WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the inaugural parade wound its way toward the White House, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and son, Barron, all exited the presidential limousine and walked, waving to the adoring crowds.
Trump didn't actually walk past the Trump International Hotel -- his business's new location along the parade route. He got back into the limousine about half a block before reaching it.
Later, Trump got back out of the limo in front of the Treasury Department to wave to crowds again.
Then, the Trumps watched his inaugural parade from a reviewing stand on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States Friday during a time-honored inauguration ceremony that encapsulated the peaceful transfer of power that is a hallmark of American democracy.
After the Inaugural Parade, Trump and the new first lady will attend two inaugural balls, part of the stripped down inaugural festivities that aides say are meant to stress that the new president is eager to get to work.
Trump's supporters, who sent him to Washington to rip up political norms and thwart the establishment, are thrilled as he assumes power.
The crowds started streaming toward the National Mall as dawn broke, with many people wearing Trump's distinctive red "Make America Great Again" baseball caps.
Trump has vowed to tear up US trade deals that he says disadvantage US workers, confront a rising China and improve estranged relations with Russia, despite allegations that Moscow interfered in the election. He has set high expectations for his presidency by promising to return jobs to US shores and reviving the manufacturing industry. He has pledged to crush ISIS and introduce tough new vetting on immigrants from countries where there is terrorist activity, raising fears of discrimination against Muslims.
He is promising to build a wall on the southern border, to crack down on undocumented migrants and to gut the financial and environmental regulations that are at the center of the Obama administration's legacy.