Live Blog: News and Analysis of Donald Trump’s Inauguration as 45th President of the United States

By: Max Radwin - Jan 20, 2017, 9:41 am

Donald Trump is set to become the 45th President of the United States today at 11 a.m. EST. The PanAm Post staff will have minute-to-minute coverage of the events right here on its live blog. Watch the live feed below and keep up with our analysis throughout the day!

The Ceremony

12:30 pm The ceremony is finishing up, Trump has headed back inside. Entertainment should begin soon.

12:20 pm Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, speaking now, followed by two additional religious figures.

12:01 pm-12:20 pm Trump gives his inauguration speech. Some notable quotes:

“We are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many many years to come,” Trump said, and thanked Obama for assistance during the transition.

“We are transferring power from Washington DD and giving it back to you, the people.”

“Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth,” he said. “The jobs left and the factories closed.”

“What truly matters is not which party controls our government but whether our government is controlled by the people.”

“We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars over seas while americas infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth strength and confidence has dissipated over the horizon. One by one the factories shuttered and left our shores without even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of the middle class has been ripped from their homes and redistributed across the world.”

“We will rebuild our country with American hands and American labor.”

“Two simple rules: Buy America and hire American.”

Trump talking about “radical islamic terrorism,” which he put in contrast to “the civilized world.” That might be the first time a US President has used the phrase “radical islamic terrorism.” Obama certainly didn’t use it.

Trump finishes his speech by saying, “We will make America great again,” and says “God bless America.”

Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 1.59.52 PM12:00 pm Trump sworn in. He is now the President of the United States.

11:58 am Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings “America the Beautiful.”

11:56 am Mike Pence sworn in as Vice President of the United States, using the Reagan family bible.

11:49 am Now that the Missouri State University chorale has finished, Chuck Schumer takes the mic.

Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 1.54.20 PMHis speech is going right after the ideological divisions in the US today — in the media, in the government, and between its citizens — which is normally not so directly addressed during an inauguration. Makes sense that he would reference the Civil War, and the First Battle of Bull Run, the largest and bloodiest battle in US history up to that time.

11:40 am Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri speaking now.

His opening remarks emphasize the peaceful transfer of power, referencing George Washington’s remarks about the second inauguration being far more important than the first. It seems directed at the Democrats, many of whom have declined to attend. But then he shifts to discussing bipartisanship and maintaining positivity in leadership, which seems more directed at Trump.

Now a prayer from Cardinal Dolan. He leads a prayer, during which Trump apparently didn’t bow his head. Following him is Paula White-Cain, a Christian televangelist.

11:35 am Trump is announced, coming down mouthing “thank you” to the crowd. He shakes hands with Obama again, actually gives him a kiss too (wow!) and then shakes hands with several others. But no handshakes with the Clintons. It’s unclear whether that is a mutual choice, or if one of them gave the other a cold shoulder.

11:28 am Trump on his way down through the Capitol, and not with the happiest of expressions on his face. In fact, none of the Republicans look particularly excited. Vice President-elect Pence, however, gives a big smile and wave to the crowd as he is introduced ahead of Trump.

Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 1.27.24 PM 11:25 am Obama and Biden are heading out now as well. Obama is chatting with people as he walks by. He seems cheerful now, and relaxed. Much more than when he got into the car with Trump. Obama gets a nice applause from the crowd when he appears. He shakes hands on his way, and takes a moment to talk to George W. Bush, who literally seems giddy to be there.

11:20 am Michelle Obama coming down the steps now. She still looks…not the happiest. Melania is being escorted down now as well.

11:18 am Inauguration should be starting any minute now. Light music playing in the background. The politicians are chatting and taking photos. The crowd seems anxious and excited. There’s definitely a mixture of positivity and negativity in the air. It’s unclear how they will react when Trump actually gets inaugurated and starts speaking. Cheers and boos expected.

The Morning Of

11:10 am Crowd chanting “lock her up” upon seeing the Clintons. They crowd is really getting into it now.

11:00 am Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 12.53.51 PMCheck out that new presidential limo: “The Beast.” It’s heavily armored, and features a tear gas cannon and shotguns. It also, reportedly, has viles of the president’s blood stored inside should he be severely injured.

There were five other versions of the vehicle that were initially rejected before this model — the “Cadillac One” was approved. It reportedly cost $1.85 million.

10:51 am Vice Presidential Wives coming out together from the White House, followed by Michelle Obama and Melania Trump and then Pence and Biden, and finally Barack and Donald. Each couple will ride to the Capitol together. Michelle did not look pleased, and Barack and Donald are having what looks to be quite a serious conversation.

It will take about 15-20 minutes for them to get to the Capitol Building.

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10:45 am Protests have reportedly gotten pretty bad in some parts of the city. We’re hearing the chants “Fuck Donald Trump.” Some of them have gotten violent, breaking windows and fending off police officers, who are reportedly using a spray against them.

10:40 am NYT saying Omarosa Manigault, the first winner of Trump’s show “The Apprentice,” has just arrived. Haven’t spotted her yet. Corey Booker, however, has just walked out onto the main stage.

There’s going to be a lot of big faces in the crowd now as we are only 20 minutes away from the start of the inauguration. The tea reception is finishing up right now. There were, reportedly, 15-25 people — including the Trumps and Obamas.

10:38 am Bernie Sanders spotted in the crowd. He’s making his way to his seat.

10:35 am Hilary and Bill Clinton have just arrived to the Capitol Building. And there’s Speaker Paul Ryan.

10:30 am Former Vice President Dick Cheney has arrived. So has former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani. He was one of the more early vocal supporters of Trump. It didn’t earn him a cabinet position, though.

10:25 am Major figures close to the Trump administration, including Conway and Bannon, are talking inside the Capitol Building. Some mentioned Saturday Night Live, and there’s a lot of laughter and banter for now.

10:15 am Former House Speaker Newt Gingirch has arrived, and is taking his seat. This week, it was reported that he was one of the main advisers to Trump’s administration in creating a plan to cut more than $10 trillion in federal spending in the next 10 years, which involves firing 20 percent of the federal workforce and dismantling arts programs, shrinking research in the sciences and reforming medicare.

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10:07 am Still looking a little empty, but politicians are slowly starting to take their seats for the inauguration. Trump National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has reportedly arrived. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt has also been spotted. He will serve as the inauguration’s master of ceremonies.

Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 12.03.54 PMSome reporters have tweeted recently that the mall is actually looking a little “thin” for such a big day, especially in comparison to Barack Obama’s inauguration. Trump also had some trouble getting any bands to perform at the ceremony. The main acts are 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith, but Moby, Elton John, R Kelly and the B-Street Band (a Bruce Springsteen cover band) all said no.

10 am Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon have both arrived to the capitol. Conway was the first woman in United States history to run a successful presidential campaign as the leader advisor. She told Good Morning America that American needs to prepare itself for a “shock” once Trump becomes president. “You’ll know almost immediately that there’s new sheriff in town,” she said.

9:55 am Despite the massive amount of protesters, there look to be plenty of supporters from all walks of life.

9:50am Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura have just arrived to the Capitol Building. He reportedly said his parents, who were both in the hospital this week with shortness of breath, are doing much better.

9:45 am Donald Trump arrives to the White House, greeting Barack and Michelle Obama on the front steps. Now they have all headed inside.


9:40 am Politico reports that members of Black Lives Matter have been protesting nearly all morning, some of them even sitting in front of the entrance to the national mall so people can’t enter to watch the inauguration.

9:35 am Donald Trump has reportedly left the church service. Meanwhile, Barack Obama appears to have left the White House. Per tradition, he will leave a letter for Trump on the desk in the Oval Office.

9:15 am President Barack Obama had some last-minute tweets as Commander in Chief, both thanking the American people as well as pledging to continue working for them as a citizen.

He asked the American people to keep believing in hope and change.

9:13 am There’s been plenty of sightings of high security in the capitol as Donald Trump’s inauguration nears.

8:58 am It’s pretty early, but people have already gathered around the Capitol Building.

8:48 am Donald Trump heads to a prayer service with his family and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at St. John’s Church.

Max Radwin Max Radwin

Max is an editor with PanAm Post. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish Language. He has written for Newsday, Al Jazeera and The Miami Herald, among others.

Why Bitcoin Matters More than Who the Next President Is

By: Guest Contributor - Jan 20, 2017, 9:07 am

By Jeffrey Tucker It’s like clockwork. When the price of Bitcoin (the dollar exchange rate) goes up, my inbox lights up. “What is Bitcoin and how can I buy it?” Then the price goes down, and it’s radio silence again, but for people who complain that their investment hasn’t panned out. Every new technology must enter our lives through real-time market experience. What’s going on here is the classic pattern. Non-specialists buy high (because of rising public attention) and sell, and then fail to buy low (because low prices don’t make the news). It’s no different with cryptocurrency than it is with any other stock. What’s difficult for people to understand is that far more is at stake with Bitcoin than your investment portfolio. Anyone who thinks of this innovation merely as a chance for riches has completely misconstrued the significance of what we are dealing with here. Still, every new technology, even revolutionary ones like railroads or flight, must enter our lives through real-time market experience, with all its trials and errors, failures and success, legit companies and frauds, along with investors who get burned and those who make it big. That’s what captures the headlines. What doesn’t grab attention is the deeper implications of the technology driving Bitcoin: in time, it could fundamentally alter the relationship between the citizen and the State, not just at home but all over the world. Blockchain > Politics The structure of technology in our time has flipped the traditional model of what makes societies tick. After a wildly contentious election season, you might get the impression that the future of the country, if not the world, hinges on the quality and ideology of top-down leadership. That’s actually wrong. Very little was said during the entire election about digital technology; nothing ever came up concerning distributed ledgers and the remarkable invention of a fully private currency that lives on the Internet and works without third-party intermediaries. Read More: Colombian Army Says FARC Violated Ceasefire It’s a paradigmatic case of how the structure of technology in our time has flipped the traditional model of what makes societies tick and what drives history forward. As we are learning, presidents and parties come and go; what persists and what keeps advancing regardless of political trends are the tools we use to improve our lives. Here is where the real action is. Bitcoin Miami This blessed reminder was granted unto me in the last few days. I addressed and attended sessions at an industry-backed conference on Bitcoin in Miami, Florida (nice write up here). No political party or cause was represented at this event. I don’t think I heard a word from the podium concerning platforms or voting or needed legislation. Instead, the presentations were about new ways to use cryptocurrency and distribution ledger technology to bring ever-better services to people all over the world. Bitcoin has matured beautifully since its release in 2009. The discussions were technical and detailed, with some of the best minds in the Bitcoin space conferring, sharing, and sometimes arguing. I found the whole environment invigorating to say the least. Bitcoin has matured beautifully since its release in 2009. It has long since moved past the incredulity stage, though apparently skeptics will always be with us. What we see now is the drive toward mass adoption and industry application in every area, from payment processing to enterprise-building to security titling and contracting. To people who live and breathe in the Bitcoin space, the progress might appear slow. But by any historical standard, the passage of time between invention and public availability has actually been remarkably fast. After all, we are only now celebrating its 8th birthday! And as time has marched forward, awareness of the sheer awesomeness of this technology has dawned on more and more people. What Is It and Why It Matters Bitcoin is a market-based money and payment system that operates on its own, without the need for regulators, central banks, or even financial intermediaries. To those who own Bitcoin, develop within Blockchain applications, and read about this topic all the time, all of this is old news. And yet this knowledge is far from having gained popular recognition. Every time I’m interviewed, the questions come up: what is Bitcoin and why does it matter? My best attempt: Bitcoin is a market-based money and payment system that operates on its own, without the need for regulators, central banks, or even financial intermediaries. It is not only a money and payment system, however; it is also a system for bundling, documenting, and trading immutable packets of any kind of information that can include contracts, property titles, or any other form of human agreement, regardless of geographic proximity. This means that the resulting currency and/or information system operates completely outside borders and outside the domain of the nation-state. And it does all of this at an extremely low cost. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Where did it come from? This is the interesting part. The first explanation was posted on a free email list, followed by the release of the “genesis block” in public but very few people paid any attention at all. Fully 10 months went by before Bitcoin obtained any kind of posted price. The people behind the technology were brilliant, to be sure, but unconnected from power. The blueprint didn’t appear in an academic journal. The currency was not created by the Fed or the Treasury. No policy maker was consulted. The geeks behind this innovation asked no one for permission; they trusted the market, which is to say people, to determine its success or failure. And why does it matter? Everyone has his or her own opinion on this. My angle is monetary. If there can be a parallel currency to nationalized monies, developing in tandem, the world economy is granted a future beyond the current miasma. So many modern problems and horrors trace to government money: economic depressions, declining incomes, wars, government growth and debt, cultural destabilization, and so much more. Finding a solution to this problem, and a path for reform, is a priority for anyone who loves liberty. In 1976, F.A. Hayek wrote as follows What we now need is a free-money movement comparable to the free trade movement of the nineteenth century, demonstrating not merely the harm caused by acute inflation, which could justifiably be argued to be avoidable even with present institutions, but the deeper effects of producing periods of stagnation that are indeed inherent in the present monetary arrangements ... It will be necessary that the problem and the urgent need of reform come to be widely understood. The issue is not one that, as may at first appear to the layman, concerns a minor technicality of the financial system that he has never quite understood. It refers to the one way in which we may still hope to stop the continuous progress of all government towards totalitarianism that already appears to many acute observers as inevitable. I wish I could advise that we proceed slowly. But the time may be short. What is now urgently required is not the construction of a new system but the prompt removal of all the legal obstacles that have for two thousand years blocked the way for an evolution that is bound to throw up beneficial results that we cannot now foresee. Certainly no one, not even Hayek, could foresee the brilliance of the Blockchain in its operation and possible effects on the world. But we are fortunate to be living in the midst of its emergence and development. The Block Size Debate The Bitcoin system is being developed in the context of consensus from actual stakeholders and tested by market results. At the conference I attended, there were fierce debates about the correct size of blocks on the chain. It is currently limited to 1 megabyte, and many people complain that this is not enough to permit the system to be scaled for universal use. Other people believe that a fundamental change in the core code is too dangerous, and that issues of scaling should be handled by add-ons and external layers to the current protocol. Read More: Macri Maintains Kirchner Era Price Controls in Argentina I’ve heard all sides and I’m not in a position to say which is best. What I find remarkable is the method by which a solution is going to be found. It is not about experts with resources and power imposing a solution from above. We’ve been there and done that and the results have been terrible (consider Bretton Woods or Nixon’s monetary reform). The Bitcoin system is being developed in the context of consensus from actual stakeholders and tested by market results. This is the right path forward. Whatever the results, they stand a much stronger chance of putting the world economy on a forward path than any legislation or executive order coming from any government or political party. Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press. This article was originally published on Read the original article.

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