Appearance of military officers during Trump’s inaugural address still unexplained

(If you watch the USA Today video you can clearly see Trump turn to former president Obama and thank him for the graceful transition right as the doors behind him open and the soldiers come down the steps. They have no umbrellas in their hands. After getting new orders from anther officer, they turn, disorganized, and walk away. Turning their backs on the new president as they left.)

by Jerry White, WSWS

A strange and disturbing sequence took place behind President Donald Trump as he delivered his inaugural address Friday, which has gone virtually without comment in the news media.

Early in his address, ten military officers walked up and stood behind the president so they would prominently appear with Trump in the camera shots beamed across the US and the world. After 45 seconds, a Marine officer prompts the sailors and soldiers to leave, and they walk away.

The unusual incident prompted two comments during the New York Times live blog of the address. Jon Meacham, a presidential historian and the current executive editor at publisher Random House wrote, “The military guard behind him seems unusual; am I right?”

Maggie Haberman, the New York Times White House correspondent, responded, “Yes, and they have dispersed, but was it because it was raining?”

Meacham is presumably a well-informed commentator on inaugural protocol, having written a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Andrew Jackson in 2009 and a 2012 biography of Thomas Jefferson. However, the Times, the Washington Post and other major dailies and news networks never commented on the event further. The only mention of it was in the celebrity gossip web site TMZ and in the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom.

The innocent explanation about protecting the president and his guests from the light drizzle does not seem credible. While the first Air Force officer comes down with an umbrella in hand at 1:00 into the speech, the other officers who appear 16 seconds later have nothing in their hands. What happens next was not seen by most viewers because most networks cut away from Trump to view former President Obama nod approvingly as Trump praises Barack and Michelle Obama for “their gracious aid during this transition.”

However, a more distant camera shot available on the web site of USA Today provides more detail. At one minute and 16 seconds into the speech, Trump turns around, at which point two marine sentries behind him open the doors of the west side of the capitol building to allow the group of 10 officers to walk down the steps to stand directly behind Trump.

The group, consisting of mostly junior officers along with captains and higher-ranking officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, appeared just as Trump was saying, “Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another—but we are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the American People.”

“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.”

At that point, the Marine officer tells the officers to disperse.

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Instant Astroturfer Classics: Alex Jones Flubs, Stumbles, Drinks and Rants at Trump Inauguration (and dances with 5 Israelis… hmmm)

by Scott Creighton


Di$info Jone$ was feeling it at the Trump inauguration and the marches this past weekend. It was his moment to shine and shine he did.

At one instance, Di$info found himself surrounded by a massive crowd of about 20 people, so he cut loose with his trademark “bull in a commie China shop” routine. He was flexing his flabby arms, making the “crazy with AmeriLOVE” face and ad-libbing like no one else can… I tell ya he was in the zone and feeling it boys… until, tragedy struck.



Yeah, it was Donald Trump who came up with “crooked Hillary”… or so the story goes. Sometimes it’s good to have a script or at least something planned. That way you don’t fuck up and call your new neoliberal hero an idiot in front of a bunch of his supporters. Watch his face right after he says it. Watch him try to win back the crowd. It’s funny.

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About that AttendanceGate Conspiracy: Trump Is Right This Time

by Scott Creighton

Let me first start off by saying a president has more important things to worry about than turnout at his rallies or the attendance of his inauguration. But what do you expect from a guy who spent the last 12 years looking for validation through Nielsen ratings? He’s a carnival barker. Ticket sales are his life.

I heard a little about the AttendanceGate conspiracy yesterday evening when I accidentally turned on CNN for a minute. They showed the New York Times comparison photos of Trump’s inauguration on Friday verses one from Obama’s 2009 event. They frothed with pretend outrage over the fact that he dared bring it up while standing in front of the wall of stars at CIA headquarters.

Notice they didn’t use his 2012 pics? Not by accident.

They went on to provide “evidence” that Trump’s event was poorly attended and chastised Trump’s Press Secretary for coming out before the pompous press and scolding them for under-reporting The Donald’s box-office draw appeal.

It was too silly for words so I ignored it… til now.

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