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Obama Inaugural Speech

Obama's Inaugural Address Draws Some Criticism

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite the historically symbolic, hope-filled aura surrounding President Obama's inauguration, not everyone gave Obama's inaugural speech glowing rev...

100 Days: House GOP May Use Obama's Words Against Him

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans have a new weapon in their fight on the economic stimulus: President Barack Obama's inaugural address. Wednesday, a group of House Republ...

The Day the Earth Still Stood: What Will Obama Inherit?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We don't know what the world holds for us in the Obama years, but it's not likely to be pretty.

"'Begin Again the Work of Remaking America'"

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marlene H. Phillips

I am dancing with joy to see the transfer of power from a man who governed in secrecy and subterfuge to one who pledges in his Inaugural Address "to do his business in the light of day."

Inaugurating a New Century?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Feffer

On this Inauguration Day of hope and inspiration, let's inaugurate not only a new president but something more profound: a new way of living on this earth.

Will President Obama Back Multi-Generational Families?

Amy Goyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Goyer

The nation's grandparents have taken notice of the many ways the Obama model validates their own contributions to their families.

Game On...

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Mendelson

If Obama actually makes good on his words, then maybe all the suffering of the last eight years may not have been in vain.

Crown Royal, Coke and Change: The Inauguration from a Barstool in New Orleans

Linda Cronin-Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Cronin-Gross

At least for today, race, gender, and age become part of some kind of beautiful landscape where everything just seems to fit. From a bar stool in New Orleans, it looks like change.

Revolutionary Road: Obama's Inaugural

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Obama's evocation of Washington made it clear that he regards the perils that face the country as almost no less daunting than those that it confronted in battling for its independence.

"The Lines of Tribe Shall Soon Dissolve"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's political rhetoric to speak of finding unity and strength in our diversity, but how often in the past ten years have we used these differences in a tribal way to divide and conquer, electorally and socially?

A New Era of Responsibility

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

A hearty congratulations to America. After a dark stretch of wandering into the dark heart of GOP error, we have a leader worthy of our highest post. Now for the hard part.

Watching the Inauguration from a Former Slave Market

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

This afternoon, the descendants of slaves bore witness to an event their forebears could not have imagined: the inauguration of an African American as President of the United States.

01.20.09 -- Free At Last!

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The anger and feeling of betrayal that was so evident on that warm, sunny fall day in 1967 were nowhere to be seen on this bitterly cold, intermittently sunny winter day in 2009.

A Day for Democracy's Faithful

Nick Penniman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Penniman

I don't believe in a god, but I believe in something equally as improbable and audacious. No, not Obama, but American democracy.

Harlem Village Academies 7th Graders Blog the Inauguration

Deborah Kenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Kenny

2009-01-21-IMG_7316croppedfp.jpg"I'm thinking right now that if America can change, so can I. I can change my behavior, my attitude. I can make so many improvements. Like Barack, I am going to be somebody. I, too, will help America."

Welcome, President Obama

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

Forty-five years ago, I stood on the west tip of the Mall and heard the first great speech of my life -- Dr. King's "I Have a Dream." Today I stood on the east end to hear Obama redeem that dream.

Obama Inauguration Speech: FULL TEXT, VIDEO

Huffington Post | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

Watch President Obama sworn into office by Chief Justice John Roberts and then give his inaugural address. Scroll down for full text of the speech. ...

Obama's Speech Through a Cuban Lens; Leaving Rhetoric Behind

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

The serene statement delivered yesterday by Barack Obama, with his manner of carefully constructed arguments and invocations to harmony, condemned all the rhetoric to be left in the 20th century.

Obama Touches the Untouchables: Non-Believers

Steven Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Waldman

Obama's speech was brimming with religious references, and as I can tell, he made the first mention of non-believers in an inaugural address.

Obama's Sober Sermon on the Steps

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

There was something very powerful about watching this relatively young man, one of the youngest to ever hold the highest office in the land, telling the American people to grow up.

The Science of 44

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Now, finally, we have a President unafraid to declare that skepticism and rationalism have just as legitimate a claim on the public sphere as any other approach to the mysteries of the cosmos.

Presidential Security

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

The Secret Service is doing its job.

Did Obama Wink at Tehran?

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Tehran will likely interpret Obama's declared interest in finding a new way forward based on mutual respect as a clear -- and very positive -- signal to the Middle East in general, and to Iran in particular.

John Roberts Can Has Cheezburger?

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Kelly

We can't talk about what happened today without conceding that there's at least something to Great Man Theory. But I'm not talking about Obama -- I'm talking about Bush.

Our Long National Nightmare is Over

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

It turns out that a lot of people in my circle knew all about this Barack Obama long before I did. All I had to do was listen and be smart enough to remember.