Donald Trump Fires Charles Brotman, The Legendary Voice Of The Inaugural Parade

Charlie Brotman

Charlie Brotman

When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes over the White House in two weeks, his inaugural parade will be missing the legendary voice of 89-year-old Charlie Brotman, the announcer of every inauguration celebration since Dwight Eisenhower in 1957.

"Since 1957, millions of Americans and countless entertainers have come to recognize Charlie Brotman as the voice of the inaugural parade", spokesman Boris Epshteyn said in a statement.

Brotman told BuzzFeed News that he received an email from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, or PIC, which read, "You're terrific, you're wonderful, but you're not gonna be the announcer this year", he said, paraphrasing the email.

'I felt like Muhammad Ali had hit me in the stomach, ' he told Costello.

"I've been doing this for 60 years", Brotman told WJLA. It was that interaction that got Brotman the job announcing the inauguration, according to the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Steve Ray - a 56-year-old broadcaster who volunteered with the Trump campaign - will be the new man behind the microphone at the parade.

While Brotman still does not know the official answer for why he was replaced, he told BuzzFeed News that he has "ascertained" that the position was being used by Trump to show his gratitude for Ray's hard work on the campaign.

In addition to his prestigious post, for which he gets no compensation according to The Washington Post, Brotman made a career as a sports announcer during baseball games and tennis tournaments.

"I want him to do good", Brotman said of Ray. "They don't care who I am, they don't care what I am. No one's ever even said thank you in the whole 60 years", Brotman told BuzzFeed News.

So far, there is little indication that president-elect Donald Trump will fulfill his campaign promise to "drain the swamp" and radically change Washington. "Watch out world-I may become a star; a real commercial success". "I'm really just the guy who's next, because Charlie is irreplaceable". That said, he also hopes Ray does well: "I'm saying, "You know what?" "I'm not replacing Charlie". He added that he hopes Ray does a "spectacular" job, and wished him luck.

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