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Obama Inaugural Address

Jewish Values and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Do Not Belong to the Fundamentalist Right

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

President Obama's religious philosophy is broadminded rather than regressive, openhearted and ecumenical rather than narrowly focused on the beliefs and dogmas of the most inflexible absolutists on the theological spectrum. His worldview does not reject out of hand the tenets of other faith communities.

The Idea of America

William E. White | Posted 04.02.2013 | Education
William E. White

We the citizens of this nation must call on our community, state, and federal leaders to rededicate our educational system to the education of citizens through the teaching of the humanities. Education is the essential stimulant of citizenship.

Unity: The Solution We Are Searching for

Janet Murguía | Posted 03.31.2013 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

In his inaugural address, it was no mistake that the president mentioned the word "together" not once, not twice, but seven times. If there has been one thing lacking in Washington over the past four years, it has been a willingness to work together -- and both parties share in the blame.

'Why Do We Expect The Worst From Our Heroes?'

Sam Koppelman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Teen
Sam Koppelman

My generation has been programed to expect the worst from our heroes. Tiger, Weiner, A-Rod, Spitzer, Favre and Edwards all taught us that underneath that amazing golf swing, or that seemingly flawless head of hair, is the capacity to disappoint.

Obama's Messy Narrative

Mike Lux | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Anyone who wants to try and give a clear, uncomplicated picture of President Obama and his party this week has to end it a little befuddled.

Mark Blumenthal

Obama's Progressive Inaugural Themes Get Surprising Support | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's inaugural address may have irritated conservatives as much as it thrilled liberals, but opinion polling shows t...

Obama Climate Push To Tie Jobs To Environment

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

* Tax reform could help boost renewable energy - Deese * Obama also favors "targeted and smart" research spending * Divi...

Sam Stein

Obama's Speechwriter Speaks About Crafting His Inaugural Address | Sam Stein | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It is surprisingly difficult to write speeches for President Barack Obama, one of the most gifted orators in recent political history. ...

Chris Christie Blasts Obama 'Manifesto'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was willing to reach out to offer President Barack Obama congratulations after he won reelection in November, but a...

Barack's 'Ask Not'

Neil McCarthy | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

In his only Inaugural Address, President Kennedy issued his famous challenge: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." In his second Inaugural, Barack Obama told anyone who accepted Kennedy's challenge exactly what they could "do."

Yield Not to Temptation

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

On Monday morning, we watched history unfold before our very eyes. Unfortunately, by the time I arrived at the studio that evening, the temptation to be distracted from our mandate as Americans was already in full effect.

Stonewall Is U.S. History

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.25.2013 | College
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When President Obama invoked the name of Stonewall before millions watching and listening throughout the planet, chills radiated down my spine, and I felt the excitement that comes with the prospect of righting a wrong.

Obama's Clear Yet Muted Trumpet: Hope's Audacity Meets Lowered Expectations

William Bradley | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

A spirited if episodic address delivered by our first black president on the occasion of his second inauguration, acclaimed by most of the media, living up to many expectations of the Democratic base, and... a relatively flat response from the public as a whole. What gives?

Obama's Rorschach

John T. Woolley | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
John T. Woolley

Not surprisingly, people have tended to hear Obama saying things consistent with their ideological predispositions. Liberals were thrilled with his explicit references to gay rights and climate change, and conservatives have taken the speech as a pledge to defend the status quo.

Christina Wilkie

Bizarre NRA Response To Obama Inaugural Address | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, on Tuesday delivered a strange and strident rebuttal to President Bar...

Dear Mr. President: For Real Progress, We Must Break the Power of Big Money

Bob Edgar | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The 2012 elections showed just how broken our elections are, with millions discouraged from voting due to antiquated registration laws, voter intimidation and misinformation, and the manipulation of voting laws for political gain.

On Economic Justice, Will We Lead Or Be Lulled By Obama's Speech?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week the president proved again that he is a star, every bit Clinton's media equal. But neither he nor Clinton have reliably acted in the nation's best interests without pressure from a truly independent, galvanized progressive movement. That means it's our turn.

Obama Wins Praise Abroad For Climate Change Goals

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green

* EU Commission, Australia PM among those praising Obama * Obama may have best chances if he side-steps Congress * New U...

Gingrich Jabs 'Goofy Left-Wingism' In Obama Speech

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) approved of 80 percent of President Barack Obama's inaugural address, he told Newsmax on Tuesday. Th...

Obama Addresses Detroit Problem In Inaugural Speech

Posted 01.22.2013 | Detroit

Detroit was definitely on President Obama's mind during his second inauguration ceremony held on Monday. The city made a prominent appearance durin...

Inaugural Address Fit For A King: We Shall Overcome Global Warming

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Rev. Jim Ball

The president understands that for us freedom and fairness and our belief in the promise of the future are all intertwined in the great moral cause of our time: overcoming global warming.

President Obama's History-Making Gay Rights Inaugural Speech

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

By referring to the Stonewall riots in the same sentence as Seneca Falls and Selma, Obama put the LGBT rights struggle within the context of the great civil rights movements in American history. When the first African-American president says that discrimination is discrimination, that is profound.

Barack Obama's Beloved Community

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

From my vantage point on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building you could see soldiers and veterans, gay couples and immigrants, women and men, young students and seniors loudly applaud the president's message and vision.

Sam Stein

Barack Obama's Unapologetic Inaugural Address | Sam Stein | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, delivered on a crisp, overcast day at the nation’s capital, was an unapologetic o...

Obama: 'I Want To Take A Look One More Time' (VIDEO)

Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address was full of pomp, circumstance, and emotion. After delivering his speech in front of the U.S. Capitol, ...