We’ve already spoken of some of the ways in which history was made with today’s inauguration address (full text), but there were also some light moments, if you followed along on social media like I did.
Here are some of my favorites scenes from the day.
Did Senator Rob Portman fall asleep?
Al Roker got so excited about meeting Joe Biden that he literally dropped the mic:
First daughter Malia photobombs her parents while sister Sasha tries to get a photo:
Chuck Schumer looks very happy to see Beyonce:
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In a 20-minute, 2095-word address, President Obama today spoke to the nation on the occasion of his second inaugural, using a theme of togetherness to set the path for his second term. A decidedly progressive speech, the President spoke strongly for the need to come together to address such issues as climate change, marriage equality, immigration, gun violence and economic fairness. Below are the words of the President’s speech, released as it began by the Inaugural Committee.
Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
Monday, January 21, 2013
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Defending his performance managing Ohio’s election, Husted argued that because of the high stakes involved with being an electoral vote-rich swing state, Ohio’s elections chief is always scrutinized and criticized. (Funny, we don’t remember that happening in 2008, but that’s beside the point).
Husted’s solution to this perceived problem of Democrats and the national media picking on him? He says we should make Ohio less important in the election by dividing up our electoral votes by Congressional district.
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Mitt Romney has jumped with both feet into a foreign policy fight with Barack Obama. A fight waged with false attacks, by the way, but hey, he’s not going to let his campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.
The most recent FoxNews poll shows that not only does Obama beat Romney, handily, on the question of who voters trust to handle foreign policy, Obama is leading by 22 points among independents on the question of foreign policy:
Voters don’t trust Mitt Romney on foreign policy, so why go there?
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Like most political junkies, we watch the ads. Lots of them. Most of the time they are what’s expected and not worth talking about outside of the normal back and forth of a campaign. We certainly won’t be posting every single ad in the Presidential campaign and commenting on it.
Some ads, however, are worth calling attention to. Sometimes we’ll call an ad out to say it is particularly effective and sometimes we’ll call it out to fact-check what we think is particularly misleading.
Obama for America just released a new ad this morning called “Firms”.
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A new Quinnipiac Poll released today shows Obama holding a 2 point lead in Ohio, but more importantly, maintaining his significant edge among women. Obama leads Romney among likely Ohio voters by 44-42. Among women, the President’s margin is 50-37.
The real concern for the Obama folks has to be the turnaround among Ohio’s independent voters–another key voting block. The President led by 4 points in both the February and March polls, but now trails Romney by 5.
Women’s opinions about both candidates are largely unchanged. 50% of women still view Obama favorably, compared to 53% [...]Full Story... →
Women make up a majority—53 percent—of the national electorate, and are key to any Democrat’s path to the White House. In 2008, while Obama won the election by 7 points, his winning margin among women was 13. In Ohio, the picture was similar: women make up 52% of the electorate and went for Obama over McCain by 8 points.
Because of the importance of winning the women’s vote, we will be monitoring available polling in Ohio to see how this important demographic is feeling about the candidates. We posted earlier this month that the President [...]Full Story... →
This afternoon, I looked up at my muted TV and saw President Obama and Rep. Boehner. I unmuted. What followed was a solid hour of amazing TV. Not just amazing political TV. Seriously, I encourage you to watch the entire Q&A session between Obama and members of the House GOP.
We need more dialogue like this. But I don’t expect it to happen. Apparently, the House GOP now believes this session was a mistake…because it made Obama look good. Who cares that it made our democracy look good too!Full Story... →
President Obama recently announced that he plans to change some crappy Bush-era policies allowing doctors and pharmacists to refuse care to female patients who need contraceptives or want to terminate their unwanted pregnancies.
Anti-choice nutjobs are, of course, pissed off. But this time they are taking a new approach. Instead of their normal accusations that The President supports killing babies, they are accusing him of giving women breast cancer. Seriously.
According to Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer (and noted wingnut):
Basic medical texts acknowledge that women can help prevent breast cancer by having more [...]Full Story... →
In case you wanted to know more about the news of Russia going to war with Georgia, Tim’s place is where to go. Nobody else in Ohio is able to talk with as much experience and authority as he. Some very good insights. This is the latest:
The only way to reverse this situation is to elect Barack Obama president. That may sound convenient for an Obama supporter, but it is plainly a fact. Because the only way American power will be restored to a point where a country like Georgia isn’t a sitting duck in Russian gunsights, is [...]Full Story... →
This just in via email. Again, Binkley Toy (the outfit the SockObama Company had prototype their product) has done and is doing the right thing in steadfastly refusing to produce this racist piece of crap toy. Rob appears to be a real stand up guy and always has answered our questions quickly once contacted. Here is his note in full:
If any of your reporters are writing about the Sock Obama I would ask you to please state something very clearly. My company, Binkley Toys Inc. is not, and will not be proceeding with manufacturing the Sock Obama toy.
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