Inauguration Day at the White House
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January 21st, 2013
08:51 AM ET

Inauguration Day at the White House

It's a big day at the White House. President Obama's second inauguration begins just after 11am. Stay tuned to CNN for all the latest news and details.

7:15AM In-Town Pool Call Time

8:45AM THE FIRST FAMILY, THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN attend a church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC

10:35AM THE FIRST FAMILY departs the White House en route Capitol Hill, United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC

11:20AM THE PRESIDENT is sworn in at the United States Capitol; THE FIRST FAMILY, THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN also attend. West Front of U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC

11:50AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks; THE FIRST FAMILY, THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN also attend. West Front of U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC

1:05PM THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY and DR. BIDEN attend the inaugural luncheon. United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC JCCIC/Senate Gallery

2:40PM THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY and DR. BIDEN participate in the inaugural parade. Washington, DC

3:45PM THE FIRST FAMILY, THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN watch the inaugural parade from the presidential reviewing standing. Presidential Reviewing Stand, Washington, DC

7:00PM In-Town Pool Call Time

8:45PM THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY and DR. BIDEN attend the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC In-Town Travel Pool Coverage

9:10PM THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY and DR. BIDEN attend the Inaugural Ball. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC


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  1. Moose

    And we get to pay for all this

    January 21, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      Sure, just like when we all paid for every Republican Presidential inauguration. You must be new here.

      January 21, 2013 at 11:05 am |
      • Moose

        You posted once you have a child, i hope you wake up for his sake

        January 21, 2013 at 11:43 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        We are all wide awake in America, Moose. We have no illusions that everything will work out but we can hope for the best.

        I think it is time for you to rest. All that anger and bitterness will be the death of you.

        January 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • John

        170 million. Maybe Obama needs to propose that this is the last one that costs like this.

        January 22, 2013 at 8:40 am |
    • Steveo

      Moose,

      If Romney had won, it would have been the same cha-ching and the same bling-bling!
      Translated in English: just as expense and just as elaborate!! That is just what elected presidents get, regardless of party!

      January 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • Steveo

        "expensive"

        January 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
      • Moose

        I believe he broke the mold on cost, its researchable, Michelle, has 3,000 calorie meal planned while feeding kids in school carrots, mor e practice what i preace dont do, as a bounus he is having 2 parties not just one. if the house/senate and bamman spent hust a 1/10th of the time working as they do being jerks the economy might be a little better off. still no budget from what i hear

        January 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
      • Steveo

        Moose,

        Understand but from what I gather, the inauguration is tax payer funded but the balls and such are funded privately by donations. I may be wrong but I have seen ads by groups asking for donations. I have no idea what the inauguration cost but they are standard practice. Clinton had two of them as did GWB. Just a perk of being President!

        January 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
      • jean2009

        That is right...and it is planned not by the President for the occasion, but by the Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee which started making those plans back late last summer before anyone knew who would win the November election.

        Locally...central Ohio it is 23 degrees...at this moment the sun is shining, and we have had snow flurries on and off all day.

        Global Warming and Climate Change are the same thing....and yes, it looks very much like the activities of more humans using fossil fuels are contributing to the situation....just like if you put more people in a confined space the temperature goes up.

        I'm always amazed at the same people who accepted Cheney's "Deficits Don't Matter" without question...now wanting to whine and place blame about those deficits.

        January 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • Caramon

      Sorry Moose. I have to agree with Steveo. The inauguration would have the same cost no matter who won. I may disagree with policy, but I will not disagree for the sake of politics. I think there is too much of that now.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • NAM VET

      YES WE DO HAVE T0 PAY FOR ALL HE DOES IN THE NAME FOR OTHERS. WE ARE ENTERING A TERM WHERE THE
      KING PIN HAS GRABBED THE STRAW THAT WILL NAIL US ALL TO HIS WILL. WELL GET IT STRAIGHT FOLKS. WE
      ARE THE PEOPLE AND WILL PUT HIM ON A PATH HE CAN NOT TRAVERSE. HE IS A SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, HE
      JUST CAN NOT GET IT IN HIS MIND WHO IS THE BOSS. THAT IS UP TO ALL OF US TO SHOW HIM THE WAY TO A
      REAL AND LASTING SOLUTION.-–HE COULD CARE LESS,HE HAS A WET DREAM OF BEING A SUPREME LEADER,
      YOU KNOW-THE GUY WHO JUST GETS IT OFF SO TO SPEAK IN HIS MIND OF COURSE. WE LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD
      AND LIKE A FREE NATION. THOSE WHO DO NOT CAN GRAB THEIR ASS AND JUST GET THE HELL OUT. WE NEED
      FOLKS THAT HAVE THE ENERGY AND WILL TO SUPPORT AMERICA AND ALL THAT HAS MADE US A GREAT NATION
      TO THE WORLD.IF ANY ONE OUT THERE HAS ANOTHER OPINION SPEAK UP. IF YOU ARE PAID FOR YOUR WORDS
      THEN YOU DO NOT COUNT AND CAN GO BACK TO YOUR SOCIAL PASS TIMES.

      January 26, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  2. comen

    It is a shame the racist president is sworn in the same weekend that we honor the American hero, Martin Luther King and his dream.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • NAM VET

      OUR PRESIDENT WAS THR FIRST TO PLAY THE RACE CARD WITH HIS FIRST WORDS TO US ALL. IT WAS HIS FIRST
      ATTEMP TO DIIVIDE US --–HE HAS MADE HIS FIRST VISIT ABROAD TO DISSREPECT US TO ALL NATIONS THAT HEARD HIS WORDS. HE SENT A MESSAGE TO OTHERS THAT WE ARE WEAK. HE HAS DONE A DISSERVICE TO
      AMERICA---WHO IN THEIR RIGHT -+

      OB IS SO GREAT IN WORDS WITH A DEEP VOICE,WITH NO REAL ESSENCE IN ALL HE SAYS. TELL ME I AM WRONG OR SHUT YOUR TRAP---WAITING--------

      January 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  3. acdcguy

    Hundreds of thousands??? Where are these people coming from? Don't they have jobs? Oh, never mind.........

    January 21, 2013 at 9:59 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      Umm, it's a holiday. Don't you have a job? You would know if you do.

      January 21, 2013 at 11:03 am |
      • Moose

        Perfect whenever you cant think of something intelligent you insult. You know nothing about me. I know you are blinded though, if we dont start digging our way out of debt the system will crumble. Go ahead blame some one else for the bammans short commings, the list will be huge !!!!!

        January 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
      • Moose

        Actually its like a quasi holiday, (like a lot of them) for banks and goverment workers the rest of us have to work

        January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I insulted him? I posed a question the same way he did.

        Stop being a hypocrite. Now that's an insult.

        January 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Moose, we don't start digging out of our debt by burying the economy. There should be a new budget coming soon from the Senate so it is not a bleak are you keep presenting it to be.

        January 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
      • acdcguy

        Yep, in Minnesota, sitting at my desk now, trying to figure out how to solve this "global warming" problem.........

        January 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
      • Steveo

        @acdcguy,

        Not trying to rub it in but I enjoyed 61 degrees yesterday! Hang in there. Spring is around the corner! btw "global warning" is old school, it is now "climate change". Somebody had to account for all the snow and ice! So much easier to change the name!

        January 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
      • December 2012

        Here in New Jersey we have been fortunate so far with little snow for the most part and milder winter weather.

        If we could only solve our problems, imagined or otherwise, by sitting on a desk I could have bought you all butt-shaped desks to end world hunger.

        January 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        My bad, totally misread that but please don't steal my idea for butt-shaped desks.

        January 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
      • Caramon

        Steveo I am jealous. Today we had a low of 7. Tomorrow it will be a high of 18 degrees. And I have a dog that doesn't mind cold weather.

        January 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
      • Steveo

        Caramon, my friend I am quite sure it is beautiful where you are! Where I am, even the slightest threat of snow causes, schools, churches, and businesses to shut down! Southerners can't handle it. As I am a transplanted Yankee, so it isn't a big deal for me. Use the snow and cold as an excuse to light the fireplace and some candles! Go from there! I have a fire place that I have not used in three years! See how it all evens out??

        January 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • Steveo

        A butt shaped desk? Since we are an obese nation, do we have enough wood? I could use a drop of 25 pounds myself!

        January 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Caramon, I hope you keep warm. Hug that dog if need be, I'm sure you will both appreciate it. As a man who could not stand the cold I have learned to accept it a little as long as it does not bring snow. I've been lucky so far.

        Good luck with shedding those pounds Steveo. I definitely could use to lose about 20 myself. Should you fail however, please remember me and my very comfy and spacious butt desk. :)

        January 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
      • Steveo

        Hahaha! I'll do my best, just keep a desk on reserve for me, just in case! I like food!!!! Down south darn near everything is fried and tasty!

        January 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        In 2005, there were 9 Inaugural Balls... a increase of one from the 8 in 2001. The most were for Bill Clinton's first Inauguration at 14. Most of those functions are paid for by donors and ticket holders. There were 10 for President Obama's inauguration in 2009, and just two Balls for this Inauguration plus a concert for military families...this Inauguration is the lowest number of Official Inaugural Balls in 60 years.

        January 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • Caramon

        Hi December, I certainly will keep the pup close. I remember watching Marly and me. I could watch the entire movie over and over until the end. We have a wonderful Golden Retriever, our first dog. Very sweet and wonderful with children of all ages.

        January 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
      • Caramon

        Steveo, the snow often brings beauty to the neighborhood, no doubt. But, I am a warm weather person. My family believes some day I will live near the ocean. Always loved the ocean despite the jellyfish.

        January 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • NAM VET

        I AM RETIRED FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR AFTER HAVING SERVED MY COUNTRY---YES ABE DID WHAT NO OTHER HAD EVER DONE-–IT WAS A GOOD THING TO DO---IN REAL TIME OF TODAY IT HAS BEEN AN ABORTION
        OF WHAT HE HAD HOPED FOR. AND TO THIS DAY NOT A REALITY IN OUR LIVES. OB WOULD KEEP ALIVE THE BAD TIMES FOR HIS AGENDA OF DEVIDING US ALL. HE SAID IT AND WAS THE FIRST TO START THE RACE WAR THAT
        HE SEEMS IS REAL IN HIS MIND. HE NEEDS TO HAVE A WARM MILK BEFOIRE SLIPPING OFF TO THE DREAM WORLD HE
        LIIVES IN.-----------–

        January 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • jerry

      yes, its a holiday and there were a lot of room on the streets, mall, and stands. Even the applause at his speech was light...

      January 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        What was that? I think I've gone deaf from all the cheering in the streets when he got out of the car. You're gonna have to type LOUDER if you want to drown the President's popularity.

        It's been such a great day. At the very least, enjoy the parade of the marching bands.

        January 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        the President's first inaugural turned out an all time largest crowd of about 2.5 million and this one although not as large was still larger than most.

        Obama, before a larger than expected inaugural crowd: 'Seize moment together'
        WASHINGTON – Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with "passion and dedication" to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming for generations to come as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.

        It is considered that today's crowd although less than the first was more than twice the size of the crowd at Bush's 2005 Inaugural.

        January 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
      • NAM VET

        WHAT IS YOUR POINT JERRY?

        January 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  4. DEcember 2012

    President Obama has demonstrated once again that he is clearly a LEFTY... by signing documents with his left hand.

    We southpaws salute you Mr. President... with our right hand of course.

    January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • NAM VET

      THE MIDDLE FINGER OF EITHER HAND WILL DO JUST FINE DUFIS.-----

      January 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
  5. Moose

    acdc, been there, lived in the mile high city, brutal, i was at the beach yesterday, blue skies and plenty of hotties

    January 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  6. Cynthia L.

    Just found out that just after Christmas, Anchorage, Alaska warmed up to 46 Degrees and even had rain that turned into ice when the temperate fell again. Driving must of been a nightmare. Where I am, it has finally warmed up again but, we sure could use rain, rain, rain. Gets a little scary when all you get is sprinkles now and then.
    As far as a butt desk, I won't be buying one any time soon – Ha!!

    January 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      Did I forget to mention the butt desk has a rainmaker button as part of a climate control feature? :)

      January 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • jean2009

      I hate driving on ice. But there have been times I've had to drive a couple hundred miles in those conditions...it certainly is not a pleasurable drive. Last winter we didn't have either enough rain or snow....this winter hasn't been as dry...but we still have not had as much snow as in the past...and it is still somewhat warmer than normal....whatever normal is anymore.

      I recently bought a new USED French Provencal desk...I don't think a butt desk would fit my decor....would it go with a leopard print office chair?...LOL!

      January 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I may be able to work that into the design, even some nice leather. And for those cold wintry nights, this baby's got heating!

        January 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
      • Caramon

        Hi Jean, weather in the midwest tends to be somewhat unpredictable. However, the big snow month is February. You may see some snow before winter is over. Personally, I am a summer person and much prefer 95 degrees.

        January 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
      • jean2009

        I dislike winter and snow.....but would be happy with spring year round....can't take 95 degrees and humid. The worst snow month was the blizzard of 1978 which hit the last weekend of January. I've always said about weather in Ohio wait 5 minutes and it will change.

        January 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
      • Caramon

        I got to miss almost a whole week of school in January of 1978. But we still had wrestling practice. Good times.

        January 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        Careful Caramon you are telling your age....I had two sons in the military and was plenty worried their choppers would be the next up in that blizzard to be flying rescue missions.

        January 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  7. jean2009

    Taxpayers pay the bill for security and for events at the Capitol — the swearing in-ceremony and traditional inaugural luncheon – but private money pays for everything else....and there are guidelines about from whom, where and under what conditions those donations can be accepted.

    January 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Moose

      You can research this if you want , the electorial police in last 30 days have fined his campaign, in other words I doubt he really cares who money he spends, i just hope he does something productive this term

      January 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Members of Congress have organized these events since 1901. There have always been parades since Jefferson. The real cost here is security and that is the reality we face since 9/11. What does the Obama Presidential Campaign of '08 getting fined by the FEC have anything to do with the cost of the inauguration?

        January 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        That was the FEC for the 2008 Campaign..... not for the most recent 2012 campaign.
        Others who have been fined have been the Swift Boat Veterans in 2004,
        The League of Conservative Voters in 2004.

        January 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        The Swift Boaters got fined? I guess better late than never.

        January 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  8. jerry

    Well, thank God this is over. His first term had an average approval rating of 49% lowest since the end of ww2 save Ford's rating (after the Nixon pardon) and Carter's rating (for being just a nothing). So, obama talks big and he knows he has to get the support of the democrat party to advance his leftist agenda...good luck obama. These dems are not going to ruin their careers to feed the narcissistic obama ego....they will want to work with the other party. The first black president polish is gone and gone forever...gone down to a dismal failure of which only the press can try to frame differently.

    January 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      Last I checked, Obama has a 54% favorable rating. Congress? Too pathetic to even mention. It is obvious to EVERYONE here who it is that need to shape up. Well, almost everyone.

      January 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • Moose

        Rasmussen & drudge have him at an all time low, im sure the beast has him at an all time high, bottom line is there is no journalism any more, just opinions, i think its pretty clear mostof it is either made up or covered up !!

        January 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Those polls do not reflect reality. They sure did not serve Mitt Romney well. All the other national polls were spot on, at the very least the Democrats got it right.

        January 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Well, in any case, what was their polling of Congress?

        January 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
      • jerry

        today it is in fact 47% and dropping.

        January 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • jean2009

      Bush's final approval rating was the lowest historical rating of any President leaving office at 22%.

      President Bush will leave office as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in history, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll showing Mr. Bush's final approval rating at 22 %.

      Recent one term presidents also had higher ratings than Mr. Bush. His father George H.W. Bush had an end-of-term rating of 54 %, while Jimmy Carter's rating was 44 %.

      Harry Truman had previously had the lowest end-of-term approval at 32 %, as measured by Gallup.

      Currently this week according to Gallup President Obama's approval is 50%...and Rasmussen puts it at 55%.

      Of course, thankfully we are not at the end of President Obama's term....four years from now will be the end...and ratings can vary between now and then.

      January 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
      • Moose

        Jean just made my point, i read something totally different today on both sites mentioned

        January 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
      • Marie

        Is Bush was such an awful president and he got reelected than that speaks volumes about Kerry

        January 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
      • Marie

        If not is

        January 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jerry was talking final and by no means is this the final poll....nor was he accurate. Nor is Moose.

        And yes Marie, Bush will probably when history writes the final chapter about this era of history be labeled as one of our worst Presidents....maybe even the worst of modern times. Now wait we will see how Kerry ranks as Secretary of State.

        Here is a little added info:
        The poll finds Obama’s approval rating at 55 percent, his highest level since November, 2009 (excluding a brief bump up to 56 percent after the president ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011)… 61 percent view Obama as a strong leader — his highest level in three years — and 53 percent say they’re optimistic about the policies he’ll pursue in his second term..

        But now look at Congress.

        By contrast, voters intensely dislike Obama’s opponents in the House of Representatives. Congress has just a 19 percent approval rating; 37 percent approve of House Democrats, and 24 percent approve of House Republicans. Additionally, 67 percent believe that Republican leadership is doing too little to give ground in negotiations, compared to 48 percent who say that is true of the president.

        January 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
      • Caramon

        and ratings can vary between now and then. Very true Jean, What was Bush's approval at the end of his first term?

        January 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
      • jerry

        still bashing Bush... well, those were the good old days and history will show it. The media and obama spent two years tearing down Bush and the GOP to elect this no body from no where who had no resume to run a public toilet... you have been had Jean and don't know it.

        January 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        Caramon- Answer Bush's rating the 3rd week of January 2005 when he started his second term 51%.

        January 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jerry...I am a pretty aware about history,and not lacking in the ability to research facts....so at 77 almost 78 I would not consider myself a person who has many times in my life been had. I seriously would not have had some of the jobs I've had if I were a gullible fool. I totally doubt this would be one of those times.

        January 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  9. sue

    wonderful day enjoyed all of it.

    January 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
  10. jerry

    the congressional polls reflect both houses and both parties...so get off your high horse jean, you dim wit!

    January 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • jean2009

      Actually the Republicans alone approval rating for the 3rd week of January 2013 is:

      19% Approve – 73% disapprove – 8% unsure

      I don't think that is a stellar rating.

      January 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  11. Marie

    If Bush is labeled the worst president of modern history, then Obama will be labeled the most divisive. Can anyone honestly stand there and say Washington has become less divisive since Obama. And I know every Democrat here is immediately going to say "House Republicans", but look in a mirror

    January 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      My vote goes to Woodrow Wilson.
      * Sedition Act
      * The Palmer Raids (the attempted arrest and deportation of thousands of radical leftists)
      * Re-institution of government segregation, federal employees and the military
      * The income tax
      * The League of Nations
      * The Federal Reserve

      Indeed, in a disturbing 1890 essay entitled Leaders of Men, Wilson said that a “true leader” uses the masses of people like “tools.” He writes, “The competent leader of men cares little for the internal niceties of other people’s characters: he cares much–everything–for the external uses to which they may be put…. He supplies the power; others supply only the materials upon which that power operates…. It is the power which dictates, dominates; the materials yield. Men are as clay in the hands of the consummate leader.” So much for the dignity of each person!

      A week after Congress declared war on Germany, Wilson created a government apparatus whose sole purpose was to lie to the American people, the first modern ministry for propaganda in the West. It was called the Committee on Public Information and was led by journalist George Creel.

      At Wilson’s urging, a Sedition Act (not unlike the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 ) forbade Americans from criticizing their own government in a time of war. Citizens could not “utter, print, write or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the government or the military. The Postmaster General was given the authority to revoke the mailing privileges of those who disobeyed. About 75 periodicals were were shut down by the government in this way and many others were given warnings.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:15 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      The most divisive is Abraham Lincoln for obvious reasons. If you want to say Obama is divisive because of Obamacare, then Lincoln was most certainly divisive for ending slavery. Two men trying to do the right thing but was opposed severely for what is argued an economic issue, of the federal government ruling over the states.

      The difference being Abraham Lincoln actually had to fight and win a civil war to bring about his signature achievement. You cannot get more divided than that.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • Marie

        To my grave I will never say that Obamacare is a good thing.

        January 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        That's what they said about ending slavery. We shall see.

        History has shown that sometimes being divisive is necessary to do the right thing. We need to fix our health care system and if Obamacare can get us started in the right direction, as conservatives once envisioned, then so be it.

        January 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • jean2009

      Abraham Lincoln for his time was certainly vilified in the press, cartoons, that brought us to a Civil War.

      If you want to look at Woodrow Wilson look at what of his presidency has endured....Income Tax; (The League of Nations) the original concept for The United Nations; and the Federal Reserve are all in place. His Fair Trade Commission prohibited unfair business practices. Plus with a heavy German population he may have thought the Sedition Act necessary during war time, as did those during WWII who thought the Hatch Act of 1939 was a necessity.

      For today those may have been the equivalent of .....Might I say: The Homeland Security Act 2002, and the TSA?

      January 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        The one thing that I really HATE about Wilson was e-instituting segregation with the stroke of a pen. It wouldn't be undone until Harry Truman in 1947. Think about all those lost years where racial progress could have been made but wasn't.

        January 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
      • Marie

        Are you all honestly comparing Obama to Lincoln?

        January 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
      • jerry

        the real story on Lincoln is quite startling. He did not believe the blacks were equal and intended on colonizing freed slaves out side the country...Lincoln was in fact a wealthy attorney for the rail roads and other monied interest and forced the war irregardless of the fact the south was all for freeing slaves in the manner with europe and others had done without a drop of blood spilled. Lincoln is responsible for the death of over 600,000 americans to appease the monied interests of the north...tried to dismantle the constitution and created the central bank to finance business and enhance federal control...not a nice guy in any way.

        January 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
      • jerry

        yeah obama and Lincoln would be a good paring. Lincoln shut down about 200 news papers who disagreed with him and imprisoned thousands of northerners who didn't buy into his game. He was also as racist as a man could be...planed to colonized freed slaves...oh, and much much more.

        January 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Moose

    Its sad how people are fooled if you can access to the archives in the smith, (wash Mall) you will find one of lincs major ideas was to ship all slaves (after freed back to africa) yes ive been there. all we are seeing now is the death of reporting, i read again bammans approval rate was 38%, i really think the polls are what you make them, there are too many faults on our current pres, to really consider him a great man, the majority of people voted him in due to race
    not achievements, if you agree or dont agree it dont matter it is what it is

    January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      Obama's approval rating dropped because of an slow moving economy and high unemployment. If that is what you are wishing for then clearly you have no right to call yourself American.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • jerry

      lincoln in fact was a wealthy attorney who represented the robber barons of the day..rail roaders and etc.. he ,used the slavery issue against the south when the south was all for freeing the slaves as was done in europe, without war...so, actually it is a fact that lincoln could have saved over 600,000 american lives and millions of others from suffering....he was ruthless and did order burning the south(fellow Americans) to the ground...oh yea a real obama type.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Let's follow your logic a bit, painful as it may be. So if the South were so willing to free their slaves, just as the Europeans have without war, why did they go to war? Why seceed? Why raise a rebel army? Why create a rebel government? If the Europeans were even remotely sympathetic to what they are trying to do, why did none of them support the Confederates? Just free the slaves and there will be no penalty of war! It's because they did not want to, their economy depended too much on slave labor. Did you think they were just going to let them go eventually after hundreds of years of slavery? They could not even agree to stop the expansion of slavery to other states! Don't be so naive.

        Was Lincoln perfect? No, of course not because he was also a politician and a white man struggling with racism. He also advocated colonization and that silly notion of compensating slave owner for their lost 'property.' But we all need time to evolve, doing the right thing does not happen over time. In the end, he even wanted to grant some black people the vote. History still judges him accurately as the President who ended slavery in the USA.

        January 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        And another thing, the North did not fight the war just to end slavery. Their primary goal was to preserve the Union which the South violated by secession.

        January 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
      • jerry

        DEcember, you are an ignorant fool. The north was taxing the crap out of the south and returning nothing to them, they wanted out of the union, it was a matter of survival for them... learn to read, study history. This is all factual, not what moron obama lackeys like you want to hear but it is the truth. You might also want to really study LBJ and FDR and JFK...you might not sleep well nights after learning the real history and how we have been dubbed into fighting unnecessary wars so these monsters can have their power.

        January 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  13. Marie

    You know what I find ironic is that the Republican party was founded on equal rights for all and was the anti-KKK party, and yet now like 92+% of black voters vote Democrat

    January 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • jerry

      Marie, old Joe Kennedy was ask one time why he chose the democratic party..ie joined the left. His reply was: "that is where the power is, you can by their votes".

      January 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm |