Donald J. Trump’s first day as President of the United States did not exactly go according to plan. It started to go wrong when he and Melania arrived about 10 minutes late for the 8:30 am service at St. John’s Church. Ordinary mortals would be expected to slip in and take a seat on the back pew, but the service was held up for the Trumps. Perhaps no one has ever told him that “punctuality is the courtesy of kings” and presidents-to-be. Because when the event cannot start until you arrive, the least you can do is arrive on time. Bad.
Next, he and his wife Melania arrived at the White House, welcomed by President Obama and First Lady Michelle, for a coffee and tea reception at 9:40 am. Then there was the awkward moment when Melania presented them with a gift from Tiffany’s. A nice gesture, but no one seemed to know what to do with the box. The confused look on Michelle Obama’s face spoke volumes. Eventually, the President took the box from her and said he would deal with it. Sad.
The two couples, per tradition, left the White House together at 10:30 am, for the trip to the U. S. Capitol, arriving about ten minutes later. Mrs. Trump received kudos for her outfit, but comparisons between her and former First Ladies such as Jacqueline Kennedy are ludicrous. Which brings us to the next question – What on EARTH was Kellyanne Conway thinking when she wore that bizarre faux French Revolutionary outfit? Bad.
The ceremonies then proceeded without a hitch until President Trump delivered a dark, dystopian inaugural speech, that was described by one of the most highly respected conservative voices, George Will, as “The Most Dreadful Inaugural Address in History.” Not one of the most, but “the most.” The rain that had held off throughout the day began the minute Trump began speaking. And the heavens wept.
In addition, it did not take social media long to discover that one of the lines in Trump’s speech was a direct quote from one of the villains in a Batman movie. Later in the day, despite Trump’s touted tweet showing him as writing his own speech, the White House admitted that the speech had, in fact, been written by Bannon and Steve Miller. Bad. Very Bad.
President Trump must have noticed the small size of the crowd at his inauguration. And in case anyone missed it, the National Parks Service retweeted photos from the crowds at Obama’s 2009 inauguration and those at Trump’s. Perhaps not the wisest move the Park Service could have made, but the response from the new Trump administration was to tell the Park Service to take down their Twitter account. Bad.
Following a luncheon and review of the troops held at the Capitol, one of the major highlights of any inauguration, the traditional parade from the Capitol to the White House began at 3:00 pm. For the man who lived for the crowds he drew during his campaign, the dismal turnout for his inauguration was more than embarrassing – it was pathetic. People were lined up one deep on the sidewalks, while many reviewing stands, including the premier location at the end of the parade, were mostly or completely empty. As one wag on Twitter posted “The Secret Service detail was looking FOR the crowds.” Sad. Very Sad.
When President Trump entered his newly redecorated, all gold (naturally), Oval Office, he actually got down to work. The very first order he signed blocked an order issued by President Obama that would have reduced the cost of mortgages for millions of home buyers. [USA Today] Take that middle class! Bad. Very Bad.
Not surprisingly he also issued an order to federal agencies to “ease the burden” of Obamacare during the period of repeal and replace. Close examination of the details of this directive has led many experts to believe that he has effectively eliminated the individual mandate. As Trump promised that he would do something very much like this on his first day in office, this can only be called Sad. And Bad.
The day ended with the Inaugural Balls, and once again, controversy raised its head. The man who made the cake for Obama’s inauguration claimed (and showed side-by-side pictures) that Trump’s cake was identical to his. Whether you can plagiarize a cake or not, this is Sad.
Trump began the festivities by dancing with Melania to Frank Sinatra’s hit song “My Way.” He also decided to sing along with the song while dancing, and the image of his doing that will remain seared in the memories and nightmares of millions of Americans for years to come. This was Just Plain Awful.
While millions of people, this writer included, chose not to watch the inauguration of our 45th President, there can be no doubt that Donald Trump had a very sad, very bad first day in office.