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Archive for the 'Inauguration Day 2009' Category

Change You Can Lip-Sync To

by @ Friday, January 23rd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, Politics

A Memorex moment at Tuesday’s Inauguration: It was not precisely lip-synching, but pretty close. The somber, elegiac tones before President Obama’s oath of office at the inauguration on Tuesday came from the instruments of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and two colleagues. But what the millions on the Mall and watching on television heard was in […]

A Record Breaking Inauguration

by @ Thursday, January 22nd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, Politics

It may not have been the 4 million people that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, in a panic, predicted in November, but it’s fairly clear that Tuesday’s Inauguration ceremony saw the biggest crowd in the history of Washington: Two things are clear about the size of the crowd that gathered downtown for Tuesday’s inauguration: First, although […]

Second Time’s The Charm For Obama & Roberts

by @ Thursday, January 22nd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, John Roberts, Politics, U.S. Constitution

After Chief Justice Roberts flubbed the Oath of Office on Tuesday, which led to questions from legal scholars about whether the oath was truly effective because of the mistake, the President and Chief Justice did a second take yesterday: WASHINGTON — In 25 seconds, President Obama became president again. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. […]

Ron Paul Responds To Obama’s Inaugural Address

by @ Wednesday, January 21st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, Politics, Ron Paul

H/T: Stephen Gordon, the newest co-blogger at The Liberty Papers

Because Nobody Is Above Ridicule, Especially The President

by @ Wednesday, January 21st, 2009. Filed under George W Bush, Inauguration Day 2009, Politics

There’s some degree of faux outrage on the right at the reception that former President Bush 43 received at yesterday’s Inauguration. First, there’s the response to his presence being announced in the morning: Then, there’s the reaction of some in the crowd on the National Mall to the sight of his helicopter leaving Washington: Frankly, […]

Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address

by @ Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, Politics

Here’s the video: As I said in my initial assessment, this wasn’t a barn-burner. It won’t go down in history as something memorable the way Kennedy’s speech in 1960 has, or the way Lincoln’s First and Second Inaugural Addresses have, but it was a good speech nonetheless. And, at the very least, it’s nice to […]

A Presidential Oath Do-Over ?

by @ Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, Politics

Thanks to some rather obvious verbal gaffes by the Chief Justice of the United States during the Inaugural Ceremony, some experts say it couldn’t hurt: The presidential oath of office is required of a new president before he can execute his powers, and the Constitution is clear that its 35 words must be spoken exactly. […]

Chief Justice Roberts Messes Up Presidential Oath Of Office

by @ Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, John Roberts, Politics

Chief Justice Roberts made a pretty big mistake when he was administering the oath to Barack Obama today: WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts swore in President-elect Barack Obama as president of the United States on Tuesday with a slight stumble over the wording of the oath of office in the first of what could […]

So What’s A Libertarian Supposed To Think About All This ?

by @ Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, Politics

Doug Bandow sums up what January 20, 2009 means for those of us who believe in freedom and limited government: Finally, after eight long years of wasteful spending, unnecessary war, and trashing the Constitution.  Finally! Now the challenge begins to constrain President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress.  Onward and upward. Exactly. Now that Bush […]

It’s Official: President Barack Hussein Obama

by @ Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Inauguration Day 2009, Politics

Shortly after noon today, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States: Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th president of the United States Tuesday, and called on Americans to join him in confronting what he described as an economic crisis caused by greed but also “our collective failure to make hard choices.” “Today […]

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