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Obama Inaugural Speech

A Monarch Visits Mali

Ahmed Charai | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
Ahmed Charai

A new president takes the helm in Mali today, and Moroccan king Muhammad VI is in the Malian capital Bamako as an honored guest, to congratulate him personally as well as lay out plans to build on a relationship the king has been nurturing.

Who Speaks for the UN?

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

In his 1961 inaugural address, Kennedy called the UN one of the most important pillars of American security. No president since then has ever mentioned the UN again in an inaugural address. Last month Obama proved to be no different in his remarks.

Bye-Bye Bipartisan?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The inauguration is over. The complaining continues....

Stonewall's Inauguration

Sam Stiegler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sam Stiegler

There are tales of a butch throwing the first punch at a cop, a projectile high-heeled shoe being lobbed across the crowd, among others, all of which have been said to have ignited the crowd to resist arrest. But regardless of which catalytic moment you want to believe, something snapped.

'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.

The 'Moon Speech' Must Go Green

Theodore Johnson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Theodore Johnson

Just as Kennedy will forever be the president that inspired a nation to accomplish the impossible, President Obama has the opportunity to be one to usher the world into the Energy Age.

Obama's Heaviest Lift

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Have you ever wondered why it's become almost a hobby of billionaires to scapegoat our public schools for the widening inequality of our society? The answer is that if the problem is schools, then we don't have to think about all the other drivers of inequality. And if we can weaken a public institution along the way, so much the better. The fact is that in the late 1990s, when we had full employment, inequality narrowed and people at the bottom made the biggest gains. And we had the same schools; in fact, the test scores and graduation rates were worse back then than the ones we have today. In the 1950s and 1960s, when we had strong unions and near-full employment, the society became more equal. Face it, we could improve our test scores, and send everyone to college, but until we address the other sources of inequality, we will just have more frustrated graduates.

Republican To Bill Maher: 'Right-Wing' Is An Insult

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.28.2013 | Comedy

On Friday night, Bill Maher hosted his first show of President Obama's second term. But based on the panel discussion which included the liberal forme...

Hands On, Hands Up, Hands Off: Our Necessary Social Contract Debate

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America used to be a land where we took care of our own. Times are changing. Today, some would have the weakest and most vulnerable among us tighten their belts, lower their expectations, and take care of themselves.

Behind the Scenes at Inauguration '13 (VIDEO)

Smokey Fontaine | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Smokey Fontaine

Folks turned up to be a part of the second inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama with hope in their hearts and a dream in their eyes. America was alive that day in Washington.

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's LAST Inauguration (Phew!)

Susie Sampson | Posted 03.27.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

This was Obama's last inauguration and it was a doozy for this GOPer. I was thrilled to find some fellow conservatives though.

'Political Calculus': Making Sense of Mixed Emotions, Inalienable Rights and the Inaugural Address

Bill Moyer | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyer

As valid as the many critiques of President Obama are (his support of NDAA, counter-productive, illegal drone assassinations, the TPP, a general allegiance to Wall Street), I was still very impressed by his speech, his use of language, and the construction of his arguments.

No Apology

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

Several have noted the president's unapologetic tone in his second inaugural address. With the whole world watching, it was a call to action to end discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. For that we can be proud. I know I am.

Opposition Grows to School Deform

Alan Singer | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Alan Singer

Despite promises, a growing number of parents and teachers are unhappy with Obama's showcase program, Race to the Top. They argue it is the antithesis of the education, justice, and equality he claims is central to his ideas and American values.

A Lesson From the Inauguration: When Everything Is Partisan, Just Do What's Right

Michael Keegan | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised when Republicans started complaining that President Obama's second inaugural address was too "partisan" and lacked "outreach" across the aisle. But who was left out? What did they find "partisan"?

The Inaugural and More: Obama's Inclusive American History Narrative

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

That day, as in the inaugural address, the president gave pride of place in our country's story to victories won on the military battlefield and in the battle for equality. Placing Stonewall in that pantheon makes his historical narrative even more fully inclusive.

How Republicans Interpreted Obama's Inaugural Address

Matthew Dowd | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Many Democrats are celebrating the results of the last election as a reflection that the progressive viewpoint is where the majority of citizens want to go. This is foolhardy and creates a tremendous opportunity for Republicans.

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?

Wave That Magic Wand!

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

We have truly entered a new era. Prior to the inauguration, the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council condemned any strides forward by the gay community, but now they have waved a magic wand to make our struggles disappear! It is so nice of them!

Obama's Other Message: Times Change and Government Changes With Them

Jeff Madrick | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Jeff Madrick

To say government must be small is nonsense. Government must be the size necessary to make a society and economy work, and that is not fixed -- nor could it possibly have been known by farmers in the late 1700s.

Following Historic Speech, Working to Realize the Promise of LGBT Equality Under the Law

Ian Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Thompson

A top first 100 days recommendation is for President Obama to sign an executive order to prohibit companies that receive contracts from the federal government to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

LOOK: 11-Year-Old Trans Girl Writes Beautiful, Bittersweet Essay In Response To Obama's Speech

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Barack Obama made history on Monday when he became the first president to speak about the Stonewall uprising and the gay rights struggle during an ina...

My Inaugural Inauguration

Jake_Reiner | Posted 03.25.2013 | College

Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has revealed a passion within me for journalism and reporting that reached its highest peak this past weekend in Washington, D.C.

Can World Leaders Please Listen to Barack Obama's Words About War?

Christina Patterson | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Christina Patterson

It would be nice if we could stop bad people from doing bad things, but we can't. It would be nice if we could crush "poisonous ideologies" in other countries around the world, but we can't do that either.