The world was watching and tweeting as Donald Trump was sworn in
Donald Trump has officially become the 45th President of the United States of America after a swearing-in ceremony in Washington this afternoon.
As President Trump takes over the White House from Barack Obama, there was no shortage of reactions on Twitter.
Plenty had thoughts on Donald Trump's first presidential speech:
That was quite a populist speech for a guy who lost the popular vote. #InaugurationDay— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) January 20, 2017
Obama having to sit in silence as President Trump promises to shred everything he's done in the last eight years: PRICELESS#Inauguration— Larry Elder (@larryelder) January 20, 2017
Much like his convention speech, it's a portrait of a dark, dead America, fueled by the promise of revenge and economic fantasy.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 20, 2017
The official @POTUS account was also swiftly changed, with Obama's tweets being archived at a separate @POTUS44 account. Meanwhile, the official presidential Twitter account became the handle for President Trump.
There was plenty of reflection on the outgoing president, including from the man himself.
The final moments of the Obama/Biden presidency. Two classy men. #InaugurationDay— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) January 20, 2017
As President Obama would say: The work continues— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) January 20, 2017
I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017
And kind words for the outgoing First Lady as well...
Democratic senator Chuck Schumer's speech ahead of the swearing-in was not warmly welcomed by President Trump's supporters:
Chuck Schumer filibusters the #InaugurationDay— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) January 20, 2017
"We Americans are a tolerant people," Chuck Schumer says. "Whether you are immingrant..." booing increases.— Nicky Woolf (@NickyWoolf) January 20, 2017
Donald Trump's former rival for the presidency Hillary Clinton was at the ceremony with her husband and former president Bill. She tweeted she was in attendance to "honor our democracy & its enduring values".
I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future. #Inauguration— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 20, 2017
Response to her presence was predictably mixed, but plenty praised her for attending what was likely a difficult ceremony.
Hillary Clinton is wearing power white today, as she did on key nights during the campaign, and in tribute to suffragettes— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 20, 2017
Today must be so hard for @HillaryClinton but her patriotism in attending the inaugural is a lesson to other "Democrats" who are boycotting— Tim Montgomerie ن (@montie) January 20, 2017
There was of course plenty of humour amid both the celebrations and the dread:
Nostalgia for George W. Bush is an emotion I truly never thought I'd experience. #Inauguration— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) January 20, 2017
Trump: 'Please Ignore The 200,000 Women You See Tomorrow' #InaugurationDay— Onion Politics (@OnionPolitics) January 20, 2017
I literally started raining in DC the exact moment after Trump was sworn in. Mother Nature is a nasty woman. #InaugurationDay— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) January 20, 2017