Historian Douglas Brinkley, who met with Trump on Wednesday, told CNN that Trump “wants to write the inaugural himself.” Trump is expected to work on the speech Thursday at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach home where he has spent the past week and half for the Christmas holiday.
It wouldn’t be the first time a presidential speech was penned in Palm Beach. A draft of a speech John F. Kennedy wrote to announce his candidacy was sold for $160,000 at an auction in Boston in October 2015. The letterhead read “North Ocean Boulevard/Palm Beach, Florida.” It was most likely from 1959. JFK delivered the speech on Jan. 2, 1960, in the U.S. Senate Caucus Room.
As for Trump, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday that Trump will meet with several key advisers — incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, policy strategist Stephen Miller, K.T. McFarland and campaign chief and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway — throughout the day to get input on his inaugural address.
He’s set to return to New York on New Year’s Day.
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Brinkley told CNN that Trump wants to keep the speech short: “He doesn’t want people standing out in the cold,” he added.
Trump’s transition team previously had told CNN that Trump would be helped in writing his address by Miller, who also wrote Trump’s speech for the Republican National Convention in July.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that Trump told visitors to Mar-a-Lago that he’s looking to presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan for inspiration in writing his speech.
According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, President George Washington delivered the shortest inauguration speech to date, at just 135 words. William Henry Harrison’s inaugural address was the longest, at more than 8,000 words. Click here to read and listen/watch (if available) every presidential inauguration speech.
Details of the inauguration continue to trickle out. Yesterday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced six faith leaders who will take part in the swearing-in ceremony, including Orlando-area Pastor Paula White, who has served as a spiritual adviser to Trump for years.
A schedule of events was released on Dec. 21. In addition to the swearing-in, parade and balls held on the day of Trump’s inauguration, there will be a “Make America Great Again!” Welcome Celebration open to the general public on Jan. 19 at the Lincoln Memorial.