WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The 58th Presidential Inauguration is on the horizon. People from across the country will descend on our nation’s capital to see the new President, Donald Trump, take the oath of office.
Professor Matt Dallek says President-elect Donald Trump has a chance to stress unity during his Inauguration speech.
"This I think will be uncommonly unusual," said Matt Dallek, a political management professor at George Washington University.
Washington is getting ready for a day that will go down in history. The first President with no political or military background, there will be a changing of the guard.
"This is going to be a highly charged moment not just for President Obama and President-elect Trump, but really for the country," said Dallek.
Dallek expects a unique event for a unique President-elect, as President Obama passes the torch. Dallek says Trump has a chance to set the tone, but doesn’t know how he’ll approach the event.
"This Inaugural could be more significant than others, just because he has been such an unusual and uncommonly divisive candidate, and so I think there’s actually more riding on the Inaugural," said Dallek.
Workers are building the stage where the president-elect will take the oath in just under two months, in front of a crowd that has surpassed one million people in years past. Dallek says we can expect plenty of protesters in that crowd.
"Regardless of what Trump says, it will be interesting to see how much of that is drowned out by what’s happening around him," said Dallek.
As for what Trump does say, Dallek says he has an opportunity.
"If they’re smart about it...they will try to...they’ll make some gestures towards uniting the country," said Dallek.
The president-elect and his team have not yet finalized inauguration plans.