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Friday, January 20, 2017
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Friday: Live Inauguration Coverage From D.C.
Donald Trump is Now President
"Mr. Trump's Inaugural address was a militant speech. It was about 16 minutes long and very political. Many new presidents are diplomatic at the Inauguration, but not Donald Trump. He did compliment President Obama for being cooperative in the transition, but then he hammered Mr. Obama's policies. With Mr. and Mrs. Obama sitting just a few feet away, Mr. Trump basically said that the last eight years have been a catastrophe for America. Mr. Trump criticized both parties. His reference to trillions of dollars spent overseas encompasses the Iraq and Afghan wars, which were begun by President Bush the younger. So it is clear that Donald Trump has no sensitivity to the politics of the past, no matter who was in office. His message was directed to his supporters, to the folks who are fed up with a political process they believe is not helping them. It was fascinating to watch as President Trump pretty much dismantled the entire Washington establishment in 16 minutes. Whether Mr. Trump's speech was good or bad is pretty much up to you. It doesn't really matter what pundits say, he was speaking directly to the American people, telling them there is a new power structure in place, one that is going to break down the entrenched political process. Whether Donald Trump can accomplish that is impossible to predict. He does have to work through Congress, and he does have to convince powerful people all over the world to cooperate with him. No president can institute vast change alone. By the end of his speech, Donald Trump laid it all on the line, saying this: 'From this day forward, it's going to be only America first.' Some other quick impressions of this historical day. The first time the camera found Hillary Clinton, she looked absolutely miserable and you can understand it. She thought she had the presidency locked up. When the camera first found Donald Trump, he looked a little tense and, again, that is understandable. This was the biggest public moment of his life. As usual, President Obama looked relaxed. One of the most touching moments was when First Lady Melania Trump straightened her son's tie. Finally, 92-year-old former President Jimmy Carter did not have to come to this inauguration. But Mr. Carter is a patriot who stood in the damp cold to watch America's peaceful transition of power. Whether you like Jimmy Carter or not, you should respect this man because he is a good man."
Doctor Krauthammer on President Trump
The Factor was joined by Charles Krauthammer, who gave his thoughts on the big day in Washington. "This was not a conservative speech in the mold of Reagan," Dr. K observed, "and it marks the end of Reaganism. He is really a third-party candidate who ran under the banner of the GOP. He offers a vision that is populist through-and-through, but he stocks his cabinet with conservatives who will try to enact traditional items of the conservative agenda. The irony is that to get that through, he'll need the Republican establishment." Krauthammer evaluated Donald Trump's harsh criticism of the politicians who shared the stage on Friday. "There is some poetic justice because in 2009 Obama was very critical of George W. Bush, who was sitting right behind him. If Donald Trump believes something, he says it, which is part of his charm and appeal. The problem is that he is making promises about issues and problems that have been with us forever." The Factor predicted, "Next week will be wild because he will sign executive orders to reinforce the message that a new sheriff is in town."
A Washington Institution Weighs In
For another perspective on the inauguration and the unruly protests in Washington, The Factor welcomed veteran journalist Bob Woodward. "You can always get a couple of hundred people together to protest something," he said, "but it's so inconsequential given the agenda the new president has. He has to go through every covert action that's pending and I think he will be stunned as the days go by. In journalism we often focus on the wrong things, and the right thing to focus on now is what Trump will do." Woodward lauded Barack Obama for keeping his cool as Donald Trump criticized the state of the country. "This was a campaign speech and I was amazed at Obama's control. He said 'good job' to Trump after the speech and there is a certain grace in that."
Behind the Scenes in D.C.
Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts entered the No Spin Zone with the latest from Washington. "After the Inaugural Parade, Donald Trump went inside and signed two executive orders. One will impose a regulatory freeze on federal agencies, preventing them from promulgating new regulations. He signed another executive order to ease any burdens associated with ObamaCare. It basically says that he wants to repeal ObamaCare as quickly as possible. Also, the vice president swore in James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security." Roberts also revealed that politicians in both parties seemed stunned as they listed to President Trump's inaugural speech. "A lot of members of the 'old guard' were kind of shocked by what he was saying. He wants action and he just lays things out. It's a new game in Washington." The Factor concluded, "Not since Andrew Jackson has there been a populist like Donald Trump in Washington."
More from the Inauguration
The Factor welcomed Fox News correspondent James Rosen, who reported on a telling incident that took place after the swearing in ceremony. "At the luncheon that was held inside the Capitol after the Inauguration," Rosen said, "we got an insight into how President Trump will deal with the Democrats. He is very upset that only two of his Cabinet nominees were confirmed today, so he used his trademark humor and divulged a private conversation he had just had with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. He was taking public a private conversation and he was using his humor to push Chuck Schumer around a little bit and make him hurry up with the business of confirming his nominees." Rosen also revealed that Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin was spotted outside the building. "Huma Abedin was dressed in black, almost funereal black, waiting for former President Clinton and Secretary Clinton to leave Statuary Hall at the Capitol. It was a very rare sighting of her."

Next, FNC's Jennifer Griffin entered the No Spin Zone from one of the inaugural galas. "There is an electric atmosphere here at the 'Salute to Armed Services Ball,'" she said. "There are wounded warriors, Medal of Honor recipients, and people who are in the fight against ISIS. President Trump and Melania Trump will dance and then they will allow two members of the armed services to cut in and dance with the president and first lady. They will also link over to Afghanistan so that members of the armed services can be included." The Factor lauded Griffin as a true patriot, saying, "Jennifer Griffin is the driving force behind getting track chairs for severely wounded vets, she has done unbelievable work for the vets."

Finally, Fox News host Tucker Carlson weighed in from the Freedom Ball in Washington. "I was surprised by what a pure distillation of Trump the inaugural speech was," Carlson remarked. "He has clearly abandoned the traditional conservative economic message, there was nothing about cutting the size of government. And I was especially struck by his turn on foreign policy. He said 'we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone,' which is a dramatic and welcome departure from the foreign policy of the last twenty years." Carlson also denounced the protesters who targeted police and stirred mayhem in parts of Washington. "There are elements bent on producing chaos and inflicting violence. These are people who hate the country and don't believe in democracy. There are a lot of them in Washington right now and the violence is coming almost exclusively from the left. The press downplays it, but it's real and we should point it out."