Who Will Attend the Presidential Inauguration?

Who Will Attend the Presidential Inauguration
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Former presidents typically attend the inauguration ceremony of the incoming president. This time it may not be the case as President-Elect Donald Trump is a controversial figure with detractors on both sides of the political fence.

As the date of the presidential inauguration ceremony comes closer, speculation is rife with questions of who will attend the presidential inauguration. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. As per tradition, former presidents should attend the ceremony irrespective of which party the president-elect is from. However, this has been a very vitriolic and heated election where tempers rose, and controversies reigned. So it is not yet clear who will attend the ceremony where we will see the Republicans return to power after eight long years.

Will Hillary Clinton Attend the Presidential Inauguration?

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President Obama will be attending, as his presence is mandatory. He will transfer his position’s power to Donald Trump. According to sources, both Hillary and Bill Clinton will be attending the inauguration ceremony as well. It is bound to be awkward for both the Clintons and the Trumps when they come face-to-face with each other at the event. After all, there was no love lost between the two during the long, bloody election campaign.

Former Presidents Will Attend

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George and Laura Bush will also attend the event. It won’t be easy for them either, as Bush did not vote for Trump, despite being a Republican. Sources say that Bush was not happy with the way Trump decimated his brother, Jeb Bush, during the primaries. Jimmy Carter will also be in attendance, despite being a vocal Clinton supporter.

Change Can be Good

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Trump was aggressive and rough in the treatment of his political adversaries, but will now have to change his behavior. He will soon be the president, and his attitude must befit one. No one is more canny about this than Trump himself. He knows that he has to maintain professional relationships with people on both sides of the political fence. We will have to wait and see if he is able to maintain this position after January 20.


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