After more than a year of campaigning, 26 primary and general election debates, and countless press conferences, attack ads, victory speeches, public apologies, and early morning Twitter rants, Donald Trump’s inauguration is here. It’s already been quite the spectacle watching performers accept and reject Trump’s offer. So who exactly will be taking the stage in Washington D.C. this week ahead of Trump being sworn into office? Here, in the following slideshow, is the schedule of Trump’s inaugural extravaganzas, a rundown as who is — and who isn’t — booked to perform during the festivities, and a list of all the ways you can watch the events.
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“I have a dream.” These timeless words echoed from the mouth of Martin Luther King Jr. and pierced the heart of a nation. Now, on every third Monday of the year, hundreds of millions of people across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere celebrate the fact that the world is a better place because of MLK. And although most people are familiar with those four famous words, we would venture to say that there are at least a few things about King’s life you may not be aware of. So, as we honor one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time, here are 30 surprising facts about the civil rights leader and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
As President Barack Obama reflects on his time in office, he has a way of acknowledging his waning time in the position: A joke about his graying hair. “I had no gray hair 15 years ago.” Indeed, it’s impossible not to notice the trademark presidential graying, as the president’s short black hair has become more of a salt-and-pepper color. It’s no secret that running one of the largest, most prosperous and most powerful nations in the world as the President of the United States is a stressful task, and the photos in this slideshow will show what sort of effect that stress can have on a person’s health. From LBJ to Barack Obama, here’s how the country’s past presidents have looked near the beginnings and ends of their respective terms.
Obama capped eight years of exceptional public oratory with a typically powerful farewell speech in Chicago Tuesday. Moving from his achievements in office to the varied challenges facing the country, it took in everything from race relations to climate change to fake news and social bubbles – with nods to Atticus Finch and George Washington along the way. It was near the end, though, when he talked of his love for Michelle and his pride in his kids – and the bromance with Biden of course – that things really reached fever pitch among the impassioned crowd, leading to a standing ovation.
Barack Obama is about to finish his second term in the White House. What will he do once he’s returned to a quasi-normal life? In a video screened at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Obama joked about a number of potential options: Getting a driver’s license, playing golf every day, wearing comfortable mom jeans. But maybe he’ll also follow in the footsteps of some of his predecessors. Here’s a look at some of the interesting paths that 13 other presidents took after retiring from the nation’s highest office.
President-elect Donald Trump has a lot of key positions to fill in the coming weeks that will shape his next four years in office. While rumors have been flying around about who he will appoint, Trump has so far made 18 official Cabinet-level appointments. That means there are four more such positions remaining. We’ll update this list as he announces more senior leadership positions, but here’s what we know so far.
While it may be less common these days to send a holiday greeting via snail mail, the White House has yet to let go of its nearly 90-year tradition. Starting with Calvin Coolidge in 1927, the long-standing practice requires each sitting US president to let their staff and supporters know they wish them a happy holiday. With the help of the White House Historical Association, we’ve pulled together 52 White House holiday cards from the past eight decades. Happy holidays!
The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline continues to make headlines all over the United States, so we decided to compile a post with some facts that will help you to understand the controversy behind this oil pipeline project. With the incoming changes from the new presidential administration, the chances of the pipeline getting approved are quite high, so it is important to know what this project is about and what impacts on US citizens, environment, and economy it might have. Learn more about the Dakota Access Pipeline here with these 25 astonishing facts you might want to know.
Meet Melania Trump, the former supermodel who just became America’s next first lady. Donald Trump has been dominating the news cycle ever since he announced his presidential campaign bid in June 2015, but the public knows significantly less about his glamorous wife. While the world will likely learn much more about Melania over the next four years, for now, here are 20 things you might not know about the next first lady and her fascinating life.
Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th president of the United States of America. As he prepares to take over on Jan. 20, 2017, he has a long list of campaign promises to make good on. Here are 32 of some of Trump’s most ambitious, and controversial, campaign pledges.
In a stunning upset, former reality TV star and business and real estate mogul-turned-politician Donald J. Trump won the required number of electoral votes Tuesday night in a hotly contested campaign, making him the 45th President of the United States come January 2017. Celebrities expressed a range of emotions on social media after Trump took the presidency early Wednesday, ranging from happiness to despair to hopefulness.
It’s official: Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. Against all odds, polls, and projections, the GOP candidate beat out Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton Tuesday night in a stunning upset, effectively ending one of the most contentious and unpredictable presidential elections in modern political history.