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    Donald the Humble? Trump's Inauguration to Lack Obama Pomp

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    President-elect Donald Trump will attend fewer inaugural balls than presidents in recent history, in an effort to eschew the glitzy party atmosphere and celebrity involvement usually associated with inaugurations, and focus on the needs of US citizens.

    Boris Epshteyn, communications director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) told Breitbart that the upcoming inaugurations were "not about any one celebrity or any one entertainer or about any of those folks sipping champagne and cocktails somewhere in the Hamptons or in Beverly Hills. It’s about the American people," adding, "This inaugural will represent the people. That’s one, and two it’s about getting to work right away." 

    The incoming President will attend just three inaugural balls, a drastic change from the ten attended by Barack Obama in 2009, and the nine attending by George W. Bush in 2001 and 2005, not counting unofficial celebrations.

    Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce’, James Taylor, Eva Longoria, Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, Usher and Stevie Wonder are just a few big names that took part in the balls and parties during Obama’s second inauguration. 

    ​One of the balls will be an event started by Bush and continued through the Obama administration, the Commander-In-Chief Ball, which is usually only open to enlisted members of the military.

    Trump will open the ball up to military families, wounded veterans, firefighters, EMTs and police officers.

    PIC’s deputy communications director Alex Stroman explained that the focus is a result of Trump’s deep respect for first responders and law enforcement.

    "He’s vowed to be a law and order president. He respects our police, he respects our military, he respects those who put their lives on the line whether it’s firemen or EMTs or police every day. He made that a point throughout his campaign to honor these folks, veterans, military, et cetera, who put their lives on the line for our country. It’s a way to, in one of his first acts as president, to thank those who do that."

    Stroman added that the inaugural parade would be shortened to an hour, so Trump "can go to work." 

    He explained, "The president-elect is about honoring the traditions, and this is a ceremony about the American people more than any one person. You’ve seen some previous inaugurations are really lavish, you have a lot of long events, a lot of big events. This president-elect is somebody who’s ready to get to work."

    There are currently expected to be over 8,000 participants in the inaugural parade, representing some forty organizations.

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      peaceactivist2
      Yes, everyone really respects the police, but only disrespect them when the bad apple gone overboard. If Trump can come up with great policy for the police to stay within policing, the entire nation would respect them fullheartly.
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      edover3
      Trump should keep the inaugural parties to a minimum, and austere.
    • KnightRdr877
      Obama thought he was the "Anointed One" ... with his Roman pillars and endless inaugural balls to attend. He has proved he lacks the "balls" to actually run a country. He sets the stages for endless crises in the world, while keeping the blood from his hands. "Transparency" is merely another word for "lies" as he has never been transparent in anything. His birth certificate is not real, and it would be interesting to see his college transcripts, which are all sealed away from the public. The less you see, the more you realize you are being hood winked. His legacy will be the handicap for his golf game. Nothing more. The "dope smoking socialist" who loves the sound of morning prayer at a Muslim mosque instead of his so-called Christian faith, and who surrounds himself with anarchists like Bill Ayers and Van Jones, proves too many people for too long have bought his happy horse shit. If Trump doesn't fix the ills of the country, things will only get worse, and another one will have slipped into the office and continued the destruction of our values and history, in favor of a political system that has never cared for the little people, and only wants global dominance.
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      marcanhalt
      One thing we have learned from inefficient presidents (Obama, Bush) is that they like spending other people's money, especially when the 'fix' is on. Remember Jimmy Carter's WH lawn dinner? Fried chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, all served up on red and white gingham table cloths while his wife was sloshed? A new low, but he was trying to "identify" with the "malaise" of the American worker while the country was trying to weather the storm of 22% unemployment. You just got to wonder about the other "half", don't you?
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      michael
      let's see what work is done...(serious, not sarcasm)
    • avatar
      wconell
      obama who?
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