California is one of the bluest states in the union, and it’s been Obama Country for two national elections in a row. Now the President has a record, but today he was looking forward to his second term. How did his inaugural address sound to America’s most diverse community: to blacks and Hispanics, gays and lesbians and to grassroots workers the President is asking to do more? On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, analysis of the second inaugural address: shoring up the base and challenging the Republicans.
Banner image: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 21, 2013. Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert
Today, President Obama made his second inaugural address to the nation. In his address, he linked Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall… respectively landmarks for women’s rights, civil right and the rights of gays and lesbians. Environmentalists and other Obama supporters have been critical of what they perceive as the President’s failure to address what they think is the most important issue facing the planet Earth. Today, he addressed the threat of climate change. How did it all sound in Southern California, the nation’s most diverse region, often said to embody America’s future? What was the impact of inaugural poet Richard Blanco and the benediction given by Rev. Luis Leon. Listen below: