This Company Said Its Bot Wrote Part Of Trump’s Inaugural Speech. It Didn’t.

Six days after Donald Trump’s inauguration, a blogger calling himself Kumar published an explosive claim: Parts of the president’s inaugural address were lifted from a “content creation tool” called Articoolo, which uses bots to generate blocks of text.“Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."“families trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.”Articoolo, an Israeli startup that has already accumulated some good press, tweeted the blogger’s analysis. (After BuzzFeed News contacted the company for this article, the tweet was removed.) The CEO shared the the story on his Facebook page. Kumar reached out to BuzzFeed News with XML files to show that passages from two other Trump speeches were also first generated by Articoolo’s software. The claim was extraordinary, and the evidence seemed striking. But none of it appears to be true.BuzzFeed News found no evidence that Trump’s words originated in any articles produced by Articoolo. As for the blogger, Kumar Khan, he appears to be not a real person but rather the creation of the CEO himself, hiding behind a fake screen name.Separate emails sent to Kumar, who claimed to be in East Asia, and Doron Tal, the CEO, who claimed to be at home in Israel, were opened on the same single device, according to a widely used internet tracking service. And a private email to BuzzFeed News supposedly sent by Kumar used language — “I thought I’ve already seen it all, and then this happened” — almost identical to what Articoolo used in its public tweet.Asked about Continue Reading

Twitter users mock Donald Trump’s inauguration speech tweet with barrage of memes

At least he didn’t say Melania wrote it. President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a picture of himself Wednesday hard at work on his inauguration speech, and the internet wasted no time weighing in. “Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago,” Trump tweeted. “Looking forward to Friday. #Inauguration.” In the picture, taken at his Palm Beach estate, Trump flashes a stern look as he pushes a black pen against a white legal pad. There is no computer on the desk, no reference books filled with sweeping quotes — just the President-elect, his thoughts and a statue of an eagle. One critic tweeted an altered picture showing crayons on the desk. Another user imagined that Trump was drawing stick figures of himself and the “suckers” who voted for him. One user suggested Trump was writing a "thank you" letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Another tweet imagined Trump was sketching a live model. “Draw me like one of your French girls,” the caption read, a reference to the “Titanic” scene where Leonardo DiCaprio sketches a nude Kate Winslet. Earlier, CNN reported Trump had written a draft of his inauguration speech himself. Trump’s wife, Melania, was accused last year of lifting parts of her speech to the Republican National Convention from a Michelle Obama address. Continue Reading

George W. Bush can’t remember if he called President Trump’s inauguration speech ‘some weird s–t’

It's certainly not a denial. Former President George W. Bush claims he can't recall whether he blasted President Trump's sprawling inauguration speech as "some weird s--t." "If I said it, I don't remember it," Bush said after he was asked by NPR's "Morning Edition" on Thursday if he had actually blurted out, "that was some weird s--t" after listening to Trump's Jan. 20 speech, as was reported last month. "I just don't remember," he repeated. Bush also addressed his Inauguration Day rain poncho tussle — and on that topic his mind was far from foggy. "I wish I got the rain poncho on a little more cleanly," Bush said, referencing his memorable struggle with a transparent rain poncho, which quickly spawned numerous memes. "My daughters were aghast: 'Dad, you're a national tweet sensation. You're trending,' or whatever the words are. I said, 'I don't know what the heck that means.' But then I saw the pictures and I can see why I was trending." On a more serious note, Bush said he hopes the debate over immigration reform will eventually begin to focus more on how to assimilate immigrants than on how to deport them. "Let's discuss the issue of people here illegally. What are the options? Do Nothing?" the ex-President said. "My judgment is there needs to be a way for somebody to be able to get in line to become a citizen so long as they meet certain criteria." Continue Reading

George W. Bush reportedly blasted President Trump’s inauguration speech as ‘some weird s–t’

You said it, George. Former President George W. Bush apparently gave a brief but poignant assessment of President Trump's inauguration speech as he was leaving the Capitol on Jan. 20, according to a report. "That was some weird s--t," Bush said after leaving the dais, according to three people who spoke to New York Magazine on Wednesday. A Bush representative did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News. The speech itself wasn't the only weirdness that Bush endured at Trump's inauguration. The former President also had a well-documented tussle with his rain poncho as dark clouds loomed over Washington, D.C. The poncho debacle spurred a social media firestorm and countless memorable memes. Bush, who was a target of Trump's many campaign outbursts, declined to give public comment immediately after the inauguration and has remained relatively mum on the new administration. Continue Reading

Gutfeld’s Advice for Trump’s Inauguration Speech: ‘Keep It Simple’

President-elect Donald Trump will officially become the 45th president of the United States tomorrow, and Greg Gutfeld has some advice for what he should say in his inaugural address."What would I like to hear from Donald Trump tomorrow? Something real, not sentimental or soaring," Gutfeld said.He explained that President Obama goes for sentiment, but it always comes crashing down to Earth."With Trump, everything he says is simple. He's not hiding behind a grad student's vocabulary," Gutfeld said. "If Obama was a sonnet, Trump is a limerick. And really, which one do you enjoy more?"He said that after eight years of Obama's speaking style, simplicity, clarity and transparency are worth a shot."So keep it simple, Mr. Trump."Watch more above, and stay with Fox News Channel for must-see coverage of the Trump inauguration festivities. FL Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Trump at Inauguration Gingrich: Dems Skipping Trump's Inauguration Are Abandoning America Girls Scouts Under Fire for Marching in Trump's Inaugural Parade FL Woman Says Trump Paid Her $1,000 Dinner Bill at His D.C. Hotel Continue Reading

Inauguration NJ: Shore reacts to Trump inaugural address

Gerry Ryan, a union construction worker, hasn’t been able to find a full year of work since 2009.At MJ’s Pizza Bar and Grill in Neptune, the 49-year-old Long Branch resident exuded excitement as he watched the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump unfold on a silent television screen that scrolled closed captions beneath the new commander-in-chief.“The country needs change,” Ryan said.He was particularly enthused by Trump’s plan to crack down on illegal immigration and strengthen border security by building a wall on the southern border between Mexico and the United States, he said.“It’s time to get in control of the country again. My grandparents came here from Ireland. They learned how to assimilate. I have Spanish friends who came here from Brazil, they came here the right way. I’m all for immigration if its done the right way,” he said. “It’s all about being documented, that’s all.”Debbie Dandurand, 52, of Howell, said times have been tough for her family over the past seven years. The Dandurands lost their home after her husband became unemployed for two years. In November, she voted for Trump.“The speech was excellent,” she said after the president's inaugural address. “Charity starts at home before we can help other people. We needed the change. It’s going to help promote jobs and jobs stimulate our economy.”During the lunch rush at the Office Restaurant & Lounge in Toms River, patrons watched the inauguration on a bank of televisions in between sips of beer or a bite of a burger. After Trump had taken the oath of office and was congratulated by Chief Justice John Roberts, a number of patrons paused to applaud.Judi Ann Bostock, 58, a healthcare worker from Point Pleasant, watched the president's speech feeling optimistic about the dawn of the Trump era."Congratulations to our new president, Donald John Trump," Continue Reading

North Jersey residents tune in to Trump inaugural

They peered at television screens in an Englewood diner, a Hackensack restaurant, a Bedminster pizza parlor, a Boonton bar and a myriad other places Friday to see for themselves the familiar rituals of the transfer of power as Donald Trump became the nation’s 45th president.North Jersey residents, Republicans and Democrats alike, watched the inaugural unfold filled with a sweeping range of emotions about what they want for the country, and what Trump will be like in the Oval Office.Some watched with a sense of great hope – eager to see the new president fulfill the campaign promises that prompted them to vote for him. Others expressed sadness, even some fear. Some showed little interest, while others actively avoided watching as a symbolic protest.Those who watched saw Trump, one of the most distinctive and polarizing presidents to take office in recent memory, lay his hand on two Bibles – one from his family and one previously used by Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. Trump assumes power over a divided country with emotions still raw from the election, when he defeated the Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. NEW JERSEY: Trump backers fexcited by change that's coming LIVE FROM DC: #TeamRecord covers Inauguration Day PHOTOS: Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, D.C. Some supporters said Trump generally and his inaugural address in particular were a refreshing change from the persona and the traditional talk of career politicians. They said they hoped he would create jobs and end corruption in government. They said he certainly sounded as if he was “for America.”Some talked of their fears – that they will lose certain rights, that their health care could be swept away, that Trump could lead the nation into another war.But on this day, even some detractors said the country should – for the greater good of the nation – give Continue Reading

Trump inauguration energizes Ky supporters

Speaking to the nation for the first time as president, Donald J. Trump said his election represents a transfer of power from Washington, D.C., elites to average Americans."The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer," Trump said Friday. "Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before."And that message resonated with Kentuckians, like 61-year-old Louisville real estate agent Steve Bowles, who made the trek to the nation's capital to watch Trump be sworn in as the nation's 45th president."We're taking government back from the politicians," Bowles said. "That's the whole point of what this election was. We don't want the status quo anymore."Hundreds of other Kentuckians — including Gov. Matt Bevin — joined Bowles in celebrating Trump’s day. Those who attended said it was especially important given that the commonwealth was the first state to be declared for Trump on Election Night. ►RELATED: Local refugees brace for Trump actions ►SEE ALSO: Saturday's Women's Marches in Ky. and Ind. They said Trump's lack of experience catapulted him to power."All of our other presidents have been politicians or involved in shaping policy for years," said Joseph Lowe, a Northern Kentucky University law student from Alexandria, Ky. "He's a total outsider and non-conventional candidate who defies the media and goes against the system."Critics said Trump's speech — like his Republican convention address — presented a "dark vision" of the country. The president spoke of the "carnage" from crime, gangs and drugs in addition to "mothers and children trapped" in inner city poverty; "rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones" across the country and an education system "flush with cash, but which leaves" students Continue Reading

Our View: Trump’s inauguration speech proves he still doesn’t get it

America made history with yet another peaceful transfer of power.Though marred by some violent protests, the inauguration of Donald Trump was part of a long tradition of passing power to a new president -- a president who is often the political opposite of the one leaving office.Trump, who rose to the presidency by bucking tradition and defying conventional wisdom, took the oath of office with his former political opponent Hillary Clinton respectfully present in the audience.That was powerful symbolism of who we are as a nation. So was the graciousness of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama who demonstrated deep respect for the power that was changing hands.The day was as much about the right of Americans to shape their government as it was about Trump.Unfortunately, Trump didn’t get that.Trump squandered the opportunity to show he wants to be president of all Americans.With protesters around Washington and the country declaring "not our president," he aimed his inaugural speech almost exclusively at those who put him in office.His words show he remains in campaign mode, which may represent an over-reaction to U.S. intelligence reports that show Russia interfered on his behalf before the election.Trump’s inaugural speech was an opportunity to rise above a divisive campaign and his low approval ratings by reaching out to America's better angels.But he did not show an understanding that his audience has grown to include all Americans – those who voted for him and those who voted against him.He had nothing conciliatory or uplifting to say to Americans who have serious concerns about whether he is equipped to handle this job.As a president who lost the popular vote, Trump has a particular responsibility to show good will to all Americans.He did not. His words were about rallying the aggrieved. He reiterated the demonstrably false assertion that America needs to be made strong, wealthy, proud and safe Continue Reading

Transcript of President Trump’s inauguration speech

The text of President Trump's address:Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world: Thank you.We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the American People.For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.This is your day. This is your celebration.And this, the United States of America, is your country.What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled Continue Reading