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After taking the oath of office on Abraham Lincoln’s bible, President Barack Hussein Obama called it “a moment that will define a generation.” On our program, we’ll discuss the Inaugural Address in the context of history and contemporary politics. And we’ll talk about what comes next. PHOTO: US President Barack Obama waves after being sworn in as the 44th US president by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in front of the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2009. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
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The Obamas and Bidens stood on the Capitol steps and waved to the helicopter taking George and Laura Bush away from Washington and out of power. Members of Obama’s staff had already left the Capitol early to prepare the White House for the new commander in chief.

Guests:
Michael Kranish, Boston Globe (@globekranish)

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Barack Hussein Obama is now president of the United States. Today, we’ll hear excerpts from his inaugural address and talk about what he called “a moment that will define a generation.”

Guests:
David Kusnet, Chief speechwriter for President Bill Clinton from 1992 to 1994; Author
Robert Schlesinger, Deputy Editor at US News and World Report
Harold Holzer, Author of 31 books on Pres. Lincoln
Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)
Robert Ford, South Carolina State Senate
John Ridley, Screenwriter, Director and Novelist; "Let It Fall"
Debra Dickerson, essayist and author
Mary Kate Cary, University of Virginia / US News and World Report (@mkcary)

CREDITS

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis

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