Politics

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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7:28am

Mon January 21, 2013
Politics

Is Joe Biden Eying A Run For The Presidency?

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Vice President Joe Biden first ran for president in the 1980s, an up and coming young pol who was knocked out of the race. He tried again in 2008 before becoming President Obama's running mate. Now, he starts another term still number two. But at a weekend inaugural event, he declared, I'm proud to be president of the United States. His son corrected him, though one persistent question is whether the vice president may try one more run in 2016.

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7:18am

Mon January 21, 2013
Around the Nation

Crowds Begin Converging On Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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3:41am

Mon January 21, 2013
Politics

Obama, Biden Take Oaths On Sunday

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

President Obama will be sworn in for a second term with fanfare at noon Monday, but the official swearing in was Sunday. Obama's second inauguration is a smaller affair than four years ago. But hundreds of thousands of people have come to Washington, D.C. nonetheless.

3:41am

Mon January 21, 2013
Politics

Much Has Changed Since Obama's 1st Inauguration

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

President Obama's second inauguration is not expected to have record-setting crowds. Also, the president is not the same man as he was four years ago.

3:41am

Mon January 21, 2013
Politics

First Lady Also Starts Her 2nd Term

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

A second term for Barack Obama, of course, always means four more years in the spotlight for his wife Michelle. The first lady's time in the White House has involved work focused on children and military families, as well as plenty of focus on her fashion, which was evidenced over the last few days with the reaction to her new hairdo, which included bangs.

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3:41am

Mon January 21, 2013
Politics

2nd Terms Are Historically Hard To Navigate

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

President Obama is the third president in a row to face the challenges of a second term, on the heels of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The last time there were three in a row, their names were Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. In the modern era, second terms have become notorious for getting derailed.

To find out what history may teach President Obama about navigating the next four years, we reached presidential historian Michael Beschloss. Welcome.

MICHAEL BESCHLOSS: Thank you, Renee.

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