“Today is a great day for our country as we celebrate the uniquely American transition of power to our new administration. Congratulations President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
“Participating with the thousands of people who attended today’s ceremony was a humbling experience and a powerful reaffirmation of our solemn responsibility to the American people — to fight for their priorities and for our founding principles that ensure that our nation remains a beacon of liberty and freedom around the globe. In this election, Americans demanded change, and I welcome the hard work that is before us to deliver the results they rightfully expect. God bless the United States of America.”
— 12th District Congressman Pat Tiberi after the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017
“As president, ambiguity is a high-risk doctrine, particularly on foreign policy matters. For every adversary Trump may try to keep on edge, he could engender confusion and anxiety from allies that rely on clarity and stability from the United States. Mixed messages from Washington could also provoke an unintended response from abroad with wide-ranging economic or security implications.”
— Julie Pace, Associated Press White House Correspondent
“Mr. Obama was a great policy maker, but not a great party builder. In the face of Republican intransigence, he still managed to get things done. But the strategies that made him successful — passing legislation by the narrowest partisan majority, refraining from boasting about what his reforms accomplished and, in the end, falling back on executive orders — are exactly what make his legacy so vulnerable.”
— Julian E. Zelizernov, The Wreckage of Obama’s Legacy, Nov. 19, 2016, New York Times
Monuments and Presidents
According to U.S. Department of the Interior, Barack Obama has added the most national monument acreage under the Antiquities Act — 554,590,000 (mostly water) of any U.S. President; followed by George W. Bush (214,800,000, mostly water). Presidents, from Theodore Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, also added acres (mostly land); with the exceptions of George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower and William Howard Taft (with the latter two taking away land).