Five takeaways from Trump's inauguration

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday in Washington. 

The day’s events contained all the pomp and circumstance meant to signify the peaceful transition of power. But Trump’s combative first speech as president also showcased his intent to shake things up in the nation’s capital. 

Here are five takeaways from the inauguration.

Trump is sticking to his campaign style

Anyone expecting Trump to pivot upon taking the oath of office was sorely mistaken. 

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In a blistering, 16-minute inaugural address, Trump doubled down on his populist vision for the country while promising voters he would stand up to the Washington establishment he railed against during the campaign. 

“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country,” said Trump, who has never held public office. “While they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

“That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you.”

Trump made several pleas for unity, including later at the congressional luncheon when he said he had a “lot of respect” for his former opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Polling misfired in 2020 — and that's a lesson for journalists and pundits Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE

But what stuck out more were the parallels to his campaign rhetoric.

He painted a picture of a country wracked by crisis — “American carnage,” he called it — and cast himself as the one who could fix it. 

Trump as schmoozer-in-chief 

President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE’s predecessor, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th A path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Emergency infrastructure needed to keep Americans safe: Public media MORE, was famously averse to glad-handing with members of Congress. 

Obama long faced criticism that his aloof style hurt his ability to persuade lawmakers to advance his agenda, an accusation he long disputed. 

If Friday was any indication, Trump won’t be accused of the same thing. 

He turned on the charm when he appeared with lawmakers at the Capitol to sign his first orders as president. 

He joked with congressional leaders in both parties and offered them pens after signing the papers, which included formal nominations. 

The president teased House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.), a staunch environmentalist, joking he should give her the pen he used to nominate Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Saluting FOIA on its birthday Watchdog found EPA employees kept on payroll by Trump appointees after they were fired: report MORE to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Here's one that I think Nancy would like ... Scott Pruitt,” he said. 

Of course, it remains to be seen how far Trump’s charm will get him. 

Republicans such as Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer Trump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis MORE (Wis.) took a liking to his style, but it’s not clear if the same could be said for Democrats. 

Dark day for Democrats

For liberals, Jan. 20 ushered in an unimaginable new reality. 

Today was supposed to be the day Hillary Clinton was sworn in as the first female president. 

Instead, Obama, the popular two-term president and first black man to serve in the nation's highest office, sat by as a man deplored by liberals took the oath of office. 

Trump has plans to take the country in an entirely different direction, starting with the dismantling of Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats will be hard pressed to stop him. Republicans have full control over the executive and legislative branches of government for the first time since 2007. 

There was no more telling symbol of the end of the Obama Era then when television cameras cut away from the former president’s farewell speech at Andrews Air Force Base to focus their full attention on Trump’s activities at the Capitol.  

Obama is leaving the White House with his party in disarray at both the state and federal level. 

The party is seeking a new leader for the Democratic National Committee amid infighting among centrists and progressive, all while trying to build up their bench again for 2020.  

Democrats are trying to wrap their minds about how it all went wrong, and Trump's inauguration only served as a harsh reminder of their failure in November. 

No moment of unity 

Republican hopes the inauguration would serve as a unifying moment after a divisive election did not become a reality.  

Many attendees loudly booed Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer84 mayors call for immigration to be included in reconciliation Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? MORE (N.Y.) during his speech and a large number could be seen waving a sarcastic goodbye as Obama flew on the presidential helicopter away from the Capitol complex. 

Protestors also came out in force. A handful of demonstrators were dragged away by security in the well of the Capitol. One woman got as close as the Marine Corps Band, playing directly below Trump's lecture, before police took her away. 

Images of protestors wreaking havoc downtown — throwing bricks and clashing with police — blanketed cable news in the hours after the inaugural address. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan To break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay MORE (I-Vt.), a former presidential candidate and leading progressive, called the inauguration a “tough day” and dozens of Democratic lawmakers boycotted the day’s events. 

Trump enters office with a historically low favorability rating, another possible challenge going forward.

Trump is moving quickly to put his stamp on the executive branch.

“The time for empty talk is over,” Trump said in his inaugural address. “Now arrives the hour of action.”

Less than an hour after taking the oath of office, the White House’s webpage on climate change disappeared.
 
Trump’s first two Cabinet nominees, James MattisJames Norman MattisWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump says Gen. Milley 'last person' he'd want to start a coup with Overnight Defense: Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld dies at 88 | Trump calls on Milley to resign | House subpanel advances Pentagon spending bill MORE and John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, were confirmed by the Senate. 

 Mattis is a huge change for Washington. The retired general will be the first member of the military to lead the Pentagon in decades, and his appointment required passage of a waiver by Congress. Kelly will lead the Department of Homeland Security. 
 
Government agencies are bracing for massive budget cuts, as reported by The Hill. Those battles loom large over Trump’s first 100 days. 

The press is unsure whether it will be granted a workspace at the White House or access to senior officials. Trump’s chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonHas Trump beaten the system? Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book To understand the history wars, follow the paper trail MORE – who relishes fights with the media – took a stroll through the White House press corps workspace on Friday.

The daily press briefing could also see an overhaul.

“It will be a daily something,” incoming press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerDeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall Biden's poor TV ratings against Trump is exactly what this administration wants Overnight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections MORE told The Hill this month.

“When I say 'something,' maybe it's a gaggle, maybe it's an on-camera briefing. Maybe we solicit talk radio and regional newspapers to submit questions — because they can't afford to be in Washington — but they still have a question. Maybe we just let the American people submit questions that we read off as well.”