Before it falls into oblivion, one item unrelated to the Inauguration: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, AG Eric Holder addressed the US Conference of Mayors.
Eric Holder calls for ‘tough penalties’ on gun traffickers
The same man who allowed the illegal sale of more 2,000 arms to cross our borders into Mexico, un-tracked and with no apparent purpose other than to create a political case for more gun regulation. The U.S. Department of inJustice Attorney Gun Trafficker is here to tell us that this administration is calling for “tough penalties” on gun traffickers — like himself. Gun trafficking is already illegal, our existing laws are not being enforced by this administration, and the bureaucratic agency that is supposed to be enforcing this law has directly violated it.
CNN pushes the narrative: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/22/opinion/kozachik-gun-buyback/index.html?eref=igoogledmn_to,pstories
Obama gave his private Oath of Office on Sunday, Jan. 20, according to law, however the inaugural ceremony and celebration were on Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. day. News reports highlighted that this year marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of MLK’s march in Washington DC where he gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.
Last week, before the inauguration, Jimmy Kimmel pulled another make-the-man-on-the-street-look-bad interview.
Interviewing the public the week before:
These are the people who answer polls. These are the people who have no clue what their politicians say, let alone do, and yet they vote.
Pre-inauguration sermon tells Obama he’s “pastor-in-chief” http://washingtonexaminer.com/pre-inauguration-sermon-tells-obama-hes-pastor-in-chief/article/2519242?custom_click=rss#.UP2Ga2dWJ41
President Obama’s recent response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., convinced the pastor who preached at this morning’s pre-inaugural church service that the president has the cleric’s touch.
Obama should be called “Pastor in Chief,” said Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., after he “thanked POTUS for work after Newtown shooting tragedy when he spoke to mourners.”
The pool reporter notes that Stanley moved from that to telling the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. “The takeaway: What do you do when in a position of power? “You leverage that power for the benefit of other people in the room,” he said. Added “Mr. President, you have an awfully big room.” Stanley “prayed that POTUS would “continue to leverage this influence for the sake of our nation and the sake of the world.’”
Newsweek had the worst with their pre-inaugural issue of Obama in a side-profile picture on a cover headline of “The Second Coming.” Blasphemy, anyone? http://www.westernjournalism.com/newsweek-inauguration-is-second-coming/
Public Swearing-In ceremony:
With his hand on two bibles, one that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and the other that belonged to Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Presidential Oath of Office
The guide to the day’s events: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/20/inauguration-day-storied-event-in-american-history-full-tradition-and-details/
Singer-songerwriter James Taylor has taken on the personality of Barbara Streisand and has decided that his musical talent gives him credibility on public policy in America. He spoke to The DC Caller about gun control and Obama’s extension of Bush’s war policies, to which Taylor said:
“I wouldn’t second-guess the president, or pretend for a second that I know better than he does,” Taylor said. “He has the information and I trust him to make those important decisions for us. That’s what it means to have faith in a leader.”
Taylor performed during a concert in Obama’s honor at the Lincoln Memorial before his first inauguration in 2009, and sang onstage during the Democratic National Convention in September 2012. Obama presented Taylor with a National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government, in 2011.
Chicago performer, Lupe Fiasco, gets kicked out of inaugural concert for anti-war rant: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-lupe-fiasco-kicked-out-inaugural-concert-20130121,0,7560111.story
2nd Inaugural Speech
Overall message of collectivism. More You-didn’t-build-that philosophy of how we’re all in this together, we all need the same roads, and we’re all one country, no one succeeds alone, so we should all march “forward” together. The media touted it as a unifying speech, but Obama just presented us with his thinly veiled, left-wing, Statist ideology and excused it all constitutionally by declaring it falls under the Declaration of Independence’s “all created equal” clause. Created equal is not an equality of outcome. It is that you start out equal, born naked, with the same inalienable rights, and you have an equal opportunity to succeed in this society. That clause in context does not imply that no matter what you do in your life, you will be guaranteed an equal outcome. This is the false premise on which Obama builds his case for a left-wing social agenda.
Inaugural Address, full speech:
Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.
For more than two hundred years, we have.
3:31 to 5:42
Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.
Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.
Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.
Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.
Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character.
But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.
This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.
For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit…
Obama concedes that ObamaCare did not do anything for the rising health care costs that were supposedly the purpose of ObamaCare: http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/22/obama-concedes-obamacare-didnt-do-anything-for-rising-health-care-costs/
… But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. 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 cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks.That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.
We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – …
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. 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. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.
That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. 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.
For now 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. We must act, we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect.
You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. [voter ID, welfare benefits to illegals]
You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals….
Inaugural Poem, One Today, by Richard Blanco. One sun, one ground, one sky, one moon, one country…
…We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always — home,
always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon
like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop
and every window, of one country — all of us –
facing the stars
hope — a new constellation
waiting for us to map it,
waiting for us to name it – together
The Unifying/Collectivist Narrative
In the spirit of one sky, one moon, one country, together “we” booed Paul Ryan at the inauguration — proving this speech to be nothing but left-wing rhetoric, inappropriately justified, by the bastardization of our founding belief that we are all created equal.
Obama set up the narrative you will hear, not only from this administration, but from the media networks as well over the course of this term. We’re going to be about social engineering for the sake of your sweet, helpless children. We’re going to be about social justice, collectivism, and nanny-state, centralized control. We are not going to be about balancing budgets, reforming bankrupt entitlement programs, or reducing debt, government spending, or regulation. Neither are we returning to constitutional limits of power. We are not going to restore the 4th Amendment that has been violated by the Patriot Act, and we aren’t so sure that we want all the freedom provided by the 2nd Amendment. We are not looking to return to the constitution or civil liberties with this president. We are looking to move “forward” and change with the times.
Things Obama did not mention in his speech? Not a whole lot to look forward to in the job market, the economy, the deficit, QE3 printing billions of dollars monthly, or a budget.
Imagine an alternate universe where it was George W. Bush, or any Republican, sworn in for a second term yesterday — but with Obama’s economic record. Imagine if after spending nearly a trillion dollars on tax cuts (instead of stimulus), Bush stood before the nation and gave an ideological address that focused almost solely on divisive social issues and never once mentioned his struggling economy.
Rather than talk about chronic unemployment at 7.8%, Bush talked about ending abortion. Rather than address an increase in poverty under his watch, Bush defended traditional marriage. Instead of acknowledging 8 million people frustrated by a lack of jobs and dropping out of the workforce, Bush advocated returning prayer to public schools. Instead of acknowledging his trillion dollar deficits, Bush made a case for school choice…
In our universe, this is exactly what Obama did. While middle class incomes drop, the cost of health insurance premiums explode, gas prices nearly double, and entitlements teeter on the edge of bankruptcy, our president pretended as though he’s the one in an alternate reality entering a second term with an economy humming as well as George W. Bush’s in 2005.
Moreover, all Obama did was to promise he would double down on exactly what got us into this mess.
But like 11 year-old girls backstage with Justin Bieber, the media can only gush…
New York Times: A Call for Progressive Values: Evolved, Unapologetic and Urgent
Washington Post: Obama’s Speech Herald’s a Bolder Leadership Style
We’ve already catalogued the shameless cable and broadcast networks.
The only issue the media seems divided over is whether they should gush harder over Obama’s speech or Michelle Obama’s bangs.
Meanwhile, in the real America outside of DC and left-wing media empires, the poor are getting poorer, the middle class is slowly being strangled, job growth is hardly treading water with population growth, there are more food stamps recipients than ever before, and more people are living in poverty.
If you were dumb enough to get your news only from the mainstream media, you would think that economic times are so flush today, the American president can afford to squander his second term socially re-engineering America.
Looks as though the media is just as determined as Obama to manufacture a reality that says we’re enjoying economic boom times, deficits don’t matter, and those crazy, stupid, racist Republicans in Congress are the real problem.
And we all said collectively… thank God:
As second-term President Barack Obama exited the inaugural platform and headed back into the Capitol, he stopped and turned around to look back at the scene and savor the view. It was hard to determine what he said at first, but a review of the tape produced this:
“I want to take a look, one more time. I’m not going to see this again.”
_ Nancy Benac , AP reporter covering government and politics in Washington
Interviewing the attendants:
Americans weigh in on Obama’s 2nd term
21 Jan. 1:35 p.m. EST
“I think that because of the reluctance of both parties to bring about bipartisan action toward the economy _ certainly everybody is affected by the economy _ I look forward to him bringing the Republicans and Democrats together. … I look forward to him bringing about compromising.”
– Beniam Fantu, 34, of Dallas.
“There are no coincidences. I don’t believe there are. This was exactly what was intended, to show how far we have come in our civil freedoms and in our civil rights.”
– Alenda Young, 39, of Chicago,
“I think he’s a great man. He’s trying his best. He did a lot his last period as I think he’s going to do a lot more in his next four years.”
– Karen Espinoza, 24, was working at a Hispanic market in Little Rock, Ark., as Obama addressed the nation Monday. She didn’t hear the president’s speech, but said she was impressed by Obama’s efforts on immigration reform. ~APWire
As Obama sworn in Immigration activists plan protest in Chicago: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-inauguration-day-march-20130121,0,3558584.story
Fluff coverage (AP feed, ABC, CNN, Fox)
- It was altogether a more intimate affair than four years ago. Just a party of untold hundred thousands, chilling in the nation’s backyard. No match for the staggering masses and adrenaline-pumping energy of his first turn as president on the West Front of the Capitol. But a lively second act. _ Calvin Woodward, AP political reporter
- Graph of the weather: We have warmer weather this inauguration than we did in 2009. Prepare for it to be used as another global warming narrative.
- Presidential shades of grey: A look at how grey the president’s hair got over the last 4 years.
- Miss America made it to the inauguration, even though it was really, really cold. Boehner, Paul Ryan, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter, Clintons, Justice Roberts, Jay-Z and Beyonce, John Maher and Katy Perry, Al Sharpton, Eva Longoria, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor,
- Beyonce sang the national anthem, appropriately for a teleprompter president, she lip-synced it.
- The luncheon, 3,000 calories of lobster, bison, butternut squash, beets and green beans, potato horseradish cake, strawberry preserve and red cabbage, apple pie, ice cream, cheese and honey.
- What the wives were wearing, whether or not the fashion critics approve of their style. Reminiscing about Obama’s mom jeans. Even Fox was discussing the fine way Michelle grew into the role of first lady. Multiple stations put out an ode to Michelle’s bangs. The designers she’s made by wearing their clothes.
- Parade, which in tradition, is not a public event. You have to get tickets. Of course, Michelle and Barack got out of the car again to walk and savored every moment of his last inauguration.
- The band, the singing, the beautiful poem, the inaugural ceremony was filled with art. (ABC)
- ABC coverage talked about the “younger vibe” of the Obama administration, of course, comparing him to Bush, because George and Laura went to bed earlier and got up earlier than Michelle and Barack, and talking about things like how Michelle and Barack go out to eat more and hit more of the trendy new restaurants than the Bush’s. There were 41 unicyclists participating in the parade this year.
- The Balls, what everyone is wearing, who’s attending and what they’re wearing. Blah, blah, blah. Fox News pointed out First Lady Magical Moments from history in which one of their pundits applauded the president’s choice to only attend 2 balls this year, instead of the typical 10 of the past.
First on the agenda: Nominate cabinet
21 Jan. 2:07 p.m.
Minutes after his inauguration speech Monday, President Barack Obama signed documents officially submitting top administration nominations to the Senate. Obama affirmed the nominations of:
- John Brennan to be CIA director
- former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary
- Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state
- Jack Lew for treasury secretary
Obama also signed a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration. The proclamation is entitled “National Day of Hope and Resolve, 2013.”
“I’m proclaiming peace on Earth and goodwill towards men,” Obama quipped as he signed the document.
_ Stephen Ohlemacher, AP reporter in Washington
During the show, George alleged that the Benghazi hearings would not be public. That was a mistake. Hillary Clinton spoke before committees of both houses of congress in public hearings Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. We’ll be picking apart her testimony in the next episode of Words Matter.