Donald Trump’s presidency got off to rousing start Friday first with a solemn wreath laying ceremony with him and Mike Pence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C. followed by a luncheon at his Trump Hotel with members of his cabinet and other officials and their families where he gave a short speech then a Welcome Concert at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the evening.
Opening up the concert was actor Jon Voight who is a big supporter of Trump. “God answered all our prayers with President-elect Donald Trump’s White House win,” Voight said, Speaking at the Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday, the “Deliverance” star told the crowd, “We will be part of history, all of us. And President Lincoln, who sits here with us,” Voight continued, “I’m sure is smiling knowing America will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people, no matter their creed or color.” http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/315159-jon-voight-lincoln-is-smiling-over-trump
Voight then introduced Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam and Dave who sang a beautiful rendition of America the Beautiful backed by an equally inspiring chorus.
Finally Trump and Melania were introduced. I thought it was odd that they played a recording of the Rolling Stones singing ”You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Heart of Stone” when they walked out. Was this some sort of subtle protest by the producers who may not have been supporters? Just wondering.
Donald waved to the crowd many who had on their Make America Great Again hats as they yelled “Trump, Trump, Trump.”
Opening the musical portion were four guys known as the Frontmen of Country a four man country band with great video backdrops.
Following them was country and patriot legend Lee Greenwood who sang his famous God Bless the U.S.A. which got everyone standing up and singing along including Trump and his family on the sidelines. When Lee finished his song Trump came out and shook his and the bands hands and thanked them. Lee Greenwood Said Singers Who Backed Out of Performing for Trump Made a “Mist
Another modern country band Three Doors Down performed and Trump was seen giving them a thumbs up.
The U.S. Army band Pershing’s Own did a few patriotic numbers followed by a modern dance crew known as DJRavi. He was surrounded by a circular set of various drums and cymbals while a crew dressed all in silver from head to toe performed.
Four guys who are a You-tube sensation known as The Piano Guys performed doing various melodic sounds on one piano using just the keys and strings. Very interesting.
Finally country legend Toby Keith came out doing “American Soldier” and ‘Made in America” all about our servicemen which Toby supports and does tours with the USO for them. Tobey told how his father was in the war and lost his right eye so he now sings the song for him. Tobey then lit into his hit song Courtesy of the Red White and Blue. “My Daddy served in the army. He lost his right eye/ But he flew the flag in our yard until the day that he died/ He wanted my mother, my brother, sister and me/to grow up and be happy in the land of the free.” You can see a video Tobey performing it for our troops here. Toby Keith – Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American) – YouTube
After Toby Trump came out introduced by the Chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee Tom Barrack. In a short but inspiring speech Trump said, “We all got tired of what was happening to the country and wanted change. It’s a movement like the world has never seen and we’re going to make America great again.”Trump spoke without a teleprompter like he usually does and added,” “We’re going to build up our military, strengthen our borders and no country is going to take jobs from us again. And we’re going to “make America great Again” the crowd shouted with him in unison.
As Trump and his family left they stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while Gucci fireworks displayed overhead. It was truly great beginning.