Mike’s Morning Brief: A fast-break rundown of what’s going on.
Market opened sharply in the green on this historic day. The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, will take the oath of office and assume the responsibility as leader of this great but sorely divided nation. The transition of leadership will culminate around noon on the Capitol steps; 9a our time. It’s also the end of the Obama administration. It’s a moment in history. Trump asked 50 of Obama’s staff members to stay on for continuity. The next 4 years are expected to be quite different than the last 4 years. Our future lies ahead. What it will bring is full of unknowns. There are serious issues our nation faces, both at home and abroad. Policy change is indeed in the air. There’s a new world order. Power is shifting around the globe. Certain Post-War norms are reversing. The 21st century is a different place. Change is hard. Change keeps coming. We need to prepare and respond, or risk being left behind. That’s the way of the world.