January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of thousands congregated on the National Mall on Monday, many bundled in gloves and scarves against the cold. Some stopped in front of street vendors to buy buttons with President Obama's face on them, inaugural coffee mugs or wool hats with Obama spelled in glass beads. There were cheers when the crowd saw the presidential limousine on the Jumbotron as it arrived at the Capitol. Some took a detour away from the stage on the West Front of the Capitol where Obama would give his second inaugural address, and went to see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial as the nation also celebrated the birthday of the slain civil rights leader.
January 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After Barack Obama publicly took the oath of office for his second term on Monday, he strongly defended the ideology of his party as he urged Americans to accept compromise as a path toward solving the nation's problems. “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time,” Obama said shortly after taking the oath from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “Decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” Just over 18 minutes -- relatively short by historical standards -- the address hit several major policy priorities that Obama hopes to pursue.
January 21, 2013 |
Hours after President Obama was inaugurated, long after the parade ended and before most of the D.C. politicians got back to work, the music continued and looked as if it would go on well into the evening. Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Maná, fun. and John Legend were among the artists slated to perform at Monday night's inaugural balls (a live feed of the Commander-in-Cheif's ball is embedded below). After Obama gave a brief speech at one of the balls, Jennifer Hudson serenaded the president and the first lady to a slinky, upbeat rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together.
January 18, 2013 |
When Kelly Clarkson belts out the patriotic standard "My Country, 'Tis of Thee” at President Obama's second inauguration on Monday, it's safe to assume the performance will be memorable, considering Clarkson's well-documented vocal prowess. However, the moment could further justify use of the overwrought cliché, “What a difference a year makes,” considering the political baggage that comes with Clarkson's appearance. Early last year the singer was embroiled in controversy after she drew the ire of some fans when she offered endorsement for controversial Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
January 21, 2014 |
NEWARK -- In what must be a welcome distraction from the news of the past week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicked off a long day of inauguration events Tuesday morning with a high-energy prayer service in a Baptist church in Newark where a priest, a rabbi and a pastor gave prayers for his next term. Supporters and students from a charter school braved the cold to line the pews of the New Hope Baptist Church, a brick building with red carpets and pews, and watched Christie, a Catholic, and his wife and family clap along to a 50-member church choir and bow their heads in prayer. The day will be a busy one for Christie, if one he hopes will be a distraction from days of controversy over accusations of bullying and political payback.
December 18, 2008 |
Nickelodeon TV, the children's network, is getting ready to cover its first presidential inauguration. After an unprecedented 2.2 million people voted in Nick's online election for kids, the network figured there was interest among its audience in Barack Obama's inauguration. Its young reporters, J.J. and Lily Collins, will be in Washington for the Jan. 20 event.
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January 26, 2001
Re "Bush Starts Off by Defying the Constitution," Commentary, Jan. 24: Is Alan Dershowitz serious? He won't even allow an inaugural Christian prayer? I thought liberals were tolerant of all cultures, religions and forms of speech? What is wrong with a newly elected president wishing to publicly affirm his religious beliefs at an inauguration? Apparently, Dershowitz, being a good, conscientious liberal, feels religious elected officials must never profess their religious beliefs in public for fear of offending those who hold different religious views or none at all. But as long as Congress doesn't establish an official government-sponsored religion in defiance of the 1st Amendment, future presidents should feel free to express their religious beliefs, in accord with the 1st Amendment.
May 20, 2008 |
Nationalist Party leader Ma Ying-jeou took office as Taiwan's president today, promising to seek greater economic cooperation with rival China and ease decades of tensions. The inauguration of Ma, 57, represents a clear break from the eight-year presidency of Chen Shui-bian, whose confrontational pro-independence policies often led to friction with Beijing -- and with the U.S., Taiwan's most important foreign partner. Vice President Vincent Siew was sworn in shortly after Ma, together with Premier Liu Chao-shiuan and his Cabinet.
January 21, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Television viewers in Cuba reportedly had the chance to watch U.S. President Obama's inauguration on Monday via a news feed from Venezuela's Telesur network. A real-time news feed from Telesur was made available to Cuban TV viewers only since Sunday, "for a few hours a day," state media said. Obama's inauguration speech was aired Monday on Telesur accompanied by a commentator who cast doubt on some of the U.S. president's assertions, reported Mexico's state news agency Notimex from the Cuban capital, Havana.
January 23, 2009
Re "Invocation draws mixed reviews," Jan. 21 The Times says Rick Warren's inaugural invocation got "mixed reviews" -- he mollified gay-rights supporters and yet dared to invoke the name of Jesus and utilize the Lord's Prayer. This is a mixed-up critique. To whom is prayer offered? Where in the Bible (or any sacred Scripture) does prayer to a deity require pleasing supporters of gay rights? Where do Scriptures affirm that prayers to God should appease atheists? The Bible does offer a litmus test for prayers to be acceptable to the Father.