Trump Inauguration: President Donald Trump's Big Day

TIME selects the best photos from Barack Obama’s last moments in the White House and Donald Trump’s first hours as 45th president
President Donald Trump takes the oath of office alongside his wife, Melania, at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
Christopher Morris—VII for TIME President Donald Trump takes the oath of office alongside his wife, Melania, at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
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Donald Trump began Jan. 20 like he begins many days: with a tweet. “It all begins today!” he exclaimed, literally, as about half of Americans who voted in the November presidential election readied for their next leader and the other half cringed. All the fanfare that would follow was not enough to keep the rain away from Washington, D.C., where masses of attendees would gather on the National Mall to watch Trump ascend to the presidency.

Outdoor preparations at the Capitol were in full force as the sun rose. The media began assembling into place. Trump and the next First Lady, his wife Melania, had a packed schedule. There was an early church service; there was a visit to the White House, where the new couple in town exchanged a gift with their outgoing counterparts; and within hours there was another former President, Barack Obama. (Of note, Trump’s inauguration crowd appeared to be notably smaller than his predecessor’s eight years ago.) After taking the oath of office, as his earlier Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton listened nearby, Trump gave a “rancorous first speech.” (Here’s an annotated version.)

During the afternoon there was the Inaugural Luncheon at Statuary Hall at the Capitol, where he was toasted, as well as the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Some protests around the city turned violent: a limousine was burned, various storefronts had their windows smashed, some demonstrators clashed with law enforcement officers. By the end of the day, as the inaugural balls raged on, golden curtains hung in the Oval Office, where he signed his first executive order as the 45th President.

Below, TIME’s photo editors select the best photographs from a day many will remember, and perhaps just as many will want to forget. — Andrew Katz

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Rob Carr—Getty ImagesPresident Trump dances with his wife, Melania Trump, at the Liberty Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
The Presidential Inaugural Salute to our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum after the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States of America. January 20, 2017.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIMEThe Presidential Inaugural Salute to our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum on Jan. 20, 2017.
2017. Washington DC. USA. A cake at the Presidential Inaugural Salute to our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum after the inauguration of Donald The Inaugural cake at The Presidential Inaugural Salute to our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum after the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States of America, January 20, 2017.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIMEThe inauguration cake at the Presidential Inaugural Salute to our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum on Jan. 20, 2017.
The Radio City Rockettes perform at the Liberty Ball at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center following President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
Molly Riley—AFP/Getty ImagesThe Radio City Rockettes perform at the Liberty Ball at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center following President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
President Donald Trump signs a confirmation for Defense Secretary James Mattis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
Evan Vucci—APPresident Donald Trump signs a confirmation for Defense Secretary James Mattis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
President Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law in the President's Room of the Senate in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
J. Scott Applewhite—Pool/EPAPresident Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law in the President’s Room of the Senate in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Barron Trump, the president's youngest son, looks out a limousine window during the inaugural parade in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
Bryan Thomas—The New York Times/ReduxBarron Trump, the president’s youngest son, looks out a limousine window during the inaugural parade in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
A protester cries out in pain after being hit by a bean bag round fired from police during a demonstration after the inauguration of President Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
John Minchillo—APA protester cries out in pain after being hit by a bean bag round fired from police during a demonstration after the inauguration of President Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
In the afternoon on Jan. 20 after President Trump was inaugurated, one group of protesters near 13th and K in Washington, D.C., took their rage to the streets. A few cars were smashed and this limo was set on fire before police used stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse the crowd and put out the flames once again.
Natalie Keyssar for TIMEIn the afternoon on Jan. 20 after President Trump was inaugurated, one group of protesters near 13th and K in Washington, D.C., took their rage to the streets. A few cars were smashed and this limo was set on fire before police used stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse the crowd and put out the flames once again.
Throughout Trump's inauguration celebrations in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017, protesters demonstrated all over the city. While most were peaceful, one Black Block protest at 13th and K Streets turned into a clash with police.
Natalie Keyssar for TIMEThroughout Trump’s inauguration celebrations in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017, protesters demonstrated all over the city. While most were peaceful, one Black Block protest at 13th and K Streets turned into a clash with police.
Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump watch the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Justin Lane—EPAJared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump watch the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
President Donald Trump waves to supporters as he walks along parade route with First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron in front of the White House on Jan. 20, 2017.
Patrick Smith—Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump waves to supporters as he walks along parade route with First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron in front of the White House on Jan. 20, 2017.
Anti-Trump protesters climb on a tree during a demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Jewel Samad—AFP/Getty ImagesAnti-Trump protesters climb on a tree during a demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
People crowd windows in a building on 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue while waiting for President Trump during the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Andrew Harnik—APPeople crowd windows in a building on 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue while waiting for President Trump during the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
President Donald Trump is offered a toast at the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017. From left: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Abigail Perlman Blunt, First Lady Melania Trump, President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence.
Al Drago—The New York Times/ReduxPresident Donald Trump is offered a toast at the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017. From left: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Abigail Perlman Blunt, First Lady Melania Trump, President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence.
The helicopter carrying former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama leaves the Capitol following the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Dina Litovsky—Redux for TIMEThe helicopter carrying former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama leaves the Capitol following the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama before the Obamas leave the Capitol on a helicopter following Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
Dina Litovsky—Redux for TIMEPresident Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama before the Obamas leave the Capitol on a helicopter following Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
Attendees of President Donald Trump's inauguration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIMEAttendees of President Donald Trump’s inauguration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
A supporter of President Donald Trump on the National Mall during his inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIMEA supporter of President Donald Trump on the National Mall during his inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Seth Kaye, 26, a DCMJ volunteer dressed up for the #Trump420 event, takes a selfie. An estimated 10,000 people showed up to receive a free joint given away by DCMJ, a marijuana advocacy group, near Dupont Circle on Donald Trump's Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2017.
Lexey Swall—GRAIN for TIMESeth Kaye, 26, a DCMJ volunteer dressed up for the #Trump420 event, takes a selfie. An estimated 10,000 people showed up to receive a free joint given away by DCMJ, a marijuana advocacy group, near Dupont Circle on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2017.
A woman who just got a glimpse of former First Lady Michelle Obama on a giant television screen reacts in a crowd of attendees during President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIMEA woman who just got a glimpse of former First Lady Michelle Obama on a giant television screen reacts in a crowd of attendees during President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Attendees of President Trump's inauguration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIMEAttendees of President Trump’s inauguration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Donald Trump gives his first speech as President following his oath of office at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum Photos for TIMEDonald Trump gives his first speech as President following his oath of office at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
President-elect Donald J. Trump arrives to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
Jim Lo Scalzo—EPAPresident-elect Donald J. Trump arrives to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
Place markers for the Trump and Pence families are seen on the podium before the inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president, and Mike Pence as vice president, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
Brian Snyder—ReutersPlace markers for the Trump and Pence families are seen on the podium before the inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president, and Mike Pence as vice president, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2017.
President-elect Donald Trump's children arrive at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017.
Scott Olson—Getty ImagesPresident-elect Donald Trump’s children arrive at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee who lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, and former President Bill Clinton arrive on the Capitol stage for the inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
Christopher Morris—VII for TIMEHillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee who lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, and former President Bill Clinton arrive on the Capitol stage for the inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.
A view of the media at the site of President Trump's inauguration ceremony on Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Christopher Morris—VII for TIMEA view of the media at the site of President Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Capitol grounds during the inauguration ceremony of President Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Paul Moakley—TIMECapitol grounds during the inauguration ceremony of President Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Attendees of President Trump's inauguration ceremony sit in the rain on Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Christopher Morris—VII for TIMEAttendees of President Trump’s inauguration ceremony sit in the rain on Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
A man checks his phone in the rain on Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Christopher Morris—VII for TIMEA man checks his phone in the rain on Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania are greeted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Jan. 20, 2017.
Mark Wilson—Getty ImagesPresident-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania are greeted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Jan. 20, 2017.
The red carpet sits rolled and waiting for President-elect Donald Trump inside the North Portico of the White House on Jan. 20, 2017.
Kevin Dietsch/CNP/ZUMA WireThe red carpet sits rolled and waiting for President-elect Donald Trump inside the North Portico of the White House on Jan. 20, 2017.
Waiters make final checks of a table prepared for President Trump and members of Congress before the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
Yuri Gripas—ReutersWaiters make final checks of a table prepared for President Trump and members of Congress before the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.
A sign brought by a volunteer sits during preparations for the #Trump420 event during President Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017. An estimated 10,000 people showed up to receive a free joint given away by DCMJ near Dupont Circle.
Lexey Swall—GRAIN for TIMEA sign brought by a volunteer sits during preparations for the #Trump420 event during President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017. An estimated 10,000 people showed up to receive a free joint given away by DCMJ near Dupont Circle.
The sun begins to rise behind the Capitol dome several hours before Donald Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th President on Jan. 20, 2017.
Andrew Gombert—AFP/Getty ImagesThe sun begins to rise behind the Capitol dome several hours before Donald Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th President on Jan. 20, 2017.

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