President Obama’s Inaugural Address And His Second Term (NPR’s On Point)
And there he was again. Barack Obama, President Obama, on the high steps of the Capitol. Hand on Bible. Two Bibles this time: Abe Lincoln’s, Martin Luther King’s. Taking the oath.
And turning to that always-moving sea of Inauguration Day witnesses – citizens and more – on the National Mall.
The Inaugural Address is a moment for philosophy and, sometimes, plans. President Obama’s second inaugural sounded like both. Progressive. Lots of talk about the common good. And lots of pointers forward.
This hour, On Point: the second Obama inaugural, and the way ahead.
David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN. Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He has served as an advisor to Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Ford, and Clinton. (@david_gergen)
Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at Howard University.
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.