A Happy and Sad Inauguration Day

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On January 20, 2017, I was excited as Inauguration Day began. I was thrilled to the point of chill bumps, as I listened to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Then, at 12:00 noon (Eastern Time), I sat, as did millions of other Americans, and watched as our government proceded with the swearing-in of the new president. It would be a significant understatement to say that I was proud, as Mr. Trump took his oath of office and became President Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. Listening to Jackie Evancho sing the National Anthem was like the icing on the cake.

But I was also sad that day. I was sad, as I watched Mr. and Mrs. Obama board, for the final time, the plane that is most commonly known as Air Force One, when the President is on board. I watched as they climbed the steps, to Boeing 747 and turned to wave. I watched as seven members of the military raised their rifles and each one fired three times. This brought a tear to my eye.

Now I know that it may surprise you that, as a conservative, this made me sad. But it was at that very moment that I realized just how far America’s military had deteriorated under the Obama Administration. Every last one of those 21 shots… missed.

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