Charles Brotman, who announced every inaugural parade since President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s in 1957, was replaced by President Trump’s transition team this year.
He found a new gig, though: He’s helping to announce the Women’s March on Washington, one of many worldwide demonstrations following Trump’s inauguration.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 21, 2017
“At first, I said it sounded like they should have a female, since it’s a women march,” the 89-year-old Brotman told the Washington Post. “And they said that they have all the women they want, and at this particular scene I would add to it.”
When he was informed by the Trump transition team that he would not be announcing the inauguration parade, the distraught Brotman told CNN, “I thought I was going to commit suicide.”
“I looked at my email, then I got the shock of my life,” he said. “I felt like Muhammad Ali had hit me in the stomach.”
Now, though, Brotman told the Post he feels “young and excited again.” He was also part of a local Washington, D.C., NBC affiliate’s inauguration coverage.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) January 21, 2017
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