By Adrianna Pitrelli
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people filled the nation’s capital to witness the 58th Presidential Inauguration, including many Hoosiers.
Sarah King, of Indianapolis, traveled to Washington, D.C. to be present for her fourth presidential inauguration. She said the atmosphere of inauguration day is why she plans to attend every four years for the rest of her life.
People stand waiting for the inauguration to begin. Photo by Quinn Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com
“I just absolutely love the thrill that goes on in our nation’s capital during inauguration week,” King said. “It’s something I look forward to and I attend no matter which party wins the election.”
At 4 a.m., King was prepared for the gates to open, camera in hand and a Vice President Mike Pence button on her shirt.
“I normally don’t wear anything political when I come out here,” King said. “But being a Hoosier, how could I not show my support for Mike Pence?”
With his hand on President Ronald Reagan’s Bible, Indiana’s former governor was sworn in as the 48th vice president of the United States at Friday’s inauguration.
His wife Karen and three children accompanied him as he took the oath administered by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
“I do solemnly swear, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Pence said. “That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Of those in attendance were House Speaker Brian Bosma and Indiana Republican Chairman Jeff Cardwell.
“I’m incredibly proud of my friend, Vice President Mike Pence, and thankful for his service to Indiana,” Bosma said in a statement.
Bosma said he is optimistic about the conservative leadership the President Donald Trump administration will uphold.
Cardwell agreed, and touted Pence’s leadership as governor.
“Hoosiers are fiercely proud of his bold, conservative leadership and we thank him for leaving Indiana in such a strong state,” Cardwell said in a statement.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Andre Carson was undecided about attending the inauguration until Thursday afternoon, but in the end, he decided to go.
A supporter of President Donald Trump stands in front of the Capitol Building for the inauguration. Photo by Quinn Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com
“The peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected president to another is distinctively American and the bedrock of our democracy,” Carson wrote in a Facebook post. “Today we witnessed this occur for the 44th time in our nation’s history.”
Carson said he will continue to work hard to keep the country moving forward.
Following the Inaugural Ceremony Trump and Pence attended a luncheon, the inaugural parade to the White House and are expected to attend three balls.
Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.