MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With chants of “USA! USA!” Donald Trump supporters on Calle Ocho literally trumpeted in a new era, with a brass mariachi band.
Watching the inaugural ceremonies on a TV on the back of a pickup truck, they welcomed a very different commander-in-chief.
“We are here celebrating the victory of President Donald Trump, and we’re here celebrating that (Barack) Obama is no longer in the White House,” said Trump supporter Robert Leonardo.
As Trump took the oath of office, a crowd at Las Vegas Restaurant in West Miami-Dade cheered and declared a rebirth.
“I am celebrating the best day of my life, for real, after my son’s birth, said Trump supporter Martie Mees with a chuckle.
They wore their politics – Trump slogans and logos – on their hats, lapels, shirts, even their socks.
The fellow with the Trump socks said he likes the cut of the new president’s cloth.
“He’s straight from the heart. He’s just a good guy,” Ben Billman said.
They believe Trump when he says he’s going to bring jobs back to America.
“He’s going to get the American economy going again, and that’s my first priority. We need to be growing at our historical rates,” said Trump loyalist Ed Vidal.
Even some who don’t see completely eye to eye with Trump are with him.
“There’s quite a few things I don’t agree with, when it comes to immigration and other things, but I know that his policies will make a difference,” said Marlon Montero, president of Miami-Dade College Student Republicans.
Amid cheers, a man on Calle Ocho popped the cork from a bottle of champagne, a toast as supporters hailed the new Chief.
Hardline Cuban exiles, who expect Trump to roll back eased relations with Cuba, can’t quite take that to the bank.
In fact, his people say he will not reverse President Obama’s order, ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy.