President-elect Donald Trump will not be surrounded by celebrities when he's inaugurated next Friday.
He doesn't need to be. 'The greatest celebrity in the world' will already be on stage, the head of his inaugural committee, Tom Barrack, said Tuesday: Donald Trump.
'So what we've done instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place,' Barrack told reporters.
President-elect Donald Trump will not be surrounded by celebrities when he's inaugurated next Friday. 'The greatest celebrity in the world' will already be on stage, the head of his inaugural committee, Tom Barrack, said Tuesday
Trump's swearing in will be more 'poetic cadence' and less of a 'circus-like celebration that's a coronation,' Barrack said.
'That's the way this president-elect wanted it. I think it will be contributive,' he said in a Q and A session this afternoon. 'It will be beautiful. The cadence of it is going to be "let me get back to work." '
The inaugural committee has signed the Radio City Rockettes and the Morman Tabernacle Choir to perform at the 45th swearing in ceremony of a U.S. president. An America's Got Talent contestant, 16-year-old Jackie Evancho, will sing the national anthem.
A-listers like the ones Barrack blew off turned offers from Trump's team down. Celine Dion, Garth Brooks, Elton John and intentionally known singers others said they wouldn't do it. The Beach Boys said they were considering an offer but nothing ever came of it.
The president-elect's inaugural committee has claimed ever since that Trump, a former pageant show owner and reality TV star, didn't want them to put on a show for the American people.
Presidential Inaugural spokesman Boris Epshteyn told CNN in December, 'This is not Woodstock. It's not Summer Jam. It's not a concert. It's not about celebrities.'
Barrack said Wednesday that the Trump 'really wanted it to be about the people, not about him.'
'His instruction to me was the campaign is over, I am now president for all the people. I want you to build a bridge and tie them back in. I was to heal the wounds and I want to get back to work on Saturday morning.'
The PIC director said the focus of the event for the president-elect 'since he is a celebrity is really on the place, on the people.'
Barrack also revealed that President Barack Obama had extended a formal invite to the president-elect and first lady-in-waiting to have tea or coffee at the White House before they ride to the Capitol together for the swearing in ceremony.
The president-elect's inaugural committee is claiming that Trump, a former pageant show owner and reality TV star, didn't want them to put on a show - he wants the the 'soft sensuality of the place' to be the focus
He said the Obamas 'have been very gracious' in sending the customary invites.
The White House was unable to confirm last week that the Obamas had observed protocol and asked the Trumps to share their final moments at the White House.
'I haven’t seen the schedule for January 20th,' White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
'But obviously as that date gets closer, we’ll be able to walk you through all the minute details of that day that symbolize the kind of peaceful transition, the peaceful transfer of power that is a hallmark of American democracy and it critical to the strength and success of our country.'
The Obamas joined the Bushes at the White House on Inauguration Day for refreshments before they rode in the presidential state car to the Capitol.
Because Bush was president until noon, he rode in the seat of honor on the right side of the Cadillac. Obama sat on the left side of 'The Beast,' as Bush's car was nicknamed.
A new version of the limousine is due to make its debut at Trump's inauguration. General Motors was commissioned in 2013 to design the vehicle on a $15 million contract.
President Barack Obama has extended a formal invite to the president-elect and first lady-in-waiting to have tea or coffee at the White House before they ride to the Capitol together on Jan. 20. The Obamas are seen with the Bushes at the White House on Inauguration Day in 2009
Obama leaves the White House with George W. Bush on his last day in office. They rode in the presidential state car together to the U.S. Capitol
Because Bush was president until noon, he rode in the seat of honor on the right side of the Cadillac. Obama sat on the left side of 'The Beast,' as Bush's car was nicknamed
It will be Obama's final ride in the car he fondly calls The Beast as well as president. He'll leave the Capitol grounds after Trump's swearing in by helicopter, another tradition.
The Bushes buzzed over to Joint Base Andrews in Marine One for their flight home to Texas.
The Obamas have a home in Chicago, Illinois, but they're leasing a place in Washington until their 15-year-old daughter Sasha finishes high school. The exiting president and his wife are taking a vacation first, Obama has said.
His spokesman, Josh Earnest, suggested Monday that the Obamas would begin their vacation immediately after Trump is sworn in.
'The President and First Lady will be leaving town shortly after the inaugural ceremony, ' Earnest said Monday. 'But they will return, of course, to their rented house here in Washington, D.C.'
Obama will leave the Capitol grounds after Trump's swearing in by helicopter, another tradition
The Bushes buzzed over to Joint Base Andrews for their flight home to Texas; the Obamas are leasing a house in Washington - they have a vacation planned first
George and Laura Bush wave goodbye from Air Force One as they embark on their final flight aboard the presidential aircraft
One tradition that's changing this year: the inaugural announcer.
Trump gave 89-year-old Charles Brotman has been the announcer for every inaugural parade since 1957. The president-elect dumped him this year for one of his supporters, 58-year-old Steve Ray, a freelancer who's worked with the Washington Nationals baseball team.
Brotman said he was 'devastated' and 'heartbroken' when he received an email telling him he'd been sacked.
'I thought I was going to commit suicide. It was really terrible,' he told CNN.
Ray and Brotman have been laudatory of each other since then and Barack said today, 'I don't think there are any hard feelings anywhere.'
Trump, he said, needs to put 'his own signature on things that are important.'