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Obama to be sworn in for second term

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Barack Obama is due to be officially sworn in for his second term as US president in a small ceremony at the White House.

Although the US Constitution requires the oath of office to be taken by noon on 20 January, as that falls on a Sunday the public inauguration will take place on Monday.

Mr Obama will take his official oath in the White House's Blue Room.

The public ceremony with pomp and circumstance will follow a day later.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-21106159

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BOOOOO!!!!

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The best part is when he swears to protect the Constitution.

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The best part is when he swears to protect the Constitution.

Yeah.... which is a bold face lie from where I am standing. He swears to protect it, when he is currently trying to take away some parts of it. There needs to be meaning and an punishment if it is broken.

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We've just seen pictures of Washington bedecked in flags etc.

Umm is this pomp usual for an inauguration? Because our reaction here is something to the tune of "deutchland deutchland ich bin ober alles"

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Why do people act surprised when politicians lie and do hypocritical things? That's like complaining that jumping into the ocean made you wet. You know it's going to happen.

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The best part is when he swears to protect the Constitution.

How do we know what he really swears to do or what book he swears on in the private ceremony he's having today? Tomorrow's public ceremony is just an act.

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He has been a great leader and the American majority saw fit to re elect him.

Congratulations Mr president! Well deserved.

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Yes, a nation divided with no sign of unity to come is an example of great leadership. All hail the Divider in Chief.

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What divide? Should we go over the election results yet again?

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What divide? Should we go over the election results yet again?

Yea Ok, I'd love to. The election results are one way to look at the divide. He had a victory but it wasn't crushing, it was average. 7 million votes sounds like a lot but out of around 110 million voters representing 310 million citizens it's only a slight majority. After four years a president who is a good, no wait you said great, leader gains support. If he was great he'd have had an electoral and popular blowout like FDR or Reagan to name a couple. Both sides lost a few million votes since 2008, they certainly didn't gain any. Washington sucks and many people said screw it this election. Great leadership historically sways the nation. His policies don't gain support either. He is scornful and divisive towards anyone who disagrees with him. He uses rhetoric carefully and by design to get one group of people angry against another. He flat out said he wants to fundamentally transform the nation when a true American leader would say we need a fundamental restoration instead. Blame which ever side you want for anything you like but real leadership can bring opposition together. Real leadership doesn't publicly scorn the representation of nearly half the country. Real leaders handle that sht behind closed doors like professionals and keep the people calm yet he does the complete opposite. You scour these forums. Do you see unity?

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Why do people act surprised when politicians lie and do hypocritical things? That's like complaining that jumping into the ocean made you wet. You know it's going to happen.

They're not surprised so much as delighted to expose a politician they politically disagree with, so they can feel more false confidence that their politics are right in the quiet interlude between the lies and hypocrisy from their own kind. I don't see any surprise at all. I see Obama's political enemies shoveling blame like coal into a furnace and Obama's political allies making every excuse in the book. Same old situation. Partisan politics - game on. And it's a complete waste of time because when it comes down to making the tough decisions for the country the two parties agree on everything. It's just two different rhetorical paths to get to the same destination.

The problem isn't surprise so much as it's blind faith. He's got his hand on that bible, so help him God.

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He has been a great leader

In that case, then Carter must have been greater than Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.

and the American majority saw fit to re elect him.

That's the "Extremes of Democracy" that our Founding Fathers warned us about.

Congratulations Mr president! Well deserved.

I guess you could call it that. When you get away with it, I guess you deserve some congratulations.

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Obama was alraedy sworn in a family ceremony in the White House. The public one will be done Monday. Biden was sworn by Justice Sotomayer at his home as well.

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We've just seen pictures of Washington bedecked in flags etc.

Umm is this pomp usual for an inauguration? Because our reaction here is something to the tune of "deutchland deutchland ich bin ober alles"

Here's one of the Bush inaugurations:

010713-politics-inauguration-george-w-bush-2.jpg

So, basically - Yes.

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Nationalism and religiosity, the banes of common sense.

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They shouldnt be allowed to fly the 13 star flag as they dont care about the Constituion it was founded on.

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Yea Ok, I'd love to. The election results are one way to look at the divide. He had a victory but it wasn't crushing, it was average. 7 million votes sounds like a lot but out of around 110 million voters representing 310 million citizens it's only a slight majority. After four years a president who is a good, no wait you said great, leader gains support. If he was great he'd have had an electoral and popular blowout like FDR or Reagan to name a couple. Both sides lost a few million votes since 2008, they certainly didn't gain any. Washington sucks and many people said screw it this election. Great leadership historically sways the nation. His policies don't gain support either. He is scornful and divisive towards anyone who disagrees with him. He uses rhetoric carefully and by design to get one group of people angry against another. He flat out said he wants to fundamentally transform the nation when a true American leader would say we need a fundamental restoration instead. Blame which ever side you want for anything you like but real leadership can bring opposition together. Real leadership doesn't publicly scorn the representation of nearly half the country. Real leaders handle that sht behind closed doors like professionals and keep the people calm yet he does the complete opposite. You scour these forums. Do you see unity?

So the only way to have a nation 'undivided' is by having a landslide victory?

What a completly un-American position to take.

The reason we don't see unity is that the is a faction of this country that is blinded by the hatred of the opposing political party. So, they will believe any sort of non-sense the Internet offers up as fact. How many threads are on here started by people that didn't even bother to do a little research to see if their 'facts' are even close to being true? No, there is just a constant stream of unfounded facts that gets everyone riled up.

I don't have any sort of love for Obama, but I truly believe that he is our lawfully elected President and deserves respect for him, and his office.

I've no problem disagreeing with something he may say or do, especially if there is some sort of basis in fact....but the name calling, misleading, smearing campaign is disgusting. And quite frankly, I think it only shows a common thread of complete ignorance on the part of the name caller.

Before you point back at how the Libs did that very thing about Bush, I have to tell you that I hated it then as well. The maturity of what should be civil discourse on most forums is laughable, pathetic, and quite alarming.

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The problem is bigger then the President. He is just adding to the problem.

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Good for him. Hopefully he'll be able to work on getting the US on more economically stable ground. Time will tell if this term will be better or worst than his last.

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Good for him. Hopefully he'll be able to work on getting the US on more economically stable ground. Time will tell if this term will be better or worst than his last.

Of course by then it will be too late. We won't have Freedom of Speech, No guns, and we'll all be worshipping the Great and Powerful Allah.

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So the only way to have a nation 'undivided' is by having a landslide victory?

Not at all but seriously man the divide is strict. There isn't many people pleased with both sides. It's one, the other or none.

The reason we don't see unity

So you do see it that way.

is that the is a faction of this country that is blinded by the hatred of the opposing political party.

No you're wrong. It isn't just one 'faction' The discourse and distrust is a two way street. It does not belong to one side.

So, they will believe any sort of non-sense the Internet offers up as fact. How many threads are on here started by people that didn't even bother to do a little research to see if their 'facts' are even close to being true? No, there is just a constant stream of unfounded facts that gets everyone riled up.

True again but that also doesn't belong to one side.

but the name calling, misleading, smearing campaign is disgusting. And quite frankly, I think it only shows a common thread of complete ignorance on the part of the name caller.

Am I misunderstanding you? Again it sounds like you're pinning this on one side.

Before you point back at how the Libs did that very thing about Bush, I have to tell you that I hated it then as well. The maturity of what should be civil discourse on most forums is laughable, pathetic, and quite alarming.

I agree. Because 'they did it' doesn't mean it's ok for 'them' to do it. But you really come across as if the only problem these days is on the right.

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I agree. Because 'they did it' doesn't mean it's ok for 'them' to do it. But you really come across as if the only problem these days is on the right.

My problem isn't with 'the right'. My problem is with the non-stop diatribes of people that have no clue what they are talking about, yet seem to be able to pin every slight at the feet of the President.

If Mr. Romney would have won, my problem would still be the same. But, the current attacks against the president go far past the norm. I don't know how you can see them and not be affected.

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So the only way to have a nation 'undivided' is by having a landslide victory?

Not at all. You need someone who is less divisive. We need a communicator and not a community organizer.

The reason we don't see unity is that the is a faction of this country that is blinded by the hatred of the opposing political party.

Actually, it goes both ways. The one thing that is important is that you can't compromise with Socialism. However, at the moment the GOP just caves. But this nation cannot long endure half free and half slave.

No, there is just a constant stream of unfounded facts that gets everyone riled up.

How 'bout his record? I would say those are very founded facts.

I don't have any sort of love for Obama, but I truly believe that he is our lawfully elected President and deserves respect for him, and his office.

You're at least partially right. He is our lawfully elected President but because of that, shows the lack of respect that the people have for the office.

I've no problem disagreeing with something he may say or do, especially if there is some sort of basis in fact....

Well, Hel-lo??

but the name calling, misleading, smearing campaign is disgusting. And quite frankly, I think it only shows a common thread of complete ignorance on the part of the name caller.

It's not ignorance on the name caller. It's the frustration the name caller has for the ignorance of those that voted Obama in.

Before you point back at how the Libs did that very thing about Bush, I have to tell you that I hated it then as well.

Isn't that nice. If you think that the name calling of Obama is worse than what was shown Bush, you are in a fantasy world. The Socialists dug this hole and Obama is doing nothing to mend it.

The maturity of what should be civil discourse on most forums is laughable, pathetic, and quite alarming.

Welcome to the jungle. Who says it should be civil? You can't Socialize the internet. You can only pretend to apply rules. When something needs to be said a certain way, it will eventually be said. The internet is the ultimate of the individual. Therein lies the maturity. "Don't start nothing and there won't be nothing."

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