America’s 44th Peaceful Transition of Power
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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.
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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.”
- David Kusnet: Chief speechwriter for President Bill Clinton from 1992 to 1994; Author
- Robert Schlesinger: Deputy editor at U.S. News and World Report; Author
- Harold Holzer: Author of 31 books on Pres. Lincoln
- Peniel Joseph: Professor of Afro-American Studies, Brandeis University
- Robert Ford: State Senator, South Carolina
- John Ridley: Founding Editor, ThatMinorityThing.com, @John_Ridley
- Debra Dickerson: essayist and author
- Mary Kate Cary: Freelance speech writer; Speechwriter for Pres. George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1992, @mkcary
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