Politics

11:46am

Mon January 21, 2013
Inauguration 2013

Inauguration Day's Symbolism And Substance

Besides President Obama's oath and address, Monday's festivities will include an invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams, Vice President Joe Biden's oath and poet Richard Blanco. Looking ahead to Obama's second term, politics in Washington seems as broken and gridlocked as ever.

11:45am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Inauguration Ceremony: Memories In The Making

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:54 am

A crowd walks through downtown Washington, D.C., toward the National Mall.
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Update 2:30 p.m. 'Hoping For Unity':

With the ceremony at the Capitol complete, spectators looked ahead to their hopes for the next four years. Speaking to NPR's Tom Dreisbach, here's what some in the crowd had to say:

"I'm looking for Washington to start getting along. I mean nobody's working together. And both sides have got to give a little bit and they've got to come to some agreement on some things."

-- Alan Dillon, 50, elementary school principal, Western Slope, Colo.

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11:40am

Mon January 21, 2013
Inauguration 2013

A Chilly, Musical Morning As Inauguration Crowds Gather

Staten Island's PS22 student choral group performs as people file onto the National Mall hoping for a glimpse of President Obama later.

11:24am

Mon January 21, 2013
Politics

'A Number Of Crises' Facing Obama In W. Africa, Beyond

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGE, HOST:

And let's rejoin Steve, now, over at the Capitol.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Yeah. And let's bring one more voice into the conversation, here. Michele Flournoy is a former undersecretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration, was mentioned at one time as a possible secretary of defense in a second term. Ms. Flournoy, where are you this morning?

MICHELE FLOURNOY: We are on our way from Bethesda, downtown.

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11:08am

Mon January 21, 2013
Inauguration 2013

Taking A Train From Chicago To D.C. For Obama's Big Day

A group of women traveled 18 hours by train from Chicago to Washington, D.C., for Inauguration Day. We hear about why they and others decided to attend this year's festivities, which fall on Martin Luther King Day.

10:55am

Mon January 21, 2013
U.S.

Smaller Crowds At Capitol, But 2009's Enthusiasm Persists

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Steve, thanks very much. Now let's go just beyond the capital building, into the National Mall. That's where NPR's Ailsa Chang is. And she's between the Capitol, as I understand it, Ailsa, and the Washington Monument, right there in the thick of things.

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9:12am

Mon January 21, 2013
Inauguration 2013

Inauguration 2013: Live NPR Chat

People gather near the U.S. Capitol for the inauguration ceremony on Monday.
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Join "It's All Politics" blogger Frank James and other NPR journalists to talk about the day's events and the issues coming up in President Obama's second term.

Copyright 2013 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

9:04am

Mon January 21, 2013
Inauguration 2013

Inauguration 2013: Live Coverage

People wave American flags as they gather on the National Mall for the inauguration ceremony Monday.
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See what NPR users want President Obama to remember in his second term — then send us your own thoughts. And chat with NPR reporters about the day's events and the issues looming in Obama's second term.

Copyright 2013 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

8:58am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom'

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 7:25 pm

President Obama taking the oath of office today on the steps of the Capitol. First Lady Michelle Obama held the two Bibles on which he placed his hand.
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Calling on Americans to "answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom," President Obama used his second inaugural address to push for action on the nation's problems and to say that partisan politics should not get in the way of pragmatism.

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8:37am

Mon January 21, 2013
It's All Politics

What Now? Obama Leads Polarized Government Into Second Term

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:41 pm

As a second-term president, Barack Obama necessarily generates less excitement than he did as a newcomer. Above, flags flew during his 2009 inauguration.
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Feelings of hope and change have mostly faded.

The country is in better shape than it was when Barack Obama became president four years ago. The economy is no longer in free fall, and the nation has for the most part extricated itself from seemingly endless wars abroad.

Yet as Obama prepares to enter his second term, there seems to be less optimism about his ability to address the nation's problems than was the case when he first entered the White House.

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