Donald Trump’s inaugural address will be relatively brief, and he’s going to revel at the sight of crowds carpeting the Mall as he speaks to the largest rally of his political career.
But what the 45th president will say to enlarge his message of “America first,” and the impact his words may have on his governance, remain unpredictable. Trump’s speeches are known for being improvisational more than set pieces, and memorable for putdowns more than poetry.
And Trump-bashing protesters in Washington could draw the new president into counterpunching.
But the grandeur and importance of addressing the nation as president has challenged the New York businessman to aim for vision and national aspirations rather than a political laundry list. “Very personal and sincere” was one description offered hours before Trump and his family flew to Washington from New York.
Speaking off-the-cuff in front of the Lincoln Memorial Thursday evening following a concert and fireworks show, Trump thanked those who voted for him and the thousands of visitors gathered in the nation’s capital. “There’s never been a movement like this … anywhere…