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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.



Whatever Happened To The 45th President?

Ever since I installed Google Analytics on AustralianPolitics.com some 5 or 6 years ago, I’ve been addicted to studying the statistics in order to understand who’s using the site and how they’re doing it.

Last November, there was a spike in traffic in the week of the US presidential election. That’s a pattern with the site: major political events, especially elections, produce traffic spikes.

Because there’s quite a lot of material about American politics on the site, an apparent anomaly that I’ve long since stopped worrying about, it didn’t surprise me too much that the Obama-Romney contest would bring more traffic.

What I couldn’t work out, though, is what specifically caused the traffic spike. Tens of thousands of extra visitors came to the site that week. Google ad revenue rose accordingly and in fact it was this that alerted me to the spike.

A cursory check of the traffic stats didn’t provide any answers. The same patterns and proportions I see every month were also there in November.

I must have been asleep because I didn’t burrow into the figures to work out what had happened. Just before Christmas, I finally realised what had occurred. [Read more…]


White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Announces His Resignation

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has announced that he will leave his position next month.

Gibbs spoke to journalists after making his announcement. [Read more…]


State Of The Union Address 2010 – President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama delivered his first State of the Union Address on Janaury 27, 2010.

It was one year and one week since his inauguration on January 20, 2009. [Read more…]


President Bush Congratulates Barack Obama On His Election As President

President George W. Bush has congratulated Senator Barack Obama on his election as the 44th President of the United States. [Read more…]


A MOMENT OF HISTORY IN AMERICA AS OBAMA CLAIMS THE PRESIDENCY

‘Yes, We Can’

President-elect Barack Obama has delivered an historic victory speech before a crowd of joyful, tearful supporters in Chicago.

The moment of history was clearly not lost on anyone as the first African-American to be elected President of the United States claimed the grand political prize of the world’s major superpower.

Barack Obama Claims Victory in Chicago, November 4-5, 2008

 

Obama’s speech echoed words and phrases of leaders from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King as he sketched a portrait of an American democracy which has risen above the bigotry of the past to put a black man in the Oval Office of the White House. [Read more…]


New York Times Endorses Obama For President

New York Times Endorses Barack Obama for PresidentThe New York Times has given its 2008 presidential election endorsement to Senator Barack Obama.

The Times described Obama as a candidate who “has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change”, in contrast to Senator John McCain who “has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaig on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism”.

This is the text of the New York Times editorial.

Barack Obama for President

Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation’s future truly hangs in the balance.

The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. He is saddling his successor with two wars, a scarred global image and a government systematically stripped of its ability to protect and help its citizens — whether they are fleeing a hurricane’s floodwaters, searching for affordable health care or struggling to hold on to their homes, jobs, savings and pensions in the midst of a financial crisis that was foretold and preventable.

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First Presidential Debate: Obama And McCain

This is the First Presidential Debate for the 2008 election.

The debate between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain took place at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi. It was chaired by Jim Lehrer from PBS. [Read more…]