WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Thousands of supporters packed the National Mall on Friday to watch the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president.
"Today, we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another - but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People," said Mr. Trump in his inaugural address. This line sparked the loudest cheer from the crowd.
"And it looks to me like he’s out to keep his promise and he really does, I believe, mean to make to this country great again," said Dennis Pearson, from Pensacola, FLA, who was carrying a drain plug with the letters "D.T.S." for "Drain the Swamp", a slogan from Mr. Trump's campaign. Pearson added his speech had the feel of his campaign rallies.
During his address, Mr. Trump railed against the Washington political establishment and told the crowd that from now on it would be “America First” and promised to bring back jobs, infrastructure, and security.
"Starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you," said Mr. Trump.
"It sounds very promising, and time will tell, what we do as a nation, but it looks very promising," said Michael Lerma, who came in from Santa Clarita, CA.
At the end of the ceremony, Mr. Trump's supporters said they have optimism about the next four years and hope those who’ve opposed him, including the day's protesters, will give him a chance.
"Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans, or whatever, and that we know that we can do things. That we're told that, 'Yes, we can.'," said Wilson Farrar, from Portola Valley, CA.
"I really hope they put aside whatever they’ve been told about him and let him show what he really might do and can do," added Heidi Levasseur, from Windham, ME.
Shortly after the inauguration, Mr. Trump showed what he can do and signed a executive order and two cabinet member confirmations.