“I want to take a look one more time. I’m not going to see this again.” —President Obama pausing while leaving his second inaugural ceremony to look out onto the crowd on the National Mall
So touching. Also check out Pete Souza scurrying back to capture the moment (@:27).
“I love the idea of any show that begins with Chuck Schumer and ends with Beyoncé.”
“Good and great causes don’t advance without resistance. First the thing is impossible, then improbable, then unsatisfactorily achieved, then quietly improved, until one day it is actual and uncontroversial. So it was with putting military weapons into the hands of openly homosexual soldiers, and so it shall be with taking military weapons out of the hands of crazy people. It starts off impossible and it ends up done.”
“[O]n the eve of a second Obama term, the images are more complex, and in some ways blurrier. Politically and personally this president functions as a screen onto which different Americans project their fears and fantasies. From the right, the picture is often of a monster whose policies are steps on a scary road to socialism or some other exotic form of tyranny. Many liberals, by contrast, have expressed disappointment at his willingness to compromise with Republicans and his reluctance to fight. At different times and from various angles Mr. Obama is a fiery orator, an aloof intellectual, a policy nerd and a shrewd strategist. He is notoriously resistant to sketch-comedy impersonation and also, perhaps, to simple pop-cultural appropriation. …
Some of the connections between politics and movies are obvious, but we wanted to go beyond the topical resonance of films like “Zero Dark Thirty” and enter into the realms of allegory and national mythology. Here is our highly preliminary, wildly speculative thematic guide to American cinema in the Obama Era.”
A. O. Scott & Manohla Dargis: Movies in the Age of Obama | NYT
“The only way we can change is if the American people demand it.”
1. Require criminal background checks for all gun sales.
2. Take 4 executive actions to ensure information on dangerous people is available in background checks.
3. Reinstate & strengthen the assault weapons ban.
4. Restore 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.
5. Fully ban armor-piercing bullets.
6. Give law enforcement new tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.
7. End freeze on gun violence research.
8. Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school counselors, safer climates, emergency response.
9. Help ensure that young people get mental health treatment.
10. Ensure health insurance plans cover mental health benefits.
"We don’t benefit from ignorance."
“While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm shouldn’t be a divisive one.”
“We are not a deadbeat nation… So we’ve got to pay our bills. And Republicans in Congress have two choices here. They can act responsibly, and pay America’s bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy … We’ve got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis when there’s this clear path ahead of us that simply requires some discipline, some responsibility, and some compromise. That’s where we need to go. That’s how this needs to work.”