In a moment as historic as it was unexpected, President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office, laying out a broad look at his vision for America.
“Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.”
For the 45th president, who, according to the latest CBS News poll, brings a record low 32 percent favorable rating to the Oval Office, that means confronting business as usual in Washington, D.C.
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“...we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American people.”
There were tough words about dark times:
“The crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now”.
“If his presidency is successful, I think he will redefine the Republican party,” said Dan Senor, who was a close advisor to President George W. Bush and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
“You were visibly opposed to Trump,” Garrett noted. “What is your current state of mind?”
“My current state of mind is cautiously optimistic,” said Senor.
For Senor, like many Republicans, watching Mr. Trump’s ascent to the White House has been, and remains, something of a journey.
“And now we are looking only to the future.”
“In the next year, we could have comprehensive tax reform … Comprehensive health care reforms … And you could have ... a conservative successor… sworn into the Supreme Court,” Senor said. “Just those three things alone … as a conservative, you think, ‘Wow.’”
“If I hear you correctly, it’s as if Ronald Reagan has returned except he has a working partner on Capitol Hill, which he didn’t have when he was president,” said Garrett.
“He’s not Ronald Reagan, but he can unleash something that is comparable to a Reagan-like agenda,” Senor said. “And I will say I’m pleasantly surprised by something else. I had no idea the kind of team that Donald Trump as president would assemble.”
“You were fearful of the team he might assemble?” Garrett asked.
“Correct,” Senor affirmed.
President Trump’s cabinet picks illustrate his approach to governing: he prefers strong personalities and loyalty over policy pedigrees.
Some picks are controversial: generals, billionaires and millionaires who are used to calling the shots. Will Mr. Trump listen to them when they contradict his positions?
Many of his choices have already disagreed with him in contentious confirmation hearings.
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly was confirmed today, as was Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
“Ronald Reagan was a conservative. Bill Clinton was a moderate. Barack Obama, you know, may be a progressive … Donald Trump is a Trumpist and we’re gonna find out what that means,” said Mark Leibovich, who spent months observing Trump on the campaign trail for the New York Times. He’s also a CBS News consultant.
“A lot of the business of Washington … is predicated on things not getting done, it’s predicated on gridlock,” Leibovich explained. “Donald Trump is going to I think have faith in his own ability to go into a room and actually force things by will of personality, negotiation, what have you … into just changing into – being.”
“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action - constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action”
“He promised … almost messianic things during the campaign,” Leibovich continued. “A lot of Donald Trump supporters are gonna look for pretty tangible results in terms of job creation, in terms of their own wages, in terms of how the perceive the safety of their general environment.”
“We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. … We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”
As the new president settles in for his first night at the most exclusive address in America… the millions who supported him felt tied to his agenda.
Hopes are he will be a president for all Americans.
“We are one nation - and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.”