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Obama: Confronting The Growing Threat Of Climate Change

President Barack Obama has used his weekly television address to promote the Climate Action Plan he unveiled earlier in the week.

Obama’s office said: “President Obama told the American people about a plan he unveiled a few days ago that confronts the growing threat of climate change, which will cut carbon pollution, protect our country from the impacts of climate change, and lead the world in a coordinated assault on a changing climate. The President’s plan recognizes that there is no contradiction between a sound environment and a strong economy, and he calls on all Americans to speak up about climate change in their communities and remind their elected officials that we must take action to protect our future generations from the ravages of climate change now.” [Read more…]


April Fools’ Day At Google And The White House

I admit I didn’t instantly realise it was an April Fools’ Day joke.

Google can score it as a win.

I thought the number of visitors to AustralianPolitics.com from the International Space Station Control Room was unusual when I checked the traffic figures on Google Analytics this morning.

The real-time Location Map of visitors to the site said there was 41 of them.

They were in the United States. Later, they had moved to Australia:

Google

By this evening they seemed to be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean:

Google

The White House’s video titled “A Statement From the Briefing Room” was a little easier to pick.

 


Bush Announces Start Of Iraq War

President George W. Bush has announced the start of the war against Iraq.

Bush addressed the nation on television at 10.15pm Eastern time (2.15pm March 20, AEST).

He said: “At this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stage of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” [Read more…]


Senator Marco Rubio Gives Republican Party Response To State Of The Union

This is the text and audio of Senator Marco Rubio’s response on behalf of the Republican Party to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

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President Obama’s 2013 State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama has delivered an assertive State of the Union Address to a joint sitting of the US Congress today.

Obama set out an activist program for his second term, calling for an increase in the minimum wage and laying out a diverse program of initiatives in education, energy and public works. Obama called on Congress to act on the budget and immigration. He also called for action on climate change and gun violence. He said he would establish a bipartisan commission to reform US voting procedures. [Read more…]


‘One Today’ – Richard Blanco’s Inaugural Poem

This is the text of Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem, recited by the author at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

  • Listen to Richard Blanco read his poem (7m)
  • Watch Blanco (7m)

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President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

Barack Obama has been ceremonially sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were officially sworn in yesterday, in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution. In today’s public ceremony, Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor again swore in Biden and Chief Justice John Roberts again swore in Obama.

Political attention today focussed on Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech.

With frequent invocations of ‘We, The People’, the speech was Obama’s most progressive as president. Amongst other things, he called for action on climate change and equality for gay people. [Read more…]


The Inauguration Of A President

These videos show the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in chronological order.

President Obama Leaves For The Capitol


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President Barack Obama Takes Oath Of Office And Begins His Second Term

In a brief ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House, Barack Obama has taken the oath of office and begun his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

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Joe Biden Takes Oath Of Office For Second Term As Vice-President

Vice-President Joe Biden has taken the oath of office for his second term.

The oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shortly after 8am. The brief ceremony was preceded by a prayer from the Reverend Kevin O’Brien of Georgetown University.

President Barack Obama will be sworn in at midday.

The Constitution mandates that the President and Vice-President be sworn on January 20. Because that date is a Sunday this year, the official ceremonies will be held tomorrow when Obama and Biden will take the oath again.

Obama also took the oath twice in 2009, following a verbal mangling of the oath by Chief Justice John Roberts.