On this day in 2009, eight years ago, Barack Obama was sworn into office as the 44th President of the United States.
That day, Obama made history as the nation’s first African-American President, having successfully defeated Republican candidate John McCain in the 2008 election. January 20th
has been the official presidential Inauguration Day since the
ratification of the 20th Amendment in 1933; previously, new presidents were sworn in on March 4th. Obama’s inauguration was one of the most observed events in global
history, with millions watching in person, online, or on television. The day’s
theme was ‘A New Birth of Freedom’, which derives from President Lincoln’s
Gettysburg Address, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. Obama was sworn into office by the
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, who administered the
oath of office required by the Constitution in Article Two, Section One,
Clause Eight. However, the oath administered to Obama strayed slightly from the exact words specified in the Constitution, and he thus retook the oath the next evening. Obama was re-elected to office in 2012, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. The Obama presidency will be remembered primarily for the historic passage of the Affordable Care Act, the normalisation of relations with Cuba, and his appointments to the Supreme Court. His years in office were also marked by increased partisanship and division in America, and continued instability in the Middle East. Obama leaves office today, to be replaced by Republican Donald Trump, with high approval ratings, leaving a legacy of grace and statesmanship that will not be soon forgotten.
The Nixon Administration admits its policies were meant to attack Blacks and anti-war people, so they did what was necessary including arresting their leaders, raiding their homes and more. [From the film “13th”]
Hey guys, I just wanted to link this here because I haven’t seen it reported by a major publication yet - it’s important to remember that the many of the news outlets reporting on the meltdown of 2016 have a vested interest in normalizing Trump. Think of how they keep saying that the Republicans present a ‘unified’ front when in fact Donald Trump’s transition team is struggling over a peanut someone found on the floor and hitting each other in the face with rocks.
Over 100 Democrats have signed on to the movement to fire Bannon. Your campaign of contacting your reps is having a noticeable effect.
Elizabeth Warren was denied her right to speak on the Senate floor last night when she tried to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King.
The letter was written by Martin Luther King’s widow when Senator Jeff Sessions was nominated to be a judge in the 80’s. It pleaded that he not be allowed to come to power I this way because of all his racist actions and beliefs.
The letter was not allowed to be read in the Senate then and it’s not being allowed now.
Republicans sited a rule that says, basically, that Senators can’t insult each other on the floor. This is ridiculous though as Senator Warren wasn’t insulting him so much as raising concerns about his nomination.
How can we vet nominees if we can’t question negative aspects of them?
The GOP is trying to silence us and bully us into compliance. Do not allow this.
I’ve included a copy of Mrs. King’s letter.
Maybe they can silence Senator Warren on the floor… But they cannot silence a chorus of resistance.