"We Are Transferring Power Back To The People" - Trump's Full Inaugural Speech

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In an inaugural speech that appealed to the core tenets preached during his presidential campaign, tinged with an overtone of palpable anger and a suggestion of protectionism, Trump revisited the themes that brought him into the White House, and vowed to bring back jobs, fortify America's borders and restore America's wealth, while transferring power from Washington and giving it back to "you, the people."

"Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another," Trump said in his inauguration speech. "We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people."

In his speech, Trump described an America riven by crime and social tumult, as Obama sat nearby.

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump said.

"The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer," Trump said as light rain began to fall. "Everyone is listening to you now."

Markets may have been spooked by Trump's hint of protectionism as per the following: "We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs."

Trump described closed factories as "tombstones" that dot the county and said the federal government has spent billions defending "other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own."

The Republican president said the U.S. "will confront hardships but we will get the job done."

In breaking with the tradition set by his predecessor, who had a habit of mentioning himself often throughout his speeches, Trump mentioned himself just three times in two sentences, while referring to “we” the American people 45 times according to DC. The first time Trump referred to himself came about halfway through the speech, when he said: “The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”

Trump’s other two references to himself came shortly afterwards.  “I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down,” Trump said. That was the extent to which Trump gave himself any mention in his inaugural address.

Alternatively, he referred to “we” the American people 45 times over the course of the address, including a string of mentions at the end of his speech, playing off his “Make America Great Again” slogan: “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.”

Trump concluded by vowing that the oath of office he just took "is an oath of allegiance to all Americans" and said that the country will share "one glorious 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,” Trump said in his speech. “And, yes, together we will make America great again.”

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Full transcript below:

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world, thank you. We the citizens of America 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. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.

Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning, because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people. For too long, a small group in our nation's capitol has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs, and while they celebrated in our nation's capitol, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changed starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today, and everyone watching, all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration, and this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens a different reality exists. Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge, and the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We've defended other nations' borders while refusing to defend our own. And spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuddered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world, but that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future.

We are assembled here today issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power, from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land, from this day forward, it's going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before.We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.

We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels, and railways, all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules -- buy American, and hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put

their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example, we will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and you night the civilized world against radical islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth. At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is when god's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by god.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the ies industries and technologies of tomorrow. New national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It's time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black, or brown, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny, and your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud when it. We will make America safe again, and yes, together we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And god bless America. Thank you.

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HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

We will follow two simple rules -- buy American and hire American.

aka "Slow food"

Clashfan's picture

So do us right, then, Don. And hold Izrahole accountable; and careful w/Snowden and that 4th. Keep at least half of the promises.

God bless you, and I'm glad you won (so far).

Oh, and B+ on the speech. I'm not much on flags, but the rest of it was pretty good. And it wasn't too long. Thanks for that.

Joe Davola's picture

And a new chapter begins in the great american experiment.

Couldn't care less if he ruffled feathers on both sides of the aisle.  My support for him began when I realized the Democrats would naturally oppose everything he did and that the Republicans wouldn't work with him because they would be there after his term is up.  So at worst, nothing would get done - which actually is the best case.

BaBaBouy's picture

KUDOS Trump Speach... He Kicked Swamp A$$

kliguy38's picture

helluva speech not what I expected. Pure brilliance and most of all......the truth. gl to you Donald

two hoots's picture

Trump got the talk'n part done.

Never One Roach's picture

That, "Making America Great Again" phrase caused Obama to burst out crying. He hates things like that...reversing years of hard work destroying America top to bottom.

Mister Ponzi's picture

Now, let the Great Purge begin!

eatthebanksters's picture

What rational patriot could possibly disagree with this?  The ones that do are shit for brains

Cruel Joke's picture

Trump talked about America instead of talking about Obama. That's the first time a president has done that in 8 years.

SilverRhino's picture

Honestly that speech was AMAZING.   

I haven't been this hopeful for government since Reagan.

logicalman's picture

Being hopeful for government, any government, is very likely to lead to disappointment.

Good speech, mostly, but he never mentioned the Fed or Central Banks, which is where the whole world's problems stem from.

Not a big fan of Trump, but, thank fuck Hitlery didn't get in.

SilverRhino's picture

Go after the Fed on Day 1?   No,  go after them when your cabinet is in place. 


Two-bits's picture

The  days of checkers in the white house is over. 


Put all of the pieces in place and then strike.

MisterMousePotato's picture

" ... he never mentioned the Fed or Central Banks, which is where the whole world's problems stem from."

I have seen where many in this forum (and elsewhere, too) think thus, but I disagree.

An analogy:

I come to your house. You have a cute 16-year-old daughter. I offer you a hundred bucks for her.

You accept, despite her pleading, "Please, Daddy. No."

Well, yeah. I certainly am no stand up guy.

But, you? You're the problem. Pure seething greed and evil.

And, but for your failure to punch me in the nose and escort me to the door, nothing bad would happen.

The failure is governments and politicians.

logicalman's picture

I'd likely kick you in the balls and stomp on your head if you offered me any amount of money for my daughter.

As for seething greed, I live small - no car, no cell phone, no TV, no debt. Hardly the hallmarks of a greedy, evil type.

I am capable of putting together a reasoned argument, an area where you seem to be lacking.

Have a go at explaining what's good about the Fed and Central Banks.

techpriest's picture

Fun fact: My Australian friend just called, and said that parties are going on all over, because most of the planet is glad that Hillary Clinton is not in position to start WW3. Hope that's the case forever.

Kurt2's picture

Goldman Sachs, The FED, and the CIA run the country.  There are only 4 things a president has to do to keep them happy. 

1.  Support the MIC unconditionally.

2.  Never say anything about the FED.

3.  Do not allow any new regulations with regards to Wall Street.

4.  Support Israel unconditionally.

Other issues -- Obamacare, the Wall, gay rights, abortion rights, supreme court justices, etc are irrelevant. 

Obama was a dream president for them.  He had a little trouble with 4, but that was just because Netanyahu was a jerk. They are rewarding Obama with a going away present by taking down Netanyahu even as we speak.

How will Trump do?  Now that things have been explained to him, he is doing quite well.  He is quickly redirecting attention towards the issues that don't matter.  I think he will follow in Obama's footsteps and be very successful as president. 

Johnny Caine's picture

Reagan was a disaster, I don't understand the babyBoomer dick riding of War on Drugs McAnti'Gun McAnti' Worker Ronald. Conservatives are the WORST. With a close second being the Leftist elitest Bill Clinton Cock Gobblers. We want Nationalism with a collectivist bent. Take your communism and Capitalist conservative parasite shit and jam it up your arse. 

LibertarianMenace's picture

"Reagan was..."


The disaster preceded Reagan. And what, do tell, gave rise to him?

They were called the 70s: double digit inflation and interest rates, inspection sticker gasoline rationing induced by wage/price controls, 13 week (USW negotiated) steelworker vacations extorted from the deteriorating steel industry, GM cars that fell apart right after being driven out of the showroom, industrial workers bragging either about how much they slept or how much they stole from the company they worked for, coal miners calling in their strike votes from their Florida vacations. The Soviets, deflecting from their own problems at home, responded by focusing externally and marching all over the planet. Though an episode in British history, The Winter of Discontent warned us here in the U.S. where things were headed if it was allowed to continue. It wasn't. Enter Reagan.

I could, but no need to continue. Reagan got the bilge pumps working again just in time for bushclintonbushclintonism to piss it all away. And true to form, that's just what they did. That's the disaster.

Clashfan's picture

+1, but Silver Rhino has a point.

billwilson2's picture

Really? Amazing? Only a moron could be impressed by that speech. Talk about divorced from reality. Oh and Mr tRump ... there is no almighty creator, despite what you might think.

Clashfan's picture

"Oh and Mr tRump ... there is no almighty creator, despite what you might think."

Glad you straightened him and most of the rest of us out. Thanks. You're really smart. Your posts are worth the tax dollars they steal. Where would we be without our government masters?

Chet Ricco's picture

Strange, instead of contempt for you I feel pity.


A message from one of those moral and religious persons John Adams talked about, you know, the opposite of the ones he said the constitution was wholly inadequate for. (You)





detached.amusement's picture

the only thing I'm sure of is that it is for damned sure not the jewish magic lodge creation that billions of the world prays to

Big Hugh's picture

"there is no almighty creator, despite what you might think."


You'll find out you're wrong.

IronSights on'um's picture

CIA sockpuppet.  got you pegged.

LibertarianMenace's picture

I know, (S)ystem (ID)entification (SID) exercise. They do have to try harder.

rbg81's picture

American First Bitchez!!  Great start Trump--now time to follow through.  Godpseed.

Secret Weapon's picture

What blew me away was his game face.  He did not smile once.  All I could think of was that he was super pissed at what the establishment has done to this country.  He probably remembers a time when women could walk down the street after dark without fear of being assaulted, when children actually got an education and when we could leave our homes without locking our front doors.  This is one very serious man and it is a relief to have our first male president in eight years. 

Nobody For President's picture

Funny you should mention the bit about locked doors. I lived 43 years on the homestead with no locks on any doors.

Last month, at the urging of my daughter, I finally gave in to some of the local changes here-a-bouts, and locked everything up. Made me sad and pissed off at the same time.


spiral galaxy's picture

I waited 8 fucking years for this sweet music.... :-)

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groaner (not verified) Joe Davola Jan 20, 2017 1:15 PM

He's going to get a lot of flack for kicking a black family out of their house.

Radioactive Man Chowder's picture

Before we start sucking each others dicks here, let's not forget the inconvenient truth on how pro-Israel Trump is.  As much as I like Trump, that's a HUGE red flag for me.

This cannot be overllooked, since Trump will operate within the confines of the jewish elite who's policy is NOT America first, but rather Israel first.


The Jews Who Control Trump: https://thezog.info/who-controls-donald-trump/ Trump Tamed by the Deep State: http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-01-13/is-trump-being-tamed-by-the-deep-state-to-toe-the-line/
Big Hugh's picture

You may begin sucking dicks at whatever time you find convenient... The Joooooooos!!! Ha, Ha.

LibertarianMenace's picture

Trust (weakly) but (constantly) verify.

general ambivalent's picture

Keep half the promises? You have real high standards, lmao.

buzzkillb's picture

That would be 100% more than outgoing president.

Clashfan's picture

TY Buzzkillb.

Not to nitpick, but 100% would only be 2-1.

If I'llbombya kept, say, 2 promises (humor me), that would mean Trump only keeps 4.

I'm hoping for more like 500% or higher, then. Half of Trump's promises. I think that would be great.

He can forget that one about killing Snowden though.

carbonmutant's picture

Finally got an Inauguration I enjoyed watching...

junction's picture

Trump's speech will haunt him when his promises turn to dross.  His fellow Republicans are already sharpening their knives to carve up his promises.

aardvarkk's picture

Meh.  They, along with the Dems, have been sharpening their knives for Trump for a year and a half.  If today is a sign of what their sharpening produces, I say we hand them some more whet stones.

kellys_eye's picture

Yeah, the knife-wielders have only their OWN interests at heart don't they...... Trump made that perfectly clear in his speech.  The fact that he's prepared to actually do something about it, starting with acknowledging it, bodes well for the people of America.

People like you typify the scum and takers that Trump wants to tackle - and more power to him in that ineviable task, knife wielders or otherwise.