Neil S. Rodgers, a former D.C.Read more
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.”Read more
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."Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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, "Read more
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.Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
MSNBC host Chuck Todd says President Obama's Second Inaugural Address is about moving the country toward liberalism:Read more
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:Read more
President Barack Obama proclaims today, the day of his Second Inaugural, "Read more
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."Read more
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."
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:Read more
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:Read more
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."Read more
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