The quality of a marriage is not determined by the wedding.
Most presidential inaugurations are fancy ceremonies with lots of witnesses and speeches and stuff. Traditionally, the oath of office is given by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Afterward there are parades and parties and balls and concerts and lots of other whoop-de-doo.
From the Presidential airplane, the new President telephoned Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who advised that Mr. Johnson take the Presidential oath of office before the plane left Dallas. Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes hastened to the plane to administer the oath. Members of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential parties filled the central compartment of the plane to witness the swearing in. At 2:38 p.m. CST, Lyndon Baines Johnson took the oath of office as the 36th President of the United States. Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Johnson stood at the side of the new President as he took the oath of office. Nine minutes later, the Presidential airplane departed for Washington, D.C.
Next Friday at noon eastern time Donald Trump will take the oath of office. Upon taking the oath he will be our 45th President. It doesn’t matter how many people watch him take the oath. It doesn’t matter who marches in his parade. It doesn’t matter who performs at his inaugural ball. His presidency will be just as legitimate as any of the 43 men who held the office before him.
When the history of Trump’s presidency is written many years from now, nobody will care about the guest list for his swearing-in ceremony.