The power of the President of the United States was peacefully transferred to a new administration under President-elect Donald Trump earlier this month. But what does it mean exactly to “transfer power?” Is it someone putting all of his power into a box and then handing it over to someone else (muah-ha-ha!)? Wouldn’t that be interesting?
No, peacefully transferring power involves both physical actions (the president-elect meets with the sitting president to learn his roles and responsibilities) and symbolic actions (the swearing in of the president- elect on Inauguration Day). This process has been the foundation of the American democratic process.
On January 20th, two crowds gathered to witness the inauguration of President- elect Donald Trump. One group gathered to support and cheer him on, while the other gathered to protest the new administration. Protests might not seem fitting for Inauguration Day, but it has happened in the past. In 1913, protestors gathered for the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson and even as recently as in 2001 for the inauguration of President George W. Bush.
Despite the festivities and the protests, one thing is for certain: President Donald Trump has a big job ahead of him as the 45th President of the United States and it’s time for everyone to get to work!