Trump Inaugural Speech: What Professor Robert Smith Says to Expect

Monday, January 23, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “This inaugural address will be carefully watched around the world, and the slightest little language usage could set his administration off on a very bad course,” said San Francisco State Political Science Professor Robert Smith. “It’s not clear he’s capable of becoming, not a politician, not a candidate, not a showman, but a statesman. The whole world is watching to see if he can at least, at the inaugural address, make the transition.” At the same time, Trump must also reassure his supporters. “Most of the things he has proposed are profoundly controversial and divisive,” Smith said. “I don’t think he can abandon those promises, but he has to couch them in such a way as to ... reassure the country that he’s not going to go off in any kind of radical new way.”