“Poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well,” he said. “No talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse.”
Dr. West says that he would not have wanted the Republicans to assume power in the White House, but that people should not be forced to settle for the lesser of two evils. He also says that Dr. King would not approve of either President Obama’s policies or the state of the nation. He says that nearly every speech Dr. King gave before he died shows that he is not ideologically aligned with President Obama, but that some are quick to make the affiliation primarily because he’s black.
GAWKER – Tumblr blogger Mattyrab locates what might be the most important moment of the inauguration: this hall-of-fame shade-throwing moment at the post-inauguration luncheon. Watch the first lady react to whatever Speaker of the House John Boehner just said, and take notes — this is master-class material.
President Barack H. Obama was sworn in for another term as president. These photos cannot fully express the heartfelt love and reverence of participants and attendees. Congratulations, President Obama.
French officials conceded, however, that there were disputes over how African participation would be financed and about the best way to transport troops to Mali. In Paris, French officials said the United States, while willing to help ferry African troops, wanted to bill France for the use of transport aircraft, which officials said would not go down well with the French. The Pentagon favors providing rapid help with transport and even with air-to-air refueling, but the White House is more reluctant, the officials said.
That led Obama to mix his words up too and the historic swearing-in of the first African-American president briefly became an awkward muddle.
To silence doubts that Obama’s presidency might not be legal because he failed to say the oath properly, the two men tried again the next day in the White House and went through the correct, constitutionally mandated avowal, word for word.
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama took the official oath for his second term on Sunday at the White House in a small, private ceremony that set a more subdued tone compared to the historic start of his presidency four years ago.