Today on the Dish, Andrew live-blogged the inauguration ceremony and reflected on the strengths and weaknesses of the president’s address. He placed Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem in the tradition of American letters, collected some instant literary analysis, and posted the piece in its entirety. Finally, after Douthat and Continetti admitted Obama is the liberal Reagan, Andrew flashed back to the first time the phrase crossed his mind.
We rounded up reax to the speech, gathered the expectations beforehand, and noticed that Fox News seemed rather glum about the whole thing. Nate Silvercompared Obama’s second-term respite with those of past presidents, Mark Blumenthal and Emily Swanson measured Americans’ outlook on the president’s place in history, and Chait warned not to think of the chief executive as all-powerful in his second term. Relatedly, we asked whether America should brag about its record of handing off power so peacefully and surveyed the lexicon of words coined by heads of state throughout our history.
In assorted coverage, we gauged the varying ways news outlets are covering Mali, Katy Waldman identified the most vivid reels of our memory, and Derek Thompson graphed Americans pushing away Big Gulps for cappuccino. David Drake articulated how more a liberal immigration policy makes America more competitive, readers shared their thoughts on American workers’ time off, as wesaid good riddance to invasive body scanners at the airport. Drew Olanoffapplauded Google’s efforts to scan your chicken scratch, while Nicholas Carrcriticized the search engine’s myopic turn.
In an unusually sporty vein, we cataloged the gruesome toll professional football extracts from players, a reader piped up for Manti Te’o, and contra Lance Armstrong, we brought a truly honorable athlete into the spotlight. Later we peeredout of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta during today’s VFYW and then racedthrough each season of the year on the Nordland Railroad for a MHB.
(Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama waves as the presidential inaugural parade winds through the nation’s capital January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. By Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)