Charlie Brotman has served as the announcer of the inauguration ceremony since President Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn into office in 1957. Unfortunately, this year he’s been replaced.
In his place, 58-year-old Steven Ray, a Trump supporter, will be the announcer at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Ray reportedly volunteered for Mr. Trump’s campaign and has even ridden in his motorcade.
While Brotman acknowledges that the switch is probably a show of appreciation for Ray, he is still upset that he will no longer participate in the inauguration ceremony.
He explained to Buzzfeed News:
“I was demoralized, absolutely demoralized. I’ve been doing this for 60 years, and for someone to take over the announcing duties from me, I was devastated.”
“Since 1957, millions of Americans and countless entertainers have come to recognize Charlie Brotman as the voice of the inaugural parade. The Presidential Inaugural Committee will be proud to honor Charlie as Announcer Chairman Emeritus on January 20th. We are thrilled for Steve Ray to be introducing a new generation of Americans to the grand traditions of the inaugural parade.”
Brotman referred to the “honor” mentioned by the Trump transition team as simply a “pat on the back” that he’s not sure if he’ll actually accept.
“Don’t get me wrong, this [recognition] was a long time coming. No one’s ever even said thank you in the whole 60 years. I was expecting a pat on the back. Instead I got a kick in the butt!”