11 Things You Need To Know About The Inauguration
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So the inauguration is happening tomorrow - Donald Trump will officially become the new President of the United States. That means we’ll be waving goodbye to the Obamas and welcoming a new family into the White House for the next four years.
Following us so far? Probs. But how much do you really know about the inauguration?
Here are 11 things you need to know!
1. What is it?
The inauguration is the ceremony that marks the new four-year term of the President of the US. The new President is sworn in by the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.
It traditionally takes place on the 20th January at noon (5pm our time, which makes for pretty convenient afternoon telly).
2. Where is it?
It will be held at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., which has become symbolic of democracy as it has a long history of being the meeting place for Congress (who are in charge of US law-making).
As well as being home to Congress it is now a major tourist attraction and holds some of the nation’s most important artwork as well as being used as normal offices too. There’s a lot going on in the US Capitol, but it has been closed since Wednesday in preparation for the big day.
3. How many have there been?
This will be the 58th Presidential Inauguration, but Trump will be the 45th sworn in President.
4. What happens?
It’s a pretty jam-packed day, starting with a morning coffee with Obama (jel).
But the important part is the Presidential oath. It goes like this: "I do solemnly swear 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 oath has remained unchanged since 1789.
5. Will there be musical performances?
Yep, but while the likes of Beyoncé and Katy Perry performed at Obama’s inauguration in 2013, the President-elect has definitely been struggling to find someone willing to perform.
Both Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Church have turned down the opportunity. X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson made headlines when she tweeted that she would only sing at Trump’s inauguration if she could perform Strange Fruit, an iconic 1939 protest song about racism, and one that was previously blacklisted in the US for its controversial subject matter.
Thank God he didn’t let the rejection get to him. #Overit.
6. Who IS going to perform for Trump’s Inauguration?
The full list of performances has finally been released… but we don’t recognise many names. Among them are the Rockettes, 3 Doors Down, Tony Orlando, The Piano Guys and Travis Greene.
7. Who will voice the ceremony?
Trump sparked controversy (which isn’t like him) by changing the inauguration announcer who has voiced the ceremony for the past 11 Presidents.
89-year-old Charles Brotman will be replaced this year by Steve Ray and told CNN that he was “heartbroken” and “destroyed”. However he has been offered VIP seating and special recognition during the event.
8. Will Hillary go?
Hillary Clinton will be attending the ceremony and featuring heavily in the TV coverage as she watches the man she battled with during the long and difficult campaign take the oath instead of her.
Her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, will also be in attendance.
9. Are other politicians going?
Nigel Farage, leading Brexitir and former head of UKIP, is very excited to be attending the ceremony tomorrow. “I can’t wait!” he told Sky News, “it’s going to be a great, historic event.”
When a Conservative MP called Robert Jenrick announced he would be attending the inauguration on Twitter, he received a huge backlash online for attempting to cosy up with Trump.
In the US, the numbers of politicians boycotting the inauguration have increased. More than 50 House Democrats are refusing to witness Trump take his oath.
10. Do the Trumps move into the White House?
Actually Trump will be moving into the White House alone, at least for the time being.
Melanie Trump and their son, Barron, will remain living in New York so he can finish the school year. There have been mixed reactions to the news, but Donald Trump has announced that both will be joining him “very soon.”
11. Is everyone supportive of the Inauguration?
While many are happy that Donald Trump won the election, his election campaign wasn't without controversy and his inauguration has sparked the organisation of protests around the world. In Washington, the secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, said yesterday that they had counted 99 groups planning protests for the inauguration period.
One huge protest planned for the day after the inauguration is the Women’s March on Washington. Hundreds of thousands of people are predicted to join the protest, and many will be wearing “pussy hats”, pink knitted hats that recall Trump’s infamous boast that he liked to address women by “grabbing them by the pussy”. Support marches for the Women's March are happening not just around the US but in 30 other countries.
The Women’s March will be happening on Saturday in London.