Up for Debate: Best and worst of inauguration

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:43pm

Break down President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony. What were the highlights? What the low points? How do you think the tone of his second term might differ from the first?

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By: yogiman on 1/22/13 at 12:09

I didn't hear the first and didn't hear the last. I can't enjoy listening to someone in that office illegally.

By: Loner on 1/22/13 at 5:18

Good morning, Nashville.

Break down President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony. What were the highlights? What the low points? How do you think the tone of his second term might differ from the first?

Sorry, I missed the show....I missed the images of the First Lady in her custom-designed gown by Mr. Wu....I missed the image of the POTUS swearing an oath on a Hebrew Bible and invoking the name of "God", while wearing the required flag lapel pin....I missed the images of the Obama girls partying it up with other vetted and selected kids, as the Secret Service looks on....I missed the image of defecating federal horses, bringing up the rear of the mega-parade.

Instead of watching the circus, I manned my signage, as usual.....I took up my position in the wind and cold.....HOLY WARS SUCK.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 6:43

I watched some of the festivities...I was entertained more by the arcane commentary of CNN than any of the events...it was a typical inaugural celebration.

At one point during the parade, Wolf Blitzer had to correct the other correspondents about the capital of Delaware...I'll repeat that...correspondents didn't know the capital of our first state. That is the sad byproduct of a failing education system.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 6:46

Yogi, it's over. He's President...again and last week I provided you all the evidence in the world that a rational human being would need. It's time to let it go.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 6:46

Yogi, it's over. He's President...again and last week I provided you all the evidence in the world that a rational human being would need. It's time to let it go.

By: govskeptic on 1/22/13 at 6:54

It's our biggest government party held every 4 years at tremendous cost, and is the
only thing close to the Coronation of the British Kings/Queens. Far too many events
are attempted to be included as yesterday well showed. Those invited to participate
in the parade portion as well as the crowd had to be in place for hours and hours of simply waiting seeing nothing but 100's of very expensive government SUV's and limo's moving about.

The swearing in ceremony was done well and took about the right amount of time.
Our own Sen. Alexander, apparently the only Republican on the Inaugural committee,was only one of two Republicans seen on camera other than a quick word and shot or two from Speaker Boehner. Understandable since Lamar wants to be a part of "Washington Society" for his remaining years. The Parade was good, just glad they didn't have tanks and missile trucks rambling down Pennsylvania Avenue.

The President's speech, as expected, left the norm and instead of traditional points
hit on all the interest groups and political subjects within his liberal views to be
legislated or forced upon the American Public over the next 4 years. All of which we
have heard many times.

The Press was their drooling selves about the entire thing. Matt Laurer and Wolf
Blitzer were both as giddy as little boys at their first parade. NewsWeek magazine
has declared "The Second Coming" on this week's cover, to their own shame, but
knowing full well the reception it might get an extra sell and collect a few more dollars more. Fashion and style were the big stories of the day, with lots of expensive designer clothes thrown at the First Family for favor and exposure.

All is well, on the great American Experiment, we hope for all.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 7:08

Gov, I guess you missed all of Eric Cantor's screen time. They only showed him in every frame with Boehner. FYI: Boehner's wife is just as orange as he is.

Most of the funding for this stuff is from the private sector. Always has been. The taxpayers pay for the security, etc., but given that about 500k to one million people were in Washington spending money, I'd say it also generates revenue, so that line of criticism is redundant.

So you're upset that Liberal President gave a speech about Liberal views...wow...that's funny.

By: yogiman on 1/22/13 at 7:35

Sorry, gdiafante, it isn't over. Why? First, you don't even know who that man is. Is that man's name Barack Hussein Obama or Barry Soetoro? But if either one, even if he was born in Hawaii (even though he can't prove it) his father was a British subject which made him born as a British subject. His best American citizenship would be dual-citizenship. But if he was born in Kenya, as is well noted, his mother could not pass her American citizenship down to him because of her age at that time.

Second, when he was adopted by his Indonesian stepfather he lost his American citizenship. If he became an American citizen after his Indonesian citizenship, he could only become a naturalized citizen.

Third, and most logical, if he was legally eligible for that office, why does he refuse to identify himself to prove it?

I'm afraid you're in for a big surprise, gdiafante.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 7:40

My only surprise would be if you were able to comprehend simple facts. Old, racist and stupid is no way to close out your life, boy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/13 at 7:48

g, anything above a sixth grade reading level confuses him. That's why he finds all this "conspiracy" crap so compelling. It's pathetic.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/13 at 7:48

Yesterday, along with the aunaguration, could have been considered National Republican Butthurt Day. They still can't accept that they lost the election.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/13 at 7:49

shb "inauguration."

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/13 at 7:51

The Virginia state senate is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, 20-20. Republicans really hate this, but what can they do? Answer: wait for a Democratic state senator to be absent and jam through a mid-decade redistricting plan that switches one seat from D to R by creating a new pack-and-crack majority black district just south of Richmond. The vote was 20-19.

But wait! That's not all. The deed was done on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and at the end of the session Republicans adjourned in memory of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, whose birthday is today.

Oh, and did I mention that the state senator who was absent is a veteran of the civil rights movement? And that he was in Washington to attend the inauguration of our country's first black president?

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has obvious presidential ambitions, said he was surprised by the move, but didn't denounce it and didn't promise to veto it. Quite the contrary: his spokesman said the governor would "review it in great detail" once the bill got to his desk.

It's truly a mystery why so few African-Americans support the Republican Party, isn't it? A real chin-stroker.

http://m.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/01/virginia-republicans-give-blacks-finger-mlk-day

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/22/13 at 7:53

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is calling on fellow Republicans to and speak against “idiot presentations” by people like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the so-called birthers who insist that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen.

As Monday’s inaugural ceremonies got underway, Powell told ABC’s Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos that Republicans needed to “look in the mirror” instead of attacking him after he recently called out Palin and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu for using “slave terms” like “shucking and jiving” to describe President Barack Obama.

“The Republicans have to stop buying into things that demonize the president,” he explained. “I mean, why aren’t Republican leaders shouting out about all this birther nonsense and all these other things? They’re silent. We should speak out.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/21/powell-republican-leaders-should-stop-idiot-presentations-from-palin-and-birthers/

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 7:54

You are a Big Loser yogi, even if Obama had lost.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 7:56

True, but he should at least believe in a logical conspiracy. Kennedy, UFO's...they at least have believable aspects, but what advantage is it for staunch Republicans, who despise, detest and loath the President to be complicit in this conspiracy? And in order for this to be a conspiracy, it would take both Congress and the Supreme Court, not to mention all state governments, foreign governments, etc., etc. To what purpose?

It's completely irrational on every level. Of course the one, absolute piece of evidence that proves it's not a conspiracy was at the inauguration...and is our current Secretary of State and likely 2016 Dem nominee.

If you think the Clinton's would have allowed any conspiracy to trump their ambition, I have some oceanfront property in Arizona you might like...

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 8:04

This was a prime example of the lower class rewards of not being the upper class. This was just away to show the underlings what the upper class has and they don’t. The lower class is Predestine to be, while the productive class suffers to support the lower class.

Ramón Collier

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 8:10

You are talking about logic g. That is part of the dim-wits brain that is missing. Something I doubt may never have existed in the first place.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 8:12

“Rasputin wrapped up in himself make a very small packages.”
Jessica Kennedy

By: govskeptic on 1/22/13 at 8:17

This silly talk of private funding surely comes from a childish mind that knows nothing
about the cost of an Inaugural that reads only press releases. Yes, there is much
funding from mainly Labor Unions, Military Industrial complex, and others that are
repaid many times over. The vast majority is picked up by taxpayers spread over
many departmental budgets. Private contributions mainly cover the cost of
Entertainers, the Public and Private Balls only.. Our state supplied 250 National
Guardsmen for the event as did many other states. Total security alone amounted
to a reported 13 to 15,000 personnel. The greatest thing about this event is our
country's long history of such a peaceful while political event is and hopefully
will remain so into a very long future.

I make no complaint on our having this event, nor which President is or is not
being Inaugurated, only that the size and scope has grown well beyond it's origins.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/22/13 at 8:17

I look back at the generation of my father and the sacrifices that were made at Iwo Jima,Okinawa,Omaha Beach,Utah Beach. What they accomplished and sacrificed and died for gave me and others like me the opportunities to live like no other generation. has ever lived.

In one lifetime we have turned this country over to those my father called vagrants,underclass and trash.

Yesterday was a victory party for a new class of Americans. They will reap a very temporary reward. Living well through the taxation of the productive class will not long.be their banner.

In the meantime, let the wine be sweet and the doobies be only Columbian gold. Let the free health care,subsidized housing, food stamps, and free school lunches be the rewards for the new.class of Americans.

In the meantime I will with tears and reverence for my father be thankful for the life he allowed me to create.

"And the band played on deep into the night."

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 8:28

This silly talk of private funding surely comes from a childish mind that knows nothing about the cost of an Inaugural that reads only press releases. Yes, there is much funding from mainly Labor Unions, Military Industrial complex, and others that are repaid many times over.

Well, gov, you brought up the issue...I only corrected you. The point is that this extravaganza is not only publicly funded. And, it's been that way for a while, even when...wait for it...Republicans have been elected.

Yes, I agree, it's childish to constantly complain about something when the other guy has been elected and keeping your mouth shut when it's one of your own. To me, it sounds like sour grapes. What else is new.

By: BenDover on 1/22/13 at 8:30

The whole thing seemed to me that he's shoved a big long pry-bar into the crack between the left and right in this country and he is now standing on it... bouncing up and down a bit.

He's intent on unleashing urban perspective, culture and attitude on the rest of the country where those rules, restrictions and costs far exceed any possible value they could add.

But he did away with any consideration and nuance and introspection with respect to his views long ago under the tutelage of his mother and the other revolutionary communists involved in his upbringing and now is devoted to accomplishment, full Machiavelli, damn the considerations otherwise by the ignorant population who could never be expected to know their own best interests.

It's hammer down toward Harvard Faculty lounge utopia...

"Results?" you ask... "how can you expect results with those damn republicans blocking us at every turn" or "we just have not done enough of our good thing yet" or "Oh, that's George Bush's fault"...

It really doesn't matter anyway... the spin machine amplified by an adoring media has created a mass hysteria that's a cross between a bad hypnotist's stage act and Patty Hearst syndrome; and it dwarfs the Dutch Tulip mania by comparison. It's like nothing I've seen in my lifetime really or can recall from my study of history.

By: bfra on 1/22/13 at 8:31

Raspy - You are thanking your Father because you grew up in squalor & have to create an online character to compensate?

By: bfra on 1/22/13 at 8:33

Ben - Sour Grapes! Romney lost.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/22/13 at 8:35

Bfra, I am thankful that I got the genes of my father rather than the genes of your father.

By: bfra on 1/22/13 at 8:38

Raspy - Sure you are! wink! wink! LMAO

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 8:39

govskeptic-

Did you complain about spending during Bush’s Inaugural with such distain?

By: BenDover on 1/22/13 at 8:39

America lost, bfra.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 8:40

Ben and gov are no different from the anti-Bush nuts...same antics, new President. And I'm sure that when/if a Republican gets elected, some Dems will do the same song and dance.

We're a society of spoiled brats that throw tantrums when we don't get our way. Get used to it.

By: bfra on 1/22/13 at 8:45

Ben - NO! When you wake up, you will realize, repubteawhatever LODT. America is doing fine & still in a Bush/Chaney recovery period.

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 8:48

America is changing Ben. We've had 30 years of Conservative regressiveness, it's time to move on. If you don't like it, watch some Lawrence Welk reruns and get out of the way.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 8:49

By: Rasputin72 on 1/22/13 at 8:17
I look back at the generation of my father and the sacrifices that were made at Iwo Jima,Okinawa,Omaha Beach,Utah Beach. What they accomplished and sacrificed and died for gave me and others like me the opportunities to live like no other generation. has ever lived.

In one lifetime we have turned this country over to those my father (called vagrants,underclass and trash.)

Raspy old boy you sure have a funny timeline; you tell us you came from a ghetto (which Nashville never has) now coming from a low and underclass farther you says this. “called vagrants, underclass and trash."

You must be losing you mind, if you have one.

By: budlight on 1/22/13 at 8:51

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shuckin' and jivin' (or shucking and jiving) is a slang term for the behavior of joking and acting evasively. More generally, the term can also refer to the speech and behavioral mechanisms adopted in the presence of an authoritative figure.[1] Shuckin' and jivin' usually involves clever lies and impromptu storytelling, used to one-up an opponent or avoid punishment. The term is also used in the Southern United Statesreferring to deceit or mischief involving lies.[citation needed]
]Origin
According to linguist Barbara Ann Kipfer, the origins of the phrase may be traced to when "black slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season, and this behavior, along with lying and teasing, became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted toward white people.

For my entire life, I never used that term when refering to a person's color. I use it to refer to a person's behavior. If they are "acting evasively" as the first paragraph states. In the second paragraph, the linguist Kipfer states the origins of the phrase "may" be traced to . . . ." It does not state that it is definitely originated then.

Obama is evasive and lies, ie, he is a person who shucks and jives! His white half does that as well. So it's not a color issue. It's an issue of ethics and honesty.

But the ceremonies were expensive and so useless. The dress on michele was awesome and she looked younger than the first one. Obama looked worn out; he'll be old, old, old in 4 years. His daughters are pretty and pampered and protected by machine guns, so they have no worries.

It's too cold to talk about obama anymore today. Have a nice day everyone. I'm going to get some hot coffee..

By: bfra on 1/22/13 at 8:53

s/h/b "LOST"

By: Rasputin72 on 1/22/13 at 8:55

RAT..........With good genetics and the ambition to do it one can overcome being just a paperboy in your neighborhood.

By: BenDover on 1/22/13 at 8:58

I'm glad you think $4,000,000,000,000+ over deficit trend added to our Grandchildren's tax burden to prop up the malfeasance of this administration is 'doing fine' bfra because we're about to get our second dose of it.

By: bfra on 1/22/13 at 8:59

Nemo - As pointed out before, Raspy doesn't have a good enough memory to keep up his farse .

By: bfra on 1/22/13 at 9:00

Ben - Suely you can find some dive to cry in your beer at, instead of a public form.

By: yogiman on 1/22/13 at 9:02

Old? At 82 years of age, yes. Racist? After having so many black friends in my life, no. Stupid? Yes in some factors of my life, gdiafante, but I'm certainly not as stupid as you in accepting someone as your president when you don't even know their identity or even their official name.

You've proved to me he's in office legally? No. How can you prove it when he, himself, won't prove it?

I continue to suggest, gdiafante, look into the facts. And although I've not promoting his book, I suggest you read his autobiography "Dream from My Father". Then look into the many lies he was said about his life.

By: BenDover on 1/22/13 at 9:09

It's not going to be me that's hurting, bfra, I'll be fine. All these people who Obama blew smoke up their @$$es about "happy days are here again" and "here comes the sun" are the ones who are going to suffer.

Bill was lying when he said Obama 'just needs a little more time'... either that or he too totally misunderstands what set America apart from the rest of the world with respect to our economy.

By: yogiman on 1/22/13 at 9:15

s/h/b "HAS" said about his life. Sorry, I made a typographical error .. like some others on this site.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 9:16

By: Rasputin72 on 1/22/13 at 8:35
Bfra, I am thankful that I got the genes of my father rather than the genes of your father.

Then how come your father with low class genes raised you in “The Ghettos” and my farther did not?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 9:18

By: BenDover on 1/22/13 at 8:39
America lost, bfra.

The Tea Baggers America lost Ben. Not America.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 9:22

By: Rasputin72 on 1/22/13 at 8:55
RAT..........With good genetics and the ambition to do it one can overcome being just a paperboy in your neighborhood.

If your genes are so good, then why do you keep getting me mixed up with someone else, old boy?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 9:29

It just grinds Rasputin to the bone to know that I know his identity and true nature and for him not know who I am.

By: Mike Burch on 1/22/13 at 9:37

The thing that struck me was that the inauguration was virtually a religious ceremony. There was no wall of separation between church and state. There was a prayer to Jesus and hymns to God. God was praised and his blessings invoked time and time again. If the God being prayed to had been an African deity, the inauguration would have seemed like a primitive bit of witchdoctory. But Americans just seem to take for granted that their leaders don't mention God in passing, as the founding fathers did in the Declaration of Independence, but virtually get down on their knees and begged for his power to aid and abet them. Whenever we are at war, that seems like a call for God to side with the US, even when the US is clearly wrong to invade other countries and wage war for a decade or longer.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 9:43

Why do we say, “God bless America”, when it would be more fitting to say God bless the World. After all we are in this together.

Except for Rasputin, he is full of himself.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/22/13 at 9:50

Mike, I did not have the opportunity watch and if I had I still would have not. I am losing interest in such rituals, with the exception of birthdays, weddings, graduations and such.

So no Mike I did not see, but I think that the far right will be saying that he was trying to bamboozle the public that he is not a Communist Muslim. LOL

By: gdiafante on 1/22/13 at 9:51

I don't have a problem if elected leaders, during a ceremony, exhibit their faith. That isn't dictating policy. It's part of the pomp and circumstance that goes along with this stuff. Much ado about nothing.