Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as President of the United States in a private, official ceremony yesterday in the Oval Office. Today will be the ceremonial swearing in front of the nation.
Barack Obama won re-election November 6, 2012, and in his first term, some promises were kept and some promises not fulfilled. He reportedly is going to go for a more aggressive second term on progressive issues. No matter what, not everyone gets a second chance so now the President must live up to the expectations he has set and also unite a strongly divided country.
Today also marks the celebration of Martin Luther King, which he is expected to mention in his Inaugural Address Speech.
Heartbreaking and tragic news has come out of Connecticut, a lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was carrying his brother Ryan Lanza's ID whom is in police custody being questioned) went into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed as many as 20 children and 6 adults. He reportedly was wearing all black and went into the school and opened fire. He killed his mother who taught at the school. At around 9:30 a.m, emergency calls came in reporting the shootings at the school. Many of the children who were killed were young kindergartners.
There is no word as to why he snapped or a reason behind the senseless crimes. The school is located in a small suburb in northern Fairfield County which has a population of 27,000. The school has just over 600 students. President Obama is expected to speak about the tragedy. SWAT will be investigating the home of the suspect. Once the death toll is confirmed, it would be one of the worst mass shootings in U.S.History. The killer is dead, but as of now, it is not known whether he killed himself or shot by an officer. The scence is secure at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
Last night's first Presidential Debate held in Colorado had one clear winner: Mitt Romney. The losers were President Obama, Jim Lehrer, and of all things BIG BIRD. It was perfectly clear Romney came into the debates with his game on and challenged Obama at every turn. Even the host moderator, Jim Lehrer, was in Romney''s cross-fire, but the biggest moment came when he put Big Bird on Blast! Mitt Romney said he would cut government funding to PBS, which showcases Sesame Street, and Big Bird and the gang, prompting an instant explosion onTwitter and FacebookBig Bird supports saying Mitt wanted to fire Big and the gang. He said:
"I'm sorry Jim. I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm gonna stop other things," Romney said. "I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you too."
Samuel L. Jackson is a Hollywood legend known for perfecting energetic lines in some great Hollywood movies. Now he has helped the Jewish Council of Educaiton and Research Super PAC to let the county know what is on the line in this election according to their views. Samuel parodies the children's book for adults "Go The Fu@# To Sleep" as he goes around to a family who was supposedly energetic and hyped for Obama in 2008 but has slacked off this time around. He ferociously tells them to "Wake the F#$k Up! Along with some other profanities, he makes some convincing statements.
Jay-Z and Beyonce hosted a fundraiser for the President yesterday raising $4 million dollars for the President's campaign. 100 people paid $40,000 dollars to attend the fundraiser at Jay's 40/40 club in New York. Obama told the audience he didn't want people to be complacent, but but he didn't want people to be discouraged. He added that te economy is going to grow in ways that will include everyone. Later that day he made a stop at the Letterman show where in responded to Mitt Romney's controversial 47% people don't pay income taxes comments which was released days ago in a secret video tapes at one of his private fundraisers in May.
Something bigger than Barack Obama may be standing in Romney's way of grabbing the presidency:MITT ROMNEY! In what was meant to probably never get out, secret video has been leaked by an anonymous source which has Mitt saying that 47% of Barack supporters are "dependent on the government" and feel they are victims and its the government's responsibility to take care of them. He further added that the supporters feel they are entitled to healthcare, food, and housing. He goes on to infer that it is not his job to "worry about them" and he would never convince them to "take responsibility and care for their lives." He said this to a closed door gathering to 30 "major donors". He went on to joke that he would probably be ahead in the polls if his father had been "ethnically Mexican" instead of being born to white parents living in Mexico.
Mitt Romney: Open Mouth Insert Foot
Mitt Romney jokes about this and in turn goes out and wants to try to "court" the Latino vote. Obama's campaign says the video shows that Mitt is not focused on the majority of Americans. Mitt's campaign released a stamen saying:
"Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work," Romney spokesperson Gail Gitcho said in a statement. "Mitt Romney's plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs."
This is yet another problem for Mitt as he has already been accused of being out of touch with most Americans and some have said he doesn't care about the poor.
Michelle Obamadelivered at the DNC Tuesday night. Looking beautiful and speaking eloquently about her love for Barack and at times getting teary eyed as she described the emotion that Barack feels when he reads letters of despair some Americans experience in their lives. Michelle told the excited crowd, "Barack knows the American Dream because he has lived it. She had many in the audience enthroned in her passionate plea to their constituents to remember the vision that Barack set out to do for the Americaan people and do what they can to get fired back up and help him get re-elected
She continued to create a very vivid picture of Barack's policies and said that for him these things are personal and you can't seperate two. Barack watched from the White House along with their two daughters. Michelle went into the convention with the best favorability among all political figures. The Democrats are creating an air that this election is about a choice…two different platforms and its up to you to decide which one is the right one for the direction of the country.
When Clint Eastwood was revealed as the "surprise guest" that would speak at Thursday night's Republican National Convention, it electrified the delegates and the party. When it came time for him to walk out on stage in front of millions tuning in, the crowd was electric and ready to hear him speak, hanging at his every word. Then when he spoke, it became as what some have described as bizarre, most notably mocking President Obama in an invisible chair.
Clint is a Hollywood Legend who endorsed Mitt Romney months ago. Many say that Mitt was upstaged by the "invisible chair" that Clint "debated" with for almost 11 minutes. If you didn't see it, you can watch the video below for yourself. The video sparked an @Invisible Obama handle on Twitter and people began to post Instagram photos of themselves "Eastwooding".
President Obama Gives His Opinion
The night that Clint gave his speech the White House issued their response by tweeting the below photo:
The picture says it all. The picture depicts Obama in the Presidential Chair with the chair saying "The President", along with the line "This seat is taken." Of the incident as a whole, Barack recently told USA Today in an interview after being asked whether he was offended, "if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession." He also gave praise to Eastwood telling USA he was a huge fan of the actor. President Obama certainly has lots more of criticism coming his way!