Unlike his precedents, Donal Trump would be sworn in on Friday, January 24, 2017, not in the midst of celebrities from the Hollywood, top musicians or socialites present. Even the menu for the inaugural lunch would be Maine lobster, Gulf shrimp, and Seven Hills Angus steak among others.
While food is not the White House forte as the Joint Congressional Committee would host the president and vice president at the Capitol after the inaugural address.
The tradition since 1953 when President Dwight Eisenhower was welcomed with a menu of creamed chicken, baked ham and potato puffs in the Capitol’s Old Senate Chamber has continued and for Obama’s 2013 luncheon, the menu consisted of steamed lobster, grilled bison and apple pie.
Usually, the menu reflects the elected President home state food but this time neither New York nor Vice President’s Indiana food was the main menu. It is Californian, to be precise and it consists of three courses. Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp with saffron sauce and peanut crumble, will be served as the first course.
The second course consists of grilled Seven Hills Angus steak in dark chocolate and juniper jus with potato gratin, served alongside Delicato Black Stallion 2012 Limited Release Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The third is a dessert on chocolate soufflé and cherry vanilla ice cream served with Korbel Natural "Special Inaugural Cuvée" California Champagne.
On star presence, Trump’s swearing-in ceremony will be missing on all those big names in Hollywood and music industry names like Beyoncé and Yo-Yo Ma who were present at President Barack Obama’s. Boris Epshteyn, director of communications for the Inaugural Committee, told CNN that the event is not a "concert" and dismissed the brouhaha surrounding it.
In his own tweet, Trump said, "The so-called ‘A’ list celebrities are all wanting tix to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!"
Following the controversy over forcing some members to perform at the event, New York’s Rockettes said only those who were willing to perform would do so. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which has performed at five past inaugural ceremonies, will perform this time too. It is a volunteer institution within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Salt Lake City, Utah, and dates back to the founding of the Mormon Church.
Among the solo singers, Jan Chamberlin said she was dropping out and only Jackie Evancho, former "America’s Got Talent" contestant, would be the only solo singer scheduled so far to perform at Trump’s inauguration.
"Jackie Evancho’s album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her Inauguration performance. Some people just don’t understand the ‘Movement,’" Trump tweeted in her praise earlier.
"The Make American Great Again! Welcome Celebration" on January 19 night will begin with Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood with the band 3 Doors Down while Sam Moore of duo Sam and Dave, said would perform at the Welcome Celebration.
Keith told Entertainment Weekly that he had performed at all events for previous Presidents Bush and Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the army, and cannot refuse this time either.
Greenwood, known for "God Bless the USA" would particiapte as a Republican sympathiser.
Another event called "Voices of the People" is scheduled featuring groups from the hundreds of applications received by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to take part in inaugural festivities, whom Trump referred in his tweet as "People". Notable among them are the DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Republican Hindu Coalition, and the Montgomery Area High School Marching Band.
Sir Elton John may not play though he had agreed initially to perform at the Inauguration.
The Beach Boys, though invited, said they may not perform. Even Jennifer Holliday who had agreed initially backed out later after a backlash from her fans. The ‘B Street Band,’ a Bruce Springsteen band too pulled out of the ceremony as he was known for supporting Hillary Clinton.