2013 Inauguration Coverage

Monday, January 21, 2013

Coverage of Barack Obama's 2013 inaugural ceremony and address. Featuring:

  • Clarence Page, syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Newsday and other national publications, live from the mall in Washington, DC 
  • Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About series, on the surprising history of inauguration day
  • Jodi Kantor, New York Times Washington correspondent and the author of The Obamas on Obama's second term agenda

Don't forget, we're asking you to write a memorable line for Obama's speech.

→ Below: A guide to Inauguration Day, including history, recipes, and background on the participants.


Kenneth C. Davis, Jodi Kantor and Clarence Page

Comments [7]

Dorian from Manhattan

here's the link to a YouTube video of Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem, which I believe is the one Mr. Page referred to

Jan. 22 2013 10:57 AM
Brenda from Forest Hills

I voted for Obama (this time) because I did not want Romney. I think he lacked the capacity to lead and be a good leader from the start. But I agree with Tavis Smiley that President Obama needs to be more focused on being against poverty and for peace and "for the people" not Big Money and Wall Street (They have still fund him). I felt so duped by the current administration when I found out that a deal was recently made so that companies like GE did not have to pay the taxes. The President needs to "authentically" focus on fixing the economy and turning the poor and working poor into well paid workers.

Jan. 21 2013 02:12 PM
Jennifer from Princeton

According to The Battle Hymn of the Republic, "Christ was born across the sea." Trump now demanding to see His birth certificate.

Jan. 21 2013 12:50 PM
Jonah from Nyc

It is perfectly obvious to me what obamas purpose is having the inaugural on mlk day. He is a giant pacifier to brown people. Look at your glorious symbol of success!dont look at the private prison corporations lobbying the government with millions for draconian laws, nevermind the contracts for mlions of drones set to patrol the skies, be apathetic about the fact that poor kids get ghetto educations, nevermind that he changed the definition of peacefully assemble to shopping and going to the movies.

Jan. 21 2013 12:02 PM
CK from Yorktown

Did he just say "our commitment to hard work and personal responsibility?" Really? With this government taking as much of that away from people as they can? Talk about saying one thing and doing another.

Jan. 21 2013 11:58 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


Eric X. Li (political scientist in Shanghai writing in the February 2013 issue of FOREIGN AFFAIRS)

“A person with Barack Obama’s pre-presidential professional experience would not even be the manager of a small county in China’s system.”


Jan. 21 2013 11:46 AM
Christine from Westchester

The President needs to become the president of ALL the people in the US, not the Democrats of the US. The legislators are a mess. If he wants to get something done he should be representing us all. He's so partisan as to not be covering half of us.

The guest is so "gone" as an Obama fan she can't see the forest for the trees.

Jan. 21 2013 11:27 AM

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