(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump, now officially the 45th president of the United States, promised that he would work tirelessly for every American and vowed to put "America first."
"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," Trump said in his roughly 16-minute long inauguration speech, the shortest since President Jimmy Carter's in 1977.
The president told Americans that "this moment is your moment it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America."
At times, Trump's speech echoed themes from his presidential campaign.
He pledged to give voice to "the forgotten men and women," and called for a return of power to the American people from the politicians in Washington.
"I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never let you down," he said.
He continued, "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 an no action -- constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action."
He did, however, present a bleak picture of the current state of American affairs.
"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," he said.
Trump closed his speech with his oft-repeated campaign 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," he exclaimed.
Following the inauguration ceremony, the Trumps escorted the Obamas to an awaiting helicopter that will take the former president and first lady to California.
Trump faces a divided nation that is still reeling from the long and contentious presidential race. Trump's political rival, Hillary Clinton, attended Friday's ceremony and was seated just a few rows behind Trump and members of his family.
Trump was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts while Vice President Mike Pence was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas. Immediately after his swearing in, Trump embraced members of his family and waved to the crowds along the National Mall.
Earlier in the day, Trump participated in traditional inauguration customs, such as attending a church service at St. John's Episcopal Church.
The president chose to wear his trademark red tie while Melania Trump donned a custom-designed Ralph Lauren sky blue cashmere mock turtleneck dress with a matching cropped cashmere jacket and long suede gloves.
A Pointed Message
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas led the service Friday morning at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Jeffress is a familiar face to Trump and his eagle-eyed supporters; he has appeared with Trump at many rallies on the campaign trail.
"I'm not going to lecture the new president," Jeffress said during an interview with Fox News Thursday night.
Jeffress said he intends to "encourage" Trump by comparing him "to another great leader God chose."
"[God] told Nehemiah to build a giant wall around Jerusalem to protect the citizens so I'm going to use Nehemiah's story as an example of why God blesses leaders," Jeffress said.
The service was closed to the media.
Rundown of the Day
The day’s schedule of events follows the familiar pattern of inaugurations of the past: the Trumps stayed overnight at Blair House, located across the street from the White House, and attended a traditional service at St. John's Church.
Before the inaugural ceremony, the Trumps sat down for tea with the Obamas; Melania presented them with a box from jeweler Tiffany & Co. Also present at the White House: the Pences, the Bidens, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Trump's cabinet-level picks and former presidents were in attendance for the inauguration.
Former President Clinton and Hillary arrived at the Capitol together. Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote by roughly three million ballots, wore a long white coat -- a color that holds special significance for the Suffragette movement.
Mixing Tradition with Personal Touches
Trump had chosen two Bibles for his swearing-in ceremony: his childhood Bible and President Lincoln's Bible. The only other president to use Lincoln's Bible was Barack Obama in 2009 and 2013.
Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old America’s Got Talent alum, sung the national anthem.
Another abnormal facet of the day will be the sizable number of congressional Democrats who have announced they are skipping the inauguration. The latest count has one-third of all House Dems boycotting the ceremony. There is no modern precedent for a planned political boycott of this scale.
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