First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Jason Wu red halter-top velvet gown with chiffon overlay to the inaugural ball Monday night. She looked radiant. Jason Wu also designed her gown for the 2009 inaugural ball. She wore a custom diamond ring designed by Kimberly McDonald. Michelle Obama’s shoes for tonight were designed by Jimmy Choo. The First Couple danced to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” performed by Jennifer Hudson, at the Commander-in-Chief Ball.
LAS VEGAS DOUBLE MURDER-SUICIDE: A Las Vegas police lieutenant, his wife and child were found dead in an apparent double murder-suicide and arson at a home in Boulder City. The police officer’s identity was not disclosed, pending positive identification and the release of names by the Clark County coroner’s office. According to Clark County assessor records, the home is owned by Hans Walters.
Boulder City police arrived at the home after a call at 8:20 a.m. and found the homeowner with a handgun in the doorway of the burning house. He then retreated back inside the home and committed suicide.
My reaction to President Obama’s inaugural speech — it struck the right tone with progressives and shows he has no intention of lowering expectations. His coalition is extraordinary and he will be working from strength — politically — and that allows him to be magnanimous. President Obama issued a stinging and direct rebuke against Paul Ryan’s labeling some Americans as “takers” when he singled out Social Security, during his speech, essentially attacking the callousness and coldness from Republicans.
President Obama reminded us that his taking the oath isn’t a “you’re on your own” but we are all in it together. President Obama may ultimately change American politics by calling on “We the People” to take an active role into what happens in government. Change isn’t going to come from Washington. It has to come from the people. He may be on to something with his newly retooled Obama for America outfit, now known as Organizing for Action. President Obama’s speech was Lincolnesque and was a call to action.
More reaction from other pundits:
Andrew Sullivan: “If you have long believed, as I have, that this man could easily become the liberal Reagan by the end of his second term… then this speech will not have surprised you.”
James Fallows: “I was expecting an anodyne tone-poem about healing national wounds, surmounting partisanship, and so on. As has often been the case, Obama confounded expectations — mine, at least. Four years ago, when people were expecting a barn-burner, the newly inaugurated president Obama gave a deliberately downbeat, sober-toned presentation about the long challenges ahead. Now — well, it’s almost as if he has won re-election and knows he will never have to run again and hears the clock ticking on his last chance to say what he cares about. If anyone were wondering whether Obama wanted to lower expectations for his second term … no, he apparently does not.”
Ezra Klein: “In his first term, Obama changed policy. In his second, he wants to change minds.”
Chris Cillizza: “This was a speech that could only be given by someone who knew that he would never have to run for re-election again… This was Obama unbound. Distill Obama’s speech to a single sentence and that sentence is: ‘I’m the president, deal with it.’”
Ta-Nehisi Coates: “There was a time when merely stating the ideas Obama put forth would have gotten you killed.”
Organizing for America:
Photo of the Day: “Our journey is not complete.” — President Barack Obama taking oath at his second inauguration, Jan. 21, 2013.
MLK DAY GUN VIOLENCE: Five people were shot Monday afternoon in New Orleans after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. WWL reports, the New Orleans Police Department said a gunman in a white sedan shot at five teenagers in front of a store on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. near LaSalle St. around 1 p.m. The injuries are not life-threatening.
Fox News is flipping out over CBS political director John Dickerson’s comments urging President Obama to “go for the throat” of the GOP to “cement legacy.” John Dickerson is also a chief political correspondent for Slate and that’s where the article appeared, with harsh words for the Republican Party, which some believe is well-deserved. From John Dickerson’s vantage point, the only thing for President Obama to do is obliterate his Republican adversaries if he wants to transform American politics.
“There’s no indication that the president’s clashes with House Republicans will end soon,” Dickerson wrote. “The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat.” Dickerson went on to describe the strategy of picking off and cultivating a few Republican allies as “the old way.”
“Obama’s only remaining option is to pulverize,” Dickerson said. He wrote that Obama’s attempt to build a “post-partisan” Washington didn’t work, and in his second term Obama has the chance to “hasten the demise of the old order” of the GOP by “increasing the political cost of having the GOP coalition defined by Second Amendment absolutists, climate science deniers, supporters of ‘self-deportation’ and the pure no-tax wing.” Source
Victor Lynn Lovelady and Gordon Lee Rowan ID’d As 2 More Americans Killed in Algerian Gas Field Stand-Off
ALGERIA GAS FIELD STAND-OFF: The bodies of two Americans, who went missing in the Algerian gas field stand-off, have been identified among the dead. They are Victor Lynn Lovelady and Gordon Lee Rowan, who joined Fred Buttaccio, as the U.S. nationals killed after al-Qaeda linked militants stormed the BP-joint venture gas field in Algeria.
CLEARLAKE ROAD SHOOTING: One woman is dead, another airlifted to a local hospital, after a shooting in the 1500 block of Clearlake Road in Cocoa, Fla. Police were called to the home around noon Monday, when they found a woman believed to be in her 20s, deceased, and another woman, in her 50s, wounded but conscious. No suspect is in police custody. Two children were in the home at the time time of the shooting, but were unharmed.
#inaug2013: President Obama, as he departed the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, after delivering his second inaugural address Monday, said, as he took one last glance at the thousands of people gathered to celebrate his second term, “I want to take a look one more time. I’ll never see this again.”