Obama's Quiet Moment
Here is the moment. It was not on the program. It was not on anybody's schedule. We did not know it was coming. And it was not spoken into any microphone. . . .
"I want to take a look one more time. I'm not going to see this again."
The President looking in one direction, while everyone else looking toward him was moving past him.
That is the moment when you see the man inside the trappings of the office. When you see the way that any of us might feel a little overwhelmed in human terms by the importance of your office. The singular scale of the importance of that particular office. That was a cool moment.
Days like this are special because of what is scripted and preordained about them. The least suspenseful things on days like this are the most important things on days like this. Things that display the ritual of how we peacefully and agreeably move between Presidencies in America. Days of ritual are days of foregone conclusion. They are scripted. Which makes it all the more amazing when there is not a script. Like that moment after his Inaugural Address when we saw the President turn to be as amazed to see that crowd as that crowd was to see their President.
~ Rachel Maddow on MSNBC
I'm honored and grateful that we have a chance to finish what we started. Our work begins today. Let's go. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 21, 2013
Inspiring to see people streaming to the Capitol on this brisk, sunny Inaugural, as Americans have done for generations.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 21, 2013
As if a cold Monday in January wasn’t dreary enough, today has been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year.`
~ Steve Doocey on Fox and Friends
Fox on Obama's Speech:
Chris Wallace: This was an unyielding, uncompromising espousal of a liberal agenda.
Brit Hume: This is utterly bereft of an outreach to the opposition.
Mark Levin: I think there’s a lot of perverse thinking that goes on in Obama’s mind, radical left-wing thinking. He was indoctrinated with Marx and Alinksy propaganda.
I thought it was an amazing speech, and historically very important. This was really Obama unbound. And I think what's most interesting is that Obama basically is declaring the end of Reaganism
~ Charles Krauthammer on Fox News
Fox News is fun to watch today. It's like an all-day live Adele song.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) January 21, 2013
Cool cat Harry Reid in on the act, sportin' Lincoln's hat! twitter.com/DRUDGE/status/…— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) January 21, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, the late Alex Haley, the author of Roots, lived his life by these six words: "find the good and praise it.” Today we praise the American tradition of transforming, or reaffirming, immense power in the inauguration of the President of the United States. We do this in a peaceful, orderly way. There is no mob. No coup. No insurrection. This is a moment when millions stop and watch. A moment most of us always will remember. It is a moment that is our most conspicuous and enduring symbol of the American democracy. How remarkable that this has survived for so long in such a complex country when so much power is at stake. This freedom to vote for our leaders and the restraint to respect the results.
~ Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, Co-Chair of the Inaugural Committee
"I don't care if you're a Democrat, Republican, a Mugwump or whatever. This is a day when you have to say 'What A Country!'
~ Dan Rather
He went big. He went lofty. He went ambitious. And he went unmistakably liberal.
~ Jonathan Karl on ABC News
I feel like I should pinch myself right now, Wolf. I can't believe I have this vantage point of history in the making.
~ Jim Acosta of CNN while covering the President and First Lady walking down Pennsylvania Avenue parade route
Thanks for all the kind words abt myparade route duty in front of POTUS. Amazing to witness history up close. No matter who's in power.— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) January 21, 2013
That was really historic. To hear the President of the United States mention the word Stonewall in the same sentence as Selma, in the same sentence as Seneca Falls, certainly for gay and lesbian Americans, that is a stunning statement and a real leap forward for gay and lesbian Americans.
~ Anderson Cooper on CNN
I just want to say, there were moments in this speech, but there was a theme, we the people go back to the Founders, think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There was an uplifting, beyond rhetoric, there was a theme of our job is not finished until our gay brothers and sisters have equal rights under the law. This was a bigger moment, I think, than a lot of people initially gave it credit for. I just think, with re-election, he is thinking much more broadly and much more inclusively, and I was very moved, just being up there in that frozen crowd, looking out over the masses.
~ Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC
Gigantic. And he connected it all to the patriots of 1776 that we keep widening in our democracy. And he made those places almost like battlefield spots in American history, like Oxford, Mississippi, or Normandy or Iwo Jima. And it's an iconic speech.
. . . I thought it was a marvelous speech and it's brave and it's bold and I think it's going to play well in history.
~ Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley on CNN
Reminds you of another second inaugural: Lincoln’s. So much of Lincoln in that speech, from the Gettysburg address to the second inaugural itself. I thought what was interesting was an attempt to draw a balance – of course, he’s a man of the progressive side – but he tried to draw a balance there between a government ruled by an elite and then a government ruled by a mob both being a problem.
~ Chris Matthews on Obama's Second Inaugural Address
GOP dinner tonight should begin with crow.
~ Ed Schultz on MSNBC
So folks, I raise my glass to a man who never, never, never operates out of fear. [He] only operates out of confidence. I’m toasting you Chuck. A guy who I plan on working on working with. You can’t get rid of me, man. Remember, I’m still part of the Senate! God bless you, Chuck.
~ Vice President Joe Biden offering Senator Chuck Schumer a surprise toast at the Inaugural Luncheon
FLOTUS has to sit next to Boehner. That is the definition of marital love and sacrifice. #inaug2013
— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) January 21, 2013
First Lady's Epic Eye Roll
Just danced to "Let's Stay Together" with the love of my life and the President of the United States. I’m so proud of Barack. –mo— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) January 22, 2013