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Presidential Historian: Trump’s Speech a ‘Direct Indictment of Obama & Status Quo’

by Barbara Hollingsworth, CNS News:

Presidential historian Craig Shirley characterized President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address as “a direct indictment of [President] Obama and the status quo” and “a declaration of war” against the Washington establishment.

In the 16-minute speech Trump delivered on Friday after he was sworn-in as the nation’s 45th president, he said that his inauguration was “not merely the transfer of power from one administration to another, and from one party to another.

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people,” Trump told hundreds of thousands of supporters attending his swearing-in ceremony on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump vowed.

The new president also assured the nation that the U.S. “will be protected by God” in the days ahead as “a new national pride” allows Americans “to heal our divisions”.

“Trump’s speech blended FDR’s Forgotten Man, [Ronald] Reagan’s conservatism, [Andrew] Jackson’s populism and [Charles] Lindberg’s America First,” said Shirley, a biographer of former President Ronald Reagan. “But there was also a generous helping of compassion. It was a direct indictment of Obama and the status quo.

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