Inauguration Day – Mario Piperni

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Mario Piperni’s posts and graphics never cease to amaze me…

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If you lived through Republican’s disgusting display of politics over the last four years, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this message to the right from Van Jones.

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To those who wasted 4 years trying to keep this day from happening – you may as well have been trying to stop the dawn.#HopeWins#tcot#p2  21 Jan 13

Despite Mitch McConnell’s best effort, the one term presidency of Barack Obama was not to be.

I thought the President’s address was as progressive a speech as you could have hoped for.  My highlights…

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.”


“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall … Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Climate change and gay rights mentioned in a presidential inaugural address. This ain’t your granddad’s president.

John Liming shares his Inauguration Day thoughts:

I was proud to be an American when Truman was president and I have been proud to be an American under every president since up to and including President Barack Obama!

I am not proud to be an American because of who is in the white house or who is running their mouths in Washington – – I am proud to be an American because America is worth being proud about!

Some of my relatives died in the Revolution and some in some of the other wars.

I served in uniform (honorably) for seven years and a few months myself.

I gotta say, “Even if there was a president in the white house that I didn’t particularly like, when that trio of helicopters with the president inside of Marine 1 went over, I couldn’t help but shed tears of pride and joy and snap to attention and salute.

Read the rest of John’s post here.

Sounds from the Inauguration

James Taylor Performs ‘America the Beautiful’


Kelly Clarkson Sings ‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’ at Inauguration Day 2013


Richard Blanco’s Poetry Pays Homage to American Experience


Beyonce Sings National Anthem at Inaugural Ceremony


Inauguration Day Blog Roundup 1-21-2013

President Obama: ‘I love her bangs’

Bill Clinton: Don’t Trivialize Gun Culture

Debt, guns, immigration top Obama’s agenda

For Second-Term Presidents, a Shorter Honeymoon

Invocation from a woman of courage and determination

The Media Myth Of The Assault Weapons Ban And The 1994 Elections Returns

Photos: Barack Obama Loves Kids, Chairs, Fedoras, Pirates, and Nancy Reagan

The Road Forward: Gridlock Mellows Obama’s Promise Of Post-Partisanship

Orly Taitz To Court: Is Barack Obama His Own Secret Body-Double Indonesian Spy?

Will NRA Agree This Assemblyman Should Not Have A Gun? Probably, He Is A Democrat


President Obama Officially Sworn In (C-SPAN)

As per The United States Constitution, an elected President must be sworn in on January 20th of the year following the election.  The inaugural “pomp and circumstance” version will occur tomorrow January 21st 2013 because January 20th fell on a Sunday.  January 21, 2013 is also the national floating holiday for Martin Luther King’s birthday.

H/t: Yankee Clipper


The New Yorker Endorsement of Barack Obama

The New Yorker 


The morning was cold and the sky was bright.

Aretha Franklin wore a large and interesting hat. Yo-Yo Ma urged his frozen fingers to play the cello, and the Reverend Joseph E. Lowery, a civil-rights comrade of Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s, read a benediction that began with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the segregation-era lamentation of American realities and celebration of American ideals.

On that day in Washington—Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009—the blustery chill penetrated every coat, yet the discomfort was no impediment to joy. The police estimated that more than a million and a half people had crowded onto the Mall, making this the largest public gathering in the history of the capital. Very few could see the speakers. It didn’t matter. People had come to be with other people, to mark an unusual thing: a historical event that was elective, not befallen.

Just after noon, Barack Hussein Obama, the forty-seven-year-old son of a white Kansan and a black Kenyan, an uncommonly talented if modestly credentialed legislator from Illinois, took the oath of office as the forty-fourth President of the United States. That night, after the inaugural balls, President Obama and his wife and their daughters slept at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a white house built by black men, slaves of West African heritage.

Obama succeeded George W. Bush, a two-term President whose misbegotten legacy, measured in the money it squandered and the misery it inflicted, has become only more evident with time.  Bush left behind an America in dire condition and with a degraded reputation.

On Inauguration Day, the United States was in a downward financial spiral brought on by predatory lending, legally sanctioned greed and pyramid schemes, an economic policy geared to the priorities and the comforts of what soon came to be called “the one per cent,” and deregulation that began before the Bush Presidency.

In 2008 alone, more than two and a half million jobs were lost—up to three-quarters of a million jobs a month. The gross domestic product was shrinking at a rate of nine per cent.

Housing prices collapsed. Credit markets collapsed. The stock market collapsed—and, with it, the retirement prospects of millions. Foreclosures and evictions were ubiquitous; whole neighborhoods and towns emptied. The automobile industry appeared to be headed for bankruptcy. Banks as large as Lehman Brothers were dead, and other banks were foundering.

It was a crisis of historic dimensions and global ramifications. However skillful the management in Washington, the slump was bound to last longer than any since the Great Depression.

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