignant and distinctly American about that.”
Maryam Talaie from Brentwood
On January 16, Maryam Talaie told Larry Mantle that she immigrated from Iran when she was a teenager, and though she considers the U.S. to be home, Nov. 9 was one of the hardest times for her in this country. She said attending the protest will be a way for her to stand up for what she believes in.
“For Saturday [the Women’s March], I hope it will bring us as females closer together and teach us to stand up. If we want to have equal rights, we need to fight for it.”
John Goya, former treasurer for the Los Angeles GOP and president of California Great Again Political Action Group
“President Trump made me and many men and women cry as he said the government is now for the people. As a CubanAmerican, I believed President Trump talked directly to me as an American and believe he will be a president for all Americans and put America first.”
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Pete Peterson, dean of the School of Public Policy and senior fellow at The Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University
Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Chancellor’s Professor of education and political science at UC Berkeley