Obama and First Lady Michelle greeted the Republican billionaire leader-in-waiting and his wife Melania on the steps of the presidential mansion. "Mr President-elect, how are you?" Obama asked. The two couples headed inside for traditional tea and coffee with their vice presidents and congressional leaders -- but not before a mini-commotion caused by an unexpected gift from the incoming first lady to her predecessor.
Donald Trump took the first ceremonial steps before being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday -- ushering in a new political era that has been cheered and feared in equal measure. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES - THE WORK BEGINS!" the Republican billionaire tweeted before tracing his predecessors' steps to St. John's Church and the White House. There he was greeted warmly by President Barack Obama, capping a transfer of power that has been peaceful yet rancorous.