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In Obama’s second inaugural address, he calls on U.S. to help poor, elderly

January 21, 2013

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— Declaring “our journey is not complete,” President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy.

“Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” Obama said in his relatively brief, 18-minute address. “We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class,” he added, echoing his calls from the presidential campaign that catapulted him to re-election.

The president declared that a decade of war is ending, as is the economic recession that consumed much of his first term.

The inaugural fanfare spread across the capital Monday, with a joyful parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and two glitzy inaugural balls in the evening. The president also lunched with lawmakers in the Capitol following his address.

Before diving into the afternoon celebrations, Obama previewed an ambitious second-term agenda, devoting several sentences in his address to the threat of global climate change and saying that failure to confront it “would betray our children and future generations.” Obama’s focus on climate change was notable given that he barely dealt with the issue in his first term.

In an era of looming budget cuts, he said the nation has a commitment to costly programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. “These things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us,” he said.

Sandwiched between the bruising presidential campaign and relentless fiscal fights, Monday’s inaugural celebrations marked a brief respite from the partisan gridlock that has consumed the past two years. Perhaps seeking a fresh start, Obama invited several lawmakers to the White House for coffee before his speech, including the Republican leaders with whom he has frequently been at odds.

Among then was the Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. In a statement following Obama’s swearing-in, McConnell said the president’s second term represents “a fresh start when it comes to dealing with the great challenges of our day.”

Looking ahead to those challenges, Obama implored Congress to find common ground over the next four years. And seeking to build on the public support that catapulted him to the White House twice, the president said the public has “the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”

“Not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals,” Obama said.

Moments earlier, Obama placed his hand on two Bibles — one used by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the other by Abraham Lincoln — and recited the brief oath of office. Michelle Obama held the Bibles, one on top of the other, as daughters Malia and Sasha looked on.

Vice President Joe Biden was also sworn in for his second term as the nation’s second in command. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, several Cabinet secretaries and dozens of lawmakers were on hand to bear witness to history.

Monday’s oaths were purely ceremonial. The Constitution stipulates that presidents begin their new terms at noon on Jan. 20, and in keeping with that requirement, Obama was sworn in Sunday in a small ceremony at the White House. Because inaugural celebrations are historically not held on Sundays, organizers pushed the public events to Monday, the same day the nation marked the late civil rights leader King’s birthday.

Obama soaked in the history on a day full of traditions as old as the Republic. Gazing over the crowd before retreating into the Capitol, he said, “I want to take a look, one more time. I’m not going to see this again.”

After a stunning sunrise, the weather for the swearing-in and parade was chilly — upper 30s rising into the lower 40s — and overcast.

Once the celebrations subside, Obama will be confronted with an array of pressing priorities: an economy still struggling to fully a recover, the fiscal fights with a divided Congress, and new threats of terrorism in North Africa. The president has also pledged to tackle immigration reform and stricter gun laws in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., — sweeping domestic reforms that will require help from reluctant lawmakers.

Obama is also facing fresh concerns about terrorism in North Africa. In the midst of the inaugural celebrations, a U.S. official said two more Americans died in Algeria, bringing the U.S. death toll from a four-day siege at a natural gas plant to three. Seven Americans survived, the official said.

The president did not offer any specific prescriptions for addressing the challenges ahead, though he is expected to offer more detail in his Feb. 12 State of the Union address.

Asserting “America’s possibilities are limitless,” he declared at the Capitol: “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together.”

“We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit,” he said. “But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”

Obama’s second inaugural lacked the electric enthusiasm of his first, when 1.8 million people crammed onto the National Mall to witness the swearing-in of the nation’s first black president. Far fewer people attended this year’s inauguration — officials estimated up to 700,000 people — but the crowd still stretched from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. And shortly before the president spoke, U.S. Park Police announced that the public viewing areas on the Mall were full.

Security was tight across Washington, with streets closed off for blocks around the White House and Capitol Hill. Military Humvees and city buses were being used to block intersections. Volunteers fanned out near the Mall to help direct the crowds.

David Richardson of Atlanta and his two young children were among the early-goers who headed to the Mall before sunrise.

“We wanted to see history, I think, and also for the children to witness that anything is possible through hard work,” Richardson said.

Wendy Davis of Rome, Ga., was one of thousands of inaugural attendees who packed Metro trains. Davis came four years ago as well but was among the many ticketholders who couldn’t get in then because of the massive crowds.

“I thought I was early last time, but I obviously wasn’t early enough,” she said.

By 8 a.m. thousands of people were also waiting in security lines that stretched a block to gain access to the spots along the parade route that were accessible to the general public without a special ticket.

The cold weather was easily tolerated by Marie-France Lemaine of Montreal, who received the trip to the inaugural as a birthday present from her husband. She headed up an Obama advocacy group in Quebec that cheered on the president from north of the border.

“The American president affects the rest of the world,” she said.

Comments

cheeseburger 1 year, 11 months ago

Translation: I believe in redistribution, and I will work vigorously to enact and enable it.

Shelley Bock 1 year, 11 months ago

Good for redistribution then! Let the rich help out the people they walk on and forget.

Hoots 1 year, 11 months ago

Bush brought us the Patriot Act and the Dems screamed, Bush ordered drone strikes and the Dems screamed...Obama extended the Patriot Act and ordered tons more drone strikes than Bush and the Libs are now...SILENT . So what gives here people? Is wrong only wrong when it's not your guy? How morally and intellectually bankruptcy can you get?

msezdsit 1 year, 11 months ago

I am not right wing neoconservative so in your eyes I'm a liberal and I guess that makes it not ok for me to keep screaming about the drone strikes and the patriot act. How much louder would you like me to scream. Problem is when Bush implemented this assault on humanity Obama just continued it and Romney most definitely would have continued it. So, the two guys that corporate america bought and paid for offered no solution. We will get blowback from this and it aint gonna be pretty.

Whats your point. I am sure all this stuff was ok with you when bush was doing and now not ok when obama has continued his bush imitation

To quote a quote of one of the posters on this forum.

"So what gives here people? Is wrong only wrong when it's not your guy? How morally and intellectually bankruptcy can you get, Hoots.?"

kernal 1 year, 11 months ago

No, KansasLiberal, there are still some Moderates hanging in there trying to quell the nutty and ignorant Tea Party contingent

George Lippencott 1 year, 11 months ago

Exactly what was bigoted, hate filled, and dishonest? It is an opinion so honesty does not play. Exactly who did he slam except his perception of those who are takers - do you believe that is a null set? I guess you could argue he was "hatefilled" in the way he addressed his notion.. I would argue thta your responses are no better

kernal 1 year, 11 months ago

Then I would suggest you change your moniker from Moderate as it no longer suits you.

George Lippencott 1 year, 11 months ago

I get this a lot. Perhaps I am the moderate and the rest of you are more extreme. I* bet all your friends think like you. Mine have varied opinions on both sides of the aisle.

jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

Perhaps not.

You sure seem mostly conservative to me, with a couple of more moderate/liberal ideas.

George Lippencott 1 year, 11 months ago

Or maybe I am moderate and you are very liberal??

jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe not.

I regularly disagree with my father in law, who is staunchly liberal.

George Lippencott 1 year, 11 months ago

It was all opinion. We need to do a better job on here separating things. There are lazy people, some people did get free gas whether they needed it or not, continued deficits will cause us a "Greece".

Sure his argument is hyperbole. A lot of that from both sides of the aisle on here. Ascribing this to all Republicans or ignoring that some Democrats revel in it is disingenuous.

By the by my comment was to several of you - not just you. I can not control where LJW puts comments when there are several on the same post.

Hoots 1 year, 11 months ago

I pretty sure you need to look up the word bigot.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 11 months ago

So what other bile and vitrol do you have in your basket, lawrenceguy40??

Geez, I am glad that I can take a more positive attitude on everything.

Katara 1 year, 11 months ago

I seem to recall when folks heckled George W. Bush, they were called traitors.

jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

Yes, but even worse than that, if you disagreed with him you were a traitor.

Hoots 1 year, 11 months ago

I wish these idiot politicians would actually fix something for once instead of giving one meaningless speech after another. All I hear is blah...blah...blah. The folks in Washington are great at producing hot air but not much else.

Brendon Allen 1 year, 11 months ago

cheeseburger: Ronald Reagan manhandled your beloved 2nd Amendment way more than Omama has done where were you then? Did common sense prevail? If you want to talk about trampling the constitution I would start with what the Bush and Obama administration has done to your 4th and 1st amendment rights. How come right wing wingnuts come off the handle about the 2nd amendment but the reason they often give is the government infringing their "god" given rights and they need guns to stop the tyranny but then the very reason they want them is being taken from them and they say nothing. Start there...

In_God_we_trust 1 year, 11 months ago

The worst President in the history of this country. He now wants to help the poor, (now that the country is in debt to it's eyeballs), and thanks to his policies, there is more unemployed and poor in this country than ever before. Now he wants to abuse the office of President to infringe on the 2nd amendment. The country is in mourning.

beatrice 1 year, 11 months ago

Before Obama became president, you could own guns. When he is finished, you will be able to own guns.

Not sure I see the infringement of which you write.

In_God_we_trust 1 year, 11 months ago

Perhaps this will help make it more clear: Source GOA. "Germany just implemented "a vast registry that details every legal gun owner in the country, along with information about all of their firearms."

They did this, based on records that, in some cases, "were kept on index cards across what used to be 551 separate local registries."

Thus, with everyone's name already on an index card (read: 4473 forms) in what was effectively a "universal background check," it was a small step to a national gun registry.

Not surprisingly, "gun rights groups" in Germany raised no real opposition. "We are used to it," said one.

Now, in the words of The Washington Post:

 If they are preparing a raid on a house, they can scout the address in the database to be better prepared for what weapons might lie within.  Before the database, they could only guess at overall numbers, and finding the weapons registered to a certain address had been laborious.

Do we need any better indication of why "universal background checks" are the most insidious aspect of Barack Obama’s gun control?

We know that gun confiscation is the ultimate endgame for many of the gun grabbers on the Left. Consider just a few, recent well-known cases:

  • "Confiscation could be an option," declared New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview (December 27, 2012).

  • "We cannot have big guns out here," said Iowa Rep. Dan Muhlbauer. "Even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them." (Interview with the Iowa Daily Times Herald, December 19, 2012.)

  • "No one is allowed to be armed. We're going to take all the guns," said P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of the New Orleans police, right before several law-enforcement agencies began confiscating the firearms of lawful gun owners in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (2005)".

verity 1 year, 11 months ago

Really? That's what some of you took away? I feel really sorry for you and your sad, pitiful, negative lives and misinterpretations of what people have said.

A comment I heard was something to the effect---make me believe in the possibilities of America again. We have taken some real hits lately and a lot of people have suffered, are suffering, often through no fault of their own.

We need to walk forward together with optimism.

beatrice 1 year, 11 months ago

Backwards....like lemmings backing off a cliff. Republicans.

akt2 1 year, 11 months ago

He could have started by circumventing the taxpayers money on pomp and circumstance, and using it to feed the hungry or some other useful purpose. It's sickening to think of the expense and what a waste it is. All for a few pictures for the history books.

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 11 months ago

The free cell phones are only for those with a major disability and of a certain income level who may need to call 911 in a medical emergency. Are you really angry about that? They are also available though KanCare with the same requirements.

verity 1 year, 11 months ago

Except that the taxpayers don't pay for most of it, the money comes from private donors.

The cost of public services caused by the crowds, such as additional police, etc., are paid from public funds, but the event also produces added revenue from both sales taxes and the income generated for private businesses.

beatrice 1 year, 11 months ago

Tell it to those who gave millions to Mitt Romney.

ksjayhawk74 1 year, 11 months ago

You served at one time and now you hate your President and want to leave the country. You're a true patriot!!!

Shelley Bock 1 year, 11 months ago

Sorry, but that is total and complete paranoia. Were you protesting Bush's unfunded wars? No, I suspect. Haven't you heard the Tea Baggers saying "Do it my way or the highway?" This bears absolutely no resemblance to Germany in the 1930's.

Get real and off of the racist gibberish! Whoever is the President is your president!

ksjayhawk74 1 year, 11 months ago

My comment was sarcasm.

And yes, I did protest GWB going into Iraq at the huge rally in New York City.

tomatogrower 1 year, 11 months ago

How has he destroyed the country? You can't find a job? Maybe you should get more education. Why are you relying on the President to find one for you? He helped get us out of Iraq, and working on getting us out of Afghanistan, not as fast as I would like. He took out the holy leader of our real enemy, without invading another country. He has been trying to stop companies from taking their factories out of the country, but the House keeps stopping him. Or are you one of those who people who don't want to buy health insurance, because you can go to the community hospital and see a doctor, sticking us hard working people with the bill?

KEITHMILES05 1 year, 11 months ago

You are a very, very bitter person and that bitterness and vileness is coming forth. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speakth" and that was the Lord speaking.

I invite you to leave this country as your allegiance is very shallow. This country doesn't need your type.

Be gone already!

Centerville 1 year, 11 months ago

Yea, it's a big help to the elderly poor to take that $700 billion out of Medicare. Or moving everyone who's worn out their unemployment into Social Security Disability, which now makes retirement benefits on a path to be cut by 25% in 15 years. But just say to yourself "How dare anyone mention that!" and you'll feel better.

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't think so. To get Social Security disability you have to be, wait for it, disabled, and you have to have the medical records to prove it. There is a ginormous waiting list. Your assertion of people going automatically onto SSI from unemployment is wrong.

waitjustaminute 1 year, 11 months ago

Preserve . . . protect . . . defend. In this case it was closer to being he'll make it subserve . . . completely reject . . . try to descend. That's what a socialist will do.

fearsadness14 1 year, 11 months ago

After reading the above posts, I've learned that I need to move to a country with more liberal policies and wayyyyyyyyy less religion.

Corey Williams 1 year, 11 months ago

"If I were a few years younger, I would be looking for a new place to live!"

waitjustaminute 1 year, 11 months ago

and did you see those Bibles the Pres and VP were sworn in with? Wrapped in asbestos it looked like.

kernal 1 year, 11 months ago

That Bible you think looks like it's wrapped in asbestos is worn because it was Lincoln's Bible. The leather covers don't survive well when they're stuffed in saddle bags and frequently read.

beatrice 1 year, 11 months ago

And have you done more public service this week?

(Didn't think so.)

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 11 months ago

First threew words of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

"A well-regulatedMilitia" "A Well-regulater militia" "A wel-regulated militia"

Dare I say it again........"A well-regulated militia"

Where does it say that the founding fathers intended for insane, idiot murdurous gun-nuts have the right to own weapons that the founders could not have possibly imagined and be free to purchase, trade or deal in such killing devices unfettered by common sense??

"A well-regulated militia" Anyone hee not understand the real meaning intended here?????

ksjayhawk74 1 year, 11 months ago

To end the confusion about the "well regulated" and "militia" parts, the 2nd amendment should be changed to just say; "GUNS!"

KSWingman 1 year, 11 months ago

The first three words are part of a subordinate clause. It does not limit the body of the sentence, merely comment upon it.

Do you know the original and current meaning of "militia" in the United States, and why that subordinate clause alone does not in any way limit the right of the people to keep and bear arms?

When the Constitution was ratified, private citizens owned the most advanced weapons and weapons platforms of the day: cannon, mortars, warships, and explosives. Given the writing of both Federalists and Anti-Federalists, the most modern military-grade weapons of any particular era were exactly what the Founding Fathers intended when they wrote it.

The Second Amendment isn't about hunting or target shooting. It is about the natural right of self-defense (the first law of nature, according to John Locke), and protection from all enemies, foreign and domestic, according to George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment.

"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." -George Mason

"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?" -Patrick Henry

jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

Then we should all have tanks and nuclear weapons, right?

KSWingman 1 year, 11 months ago

Not all of us. I trust me. You, not so much.

:-)

Since we're talking about private ownership, I'll ask you in reply: Can you afford a tank or nuclear weapon? I can't , so I don't worry about it.

jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

Of course not.

But, the point remains - if we're to have the most modern weapons available, that would include those, as well as drones, etc. Most people don't actually believe that, so where do you draw the line and why?

Rich people can afford to buy tanks, I would think.

KSWingman 1 year, 11 months ago

Very, very rich people can afford to buy tanks, and owning a tank is not prohibited by Federal law or the laws of the State of Kansas..

Very, very, very, very rich people can afford to buy nuclear weapons, and owning a nuclear weapon is not prohibited by Federal law or the laws of the state of Kansas (although 3 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have laws prohibiting private ownership of nuclear weapons).

Both may be prohibited by Lawrence city ordinance, however. If not, you should contact your city councilman if you're worried about it.

Do you know what a drone is? It's an RC plane with a camera. A 14 year old could build one from a kit, completely legally. Aside from spying on coeds while they sunbathe topless at Clinton Lake, they're not much of a threat.

And many people in this country, although sadly not most anymore, believe that our anything is allowed except for those things which are specifically prohibited under the law. I believe that. Do you?

jafs 1 year, 11 months ago

That's really skirting the issue, I think.

Do you really believe that all citizens should be able to have whatever level of weaponry that they can afford, and that that was the intention of the founders with the 2nd amendment?

Centerville 1 year, 11 months ago

A very bad time to stake your living on government benefits. The further off the plantation you can operate, the better.

Brendon Allen 1 year, 11 months ago

I think the main point that is missed in the second amendment is that it, itself has the term regulation in it, so how regulation of guns is striking down any part of it when it, itself mentions regulation is just too much for me. Again when reagan did these exact steps (and more) as president and then after he was out of office I never heard impeachment after the firearms owners protection act was passed. Come on right wingers who hold Reagan up as Messiah what did you say then? Much like the bible I am sure you over look this and just pick and choose what serves your purpose, especially when one who is "not like us" is holding office.

Citing statistics suggesting 9,200 murders are committed each year in the United States using handguns, Reagan said, “This level of violence must be stopped. Sarah and Jim Brady are working hard to do that, and I say more power to them.” It was a 180 degree turn from Reagan’s 1975 piece in Guns & Ammo magazine, when he said that gun control is pointless because murder cannot be prevented.

Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

I expect nothing less form Dobama then another 4 years of assult on my paycheck and watching the takers enjoy it.

Shelley Bock 1 year, 11 months ago

You might want to start using the correct name "Obama" rather than showing your racist self. Staying away from your slurs can enhance the credibility of your thoughts.

beatrice 1 year, 11 months ago

When the opposition needs to resort to name-calling to make a point, you know you've won.

It makes me so happy to know how miserable some people are over Obama's re-election. Yes it does.

Brendon Allen 1 year, 11 months ago

Oddly I just looked at my paycheck and due to brownbacks cuts I am paying less now that I was last year for this same paycheck. His cuts offset and then some the payroll tax coming back. So go back to your right wing quote book and find another gem to throw out that is not true. We can discuss what Sam's cuts will mean to our future but the fact is I doubt anyone has had any assault on their paycheck and to say so is just plain uninformed. But again I expect nothing less...

Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

Really? Wait until '14 when Dobama care kicks into high gear. Sams cuts wont mean squat. Go back to your left wing fantasy world

tomatogrower 1 year, 11 months ago

So all the Republicans in Congress are going to vote for a tax raise? Go back to your old high school, and ask your US government teacher for another lesson in government duties. Appropriation bills have to pass the House first. So the bills that are coming due next month when the debt ceiling will have to be raised were approved by the House. During the Bush administration the debt ceiling was raised 8 times. So far, during Obama's administration the debt ceiling has only been raised 3 times. Where were your complaints 8 years ago?

riverdrifter 1 year, 11 months ago

Where it was when Bill Clinton left it, largely.

kernal 1 year, 11 months ago

You forgot the eight years between Clinton and Obama, Armstrong.

riverdrifter 1 year, 11 months ago

True, that: it does not remember, when it comes to facts.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 11 months ago

I sort of get amused when I look over the comments to some of these articles. The comments, that is , that this newsrag does not censor or delete.

In many any other coungtries in the workd, the author of some of these remarks would be jailed or shot for making them pubicly. We have the First Amendment that allows anyone, including myself, to vent their spleens no matter how obsoxious such discourse may be (except anything that the Journal-World is frightened of)

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Brendon Allen 1 year, 11 months ago

Armstrong: Yeah I wish we could just go back to Nixonian rates for those in my tax bracket. Ahh the good ole days! urrrrr wait...

http://policygrinder.com/jimmagruder/files/2011/04/Income_Corp_CapitalGains_Rates-650x603.png

But don't let a little thing like facts get in the way!

Also I have an insurance plan through my work so the affordable care act does nothing to or for me.

Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

Who do you think is going to pay for Dobama care - hint, not the takers

Shelley Bock 1 year, 11 months ago

Again, you show your racism by not using the correct name. Automatic disqualification of your thoughts.

Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

You have a mighty open defenition of racism.Actually quite laughable

Brendon Allen 1 year, 11 months ago

I assume if you do say his name it is the full Barack Hussein Obama to remind us he is not "one of us"

Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

someones trollin motor is in high gear - again

lunacydetector 1 year, 11 months ago

are we about to see what would have happened if our most distinguished of any and all elderly statesmen, jimmy carter, won a second term?

Centerville 1 year, 11 months ago

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riverdrifter 1 year, 11 months ago

Ditto for you. Now wipe your spittle off your display and keyboard.

ThePilgrim 1 year, 11 months ago

Just had a thought - if Romney would have won, would he be swearing in with his hand on the Book of Mormon?

beatrice 1 year, 11 months ago

Fortunately for America, we will never know.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 11 months ago

Could be....The Bible or Book of Mormon are religious fantsies written down by humans who are just as falible as any of us and subject to any sort of imaginary flubdubbery or relitious fraud that they can fabricate..

They have no legal standing or effect on the words of the oath. Merely window dressing..

beatrice 1 year, 11 months ago

A lawfully elected man was re-elected as OUR President. May we wish him success in leading our nation and may he make America a better place than when he began.

verity 1 year, 11 months ago

I listened to President Obama's inaugural speech. I must have heard a completely different speech than many commenting here heard. I didn't hear any promises of free stuff.

I'm looking at the transcript right now. No, no free stuff promised.

"Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional -- what makes us American -- is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'"

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 11 months ago

Come on, Verity. These teabaggers got their collective butts kicked in the election and are flailing around to establish some sort of viability. That entails discrediting the lawfully elected president.

Look fotr this Rush Limbaugh style of commentary from the far right for the next four years.

Corey Williams 1 year, 11 months ago

You're thinking of the state of the union speech.

Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

Gosh it sounds just like BDS Brownback Derangemnt Syndrome

Corey Williams 1 year, 11 months ago

I thought that was Bush Derangement Syndrome? Oh, that's right, there aren't any republicans who will talk about him anymore.

KEITHMILES05 1 year, 11 months ago

Truly sad there is a segment of the population who has no concept of the truth facts but only in their very small minds do they wish to convince themselves.

Ever since we've had Social Security and Medicare there have been many millions partaking. That is a fact and it's there and always will be. For those naysayers calling these people "takers" is a national disgrace and shows your true ignorance and lack of patriotism.

I could go on and on and list each and every talking point but we know what they are.

It's truly sad this country has sunk to a level of despicable behavior and attitudes towards one another.

I got a good laugh at a poster who says they spent time in the military and Obana is ruining everything said poster stood for and the poster suggested it's time to leave the country.

I agree.....get the heck out of here. We'll be better off without you!

hedshrinker 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you verity, for providing some content fr the inauguration speech....I found this AP article lacking in consistent objectivity b/c it used loaded , perjorative, rather passive-aggressive language over and over, downright snarky a couple times ...and who wrote the stupid headline which had little to do with the speech and was guaranteed to set off the tea partiers in our midst.. the article didn't talk about any of the points the President made which were almost all about our nation's universal ideals ...he spoke as the constitutional scholar he is and I am shocked at the hateful, divisive comments above. I was inspired and proud, thought the whole inauguration was wonderful...so inclusive and representative of our ever-growing and changing country. I have to say, the funniest moment was watching the procession out with Beyonce and Jay-Z being mobbed by well-wishers after she knocked it out of the park with our national anthem, and they were immediately followed by Representative Paul Ryan, looking alone and bereft!

fancy80 1 year, 11 months ago

More like lip synced it out of the park. And on such a joyous day of hope and change and lectures of how we should join together to overcome the problems our country is facing, why on earth would the crowd boo Paul Ryan? is that the country the left wants? seriously???

hedshrinker 1 year, 11 months ago

lip synching is fairly common practice in that venue...even a famous quartet with YoYo Ma pretended to play over a pre-recording last inauguration b/c the frigid temps altered the instruments. not the worst crime in the world....it was her voice.....also, I think Ryan deserves whatever bad reviews come his way...his everyday practice is to smirk and sneer and blatantly lie about everything from the most personal (his athletic prowess) to the most important and far-reaching (his so-called economic plan), which is a total gutting of the senior safety net and wealth re-distribution to "corporate citizens". He is an arrogant bully who dishes with the best of them, so he shouldn't cry foul when people call him on it.

Trumbull 1 year, 11 months ago

“Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” President Obama

riverdrifter 1 year, 11 months ago

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57565063/native-american-women-veterans-celebrate-presidents-inauguration/

I loved a beautiful and wonderful Sioux lady many years ago, but, dang, it wasn't to be. Anyway, this was my favorite part of the parade.

Alyosha 1 year, 11 months ago

The President, unlike you, actually taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. A little jealousy on your part is understandable.

It's humorous that you believe you know more about the constitution than the President — you who do nothing but post hyperbolic nonsense, while he is, you know, actually President, and will be remembered and debated long after you're forgotten.

Hurts, doesn't it.

fancy80 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually, she is the one who looks "hateful" and "bitter".

Anthony Mall 1 year, 11 months ago

Liberals think that business owners should pay more in taxes, more for healthcare, and hire more people, the unemployed should get extension after extension, and welfare recipients should get a raise... All the time making illegal immigrants, legal??? Yeah, he is a great leader teaching the hard lesson of "sit on your butt and let everyone else work for you" .... What was the point of getting an education when people on unemployment can work for cash, and still get money every week??? Pathetic

verity 1 year, 11 months ago

You really should check your reality. I do have to admire you for the number of straw men you were able to throw out in a few short sentences.

Katara 1 year, 11 months ago

So how did you feel about illegal immigrant amnesty when George W. Bush advocated for it?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/nov/10/20041110-123424-5467r/?page=all

blindrabbit 1 year, 11 months ago

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blindrabbit 1 year, 11 months ago

After being "comment removed" on my prior this subject, I edit my comments! It is funny to read all of the Teabagger comments about President Obama's speech. Don't these people realize that they are setting up the GOP to future election losses. Don't blame the President for your election losses/woes, just look to what you had to offer (look in the mirror so to speak). The blame lies with/among the following culprits, Limbaugh, Missouri Akin, Indiana Mourdock, Koch's, Perry, Romney, Santorum, Rove, O'Reilly, Faux News, Cantor, Boehner and Citizens United. Additionally, two long time GOP'ers are especially guilty: (1) The long term Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was willimng to sacrifice the well being Country in order to deny the 2008 election results, utilizing over 200 fillibusters to obfiscate Obama's leadership. McConnell is acting now in a concratulatory tone, realizing that he will probably face Ashley Judd in the 2014 Senate race.. (2) Senator John McCain, with whom I served with on the USS Oriskany, a flipflopper of the first order who has become the darling of the Sunday TV talk show circuit, as the "Sabbath Blabbermouth", a guy who cannot resist a vacant microphone.. This is the same individual who was willing to foist Caribou, Momma Bear Barbie on the country. God bless us all, and Anchors Aweigh.

George Lippencott 1 year, 11 months ago

You talk as if the world is binary. I would opine that a majority of the populace is nowhere near the far right and similarly a majority does not accept all of what the left wants. You have to choose one or the other. The Republicans brought their defeat down on themselves. Are the Democrats going to over read that and self destruct before the next election??

We are already spending between 22K and 30K per defined "poor" person. The elderly have medicare and social security. Some of the more extreme in the Republican party would like to eliminate the latter and they are out of touch with the populace on that subject.

If Mr. Obama continues to re balance our contributions so that the :rich" contribute more, he will have broad support. If he drifts toward soaking the upper half of the middle as some in his party want him to do - whether because he can not get the rich or because he believes that the upper middle really should pay more - the people being asked to pay that bill just may move back to the Republicans.

George Lippencott 1 year, 11 months ago

Rather standard in the industry. Medicare covers some of the costs. The skilled nursing facility should be able to clarify the split. Did your parents have a supplement? Otherwise you cost share at 20% even for what Medicare covers.

George Lippencott 1 year, 11 months ago

If you are in power the future is bright, if you are not it is very dark. BFO

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