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Donald Trump’s 2017 Presidential Inauguration: Everything That Happened

No matter who you voted for in the November presidential election — Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or none of the above — we all got the same result on Friday, January 20, as Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during his much-anticipated inauguration

Check out Us Weekly‘s full recap below for all the key moments, video highlights, social media reactions and much more. And start at the bottom to read it in chronological order.

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5:41 p.m. ET: The new president seems to be having a blast at the parade, NBC News reports.

5:38 p.m. ET: Donald salutes as the Louisiana-based West Monroe High School Marching Band makes it way along the parade route. 

5:33 p.m. ET: Barack and Michelle unveiled their next endeavor, The Obama Foundation, following the inauguration. Get the details here!

5:22 p.m. ET: “Unbelievable and beautiful,” Donald tells press about how he feels about the day.

5:16 p.m. ET: NBC News speculates that Donald will be hurt by the low crowd turnout at his inaugural parade. 

5:13 p.m. ET: Bane lives?! Donald accidentally quoted the Batman villain during his inauguration speech — watch the mashup in the video below:

5:08 p.m. ET: Miss it the first time? Here’s video of the moment everyone’s talking about — Donald getting sworn in as the 45th president:

5:07 p.m. ET: Sad to see him go. Kim Kardashian wished Barack farewell by posting a series of sweet photos of herself, husband Kanye West and daughter North with the former president.

4:57 p.m. ET: Protesters continue to make their voices heard near the procession route as police line the streets to keep watch, NBC News reports.

4:56 p.m. ET: The internet has spoken! A slew of hilarious memes popped up online after Melania gifted Michelle with a blue Tiffany box prior to the inauguration in a rather awkward moment. 

4:52 p.m. ET: Pence and his family have been walking quite a distance along the procession route as he nears the White House.

4:50 p.m. ET: Another controversial president is taking over Washington, D.C., as House of Cards dropped a dark trailer for season 5 on the morning of the inauguration. Check out the clip in the link!

4:46 p.m. ET: Putting their differences aside! Watch video of Donald leading attendees at the Statuary Hall inaugural luncheon in giving a standing ovation to Hillary and Bill Clinton

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4:38 p.m. ET: The family has gotten back into the car before soon getting out yet again.

4:32 p.m. ET: Another chance to stretch their legs! Donald and Melania hop out of the vehicle again to stroll toward the White House, with Donald’s kids joining him for the walk this time.

4:30 p.m. ET: Big moment! The presidential motorcade has turned onto Pennsylvania Avenue, greeted by loud cheers.

4:29 p.m. ET: Some bleachers along the parade route are empty, with commentators speculating that the light crowd is perhaps due to the presidential luncheon having run late.

4:22 p.m. ET: Nearly 100 people were arrested after violent protests broke out in Washington D.C., following the inauguration. See video of demonstrations below: 

4:18 p.m. ET: Donald gave a thumbs-up near the media stand before getting back into his vehicle, having walked only about 50 yards in total. 

4:15 p.m. ET: The president emerges! Donald and Melania get out of their car to walk along the parade route and wave to the throngs of people.

4:12 p.m. ET: As the procession passes the Navy Memorial, there are people holding protests signs alongside other members of the crowd who are shouting Donald’s last name in celebration. 

4:07 p.m. ET: Barron, 10, took on the role of doting older uncle, keeping his baby nephew, Ivanka’s son Theodore, occupied while dad Donald signed the formal nominations for his Cabinet picks.

4:03 p.m. ET: Adieu! Barack delivered his final farewell speech following the inauguration, telling the gathered crowd at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland, that “it has always been about you.”

3:53 p.m. ET: March on! With the parade underway, take a look at who is participating in the procession.

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3:41 p.m. ET: Twinning? Hillary and Ivanka both wore white pantsuits on the big day. 

3:37 p.m. ET: Here’s what Rihanna, Chrissy Teigen and other stars tweeted about the inauguration.

3:31 p.m. ET: The parade is just about upon us! First, Donald reviews the troops from the steps of the Capitol building.

3:29 p.m. ET: The parade is expected to last 90 minutes, which is shorter than typical Inauguration Day parades. Donald wanted to keep this one brief due to the inclement weather and the fact that it will be dark soon. 

3:20 p.m. ET: Bill Clinton did not have a particularly upbeat expression on his face during Trump’s inaugural address:

3:17 p.m. ET: Violent protests broke out in Washington D.C., following Donald’s inauguration — get the latest updates.

3:14 p.m. ET: Hillary and Bill are joined by Secret Service as they leave the luncheon. 

3:12 p.m. ET: The stars sound off! Celebrities took to social media to share their reactions — good and bad — to Trump’s inauguration.

3:09 p.m. ET: The kitchen is closed! Donald and Pence make their exits from the luncheon. 

3:06 p.m. ET: Donald will soon be leaving the luncheon and heading into a holding area before the start of the parade. 

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3:05 p.m. ET: “Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t make any difference — we’re going to get along,” Donald promises.

3:04 p.m. ET: Quite the surprising moment! Donald says he was “very honored” when he heard Hillary and Bill would attend the luncheon, and he invites them to stand. “I have a lot of respect for those two people,” Donald tells the group. He had been criticized for not mentioning Hillary during the inauguration. 

3:03 p.m. ET: Trump makes his way to the podium and quips, “I don’t think anybody wants to hear me speak anymore, right?”

3:01 p.m. ET: Senator Mitch McConnell says, “We face many challenges, but we’ve been challenged before and emerged stronger.” He then leads a toast to Donald. 

2:58 p.m. ET: Senator Roy Blunt introduces Paul Ryan to toast Mike Pence. “No one believes more deeply in our country and our people,” Ryan says of the new vice president. 

2:53 p.m. ET: Donald receives a photo of the inauguration. 

2:52 p.m. ET: Nancy Pelosi gives Mike Pence a flag that flew today above the Capitol.

2:48 p.m. ET: The cameras are back on at the presidential luncheon!

2:46 p.m. ET: That didn’t take long! Donald and Melania’s official POTUS and FLOTUS Twitter pages went live following the inauguration. See what they look like — and find out whether Donald will still tweet from his personal account.

2:38 p.m. ET: The presidential luncheon is still underway and running longer than expected, with the parade set to begin shortly.

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2:36 p.m. ET: Madonna took part in a panel on January 19, where she said “Trump was elected for a reason.”

2:25 p.m. ET: Washington, D.C., police continue to use tear gas on a small group of violent protesters. Most of the area protesters are demonstrating peacefully. 

2:21 p.m. ET: She won’t need that coat in Palm Springs! Making her final appearance as first lady, Michelle bundled up in burgundy for the inauguration. Here are all the details on her look.

2:10 p.m. ET: Congressman David Schweikert‘s 16-month-old daughter couldn’t stay awake during Donald’s inauguration.

2:04 p.m. ET: Get the details on demonstrations around the country, and find out how you can get involved.

2:02 p.m. ET: Almost time to march! Donald’s inaugural parade kicks off in Washington, D.C., at 3 p.m. ET — see who’s participating.

1:58 p.m. ET: After a long morning of ceremony, it’s finally time for grub. Senate Chaplain Barry Black delivers a sonorous prayer to the assembled luncheon guests — but if you were hoping to see what an inaugural appetizer looks like or get a first-person peek at, say, Barron’s table manners, we’re sorry to tell you that the cameras were kicked out before the first plate hit the table. This luncheon is strictly private dining.

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1:55 p.m. ET: Police officers in Washington, D.C., are trying to control a small group of protesters who have been throwing objects in the streets. Police are responding with non-lethal flash-bang grenades and pepper spray.

1:52 p.m. ET: Donald and Hillary make nice! Here’s video of the two shaking hands at the presidential luncheon:

1:43 p.m. ET: Watch as Donald gets sworn in as president:

1:39 p.m. ET: Donald extends his hand to Hillary at the luncheon, marking what is believed to be the first time the two 2016 presidential nominees have greeted each other in person since the election.

1:36 p.m. ET: The presidential luncheon is getting underway, with politicians of all stripes putting aside their differences and picking up their shellfish forks. On the Inauguration Day menu? Lobster.

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1:35 p.m. ET: Barack is still shaking hands and smooching babies in his long goodbye at Joint Base Andrews. 

1:33 p.m. ET: While Donald took the oath of the presidential office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, 100 White House staffers hustled to get 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ready for the president and his family.

1:27 p.m. ET: Barron resurfaced at dad Donald’s inauguration after being noticeably absent from the pre-inauguration concert one day before.

1:24 p.m. ET: As might be imagined, Kellyanne Conway’s wardrobe choice for the inauguration spurred plenty of online commentary. Watch this video of her describing the outfit:

1:21 p.m. ET: Meanwhile, President Trump is busy pre-luncheon with the signing of various executive orders — including formal nominations of Cabinet members, the proclamation of a National Day of Patriotism and the waiver required to officially appoint retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense.

1:19 p.m. ET: Barack’s speech continues in its America-is-people vein: “Our democracy is not the buildings — it’s not the monuments. It’s you.”

1:17 p.m. ET: Hillary Clinton’s name was left off of the Women’s March Honoree List, and people are angry.

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1:15 p.m. ET: Barack’s opening line: “I’ve said before and I will say again that when we started on this journey, we did so with an abiding faith in the American people and their ability — our ability — to join together and change the country.”

1:14 p.m. ET: Although Barack has already delivered his farewell speech to a crowd of thousands, this more intimate goodbye to his staff is just as heartfelt; the now-former president is clearly trying to inject a little last-minute hope into what is a difficult day for many of his supporters. 

1:10 p.m. ET: Feeling nostalgic? Don’t miss our video of previous presidential couples enjoying their inaugural first dances:

1:05 p.m. ET: The Obamas are out! Here’s video of them leaving the inauguration: 

1:04 p.m. ET: Missed Donald’s fiery inauguration speech — or just want to rewatch? You’re in luck! Check it out in its entirety here:

1:02 p.m. ET: While Washington, D.C., prepares to sit down for the inaugural luncheon, the Obamas arrives at Joint Base Andrews. Barack will address a small gathering of staff and supporters before he and his family depart for a well-deserved vacation in Palm Springs.

12:55 p.m. ET: Take a look at Donald calling the country “unstoppable”:

12:51 p.m. ET: The dignitaries have dissipated; the transition of power is complete. 

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12:48 p.m. ET: Here’s the historic moment to relive:

12:45 p.m. ET: Check out video of Barron at the inauguration:

12:39 p.m. ET: Starting fresh! The question of what will happen to Barack’s wildly popular @POTUS Twitter account has been answered: It’s been wiped clean and handed off to Donald, while Barack (and his 13 million followers) have migrated over to a new handle, @POTUS44.

12:36 p.m. ET: And that’s all she wrote on the swearing-in: With a wave and a few handshakes, Donald makes his exit, while America begins talking amongst itself about his at-times dark first words to us as president. Prediction: “America first” may raise a lot of eyebrows, and “American carnage” is going to be a phrase not soon forgotten.

12:35 p.m. ET: After a few more prayers for the country, it’s time for the singing of our national anthem. America’s Got Talent winner Jackie Evancho, who earned criticism from certain corners for her decision to perform at the inauguration, delivers a very straightforward (and definitely non-lip-synched) rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

12:32 p.m. ET: Inaugurations can take a lot out of you, as this adorable sleeping tyke proves:

12:30 p.m. ET: In a 20/20 special that aired the day before the inauguration, Ivanka called Chelsea Clinton her “very good friend” but revealed that they haven’t spoken since the election.

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12:27 p.m. ET: George W. Bush’s Inauguration Day letter to successor Barack Obama has finally been made public. Here are W.’s 2008 words of wisdom.

12:25 p.m. ET: America first: That’s the message Donald wants you to take away from this moment. The speech was heavy on nationalist feeling, patriotism, military pride and no small amount of the “one nation under God” message. 

12:20 p.m. ET: Relive the big moment! Check out video of Donald taking the Oath to be sworn in as the new president:

12:19 p.m. ET: Donald finishes his speech with, “You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. … Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again, and yes, together we will make America great again. Thank you, God bless you and God bless America.”

12:16 p.m. ET: “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action,” Donald tells the crowd. “We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.”

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12:15 p.m. ET: According to Donald, the nation’s people must “always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.”

12:13 p.m. ET: Donald says more jobs are on the way: “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American, and hire American.”

12:11 p.m. ET: From this day forward, “it’s going to be America first, America first,” Donald promises.

12:10 p.m. ET: Donald is giving prepared remarks, and it appears that he’s sticking to the script: a strong populist message promising to deliver power back into the hands of everyday American citizens. This is familiar territory for anyone who watched him on the campaign trail, but tone-wise, it’s comparatively restrained. 

12:09 p.m. ET: What do you think of Caitlyn Jenner‘s plunging-neckline dress from the pre-inauguration dinner?

12:06 p.m. ET: The parade is coming up soon — here’s who will be taking part in it.

12:05 p.m. ET: The rain finally starts to fall as Donald steps to the microphone to deliver his first speech as president.

12:04 p.m. ET: Check out the best photos from Donald’s inauguration!

12:01 p.m. ET: Everybody on your feet: This is the moment at which The Donald becomes President Trump. Chief Justice John Roberts swears in Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

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12:00 p.m. ET: Music break! Before we get to the presidential oath of office, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings “America the Beautiful” — including the weird, obscure verses we never knew existed.

11:58 a.m. ET: Things got a bit awkward when Melania gifted Michelle a blue Tiffany box — get all the details here.

11:57 a.m. ET: Mike Pence is sworn in as Vice President by Clarence Thomas.

11:55 a.m. ET: Chuck Schumer, the Senator from New York, gives a speech and reads aloud from the letters of Sullivan Ballou. The gist: We’ve got to be willing to lay it all down for the sake of our country and our liberty. Although Schumer has made lots of noise about fighting tooth and nail against Donald Trump, policy-wise, this is a show of solidarity for Team America.

11:53 a.m. ET: Missed yesterday’s Make America Great Again concert? Check out all the highlights in this video:

11:51 a.m. ET: Happily for the singers, today’s weather is mild enough that nobody has to worry about their vocal chords seizing up in the cold (which has been an issue at previous inaugurations; even mega-talents like Aretha Franklin struggle to get their belt on in frigid temps).

11:49 a.m. ET: The Missouri State University Chorale is making a joyful noise, in the first musical performance of the day. 

11:47 a.m. ET: Check out video of Melania’s arrival to get a good look at her amazing, Jackie Kennedy-inspired look:

11:46 a.m. ET: The inauguration ceremony is up and running — and #blessed. Separation of Church and State? Not today: Three religious leaders have taken the stage so far to lead prayers for the nation and the President-elect in advance of his official swearing-in.

11:36 a.m. ET: And right on schedule (more or less), here’s the man himself: with great fanfare and an actual drumroll, Donald emerges onto the steps and flashes a thumbs-up. A reminder: If you’d rather not see what comes next, there’s plenty of livestreaming non-inauguration fare to enjoy.

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11:32 a.m. ET: Donald is on deck, everyone. While Vice President-to-be Mike Pence takes the stage and shakes hands with the assembled company, Donald lingers indoors awaiting his big entrance. True to his reality TV roots, the President-elect is mugging for the television cameras that pretty much everyone else ignored.

11:28 a.m. ET: Hail to the chief (for another 30 minutes or so): Barack and Joe take their places onstage to the strains of the signature presidential tune. Barack clearly has some fans in the audience; he’s the first arrival to be greeted with actual shouts of, “Wooooo!” Check out his final tweet as POTUS here!

11:26 a.m. ET: And moments later, Melania steps out in head-to-toe periwinkle with her military escort. The incoming First Lady gets a big round of applause. Here’s our full analysis of Melania’s outfit

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11:24 a.m. ET: The wives are arriving! Michelle takes her place onstage, looking radiant in a red coat beside Dr. Jill Biden. 

11:22 a.m. ET: Despite our differences, the divided country may find common ground today in frantically googling the designer of Ivanka’s asymmetrical white coat, because it is fabulous.

11:18 a.m. ET: Chants of “USA! USA!” are periodically erupting from the crowd as we enter the 45-minute home stretch before Donald’s swearing-in. 

11:14 a.m. ET: In the front row of the assembled audience, Hillary and George W. Bush are chatting and laughing together.

11:12 a.m. ET: Donald’s children have arrived at the inauguration and taken their places onstage, with Ivanka and Donald Jr. in the lead, and little Barron bringing up the rear. (Wondering why Barron didn’t attend the Make America Great Again Concert on January 19? You’re not alone!)

11:09 a.m. ET: Donald and Barack arrive and greet the crowd at the Capitol, tailed by a coterie of advisors, family members and impeccably dressed service members. Vice President Joe Biden is all smiles, per usual. 

11:01 a.m. ET: George and Laura Bush walk outside to take their seats.

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10:59 a.m. ET: Hillary and Bill Clinton take their seats outside the Capitol before the inauguration begins. Hillary smiles and waves to others in the crowd, as seen in these photos!

10:51 a.m. ET: Barack and Donald exit the White House to make their way to the Capitol together for the inauguration.

10:37 a.m. ET: Bernie Sanders is spotted in the crowd at the inauguration. The Vermont senator has supported Hillary Clinton since losing to her in the Democratic primary. Earlier this month, he brought a gigantic printed-out tweet that Donald wrote in May 2015 to the Senate floor during a debate over whether to repeal Obamacare. Donald’s past tweet promised that he wouldn’t cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

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10:21 a.m. ET: Hillary and Bill Clinton arrive at the Capitol. The former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, 69, who secured 3 million more popular votes than Donald in the election, is wearing an all-white suit.

10:18 a.m. ET: Former President George W. Bush and Former First Lady Laura Bush arrive to the Capitol.

10:15 a.m. ET: The Obamas are given flags that flew on the first and last day of Barack’s presidency as a parting gift.

10:00 a.m. ET: Donald’s children arrive to the Capitol. Ivanka, dressed in black, leads the way with her husband, Jared Kushner. Donald Jr., Tiffany and Donald’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, follow behind. Conway will be counselor to Donald once he is sworn in.

9:43 a.m. ET: Donald and Melania arrive at the White House, where the Obamas are waiting for them outside. The couples shake hands and embrace and Melania gifts Michelle with a large blue Tiffany box.

9:40 a.m. ET: Barack leaves a letter for Donald in the Oval Office and walks out to wait for Donald and Melania’s arrival. He kisses Michelle on the cheek as they wait.

9:33 a.m. ET: Donald and Melania, dressed in a blue Ralph Lauren outfit, leave church holding hands. Tiffany Trump follows behind wearing an all-white suit. The couple head to the White House to join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

9:13 a.m. ET: Barack sends his final tweet as the 44th president of the United States. “I’m still asking you to believe – not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you,” he wrote.

9:00 a.m. ET: Trump advisor Stephen Miller does a last-minute podium check at the Capitol.

8:30 a.m. ET: The President-elect and his family has a private church service at John’s Episcopal Church.

Friday, January 20
Eric Trump revealed that his mom, Ivana Trump, will be “front and center” at the inauguration. “She is the most supportive person. She knows who he is. And I have the greatest mom in the world,” Eric, 33, told Gayle King during the CBS News special, “Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump,” which airs Friday. “And I have the greatest mom in the world. I mean, she is tough and she is strong and she is elegant. And she can be outspoken as well. She’s just, she’s great. She’s larger than life.” Ivana and Donald, parents of Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr., ended their 15-year marriage after Donald had an affair with actress Marla Maples.

Thursday, January, 19
Last night, the Trump family attended the Make America Great Again! concert at the Lincoln Memorial with performances by Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down. The mogul and his wife, Melania Trump, and kids Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr. and Tiffany Trump supported him. Donald and Melania’s son Barron, 10, however, was nowhere in sight.

Ivanka, 35, posted a photo of her family on social media. “On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with my father, the 45th president of the United States, and family. #MAGA #Inauguration2017,” she wrote.

Later that evening, they all joined together for a formal dinner with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence.

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The inauguration, airing on the major networks, is an all-day affair, beginning with a joint journey by President-elect Trump and President Barack Obama from the White House to the Capitol. The transition of power occurs at noon ET, with a ceremonial swearing-in for both the president and VP, followed by a roughly 20-minute speech by Trump. 

The public celebration then continues with a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, and much later, the evening concludes with a series of three swank inaugural balls, one of which will be military-focused.  

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

Highlights at the balls will include Trump’s first dance with First Lady Melania Trump, and performers such as America’s Got Talent contest winner Jackie Evancho, the U.S. Marine Band, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Missouri State University Chorale.

Presidential Inaugural Committee chairman Tom Barrack has told reporters that the 2017 inauguration will hew to tradition, but that we can expect a celebration that’s smaller and more scaled-back (and with a “soft sensuality”) as compared to the 2009 and 2013 inaugurations of President Obama, which brought record-breaking crowds to the nation’s capital.

Be sure to update this article throughout the inauguration for frequent updates.

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