Hard to believe it was eight years ago that President Obama made history by becoming the first black president. Today marks the last of his reign.
As the country prepares for its next peaceful transition of power, we’ve chronicled today’s highlights.
Trump and the missus arrive at the Lincoln Memorial:
Historical moment – Donald and Melania Trump walk down Lincoln Memorial.
We Did it! God Bless America!! pic.twitter.com/DKsUR4rFBh
— Tennessee GOP (@TEN_GOP) January 19, 2017
Godwin’s Law happens in real life:
The crowd jeers at people entering the DeploraBall. Earlier, they chanted, "Nazi scum, off our streets!" pic.twitter.com/g5QNHCH313
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) January 20, 2017
Nary a trace of President Obama left in the West Wing:
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) January 19, 2017
When dissent became patriotic again:
Protesters started charging the barricades as I walked in (apologies for orientation) pic.twitter.com/O6lBra98AH
— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) January 20, 2017
There were fireworks:
— Douglas Rickard (@douglasrickard) January 19, 2017
The ultimate trolling:
Paula and I are having a blast at this first gala. Awesome pic.twitter.com/WqzlDLxVFl
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 20, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) January 20, 2017
President Obama spends his last foreign leader call on Merkel:
Outgoing US President Barack Obama has phoned the German chancellor to thank her for her steady leadership. He said it was “fitting” that his final call to a foreign leader should be to her.
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, on Thursday to thank them for their friendship and support during Obama’s eight years in office, the White House said.
It was the final call for Obama to a foreign leader, with his successor, Donald Trump, due to be inaugurated at a ceremony on Friday.
In a statement, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said both leaders had emphasized the importance of US-German ties for the world in their conversation.
Trump’s remarks at the Union Station event:
The executive elects visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
Only in America…
Protesters and LGBT activists convened near the home of Mike Pence to hold a "queer dance party" pic.twitter.com/WygSwV1Upc
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 19, 2017
Donald Trump bobbing to kryptonite pic.twitter.com/2kEFNfM2iw
— andrew kaczynski ???? (@KFILE) January 20, 2017
Peak Rick Perry:
Al Franken: “Did you enjoy meeting me?”
Rick Perry: “I hope you are as much fun on that dais as you were on your couch.”
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 19, 2017
Once upon an inauguration:
The first-known photograph of a presidential inauguration (President James Buchanan), March 1857. pic.twitter.com/bnK4VNqp1Q
— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) January 20, 2017
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