Presidential Inauguration


Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

'Not Going To See This Again': Obama's Poignant Pause To Look Back At Crowd

President Obama, as he paused to look back at the crowd before going into the Capitol.

As he walked up the steps and back into the Capitol today following his inaugural address, President Obama paused and turned around to look back.

"I want to take a look," he could be heard saying, because "I'm not going to see this again."

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Mon January 21, 2013
It's All Politics

In Address, Obama Highlights Equal Rights And Government's Role

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 6:59 pm

President Obama gives his inaugural address after taking the oath of office Monday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, calling on Americans to work together to preserve entitlements, address climate change and extend civil rights.

"Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play," the president said. "Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune."

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Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: 'One Today,' An Inaugural Poem

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 3:13 pm

Poet Richard Blanco is the author of City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead and Looking for the Gulf Motel.
Nico Tucci Courtesy Richard Blanco


Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Rapper Lupe Fiasco Booted Off Inaugural Party Stage After Criticizing Obama

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 12:49 pm

Recording Artist Lupe Fiasco performs in September 2012.
Donald Bowers Getty Images

The rapper Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage at an unofficial inaugural ball in Washington, last night.

As Politico reports, the Grammy-nominated rapper stayed on the anti-war song "Words I Never Said" for 30 minutes. Video posted by Now This News shows Fiasco dropping lines critical of President Obama, before the lights go off and men in black suits escort him off the stage.

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Mon January 21, 2013

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Second Inaugural Address

Screencap of the President delivering his address
White House