The saga of trying to put together a respectable Inauguration Day weekend to usher in the Trump presidency just got even more ridiculous.
Key members of the Presidential Inaugural Committee spoke exclusively to Breitbart News about what they’re doing to make Trump’s inauguration something meaningful — and, as mentioned, it’s simply ridiculous.
According to Boris Epshteyn, who chairs the committee, and Alex Stroman, who is deputy director of communications for the committee, the Trump Inaugural Day Weekend Parade will be shorter than Inauguration Day Weekend parades in years past so that Trump can “get right to work” in the time between his morning Inauguration and the evening balls.
As Stroman commented, the parade “is going to be shortened… You’ve had previous parades that are three or four hours long. This is going to be a shorter parade, an hour to hour and a half or so so he can go to work.”
He went on to ramble about the parade some more:
‘That’s what the American people elected him to do: To go on with the traditions, he’s going to have a church service, but he’s not going to sit there for hours and then have this parade — and of course for the people who come to Washington to watch the parade, he’s going to have a shortened parade and he’s going to go into the White House and get some work done before he goes to the balls.’
It’s not immediately clear what exactly this work is that Trump intends to get done in between taking the oath of office and attending the evening’s inaugural balls. Perhaps he’s going to be tweeting? Perhaps he’s going to be setting up a special printer to print out all his mentions on Twitter and spend hours pouring over them? It’s been reported that such is exactly a kind of thing that he’s done in the past.
And it’s not like shaving an hour or two off the parade length is that spectacular. What notable business is Trump going to be able to accomplish in less than 120 minutes? They’re making it out to be something really special that the parade is going to be shorter, when, in fact, it’s not that special.
What’s likely the simple truth is that the parade is going to be shorter because the committee responsible for planning Trump’s inauguration just can’t find that many acts to be a part of the festivities.
Obama’s last inaugural parade was longer because he actually had notable names as a part of it, including contingents from NASA and groups of Native American dancers. Trump just has the Boy Scouts and a contingent of Border Patrol agents.
And as for the balls, the precedent that dictates how they go down are on the chopping block as well. While Obama’s second inauguration reportedly hosted ten balls in the evening following his official taking of the oath of office, Trump’s inauguration will reportedly only have three.
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