Politics

6:33am

Tue January 22, 2013
Political Junkie

Monday Was All About Obama. Now All He Needs Is A Cabinet.

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 1:37 pm

President Barack Obama, center, makes a statement to the media before the start of a meeting with his Cabinet on Nov. 28, 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The day had history and symbolism written all over it: the inauguration of President Barack Obama, coming on the very day the nation was honoring the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The pomp, the ceremony, the speech, the festivities, the parade, the emotions, the hugs, the tears. It's all part of America's finest moment, and yesterday was no exception.

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Obama Urges Crowd To Seize Moment Together

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Many inaugural addresses play on themes that President Obama touched on yesterday.

GREENE: He cited the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, our tradition of self-government and earlier inaugural addresses.

INSKEEP: That's all pretty normal. What is different about each inauguration address is how the president molds those themes into the moment.

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Generations Trek To The Mall To Hear Obama's Speech

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, if you stood near where the president stood yesterday at the west front of the Capitol, looking down from there, you see down the long strip of grass that is the National Mall, past the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Inaugural Balls Celebrate Obama's 2nd Term

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Alright, an inauguration is never complete without a night of inaugural balls. Both official events were held at the Washington Convention Center.

NPR's Allison Aubrey went to check out the scene and meet the guests who were there. Turns out, when you get a ticket to a ball with the president of the United States, you just get to Washington. Who needs a hotel?

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Obama's 2nd Term Rankles Die Hard Republicans

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In his inaugural address yesterday, President Obama pressed Americans to put aside mindless partisanship. He said we cannot treat name-calling as reasoned debate. At the same time, he strongly defended his political views, voicing support for gay rights and the role of government.

The crowd of supporters out on the National Mall liked it. Republicans watching in Texas had a different view. Here's NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

JASON'S GRANDMOTHER: You want to do it?

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Republican, Democratic Lawmakers Weigh In On Obama's Speech

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. It is not clear if Congress and the White House will figure out how to work together but they at least figured out how to eat a buffalo.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

After the inauguration, members of Congress welcomed the president to a lunch of bison tenderloin. Afterwards, some told reporters what they thought of the speech. Here's NPR's David Welna.

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4:52am

Tue January 22, 2013
Politics

Rep. Cole Comments On Obama's 2nd Term

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. President Obama's inaugural address signaled that while the election is over, the argument is not.

GREENE: The president continued defending the role of government. He promoted programs for the poor and elderly and turned a popular conservative catchphrase against those who use it.

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6:21pm

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

When It Comes To Inaugural Fashion, First Family Stays The Course

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 1:24 pm

First lady Michelle Obama arrives at the Senate carriage entrance for the presidential inauguration ceremonies at the U.S Capitol.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Update at 9:05 p.m. ET Michelle Obama's Dress

NBC News is reporting that the first lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown, Jimmy Choo shoes and a ring by Kimberly McDonald to the Commander in Chief Ball. The White House said that the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives at the end of the inaugural events.

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5:19pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Governing

Obama's Speech Acts Like Preamble To State Of The Union Address

Robert Siegel talks to national political correspondent Mara Liasson for analysis of the president's speech on Inauguration Day.

2:55pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Inauguration 2013

Resolute Rhetoric: Obama's Confident Case For Government

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 9:01 pm

President Obama delivers his second inaugural address Monday in Washington.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Hussein Obama, sobered but resolute after four years as the nation's first African-American head of state, began his second term Monday with an ardent defense of government as essential to the nation's economic and moral fiber, and a call to citizens to accept their obligation to shape the national debate.

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