Washington: Even before assuming the US President’s office, Donald Trump has boasted about his election victory, his re-election prospects, re-prided himself for picking a “great” Cabinet and showered confidence on the capabilities of his son-in-law to broker peace in the volatile Middle East.
“The entire country practically, other than a couple of little points, was red. That was some big victory. Records were set that haven’t been beaten since Ronald Reagan from the Republican side,” Trump said, using the colour to denote the counties and states the Republican party won in the election.
Addressing guests at the Campaign Donors Dinner in Union Station here late last evening, he said he will be re-elected after four years in the “old-fashioned way” after the nation sees how well his administration performed in the first term.
“The next time, four years from now, we are going to win the old-fashioned way. We are going to win because we did so well, because it was so overwhelming the thing that we did, because of how great our Cabinet has performed,” Trump said, amid loud cheers and applause from the gathering, which included his family members, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Trump also thanked his family for their support, giving a special shout-out to his daughter Ivanka, “a very special person who worked very hard and married very well.” He said he “stole” her husband Jared Kushner from her, choosing him to be his senior advisor in the White House.
“I sought of stole her husband. (Kushner) is so great. If you cant produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can. All my life I have been hearing that’s the toughest deal in the world to make. I have a feeling Jared is going to do a great job,” he said.
Giving another shout-out to his Cabinet nominees, Trump said “we have a Cabinet, I believe, the likes of which has never been appointed. There has never been a cabinet like this. I will say the other side is going absolutely crazy, they are going crazy,” he said.
Trump said his Cabinet picks have been doing a “fantastic” job at their Senate confirmation hearings.
Referring to his pick for Defence Secretary General James Mattis, he said Mattis’s was the shortest senatorial interview he has ever seen.
“I think they are afraid of him,” he said. “The Cabinet members are doing really fantastic. They have really done a good job. I am very very proud of my picks. There is not a pick that I dont love. If there was, I’ll tell you right now,” he said.
After the newly elected President has taken the oath of office and delivered his Inaugural Address, he is escorted to Statuary Hall in the US Capitol for the traditional Inaugural Luncheon. As the 20th century progressed, White House luncheons became more and more elaborate.
In 1945, President and Roosevelt played host more than 2,000 guests in what would be the last White House post-Inaugural Luncheon. In 1949, Secretary of the Senate Leslie Biffle hosted a small lunch for President Truman in his Capitol reception room.
They dined on South Carolina turkey, Smithfield Ham, potato salad, and pumpkin pie. In 1953, the JCCIC began its current tradition of hosting a luncheon for the President, Vice President and their spouses, Senate leaders, JCCIC members, and other invited guests by holding an Inaugural Luncheon for President Dwight D.
Eisenhower and some 50 guests in the Old Senate Chamber. Since then, the JCCIC has organised a luncheon celebration at 14 Presidential Inaugurations.During the Inaugural Luncheon, it is traditional for the President and Vice President to be presented with gifts by the Congress on behalf of the American people.
The President and Vice President will each be presented with a framed official photograph taken of their swearing in ceremony by a Senate photographer, as well as flags flown over the US Capitol during the Inaugural Ceremonies.
For the 8th consecutive Inauguration, Lenox Corporation has created the official Inaugural gifts from the American people, given to the new President and Vice President of the United States.
After their swearing in, President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence will be presented with custom-made, one-of-a-kind engraved crystal vases at the Inaugural Luncheon.
The Presidential crystal bowl shows an image of the White House on one side overlooking the Jefferson Memorial on the opposite side. The Vice Presidential crystal bowl depicts the US Capitol building overlooking the Lincoln Memorial on the other side.
Each bowl has a compass rose cut into the base with the points of the compass aligned correctly with the buildings etched into the crystal.
The bowls are made of lead crystal and are 12 inches across, and will be placed on top of black cherry wood bases that bear an inscription of the date and occasion engraved into silver plaques. After Congressional luncheon the new President and the First Lady would participate in a parade to the White House, a relatively new tradition.
Eisenhower’s 1957 Inauguration included close to 9,000 military personnel. President Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural parade consisted of more than 15,000 military and civilian personnel and took more than three hours to pass the reviewing stand.
During the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, President Obama became the first African American US President with the attendance of approximately 1.2 million people. In 2013, there were 8,917 total parade participants.
There were also 1,580 military members, who made up the “street cordon” to line the 3,856 yard long parade route to render honours to the Commander-In-Chief as he passed from the Capitol to the White House in 2013.