While former President George W. Bush was leaving President Trump's inauguration, he reportedly gave a brief summary of the event: "That was some "weird s--t."
New York Magazine, citing three “people who were present,” reported that all three heard the comment. A spokesman for Bush declined to comment to the magazine.
Bush did not make a public statement after the ceremony.
Trump delivered his inaugural address straight from his campaign script — to the delight or dismay of different subsets of Americans.
Trump gave nods to unity and began with kind words for Barack and Michelle Obama, but pivoted immediately to a searing indictment of the status quo and the Obama years.
Presidents past have promised an American Covenant, a New Frontier, a Great Society.
Trump sketched a vision of "American carnage."
Then he promised to end it with a nationalist "America First" approach to governing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report