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January 23, 2013 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - Nearly 20.6 million people watched Monday's presidential inaugural festivities on network television, a drop of 46% from the 2009 event, which drew nearly 37.8 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings. The fall-off was consistent with audiences for other second inaugurations: in recent history, only President Nixon has enjoyed more television viewers for his second swearing-in than his first. The viewership figure reflects the average number of people who tuned to live network coverage from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET to watch President Obama's swearing-in ceremony and parade.
January 23, 2013
TV viewers had a message for President Obama and his second inauguration: Been there, seen that. Ratings on the three cable news networks Monday plunged compared with four years ago, when Obama was swept into office on a message of hope and change. A combined total of 6.7 million viewers watched CNN, Fox News and MSNBC during the half-hour starting at 8:45 a.m. Pacific time, when a reelected Obama took the oath of office and gave his address. That was a 61% drop compared with the same period in 2009.
January 23, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Mexicans and Mexican Americans have been weighing in about the performance of Mexican superstar rock band Maná at an inaugural ball for President Obama. The consensus so far? It was a good night for rock en español -- and a smart political move as well. In numerous tweets, Mexican Americans and other Latinos expressed their feelings of pride in witnessing the band playing for the Oval Office occupant. "Makes you proud to be hispanic!" wrote a young woman with the Twitter name "anais.
January 23, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
The California Homemade Food Act went into effect Jan. 1, which allows certain foods prepared in home kitchens, such as breads, granola, pies and jams, to be sold to restaurants, shops and directly to customers. Los Angeles residents looking to sell homemade goods can learn how to get their products on the market, in accordance with requirements and regulations, at a Craft Food Forum on Sunday at 3 p.m. The event will be held at California State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center where KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman and the Orange County Department of Health will discuss the new law and important implementations, such as inspections and product labeling, so those wanting to finally launch a business selling homemade foods -- now that it's legal -- can do so successfully.
January 23, 2013 | By August Brown
The world may never know just what, exactly, was coming through the speakers during Beyonce's performance of the national anthem at Obama's second inaugural Monday. Fans and critics applauded her virtuoso take on "The Star-Spangled Banner," but then sources at the U.S. Marine Band confirmed that she had used a pre-recorded version , a common practice for large televised events (especially those held outdoors in cold temperatures). It's still unclear whether or not she used an entire backing track and lip-synced, or used a mix of live and pre-recorded vocals.
January 23, 2013 | By David Horsey
The complaints of congressional Republicans that President Obama's inaugural address sent them no bouquets and love letters show a lot of gall, given the history of the last four years. Obama's inauguration speech in 2009 was crammed with language about bipartisan cooperation and ending the political rancor in Washington and what did he get for it? First, he got Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's declaration that the paramount priority of his caucus was to make Obama a one-term president.
January 22, 2013 | Kathleen Hennessey
Beyonce had belted her last note and President Obama, newly sworn in for a second term, had grabbed his last hand and given his last hug. But as he walked off the inauguration platform and through an archway to the Capitol, the president turned again to face the people who came to see him. "I want to take a look one more time," Obama said, stopping his Secret Service detail. He smiled, eyes fixed in the distance. "I'm not going to see this again. " What Obama saw was a throng of Americans filling their capital on Monday.
January 22, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, This post has a correction. See below for details
One particular moment stood out during Barack Obama's first four years as a musical-minded president, and he delivered it in sweet falsetto. Offered with casual confidence at the Apollo Theater in Harlem almost exactly a year ago at a fundraiser, the president of the United States cooed the melody from "Let's Stay Together" by the Rev. Al Green. It was a mere three words along with an introductory wail - "Heeey, let's stay together" - but within it lay a quote packed with subtext.
January 22, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
This morning, staff writer Hector Tobar and I talked about Monday's presidential inauguration through the filter of its writing, paying particular attention to President Obama's inaugural address , and the commemorative poem, "One Today," by Richard Blanco. See the video below. We started by discussing expectations, and the sense that an inaugural speech ought to rise above the concerns of daily politics to address instead the soul of the country, to instill a touch of poetry, if you will.
January 22, 2013
Like all such speeches, President Obama's second inaugural address included meditations on the uniqueness of the American experiment and calls for national unity. But without offering the sort of legislative laundry list found in State of the Union addresses, Obama also used the occasion to articulate a series of policy objectives. The forcefulness of the speech - along with recent actions such as his refusal to negotiate with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling - suggest that he will be a more ardent advocate for his positions in his second term than he was in his first.
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