WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is opening the 57th inaugural ceremonies by invoking the innate majesty and sacred meaning of the proceedings.
The duty falls to the New York Democrat as chairman of the inauguration committee.
Schumer says that the entrusting of power from the people to our chosen leaders "never fails to make our hearts beat faster, as it will today."
Said Schumer: "America always rises to the occasion, America prevails and America prospers."
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