Inauguration: Obama's Plea for an End to Political Name-Calling

Mike O'Brien

There was the pomp, there was the pageantry, but President Barack Obama’s 2013 Inauguration on Monday, January 21, was a far more sober affair than the hope-filled swearing-in ceremony of four years ago. Mr. Obama used the occasion at the U.S. Capitol to call for national unity and to reject political name-calling. In front of an estimated crowd of 700,000, the President said: "We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-callin...
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