Tahlka News Desk
Washington: 45th US President Donald Trump thanked his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton for attending his inauguration. He said I was "honoured" by their presence and urged the attendees to give them a standing ovation.
"I'll tell you, there is something that I wanted to say because I was very honoured, very, very honoured when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton were coming today and I think it's appropriate to say and I'd like you to stand up," Trump said.
In fact when Trump entered the room, he went out of his way to walk across the room to shake hands with Hillary, and said to her loudly, "Thank you for being here." Clinton was among the more popular guests as people lined up to talk with her and in some cases get photos.
"And honestly, there's nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people," Trump said. "So thank you for being here and we're going to have four great years hopefully of peace and prosperity and we'll be working very, very hard," he added.
The 69-year-old former senator and secretary of state was defeated by Trump in November 8 elections. Earlier during the luncheon, 70-year-old Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were presented with gifts from the Congress.
Each bowl has a compass rose cut into the base with the points of the compass aligned correctly with the buildings etched into the crystal. The bowls are made of lead crystal and are 12 inches across, and will be placed on top of black cherry wood bases that bear an inscription of the date and occasion engraved into silver plaques. Presenting the gift to the First Lady, Senator Roy Blunt said the glass for it came from Slovenia.
"The other unique thing for the first lady and her parents that would never have been such an important thing before, the glass came from Slovenia," he said amidst applause Blunt is Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
"The designer thought that the blest glass in the world for this particular design, which he began to work on last summer was glass from Slovenia, maybe he knew something that none of us quite knew for sure at that time," he said amidst laughter.
In his remarks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the new President has surmounted formidable challenge getting to this moment. "He has been underestimated often. But he never let it stop him from succeeding," he said. "We are wishing him similar success as he turns to the charge of governing. We face many challenges, but we've been challenged before and emerged stronger. We live in changing times, yes, but some things endure and we celebrate one of them today," McConnell said.
"This inauguration is a reminder of our common story as Americans, and on this most uniquely American of occasions, I ask you to stand and join me in raising a glass. Mr President, may you find every success in the years ahead, may you unite our country behind a common vision," he said.