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10 Things About Trump’s Inauguration From Someone Who Was There

The inauguration of President Trump last Friday was a widely reported event. Most of you probably watched it on TV. Here is a quick look at some things I noticed while in Washington D.C. on Friday.

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  1. The crowds were huge. Despite what has been hotly contested both by the press and the Trump administration, the streets of Washington D.C. were jam packed full of people all weekend long.
  2. There were a lot of women in the crowd. Although the official Women’s March was the day after the inauguration, there were plenty of women out in full force to support the new president.
  3. The crowd at the Capitol booed when Former President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton were announced (and every time she was shown on the big screen).
  4. Thankfully, the crowd politely clapped when Former President Obama was announced.
  5. Yes, we saw protesters. The violent protests were several blocks away from the Capitol, but there was also the occasional Bernie Sanders supporter with a bullhorn.
  6. There were a total of 27 Inaugural Balls during the week’s festivities. The president and first lady only attended 3.
  7. Merchandise for the inauguration was everywhere. In addition to several inaugural merchandise stores near the White House, there appeared to be a street vendor selling hats, buttons, or t-shirts on every block.
  8. Despite what some have said, from the perspective of the crowd the president’s speech sounded optimistic and forward thinking.
  9. Security was everywhere. With an estimated 28,000 security personnel on hand, those walking the streets of the Capital were likely to see a range of Secret Service Agents to the North Carolina State troopers and every agency in between.
  10. There were more than a few Hillary Clinton supporters who still came and respectfully watched the Inauguration – proving that the celebration of the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another is much more important that partisan politics.
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