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Obama Inauguration Coverage

The Presidential Inauguration: Some Interesting, Bizarre and Unusual Stories From the Past

Rich Rubino | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It is tradition that when Jan. 20 falls on a Sunday, the official inaugural ceremony is held on the following day. However, despite this apparent quirkiness, the oath of office will be administered to the president on Sunday, Jan. 20, the day prior to the Inauguration.

Why the President "Stepped Out" During His Inaugural Parade

Andrew Kreig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kreig

When Obama climbed from his limo to greet crowds assembled outside the National Archives and Navy Memorial, he followed the suggestion of the Memorial's designer William Conklin.

The Loyal Opposition

Joe Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Scarborough

What can a good Republican say about the week that has unfolded? I'm not sure. But speaking as an American, all I can say is that I'm damn proud to be a part of this great republic.

Together We Stand: The Inauguration

Joy Bryant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joy Bryant

We all stood, friends and strangers, freezing and frozen, laughing and crying, booing and cheering... together. And that's how we'll get through all the mess that our country is in.

Obama's Inaugural Speech Gets a B+

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

Watching the speech again after the Inauguration, and watching the world watch it, realizing that there was not a corner of the globe that wasn't listening, I think it is fair to have expected more.

I Did It Anyway

Beth Broderick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Broderick

I was one of the 2 million folks who braved the elements to attend the Inauguration. I expected cold and confusion and craziness and I got it in spades. I did it anyway.

Frozen, Hungover & Happy in DC

Roderick Spencer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roderick Spencer

On Tuesday, a lot of people in Washington, and I suspect everywhere else in the world, drank way too much. But for once our drunkenness wasn't to blot out reality, but to revel in it.

I Booed Bush

Gabrielle Burton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabrielle Burton

Miss Manners says you cannot permit a bravo for an operatic performance without also permitting a boo. Can we extrapolate to politicians on state occasions?

After Inauguration, Obama Celebrates with His Network

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

If nothing else, this week the city of Washington was Obamafied. People went not just to celebrate, but to bear witness, to be together, to physically join the concise ritual of swearing in the president.

Well Done, America

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Jenkins

Obama may yet prove a disappointment. The task asked of him may be too great. But for the moment that is of no account. American democracy has delivered, and done so spectacularly.

My Inaugural Reflections

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

I cannot help but think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who 47 years ago stood on steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke of his dream. Tuesday, that long-awaited, long-fought-for dream of equality was realized.

President Obama's Rejection of American Cowardice

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

President Obama has made it clear that America is no longer in the business of selling out the legacy of our Founders and the mandates of the Constitution for the sake of a little bit of extra security.

Champagne for Obama

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joan Z. Shore

France opened its heart to America yesterday, and Paris opened the doors of its magnificent City Hall to a jubilant crowd of 1,300 to watch the inauguration ceremony, transmitted live by CNN.

Boo Who?

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Menaker

There is no need to applaud Mr. Bush, but no need to boo him, either. He was our own doing, after all, and anyway, we are, perversely, in his debt.

People Rushing Inauguration Double Issue

WWD | Stephanie D. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Aside from newspapers, television networks and the news weeklies providing exhaustive coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the cele...

Kennedy's Kids Then, Obama's Kids Now

Rajeev Goyal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rajeev Goyal

I marched in the inaugural parade with members of the Peace Corps, and there are three moments that will stay with me forever.

Obama's Call to Choose Our Better History

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

As we start a new era, President Obama has asked us to reshape our destiny.

The New Age of Niceness? (or, The Valkyries of Niceness)

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig Newmark

Over the last forty eight hours, well, might be my imagination, but seems like people have gotten a lot nicer.

Obama Owes Presidency To... Stephen Colbert?

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Obama did not start surging until Colbert suddenly pulled out of the race for the White House -- or was booted out. Maybe if he'd stay in it would be Vice President Colbert today.

"You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello"

Judge David Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge David Young

We are all taught as children not to talk to strangers, but during those hours standing still or barely inching along during the Inauguration Day traffic, I violated that rule repeatedly. Still Celebrating the Online Inauguration

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Two of our hosts, Ted and Maegan, were in Washington DC for the festivities and they offer their own personal perspectives from the ground.

American Schizophrenia: Democracy Ascends, the Dow Plunges

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

If America's investors lift their eyes from their virtual ticker tapes long enough to notice that America is transforming itself, maybe they can give the economy a chance to recover

Obama's Summons

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Each of us is called to "pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America." It is a challenge that we can not afford to ignore.

"Ahlan Wa Sahlan" (Welcome) Obama. But...

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

In Amman, demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday to celebrate Bush's departure by tossing shoes at a banner with his picture on it. They did not, however, celebrate Obama's inauguration.

President Obama and the Work of Remaking America

Scott Kurashige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kurashige

Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement leaders defined their mission: "to save the soul of America." Obama's address can serve as a reminder of that incomplete mission.