Area residents are in Washington D.C. now for the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president on Friday.
They are sharing comments, pictures and video about this moment in history that they are getting to experience first hand.
“I thought his speech was great,” said Clayton Councilman Kenneth Henning. “Time for the nation to come together as one for jobs, youth, security, education.”
“Outstanding speech,” said Scott Naill, a teacher from Clark County. “Straight to the point. It was uplifting knowing his goal is putting Americans back to work.”
Jet Express President Kevin Burch said he liked what Trump said about hiring Americans and buying American, bringing back jobs and repairing infrastructure.
“I really loved the speech. It had a clear vision,” Burch said. “As a small businessman I feel President Trump ‘gets it.’”
"It appealed to our sense of patriotism and America first, two of my favorite subjects," said Kathy DeWeese of St. Paris. "I'm ready to start making America great again."
Local residents sent many photos from the events both last night and today. Here’s a sampling of the sights they saw during inauguration festivities.
President Donald Trump’s speech resonated with the crowd, said State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, who was in D.C. for the event.
Antani said the crowd around him was nodding, clapping and saying “yes” as Trump spoke, drawing himself as an outsider who would bring change to Washington. “Restoring American exceptionalism, putting America first, making America great again: I think that really resonated with the crowd here and I think it’s what people want from their president,” Antani said. “I think that really hit home with people.”
Donald J. Trump is now president. His speech was filled with many of the same themes as his campaign.
“We the citizens of the America are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people,” Trump said after taking the oath of office.
“January 20 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again,” he said.
State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, was there to hear Trump speak.
“I was very impressed with President Trump's inaugural address,” Antani said. “He spoke about restoring American exceptionalism and helping every American, the same things he did on the campaign trail. A lot of Ohioans are disenchanted with Washington, but President Trump's inaugural address sought to restore their hope for our country.”
Mike Pence just took the oath of office and is now the nation’s vice president.
“It’s amazing. I will never forget this day,” said Preble County Commissioner Rodney Creech, who is at the inauguration.
Now Donald Trump is taking the oath of office.
"Absolutely history in the making! Everyone around us are so excited to be here.. Meeting supporters from all across the country who are are true Americans!” said Scott Naill, a teacher from Clark County who is at the inauguration with his wife, Toni.
Friday dawned rainy but people were ready with rain gear, including protesters.“It is very energetic!! The protesters are proclaiming resistance to the system and speaking for protection of rights!” Ramey said. “There have been a few incidents where opposition has occurred between a protester and trump supporter. Arguments have been contained. People have expressed sincere passion for what they believed on both sides.”
Preble County Commissioner Rodney Creech is there with his wife, Preble County Recorder Jeanne Creech.
“Man this is cool,” said Preble County Commissioner Rodney Creech, who was on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Thursday afternoon.
He said security was very tight.
“Has to be the safest place in America right now,” Creech said.
Michael D. Ramey, a senior business student at Wright State University, was taking lots of pictures Thursday afternoon.
“It’s been relatively peaceful,” said Ramey, 22, of Franklin. “There was a peaceful protester whose sign was taken from him and thrown in the fountain by Trump supporters.”
Earlier in the day Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
Trump also addressed the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial.
We have teams of reporters and photographers in Washington and here in Ohio covering all aspects of the inauguration.
Thank you to my wonderful team of local residents who were in Washington D.C. for the inauguration who sent me photos and comments: State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, Clayton Councilman Kenneth Henning, Wright State senior Michael D. Ramey, Preble County Commissioner Rodney Creech, Jet Express President Kevin Burch, Scott Naill of Clark County, former Butler Twp. Trustee Nick Bursky, Kathy DeWeese of St. Paris and Teri Schoch of Dayton