Mr Trump Only Managed To Draw A Third Of Obama’s 1.8m-strong Crowd
Mr Trump was officially sworn in as president by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, promising to “faithfully execute the office of the president” and “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” to rapturous applause from his supporters gathered below.
He was joined on the balcony of the US Capitol building by his family, the Obamas and, awkwardly, the Clintons, among other political leaders.
The ceremony went off without a hitch, but Mr Trump’s ego might have to endure some unflattering comparisons to Mr Obama’s first inauguration eight years ago.
The New York Times compiled these two contrasting images. On the left is the crowd about 45 minutes before the 2009 inauguration. On the right is the crowd 45 minutes before today’s ceremony.
It’s been estimated that Mr Trump only managed to draw about a third of Mr Obama’s 1.8 million-strong crowd.
President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania have danced at three inaugural balls, rounding off an historical day in which Mr Trump was officially sworn in as US President.
At the first ball they danced to the Frank Sinatra’s hit My Way, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Susan, as well as Trump family members.
Trump said his first day as commander-in-chief was great.
“People that weren’t so nice to me were saying that we did a really good job today.” He adds, “It’s like God was looking down on us.”
Trump asked the crowd at the second of the three inaugural balls he’s attending whether he should “keep the Twitter going?” The crowd roared in apparent approval.
Trump said his all-hours tweeting to his more than 20 million followers is “a way of bypassing dishonest media.”
He spoke with first lady Melania Trump by his side. She wore an ivory off-the shoulder column gown.
At the third ball the couple danced to I Will Always Love You with members of the armed services.
Mr Trump’s stiff dancing style was lampooned on social media, with one tweet comparing to him to “a dog circling around looking for somewhere to poop” and another post saying “Donald Trump dances the way I walked around the hospital after my hernia surgery”.
This is the most awkward slow dance in the history of the universe. #InauguralBall
— Kevin Eggleston (@JBFletcher88) January 21, 2017
Have you ever watched an inappropriate movie with your parents and felt super uncomfortable? That's how I feel watching Trump dance.
— Naomi (@NaomiBelay01) January 21, 2017
Model and TV host Chrissy Teigen rarely shys away from expressing her opinions on Twitter and the Inauguration Ball was no different.
The guy you voted for who said he would work FOR YOU is dancing to "my way" – YA GOT SCAMMED.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 21, 2017
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