Inauguration Articles

Va. Gov: Bush Family Should Be Thrown in Jail

10:27 AM, Jan 11, 2014

A 2008 documentary reveals that Terry McAuliffe, who is being sworn in today as governor of Virginia, thinks that members of the Bush family “should all have been put away in jail.”

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Obama Speechwriter Takes Credit for Inaugural: 'One Of The Hardest Speeches I've Written'

6:07 PM, Jan 24, 2013

Barack Obama's speechwriter, John Favreau, takes credit for the president's Second Inaugural Address in an interview with the Huffington Post.

"It was one of the hardest speeches I've written," Favreau tells the left-leaning website.

Sam Stein of Huffington Post reports:

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Obama: Centralized Power Is the Source of Freedom

8:40 AM, Jan 23, 2013

In his second inaugural address, President Obama made every effort to tie his political philosophy to the ideals and principles of the American Founding, even as he made clear how little he understands those ideals and principles.  The gist of Obama’s speech was that only government can grant freedom.  Or as he put it, “[W]e have always understood…that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”

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Kristol Podcast: Obama Is Not the 'New Reagan'

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:20 PM, Jan 22, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:


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Ryan: Obama 'Shadowboxing a Straw Man'

1:01 PM, Jan 22, 2013

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan knocked President Barack Obama for "shadowbox[ing] a straw man" in his inaugural address. Speaking Tuesday morning on the Laura Ingraham Radio Show to guest host Raymond Arroyo, Ryan responded to Obama's statement that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security "do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great."

Ryan called Obama's insinuation that he and other reform-minded Republicans consider recipients of these benefits "takers" a "switcheroo."

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Private Bash at White House Last Night?

11:45 AM, Jan 22, 2013

At 10:12 p.m. last night, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle returned to the White House after a long day of inaugural festivities. Twenty minutes later, aides to the president relieved the on-duty pool reporter, who was sent home as the president would no longer be leaving the White House or appearing publicly. 

But was there a party going on there, a private bash to celebrate Obama's Second Inaugural? It seems like it. San Antonio mayor Julián Castro tweeted this picture of himself and his twin brother Joaquin:

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'Obama Endorsed the Entire Liberal Agenda'

9:06 AM, Jan 22, 2013

Fred Barnes writes:

President Obama wants more government. In his second inaugural address, he masked the message with phrases like "collective action" and doing "things together." But these were stand-ins—euphemisms, really—for a bigger and more ambitious federal government. That's the unmistakable goal of his second term, and his inaugural address was devoted to his determination to achieve it.

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Obama Gives Shout Out to 'Comrades in Arms'

To those Americans serving in Afghanistan.
7:40 AM, Jan 22, 2013

President Barack Obama gave a shout out last night at an Inaugural ball to our "comrades in arms" in Afghanistan. After hearing from troops in Afghanistan through a video a satellite, the commander in chief said, "I can tell you that you've got a room full of patriots here.  And although I've got to admit that they're a little spiffied up right now -- their heart and soul, their dedication, their sense of duty is at one with every single one of the folks who are in Kandahar right now."

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Obama's Impassioned Defense of Activist Government

Ignores debt and deficits.
6:30 AM, Jan 22, 2013

President Barack Obama used his second inaugural address Monday to offer an aggressive, unapologetic defense of activist government and to call for a new spirit of unity even as he seeks to move the country even further left.

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The Most Dangerous Sentence in Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

6:06 PM, Jan 21, 2013

In an otherwise unmemorable second inaugural speech, I was struck by one sentence: "But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well."

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NYTimes: Only 40 Percent of Obama's Inaugural Address Is Worth Reading

5:53 PM, Jan 21, 2013

The New York Times, which endorsed President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, offers "condensed" Inaugural Address on its website. Titled, "The Eight-Minute Inaugural Address," the "condensed" version whacks off 60 percent of the speech, which the Times suggests is not worth reading.

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Podcast: I Was There!

Hosted by Michael Graham
5:45 PM, Jan 21, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Jim Swift, hosted by Michael Graham:

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Inaugural Address: Let's Give Them Something to Talk About

4:55 PM, Jan 21, 2013

The speech has been subjected to instant analysis and placed in proper historical context by, among others, Andrea Mitchell who thought it recalled Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" masterpiece.  Others saw it as a call to arms for the progressive agenda.  And so forth.

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Biden Runs Over to Shake Al Roker's Hand

4:32 PM, Jan 21, 2013

The vice president stole NBC's show of the Inaugural parade when he ran over to shake weatherman Al Roker's hand:

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Paul Ryan Booed at Inauguration

2:46 PM, Jan 21, 2013

Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in the last election, was booed at President Barack Obama's Second Inauguration today in Washington, D.C.

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MSNBC Host: Obama Speech About Moving Country Toward Liberalism

2:21 PM, Jan 21, 2013

MSNBC host Chuck Todd says President Obama's Second Inaugural Address is about moving the country toward liberalism:

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Obama Campaign Email: 'Time to Finish What We Started'

1:50 PM, Jan 21, 2013

Barack Obama, fewer than 2 hours after his second inauguration, signed an email to supporters encouraging them to stay involved in Organizing for Action, the non-profit organization spun off from Obama's presidential campaign. Read the email below:

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Obama Proclaims Today 'National Day of Hope and Resolve'

1:08 PM, Jan 21, 2013

President Barack Obama proclaims today, the day of his Second Inaugural, "National Day of Hope and Resolve."

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Inaugural Lunch

3,000 calories.
12:56 PM, Jan 21, 2013

The menu for today's Inaugural lunch, with President Obama and members of Congress, has been posted:

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Inaugural Promises

10:34 AM, Jan 21, 2013

With a few, conspicuous exceptions – Lincoln, FDR – second inaugural addresses have been largely forgettable.  And, for that matter, so have most first term inaugural addresses.

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Inaugural Ball Ticket Prices 'Slashed' by 50%

9:32 AM, Jan 21, 2013

Fox News reports that the price for Inaugural ball tickets have been "slashed" by 50 percent: 

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Significantly Smaller Inaugural Crowd Expected

"Perhaps only a quarter of the size of four years ago."
9:24 AM, Jan 21, 2013

Fox News reports that a significantly smaller Inaugural crowd is expected today:

"They expect that in fact it could be significantly smaller," said Fox News reporter Carl Cameron. "Instead of 1.8, four years ago, They have actually lowered their crowd estimates. Originally they were saying, 600 to 800,000. Yesterday we were informed organizers think maybe closer to 500 to 700 [thousand]. Perhaps only a quarter of the size of four years ago."

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Fox News Sunday Panel on Obama's Second Inaugural

8:02 AM, Jan 21, 2013

Bill Kristol, with Juan Williams, Brit Hume, and Liz Marlantes, yesterday on Fox News:

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Obama: 'I Did It'

"Good job, daddy. ... You didn't mess up."
12:02 PM, Jan 20, 2013

Barack Obama was sworn in today as president for the second time. The small ceremony took place in the White House's Blue Room:

After, President Obama turned to kiss his wife Michelle Obama.

"Good job, daddy," Obama's daughter said.

The president responded, "I did it."


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Church Sermon for Obama Uses Campaign Slogan 'Forward'

10:48 AM, Jan 20, 2013

Later today, President Barack Obama will be officially sworn in for his second term. But first, Obama and his family attended church, where the reverend's sermon used the president's reelection campaign slogan "Forward" as a theme. From the pool report: 

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Don't Quote Lincoln

8:24 AM, Jan 20, 2013

Bill Kristol gives some advice to President Barack Obama and his Inaugural Address speech writers:


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Obama's Delivered 699 Speeches Using a Teleprompter Since Taking Office

13 vacations, for a total of 83 days.
10:17 AM, Jan 19, 2013

Since becoming the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama has delivered 699 speeches using a Teleprompter, according to statistics compiled by CBS reporter Mark Knoller. That number includes campaign speeches, State of the Union addresses, and everything in between.

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A Projection for Freedom

4:55 PM, Jan 18, 2013

Visitors to the nation's capital for the upcoming inauguration have the chance to see a unique exhibit outside the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Until Saturday night, the Newseum's large First Amendment tablet will feature a projection of the work of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was imprisoned for two months in 2011 because of his activism against the government in Beijing. Here's more from the Newseum:

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Defending His Turf

10:42 AM, Jan 16, 2013

Senator Chuck Schumer is not down with the idea of people selling their tickets to the presidential inauguration next week. And he has "asked" Craigslist and eBay to cease and desist offering them.  It is a matter of civic hygiene, don't you know.  As the senator helpfully explained, "Having a ticket to the inauguration is a privilege, it's not something that should be used to make a profit."

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