Nancy Pelosi gave the second smartest speech on Inauguration Day. Pelosi’s speech was a retread of much of what Barack Obama said repeatedly in the days since the colossal result of election day November 7, 2016. Unfortunately for Pelosi/Obama and the other kooks on the left, Donald J. Trump gave the smartest, toughest, most contrary, speech since the second Lincoln inaugural.
We feared the rituals of Inauguration Day and the first full day as president, for Donald J. Trump. We appreciate, understand, respect, pay deference to, ritual. Rituals are important. But rituals have a purpose. On the plus side, rituals can be a soothing balm in times of trouble such as the death of a loved one or a national leader.
Rituals can also have a “civilizing” effect. The coronation of a king invested the monarch with the full weight and majesty of divine right. The rituals of coronation chasten the potentate to use power wisely and sparingly.
As we watched the “peaceful transition of power” that is Inauguration Day, we understood and feared that Donald J. Trump would be “civilized” by the numbing set pieces of national ritual. The formal meeting as the old president about to leave office greets the soon-to-be president; the “tea” of same; the ride to the ceremonies; the formality of announcements as power players are greeted at the main ceremony; the oath of office officiated by the head of the third branch of government to induct the head of the executive branch of office on a platform built as it had been built many times earlier for previous inaugurations; the oath itself handed down from the time the very first president took office to the now forty-fifth executive to utter; the old executive given the boot via transport once reserved for his use; the luncheon given by the second branch of government to welcome the new executive with all it’s ritual speeches by power players, the inaugural parade with representatives of the governed marching along as the new executive salutes military units and quasi military units when appropriate; finally the inaugural balls in which the executive shares a dance with the spouse; then the next day the final ritual of rituals as an Inaugural Prayer Service convenes to foster national unity.
We feared these rituals and the potential effect on Donald J. Trump. Nancy Pelosi played to what we feared in her very smart speech to newborn President Donald J. Trump. Pelosi followed-up on Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s “history lesson” to President Trump by saying,
“… we are gathered today in that old House chamber where Lincoln served beneath the same clock that Lincoln heard ticking but under the gaze of Clio. Mr. President, right up there, above that door, the Muse of History, Clio. For almost two centuries, Clio and her clock have reminded the men and women of these hallowed halls that we are part of history. That our words and actions will face the judgment of history and that we are part of the long and honorable heritage of our democracy.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continued with her “history” lesson to President Trump. The meaning of course and the intent was clear to all. Nancy Pelosi was trying to “civilize” President Trump. By “civilize” we mean to break Trump, to turn Trump into Hillary Clinton.
Many of our regular readers will recall the defense offered during the election by many of Hillary Clinton voters. The argument offered by us on this website was that Hillary Clinton and her campaign had willingly sold itself and proudly become “the Obama Third Term” and therefore we rejected her candidacy. To counter our indisputable argument, to sooth our anger at Hillary Clinton’s willful metamorphosis into an Obama insect, those who advocated for Hillary Clinton offered their defense which was “Vote for Hillary Clinton because Hillary Clinton is lying.” We found that bizarre argument unsettling, unsatisfactory, and unpersuasive. The argument was that Hillary Clinton was lying to the electorate and that once in office she would not be the “Obama Third Term” she campaigned on in appearance and ads.
Nancy Pelosi on Inauguration Day was doing a mulligan on the “vote for Hillary Clinton because Hillary Clinton is lying” argument. What Nancy Pelosi, rather surprisingly smart to us, was saying to President Trump was “President Trump ignore what you said during the campaign. Turn what you said during the campaign into a lie. If you lie to your voters we can work with you and you will be rewarded by history and Big Media. Just lie Mr. Newly-elected President, just lie to all your supporters. Turn yourself into a liar Mr. President.”
Pelosi’s speech was an echo of Obama’s constant swan song. Obama argued every chance he got after the 2016 elections that once Trump became president he would change. Obama argued that once Trump became President Trump the “job” would “transform” Trump:
Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama says
President-elect Donald Trump is in for a quick wake-up call and will have to adjust his temperament when he confronts the realities of his new job on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama said on Monday.
In a news conference at the White House, Obama said the freewheeling Trump could not be as outspoken as he was during the long and bitter campaign that ended last week with the Republican’s surprise win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“This office has a way of waking you up,” Obama said. “Those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick because reality has a way of asserting itself.”
The two men met in the Oval Office last week to begin the transition of power. Obama said on Monday he believed Trump would be pragmatic in office and not approach the country’s problems from an ideological perspective.
“There are going to be certain elements of his temperament that will not serve him well, unless he recognizes them and corrects them,” Obama said.
“Because when you’re a candidate and you say something that is inaccurate or controversial it has less impact than it does when you’re president of the United States. Everybody around the world is paying attention. Markets move,” he said. [snip]
But Obama, who criticized Trump’s temperament during the campaign, said it was important for Trump to send signals of unity after the hard-fought campaign. He said the political gifts that allowed the Republican to upset Clinton would be put to good use in the White House.
“I’ve been encouraged by his statements on election night about the need for unity, his interest in being president for all people,” Obama said. “In an election like this that was so hotly contested and so divided, gestures matter.”
Obama was trying to turn Trump into a liar. Obama wanted Trump to be like Obama. Lie during the campaign then become something else once in office. It was the “vote for Hillary ’cause she’s a liar” argument.
That was our fear. We wanted “Let Trump Be Trump!” Obama/Pelosi/Schumer wanted “Let Trump be Hillary.”
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 capital 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 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. 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. Jan. 20, 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.
President Trump said that to all the power players to their faces. During the primaries Trump had railed against a Republican president at a Republican debate, denounced the Republican establishment too at Republican debates hosted by the Republican establishment! Now it was President Trump against the entire corrupt establishment. “Politicians prospered” thundered Trump, as the lighting bolts from Olympus, the hammer from Asgard, the anger of the Almighty, flowed from his mouth with the vow “That all changes starting right her and right now!”
So much for “ceremony”. So much for the soothing, calming effects of ritual. Channeling all the anger in the cosmos, President Trump championed the “people” governed, and denounced the “small group in our nation’s capital” bleeding the nation dry; the “Washington” that “flourished” as the nation withered; the “politicians” that “prospered” as the “factories closed”.
It had all been heard before from Donald J. Trump. But none of it, not one single word, had ever been heard on the ritual Inaugural Day – spoken to all the powerful assembled – from the lips of an uncompromised PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump.
Yes, the PRESIDENT! The President remained untamed. President Donald J. Trump in his magnificent Inaugural Address was not turned into a liar by Clio, by Hillary, by Obama, by Ryan, by Schumer, by McConnell, by Big Media, by the protests, by the establishment of the Republican Party, by the Obama Dimocrat Party, by the forces of nature, by ceremonies, by rituals. Trump remained true.
Still we were unsatisfied. That speech was prepared before the ceremonies and rituals had a chance to take their “calming” effect. The Inaugural Address was written before the numbing rituals could break his spirit. The speech could have been the last gasp of truth before the lies came. Still, we worried.
On the First Day, the first hours, we still worried even after that cry of war that President Trump uttered. All that was left of the day to unworry us, to calm us, was the thought of apparel. What would Melania wear?
As we waited for the Inaugural Balls to begin to swing we waited and worried. We were not particularly calmed by the first Executive Orders issued by President Trump. One Executive Order impacted ObamaCare in the direction we wanted. Another Executive Order blocked new regulations. The promise of these executive orders was great but we understood that until the various cabinet appointees were confirmed the big items would have to wait. We were willing to wait until the confirmations came and the flood of executive orders began. But we were still unsatisfied and still worried about the effect of ceremony and ritual.
Then the Trump Inaugural Balls began to swing. Trump spoke as his Inaugural Balls swung:
In brief remarks before the couple had their first dance, Mr. Trump said it was “a great day” and that the evening was “so special.”
“People that weren’t so nice to me were saying that we did a really good job today,” he said. “They hated to do it, but they did it and I respect that, I respect that.”
Mr. Trump, dressed in a dark tuxedo with a cummerbund, danced to a cover of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” with First Lady Melania Trump, who wore a long, strapless ecru gown designed by Carolina Herrera.
Nodding to the work ahead, Mr. Trump said supporters will be “so happy” with what they see from the administration over the coming weeks.
“You’re going to see things happening over the next few weeks, oh, you’re going to be so happy,” he said. “We want to see great things happen for our country we want to make America great again and we will, and we will.”
“Now the work begins, there’s no games right? There’s no games,” he continued. “We’re not playing games, the work begins.”
At the second ball of the night, the Freedom Ball, Mr. Trump echoed similar themes to his speech at the first ball he attended.
“There is so much spirit in our country, this is such a great country and we are gonna do things we will not be taken advantage of anymore, we will not,” he said.
“Now the fun begins,” he said. “We’re going to do a really good job, and I will be fighting every single day for you.”
And at the third and final inaugural ball Mr. Trump attended, the Armed Services Ball, Mr. Trump spoke via satellite with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. One by one, they congratulated him on his inauguration.
“Honestly not only the support you’ve given me, the courage that you show is incredible and it’s going to be appreciated,” he said. “It’s appreciated now but it’s going to be appreciated now more than ever before.”
Mr. Trump added that he likes the service members better than he likes the media.
“I like them much better than i like the media, right?” he said. “These are much finer people, nicer people … you are the nicest people.”
Trump answered our worries with finality. The Inaugural Address was a prepared speech from weeks or days ago. But the impromptu remarks, the statements that came from President Donald J. Trump’s mouth at the Inaugural Balls came from his heart and displayed testicular fortitude. “Now the work begins, there’s no games right? There’s no games, We’re not playing games, the work begins.” Trump answered our worries. “I will be fighting every single day for you.”
There are ancient tales of Alexander, the son of Philip II of Macedon. One story is of the time the young Alexander visited the Oracle at Delphi to seek blessings for his upcoming battle against Persia (modern day Iran), and/or prophesy of his fortune foretold. Alexander arrived either too late for the scheduled ceremonies of prophesy or the Oracle was too tired. Alexander would not be granted audience and fortune’s secrets would remain unspoken.
As the story is told, with some variety, young Alexander did not stand by ceremony. Alexander seized, grabbed, Pythia the high Oracle by the hair, until she screamed “My son, you will shake the world!!!” Alexander had prophesy and his fortune laid before him.
“My son, you will shake the world!!!” We said the same on January 20, 2017.