Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday at the West Front of the Capitol, becoming the the nation’s 45th president.
Trump was administered the oath by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. His wife, Melania Trump, stood at his side. The oath was given using two Bibles — one from Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration and another that Trump’s mother gave him in 1955.
Trump’s inauguration has been a more subdued ceremony, drawing smaller crowds than previous inaugurations.
Two things can make a crowd-size image misleading: a low angle and a long distance. Even the inauguration images from as high as the Washington Monument are misleading over the 15-block Mall. The satellite image from 2009 – the last inauguration that wasn’t a cloudy day – reveals empty spaces in the crowd that was estimated to be 1 million people.