Congressman Tim Ryan Attended the 58th Presidential Inauguration

Jan 20, 2017

Washington, DC – Congressman Ryan today attended the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.

“The American experiment in democracy has been a beacon of hope for much of the world since it first began some 240 years ago. The peaceful transition of power, especially between opposing parties, has been a hallmark of our democracy that many other nations can only imagine.

“I would like to offer up one final thank you to President Obama. His thoughtful and transformative leadership coupled with his genuine passion for helping others has left our country far better off than when he first took office 8 years ago. History will remember President Obama as one of the most consequential figures ever to occupy the Oval Office, and rightfully so. He and his family will be missed.  

“President Donald Trump has taken office at a time of great uncertainty and division within our country and around the world. I opposed his candidacy. But today, Donald Trump has become the President of the United States – and he will serve all those who live in our country, not just those who supported him. It is my hope that the great weight of this office will give way to a renewed effort to work with both parties to truly improve the lives of hardworking American families. Where he makes an honest effort to do so, I’ll be waiting to work together towards those aims to the best of my ability. And if, or when, he decides to divide, denigrate, or disenfranchise groups of our fellow Americans, I will be the first one standing ready to fight those efforts.”