And So It Begins Again (Open Thread) + Address Full Text & Beyonce

by: HappyinVT

Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:51:41 PM EST



President Obama was sworn in to start his second term in the Blue Room by Chief Justice Roberts who used a notecard this time to avoid any errors.  Just a bit of trivia: once POTUS is sworn in again tomorrow today at the public ceremony he will be only the second president to be sworn in four times.

HappyinVT :: And So It Begins Again (Open Thread) + Address Full Text & Beyonce
Consider this an open thread to discuss what you want to see in a second term and anything else on your mind.

Editor: the Entire Address from the White House website

January 21, 2013

Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery
Inaugural Address
Monday, January 21, 2013
Washington, DC

As Prepared for Delivery -
Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.  We affirm the promise of our democracy.  We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.  What makes us exceptional - what makes us American - is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.  For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.  The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob.  They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

For more than two hundred years, we have.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.  We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.

Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government alone.  Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.  For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.  No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.  Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience.  A decade of war is now ending.  An economic recovery has begun.  America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands:  youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention.   My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together.

For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.  We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.  We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship.  We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time.  We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher.  But while the means will change, our purpose endures:  a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American.  That is what this moment requires.  That is what will give real meaning to our creed.  

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.  We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.  But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.  For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.  We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.  We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other - through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security - these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us.  They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.  We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.  Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.  The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.  We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries - we must claim its promise.  That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure - our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks.  That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.  That's what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.  Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage.  Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty.  The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm.  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.

We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law.  We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully - not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.  America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation.  We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.  And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice - not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes:  tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths - that all of us are created equal - is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began.  For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.  Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law - for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.  Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.  Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.  Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

That is our generation's task - to make these words, these rights, these values - of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - real for every American.  Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness.  Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time.

For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.  We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.  We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.  We must act, knowing that today's victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction - and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service.  But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream.  My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.

They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country's course.

You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time - not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright.  With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.

Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.

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Love Michelle in bangs. (2.00 / 32)
And that is Michelle's grandmother's Bible POTUS is being sworn in on (that's the official story anyway).  wink,wink

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

Is it just me, or does she look twenty years younger? (2.00 / 22)
At this rate they will soon be mistaken for father and daughter.

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Yeah yeah yeah, I'm sure it's actually a copy (2.00 / 3)
of Das Kapital :).

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+44 (2.00 / 27)
Thanks for posting the video.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Welcome Home, Mr, President. (2.00 / 29)
You make me want to sing.




John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Yea! (2.00 / 30)
65,899,557 American citizens thought he was the right guy to lead this country I'm proud to be one of them again.

Looking forward to having another historic term.



Here's some love... (2.00 / 32)
...for Mr. Biden as well. :-)



There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


What a giant bible (2.00 / 28)
wonder what extra stuff it has in it that most don't? :p

What a great scene and Justice Sotomayor is awesome too.


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aha (2.00 / 31)
-On Sunday and Monday, Vice President Biden will be sworn in using the Biden Family Bible, which is five inches thick, has a Celtic cross on the cover and has been in the Biden family since 1893. He used it every time he was sworn in as a US Senator and when he was sworn in as Vice President in 2009. His son Beau used it when he was sworn in as Delaware's attorney general.

link


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Ahh, thanks for answering my question :-) (2.00 / 22)


There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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I've always wondered why those Bibles are so huge. (2.00 / 1)
I know that many families used and sometimes still use them as a sort of family register, but is there an additional reason for that?  I guess they couldn't print on those super-thin pages a hundred years ago?

I feel like this is a vastly stupid question but I actually really don't know.  The four Catholic books that Protestants refer to as the Apocrypha don't really seem to add much bulk to the text, so that alone can't be it.


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Probably... (2.00 / 26)
...an extensive concordance. Or maybe it's just a Large Print Edition. ;-)

And I wonder if it's a historic bible. Looks like it could be...

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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One of those (2.00 / 20)
enormous 19th century family Bibles with the whole family written in back to the year dot in beautiful handwriting, with a few smudges here and there, perhaps.


Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

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Thank you for posting this. (2.00 / 18)
Didn't mean to diss Joe.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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I don't think anyone thought you intended to slight him :-) (2.00 / 21)
Thanks for the Open Thread. Oh, and one of my many wishes for the second term: that more Americans will come to accept the legitimacy of a non-white, LGBT-loving Chief Executive. It's long past time we put those two prejudices behind us!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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From the NYT.... (2.00 / 25)
Change Comes: After 4 Years, Friends See Shifts in the Obamas

Barack and Michelle Obama have spent more than a thousand days on display before the nation's eyes, but the personal changes they have undergone can be hard to detect.

Those who know the Obamas say they can see a number of small shifts in the president and the first lady since they walked the inaugural parade route four years ago.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01...

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


That whole notion of being on display is enough to keep me from (2.00 / 29)
national politics (well, that and a host of other things).

I'm glad the girls have been largely shielded.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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Am so relieved. I think I would have (2.00 / 27)
had a serious breakdown if Romney were the one being sworn in.  

I haz a happy! I really like the Obama family. (2.00 / 28)


"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

lolcatz haz a happy! (1.90 / 20)
 photo isolemnlyswear.jpg

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.

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I am so proud that President Obama and VP Biden have been re-elected. (2.00 / 30)
It has been a privilege to witness this presidency, and I have high hopes for the second term.

When I reflect on President Obama's accomplishments, especially given the huge mess he inherited and the unprecedented obstruction he has faced, it helps me to re-read Frederick Douglass's speech at the unveiling of The Freedmen's Monument in Memory of Abraham Lincoln, and these lines in particular:

Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.
[...]
Fellow-citizens, whatever else in this world may be partial, unjust, and uncertain, time, time! is impartial, just, and certain in its action. In the realm of mind, as well as in the realm of matter, it is a great worker, and often works wonders. The honest and comprehensive statesman, clearly discerning the needs of his country, and earnestly endeavoring to do his whole duty, though covered and blistered with reproaches, may safely leave his course to the silent judgment of time. Few great public men have ever been the victims of fiercer denunciation than Abraham Lincoln was during his administration. He was often wounded in the house of his friends. Reproaches came thick and fast upon him from within and from without, and from opposite quarters. He was assailed by Abolitionists; he was assailed by slave-holders; he was assailed by the men who were for peace at any price; he was assailed by those who were for a more vigorous prosecution of the war; he was assailed for not making the war an abolition war; and he was bitterly assailed for making the war an abolition war.

I believe that history will be kind to President Barack Hussein Obama, and deservedly so.

Meanwhile, I can hardly wait to see what he accomplishes during his second term with Joe Biden and Michelle Obama and us standing by his side.

One person can make a difference if that one person is committed to making a difference. - James Hood


It is a thrilling weekend and I look forward to all of the (2.00 / 25)
pomp and ceremony tomorrow.

What I really hope to see in the second term are some actual steps to curb climate change first by addressing its reality and reaching the American people who find Fox fair and balanced.

Because no matter what else we accomplish, if we have no planet to live on any other changes really won't amount to much.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr


W000000000T!!! (2.00 / 22)


Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen

Woot, woot! (2.00 / 25)
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President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I'd like to see him be able to take on more of what (2.00 / 21)
he has been burdened with and not be obstructed as much as he was in his first term. I think the fact that he doesn't have to worry about re-election will make him stronger.

Commissioned by TIME Magazine. Consists of 12,680 individual characters set in about 20 hours, or 10.5 characters per minute. Includes type from Obama's campaign and branding: Gotham, Knockout No. 48, Gill Sans, and Perpetua.This was featured on the Table of Contents page of the February 1st, 2010 edition of TIME Magazine.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.


Interesting to me that OFA has been rebranded with the intent to (2.00 / 18)
mobilize the same grassroots that worked during the elections to work to promote his agenda.  Not sure why this wasn't done for the first term unless there are campaign laws that don't allow the back and forth of an organization like that.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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I just opened that email before coming here. (2.00 / 16)
Sounds interesting, and a really good idea. I can't imagine why they didn't do it the first term except for the reason you mentioned or they just didn't think of it. I don't think they anticipated how extreme the opposition would be to every single policy proposal. This is great because not only will this allow us to "make" President Obama push for the things that we want, I think it will also be a good way to promote what they are doing and have already done, which they can definitely get better at.

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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it was done in the first term (2.00 / 19)
they've been at it all the time.  i get issue stuff from ofa constantly.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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So do I. I think they renamed it Organizing for America right (2.00 / 7)
after he was elected the first time.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

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yep. now 'organizing for action' (2.00 / 2)


Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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He has grown so grey in our service. (2.00 / 17)
But it is beautiful to watch Malia and Sasha grow into such gracious young women.

It is so important that when the world looks at us they see him. (2.00 / 16)
As oppossed to Romney. He really represents not only the future of America and the world, but also what is fair and good about us.

I wonder... (2.00 / 25)
how many heads exploded with this:

It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law - for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

I don't see much wiggle room there in his wording.

Just sayin...

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I was thinking the same thing (2.00 / 23)
loved this too

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths - that all of us are created equal - is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

 

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


[ Parent ]
:) (2.00 / 22)
We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.


Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen

[ Parent ]
and wingnut heads explode as (2.00 / 20)
Luis Leon ends benediction with some Spanish

and mentions teh gays and immigrants  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


[ Parent ]
President Obama delivered so many calls to action. (2.00 / 12)
In addition to the lines already quoted in this thread, these signaled to me that he's going to bring it:

For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.  We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today's victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.


One person can make a difference if that one person is committed to making a difference. - James Hood

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Can I just say that Beyonce is awesome (2.00 / 21)
I've loved her from her Destiny's Child beginnings, and she just gets better. At Last during the last inaugural ball couldn't be bettered. But then she did Glastonbury a couple of years back, with a stunning cover of 'Sex is on Fire'. And now the best version of the Star Spangled Banner evah.

Can I just say, so much about what makes me love America was on display today

Kudos and love to you all, my fine colonial cousins

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


I really liked the Brooklyn Taberacle choir (2.00 / 19)
the faces - reflecting all of us.



"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


[ Parent ]
sheesh "Tabernacle" n/t (2.00 / 16)


"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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Beyoncé was the real story here. (2.00 / 16)
In his head, Obama was really pledging his oath of office to Beyoncé's order to be bootylicious.

Hint: I don't think conservatives are ready for this jelly.

Refugee in the War Against Sanity™


the only reason I voted for Obama (2.00 / 16)
was knowing that Mittens would have a really cheesy group of has-beens at his inauguration.

ok, not the only reason but Obama had Shakira last time too!

Can you imagine who Mittens wuld have as entertainment? How many Osmonds can one hear from?  


[ Parent ]
meatloaf..??.. (2.00 / 16)


"No disrespect intended, please accept my apology and disregard my previous comments."~GTP

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lol, aarrgghh Meatloaf, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock (2.00 / 15)
Pat Boone, Hank Williams JR. and Charlie Daniels!

What a lineup!

If Romney would have won I'd have to shove icepicks in my ears.


[ Parent ]
Victoria Jackson improv, (2.00 / 14)
Bain Tabernacle Choir, the lyric poetry of Alex Jones.

[ Parent ]
Heh ~ the real story is ... (2.00 / 17)
Michelle's bangs: love 'em or hate 'em?  My twitter feed has been all over some wisps of hair.  

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

[ Parent ]
Not sure. Seems that they hide too much of her beautiful face, (2.00 / 13)
but perhaps the look will grow on me.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

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And what do they say? Am with the hate 'em group. ;-( But loved (2.00 / 12)
the Inaugural Address!

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A lot of both mixed in with "she can do what she wants." :) (2.00 / 14)
As one person mentioned, though, takes some courage to change looks so drastically right before a big event.

I need to study them for a bit longer to decide.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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Bangs? Right before The Big Day? (2.00 / 11)
The woman is brave to change her hairdo now of all times, and not in an "Oh, I can change it back tomorrow" way. I admire her for walking down Pennsylvania Ave. in heels. BTW, did you notice the leggings? And the two layers of tops under her coat? You could see her adjusting the undersleeves when she sat down to watch the parade. The women is wise in her choice of dress.

My opinion of anything but her wonderfulness is to be quashed and forgotten.

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


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Up until just a moment ago I'd only seen still photos of the new do. (2.00 / 10)
I loved it in the video I saw.

That coat was fab-U-lous!

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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heh. (2.00 / 9)
she's a total babe.  She could do almost anything and look great.  To quote some crummy movie, "if she were president, she'd be Babe-raham Lincoln."

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Watch this video! (2.00 / 7)
She so does the eyeroll ... at Boehner!

http://mattyrab.tumblr.com/pos...

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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Oh my (2.00 / 7)
Wonder what he said?

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Comment from Gawker (2.00 / 10)
Side eye into a perfect roll, micro head shake combination. Beautiful execution on contempt. If Michelle Obama doesn't go home with the gold, I quite[sic] nonverbal communication. http://gawker.com/5977763/watc...  

I don't know what Boehner said but FLOTUS was not impressed.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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Text of Richard Blanco's poem composed for today (2.00 / 20)
 
One Today

One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,
peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

My face, your face, millions of faces in morning's mirrors,
each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:
pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,
fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows
begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper-
bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,
on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives-
to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did
for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
the "I have a dream" we keep dreaming,
or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won't explain
the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light
breathing color into stained glass windows,
life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth
onto the steps of our museums and park benches
as mothers watch children slide into the day.

One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk
of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat
and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills
in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands
digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands
as worn as my father's cutting sugarcane
so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains
mingled by one wind-our breath. Breathe. Hear it
through the day's gorgeous din of honking cabs,
buses launching down avenues, the symphony
of footsteps, guitars, and screeching subways,
the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.

Hear: squeaky playground swings, trains whistling,
or whispers across café tables, Hear: the doors we open
for each other all day, saying: hello, shalom,
buon giorno, howdy, namaste, or buenos días
in the language my mother taught me-in every language
spoken into one wind carrying our lives
without prejudice, as these words break from my lips.

One sky: since the Appalachians and Sierras claimed
their majesty, and the Mississippi and Colorado worked
their way to the sea. Thank the work of our hands:
weaving steel into bridges, finishing one more report
for the boss on time, stitching another wound
or uniform, the first brush stroke on a portrait,
or the last floor on the Freedom Tower
jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes
tired from work: some days guessing at the weather
of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love
that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother
who knew how to give, or forgiving a father
who couldn't give what you wanted.

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always-home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country-all of us-
facing the stars
hope-a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it-together


What say you? (2.00 / 13)
It is hard to know how one should compose an inaugural poem. It does seem a bit of casserole, what with his parents, King's dream, Newtown, Freedom Tower, not to mention the tower of Babel - "hello, shalom, buon giorno, howdy, namaste" - god help me in that moment I was hoping he would end the litany with the NYC version: whaddayoulookinat?

I am stuck on the "forgiving a father" bit.


[ Parent ]
Thank you so much for posting this. I thought he did (2.00 / 14)
a remarkable job reading it during today's ceremony and really appreciate the opportunity to read the words again.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

[ Parent ]
Here's the video of Richard Blanco delivering his poem today: (2.00 / 13)

I enjoyed hearing "One Today." Today has been so fabulous :-)

One person can make a difference if that one person is committed to making a difference. - James Hood


[ Parent ]
Just watched this. (2.00 / 4)
Cantor's frowning furrowed brow is priceless. He looks like he is sniffing out heresy. "What's this? A gay Latino immigrant reading a poem?" He will have to write a new law forbidding such nonsense. Compare Michelle O's response.

[ Parent ]
Been reviewing several gay blogs for comments on today's events. (2.00 / 16)
There at least there is almost universal praise for the inaugural ceremony and extremely loud acclaim for Obama's speech in particular.

Apparently I missed a terrific speech (2.00 / 17)
This was the most sustainedly "progressive" statement Barack Obama has made in his decade on the national stage.

I was expecting an anodyne tone-poem about healing national wounds, surmounting partisanship, and so on. As has often been the case, Obama confounded expectations -- mine, at least. Four years ago, when people were expecting a barn-burner, the newly inaugurated president Obama gave a deliberately downbeat, sober-toned presentation about the long challenges ahead. Now -- well, it's almost as if he has won re-election and knows he will never have to run again and hears the clock ticking on his last chance to say what he cares about. If anyone were wondering whether Obama wanted to lower expectations for his second term ... no, he apparently does not.

snip

More detailed parsing later, but this speech made news and alters politics in a way I had not anticipated.

http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...

Of course corporate folks are here so I won't be able to watch until this evening.  >.<

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


I think it was his best to date. And he has given some (2.00 / 16)
pretty fine speeches. The entire ceremony was beautiful.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

[ Parent ]
I have to wait until I finish work also. (2.00 / 14)
I think in President Obama's second term he should give us each a billion dollars so we don't have to work.

Where's my pony billion dollars, Obama??!!??

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
I think POTUS will be much more 'liberal' in his 2nd term (2.00 / 18)
There are so many demons he had to battle - not to mention the biggest recession since the 1930s - that reshifting the overton window was secondary to crisis management.

I never understood the leftist absolutism against Obama but as that of those who were disappointed that reform might replace revolution.

However, I do understand those who politely, and consistently, pushed for a more progressive agenda on the banks, or gay marriage. That kind of pressure is necessary.

However, it was never forgiveable to call pragmatists 'apologists for fascism' or 'sell outs'. And that's where certain left of centre voices (yes Glenn Greenwald etc I'm talking about you) lost me. Probably forever.

I'd prefer one reform to the constant purity of those who never sully their hands with compromise and law making.  

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


[ Parent ]
In short, to the much advocated meme... (2.00 / 15)
The lesser of two evils is still evil...

I retort

Yes, but because it's lesser it's better


The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'

[ Parent ]
"leftist absolutism against Obama" (2.00 / 15)
I think that some of that had its roots in the 2008 election rhetoric. It was like the blind men and the elephant: everyone who "saw" Barack Obama had a different idea of what kind of president he would be. People who had been so damaged by the sheer existence of the Bush Administration were willing to imbue Obama with every progressive attribute they wanted. He would throw Bush in jail (trial optional!), get our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan on Day One, nationalize the banks ... and wash our car!!

The rest of us knew that Obama was not a left-of-the-left guy but more a center-left guy and were satisfied that he was wicked smart and that he cared about people's lives.

So when the realities of dealing with a Senate that had a lot of blue dogs in it (and that nasty filibuster rule) and the fact that we had a major economic crisis that had to be dealt with before anything ... really that could NOT be set aside ... the left-of-the-left felt betrayed. The betrayal was not Obama's ... he didn't promise the pony. But that did not stop them from complaining bitterly every time compromises had to be made.

Now we are celebrating a second term and the economy is recovering and we can maybe start making progress again.

As I tell my impatient blogging friends: 3 steps forward and 2 steps back is still progress. It just doesn't feel that way because our latest memory is of the 2 steps back.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


[ Parent ]
According to Rachel Maddow, (2.00 / 14)
the King family asked Obama and Justice Roberts to inscribe, sign, the family bible before they returned it.

And they did.


Thank you for the transcript (2.00 / 11)
I had the inauguration on the tv when hubby got home from work. :) I'm very grateful for the transcript as I'm hard of hearing. You saved me having to go find it. I can hear Obama's voice fairly well, but I love to read in case I missed anything or misheard anything (that happens often). :)




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Corporations aren't people, dogs aren't luggage (2.00 / 3)
and MITT ROMNEY ISN'T PRESIDENT!

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter

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