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The scene and as America gets ready to welcome president Barack Obama to a second term.
And this is power play this special one hour inaugural power.
-- be -- roof top here at the Fox News Channel in Washington DC eight.
And America today is taking a moment to reflect.
It's nice to have a democracy we do enjoy that that's a lot of fun will be talking -- about some of the presidential pomp and circumstance and all of the traditions and history today but we're also gonna take a look.
At the challenges that the president faces the opportunities he has.
And what a second Obama term is gonna look like as we face -- divided government.
In some deep differences between the parties we will do all of that and I promise we will have a good bit of fun.
And we will start the fun.
With your friend at Cornell Doug congratulations thanks Chris great Buick yes okay so you should know this Internet by now did you know -- well.
Doug is a Democrat he's a former top talker for the all right so dog.
Today for the president you know I was walking around talking to people getting revived seeing how they were people are.
Did not appreciate the magnitude of the win I think that could be the victory it was such a tough fight and they got to this and now it's finally like.
Wait a minute it.
And we want a second term and it was kind of an improbable.
Yeah it was a big deal I mean he -- with sizeable electoral more into majority -- kind of an affirmation.
Of everything he did over the you know the first four years.
The crowd may not be as big as four years ago but I think pedal -- -- here it's just a strong.
And he's gonna lay out his vision for the next four years in and talk about the big challenges we can't believe we've solved but also what's lying ahead and I think.
I think it was four years ago was about the event.
I think the speech is going to be a little more the story this time around.
Now in a second inaugural address in Lincoln set the standard.
But in a second inaugural address.
What you usually expect to hear from a president who is okay so that stuff happened.
And now this is the vision.
That's in this is the vision thing so what is -- what are you expecting your vision wise.
I think he's gonna talk about the big challenges that lie ahead.
I think it's going to be a lot about supporting and strengthening the middle class.
Doing something about gun violence.
You know that is certainly did the fiscal situation of this country is something that is at the top of his mind at the top of a lot of people's minds and we still needed.
But also what how -- how there's a shared bond that everyone in this country has that only America could something like this happen.
And and I think that's worth reminding folks that even though during tough.
Election fights when each party is that each other's throats.
That we can come together on a day like this they're going to be a peaceful transition of power or there can be -- consent you know continuation of an administration.
And then looking forward in welcoming I think everyone to the table did offer -- their ideas.
-- at all now inside that building over there they're going to have lunch today.
And they're going to make nice for the next few hours.
But when that's over we're right back to the nasty fight right.
You don't look I I would prefer at least on today a look at some of the places where there are some shared interest and -- both Republicans and Democrats know that there's a fiscal.
And -- nightmare right staring at us down the road.
You know I think -- the president has talked about how he's willing to do something on on cots.
And entitlement reform we need to get together on that both parties have an interest in doing something on immigration reform.
Both parties I think.
Wanna do something more on jobs so there -- areas where they both can work together ultimately I think it's going to be on both sides to give up you know some of this constant.
You know 24/7 fighting and say look we've got to put the interest of the American people.
I have our own political interests and I think their people in congress who want to do that I think John Boehner wants to that I know the president wants to do that.
So I think now maybe over the next year there's a chance to get a lot of -- stuff done.
But as we listened to David club yesterday.
And then we saw the Washington Post very interesting good good story I recommend it highly in the Washington Post.
Where communications director Dan Pfeiffer.
And they're laying out basically what they see the lay of the land.
And what they're saying is these Republicans aren't worthy of this fight these people are not.
And they're not up to this and they're gonna have to.
They're going for the big win.
I think they were probably speaking generally I think there -- a lot of Republicans who want to do.
Big things I think you saw on the senate.
There were there is a few minute there's a huge vote for -- -- debt ceiling I think there are a lot of Republicans Marco Rubio want to do something on immigration reform I think on gun violence there Republicans wanted to something on that I think.
You know so it's finding the right Republicans I mean I think there is a culture inside -- you know the Tea Party in particular that has a real problem -- compromising and working with this president.
But there are a lot of I think there are other Republican -- who want to get something done they don't want to just you know sit in their share for two years.
-- -- watch the clock -- I think this is an opportunity do some big things.
So here's a question.
And I can tell you what a Clinton Democrat -- I can tell you what a Reagan Republican is.
I can kind of tell you what -- George W.
Bush style Republican as.
But I was talking about this with Joseph Trippi and Joseph be with us later sorry about this -- -- I said what's an Obama Democrat tell me what.
Ideological view point or -- or sad and Joseph was sort of like.
It's hard to say it's hard to say the imprint that Barack Obama's left on his -- we know at least change the Republican Party but how what's -- Obama never.
Well I think he's put the middle class first and foremost and all of these fights and I think he's a pragmatist.
-- we did do health -- no Republicans in like that did not like they did not like that but if you look at the bill there are a lot of elements that were that were Republican ideas I think over the course of the last four years you've seen him.
Try to you know in -- grade ideas on the left and the right.
But I think he's a pragmatist and I think first and foremost he saw he thinks about what's best for the middle class but you know look for this.
You know we got four -- years so I think at the end of the -- this term I think that'll be a lot easier to two to write about what kind of what is an Obama Democrat because we didn't necessarily know what a Clinton Democrat was after his first four years since.
Okay all right -- buy that will buy that now when we think about it.
And legacy and now we know that Obama somebody thinks about legacy alive in this beaches the stored.
What does history remember him as you know he had the advantage last disadvantage.
By being the first African American president he was already history maker like you walk in and it's like I'm in the books.
But now when he looks forward to looking back.
You know Bill Clinton and George W.
Bush both spent a lot of time in their second terms on this what's my legacy -- -- what how how is the world different had people -- make.
When Obama thinks about that what's he thinking about.
I think he sat back he's accomplished some -- -- pretty amazing things in the first four years ended the war in Iraq.
You know ordered to -- the he did have some help bond absolutely as enemies -- commander in chief so you know he he ordered that the kill on a summit in mind he pulled us out of that one of the greatest recessions we've seen.
But it's still incomplete I mean the picture has not been.
Completely you know painted and -- on the economy.
-- we've made advances you know unemployment is lower now than when he took office.
You know certainly Wall Street's doing pretty well.
We still need to do a lot more and there are -- things that the president can do over the next four years to really get that economy a shot in the -- so that people can look back on him.
And say you know he was a transformational president who.
Who -- you know who stepped in during really big times not only from a national security policy standpoint a farm policy standpoint but certainly here in this country.
And you know maybe there's a chance that he can you know start doing something about the politics that exists in Washington you and I know that's a lot.
Easier said than done a lot of people try to George Bush -- tried it you know Bill Clinton tried it it's really tough.
But I do think that there's some areas where -- can work with some of the Republicans in and and I hope -- I hope both sides you know take advantage of that.
You know we have -- we have to thank Doug he is being a big hearted and bipartisan -- of your rising to the spirit of the day.
But when we think about.
From a tactical.
Point of view for Democrats.
The coming weeks are going to be very -- this is going to be a tough time the Republicans have made an offer on the debt ceiling essentially that they say pass a budget in the senate.
Won't -- we'll give you thirty we'll give you sixty days or whatever ninety days and you don't win and then we'll talk again.
But whatever the president wants to do legacy wise.
Right now it looks like we're still going to be staggering we're still gonna jump for you know its -- -- ninety days it's the next clip -- the next thing.
I think the president wants to avoid jumping from crisis to crisis.
And the three month extension of the -- element that's not the certainty that small business folks are looking for that American people are looking for that Wall -- looking for main street.
I think we need to get that off the table -- extended for a year and then there are a lot of other big issues that we can tackle.
This is -- this year right now is the best time for the president to get a lot of these big things done because once you know Tony fourteen starts and we start moving into mid terms.
And then when he sorties over and then we're heading in another present presidential election so it's in your political me out well look his political capital is stronger right now than it ever will be -- Re always that -- -- will be right and down.
And and Republicans obviously have some challenges inside of the party and with.
With the American people what I -- taken there -- let's take a look there's Sasha and Malia Obama coming out with mom.
Aren't coming out with their grandmother I'm sorry mrs.
And and there they come and certainly for the president his best asset in many ways.
Continues to be his -- -- Stanley you know they've really kind of I think it.
Redefine what traditional American family is in front of -- they're pretty traditional I -- and -- -- do what it looked at it.
It it it's the first time I think the American people have had a chance to look at an African American family.
Up close and personal every single day.
Certainly Michelle was -- in the First Lady was a fantastic asset on the campaign.
And -- -- -- was Bill Clinton he was probably -- -- yeah but she is able to.
Costliest picture you know dimensional -- him as a human being.
And and really give a window into what kind of person he is -- -- father he is.
What kind of friend he is an -- she was you know she give a fantastic speech.
In Charlotte she's going to continue being a great asset not only for him but also fighting for you know a military families that's a big.
Big thing on that -- for as.
Idol and think about this just remember a practical point of view.
We're gonna announce see these girls grow up into -- glitzy his eldest daughters a teenager by now right yeah those children will get to see -- really growing up in the White House which should be.
That's a tough that's a tough.
Test and getting I think so probably you know so get her driver's license -- Miller shall tend to I don't know if the life she'll actually you know try to get it she'll probably be.
Applying to college.
There are a lot of things that that -- you know the bush daughters went through a similar growing up experience -- -- -- the White House here it's very warm up yeah I mean it's a very very tough tough.
Armed with cameras on you -- Chelsea Clinton had to go through the same thing it's a very tough I don't certainly don't envy that sort of you know upbringing as a kid because you're growing up in front of millions and millions people.
But you got a nice ride and so it's okay all right we're gonna take a quick break but when we come back Charles hurt you know him he'll join the fun.
And he'll have a view that I suspect might be somewhat different the Douglas so stick around.
Is Joseph Biden.
She's married to Joseph Biden which is probably.
In for staying and amusing and -- offers all sorts of fun things.
And this is power play welcome back to our hour long.
Inaugural coverage is Barack Obama gets -- take the oath again will be with you I hear till noon on the East Coast.
When the president takes the oath of office and then the cool part is they shoot off guns which we like because it's loud and entertaining.
Ducks are now is with us still and we welcome you now Charlie hurt.
He is a columnist for The Washington Times.
He is irascible.
But delightfully so.
And we enjoy that so Charlie Doug was telling us about.
How President Obama is going to opened his arms and find the Republicans to work with do deals to solve America's largest issues.
And that he is day.
Pragmatist not an ideologue it.
I would be interested to see that I don't I kind of doubt it I feel like what we've seen certainly over the last you know.
Couple years has been a guy who won.
He knows he -- and he's he's he's he's been -- certainly sponsor since reelection has been.
You know look at the polls you know I won and you're gonna have to either go my way or -- -- gonna get done.
And make him a break and now we're getting ready here if you look you can see that the First Lady is about to come out.
And the people I will say this that folks here.
Are as Doug was talking about earlier.
Just as excited or more excited to see her in the crowd here these folks are more excited maybe about her than even the president and having her as First Lady and she's beloved.
And you know it's interesting for President Obama.
His approval numbers are not what they were four years ago but hers are -- Yeah she's sabres tonight at -- and let everyone in Washington went and be her.
Her pulling position right now of course could start visitors are everywhere -- in the -- I'm also gonna start doing banks I'm gonna do a shag like she did her new haircut I'm gonna throw that out.
Jet black -- totally yeah yeah yeah -- yeah yeah I totally and I'm gonna be banging and it's gonna be awesome.
-- Fairly here's a question for you.
Crabby and happy -- Having -- Toronto area.
What's the strategy for them.
Oh I think did you know I think that they're going to sort of pick their battles and I think -- -- mate I'd try to rearrange the timing of some of the battles so that they can fight you know for the with the debt ceiling.
Later groups some jets.
Oh wow got.
Fears for Michelle Obama and.
Looking glamorous I think we can say that she's looking glamorous.
And there -- is.
Are we ready for Joseph Biden.
-- he's -- OK so the question is an open there's Bill Clinton.
So there were the two people who got Barack Obama reelected his wife and the former president went out and vouched for him.
In terms what America is thinking about today.
And having this this family.
In for four more years and having Michelle Obama -- the First Lady.
What's the cultural significance you talked about seeing an African American family.
I guess not since the hawks doubles.
That is -- Have a healthy functional good model that is not generally what's portrayed in the mainstream media if you see a lot of negative for -- of African American families.
But in terms of how Washington functions and what the style and what the attitude is.
Go ahead give us your rest your cool you know.
Well look you you you -- you have a pres.
And here's a pretty young president.
You know I think that there are not only are today is CA distort historical figure but he's got on the pop culture icon he started east he was that when he ran for president.
Any you know he's got kids who are.
If you've you know also kind of in some ways of pop culture icons themselves but he also leveled a 10 a wife who is a very strong.
Figure who really can reach outside -- a lot of different types of people.
And dumb and I think she's been that was one of her her I think strengths during the campaign -- to be able to connect not just African Americans or Hispanics but to.
Women across you know the ideological ethnic and racial spectrum and she's a big.
Big I think advocate for.
Veterans and military families -- something that they.
The force and foremost they did a concert Saturday night for military kids I think she's gonna continue that and also her work on fitness and nutritional related issues.
Nutritional fitness and good nutrition related issues Charlie -- Charlie -- will be doing the same thing for the next four years.
Okay now we're gonna take a look at something that's pretty special -- your your friend Megan Kelly took a look at.
The history second terms the significance what's important.
So let's take a look at that -- Right I don't know -- -- that Hamlet where I George Walker Bush -- this.
Do solemnly swear -- brought mr.
Obama do solemnly swear.
It is a -- that's been taken by each of our presidents usually over revival with the eyes of the world watching the joke is really deep deep honor and their responsibility.
That is -- -- bestowed upon.
The United States protect the citizens of the United States.
To honor the ideals.
Of the constitution.
George Washington first added so help me god to the -- A tradition of President Obama will continue as he takes that pledge once more on Abraham Lincoln's Bible.
Our first president made a 280 mile journey on horseback from Mount Vernon to New York for the inaugural ceremony -- 1789.
And the nation celebrated a new dawn.
This was the passing of power to a man who could've been -- But refused it.
And -- -- each successive inauguration was a celebration.
Even to today to Obama's inauguration it's a celebration of that fact.
We didn't make our chief executive -- he wouldn't be a king he would pass at all.
We traded royalty for representation we say goodbye to god save -- keen to embrace -- the people.
The inauguration is the most changeable visible picture.
Are represented governments.
Since Thomas Jefferson's inauguration we've seen the three branches of government come together in Washington DC for the event but he path that I executive -- the president of the United States.
And holding up his hands that I write taking -- poster did and by the Supreme Court justice.
Of the judicial -- and this is all done on the steps of the US capitol the legislative -- much has changed over the years including the site of the inauguration house and Ronald Reagan used -- ceremony from the east side of the capitol to the west front to face his beloved California.
-- -- the inauguration has also changed from march 4 to January 20.
To shorten the lame duck session of congress.
This year the twentieth rolls on a Sunday so the public event is on the 21 democracy is the binding thread of the -- something we celebrate even in the wake of bitter elections.
It is an uplifting moment whether we support -- that particular.
Or not it's like of rebirth every single time.
That we are able to witness.
That peaceful moment.
When and this incredible responsibility.
Is bestowed upon one person and I think.
The country come together in the inauguration period because.
We have this common that pride.
In the fact that.
We're a democracy that is survived.
And that's very rare for a president it's a moment to be safer.
It's his greatest moment the brief moment where he can celebrated in July.
The fact that he got elected.
And that is how Charlie hurt enters the room every time he does.
And -- yeah.
If your hour long.
-- -- super power play for inauguration day.
As we get ready to see President Obama.
And after we took a look at some a presidential history the significance of second terms let's wait for a second.
Because we're about to have the commander in chief.
Is -- on his way out escorted there by UC.
A lot of people.
And I don't know who they are but they're probably very important these may be.
I there's a sergeant in arms I see senator Chuck Schumer from New York.
Lamar Alexander Republican from Tennessee.
His coattails they got here.
You know -- -- some kind of -- -- back there I don't know what he's doing.
He's got his own it's a smaller trumpet but it is but this is the big moment this is when -- present -- United States this is the big moment.
And we -- -- in that package.
Complete Douglas Weaver who is a presidential historian of some repute and he has a fine hat.
And so -- and Charlie hurt with the stealth so Doug.
In terms and we heard from you -- that package talking about.
This moment for the president that this is the chance where it's like yeah after all of that yet what's the what is the historical significance of this moment.
Well it's a peaceful passing of power even to a second term it's that transition and that is such an anomaly in history it's always known it.
We grew up with that our parents grow up -- grandparents through but.
It's like a rare animal out on the Savannah somewhere you just look at it was fascination people from all over the world come to watch it.
At how power can actually be passed it you know I stood on that platform.
When it passed from Reagan to George Herbert Walker Bush I'll never forget that because.
Win win you know George Herbert Walker Bush had served very faithfully loyally as a vice president -- when that moment came.
And he took the oath of office when he turned.
To shake hands with Ronald Reagan.
I couldn't -- -- -- hit it just looked like the color drained out of Ronald Reagan.
Like I didn't know it was the feel like this you can almost see.
Power almost physically passing from one person to another maybe it was my imagination but it sure.
It sure looked like Ronald Reagan was temporarily caught by surprise.
The magnitude of power that we invest in the president of the United States makes the transition of -- then I know we're not transitioning but it makes the orderly succession.
More remarkable because we have turned the presidency into a very imperial kind of deal I mean the ruffles and flourishes -- fanfare.
You know when George Washington Tokyo's.
It was not like this.
And the presidency wasn't conceived is -- as what it is turned into a guy with the power to blow blow up the world.
Send armies into battle without congressional approval oftentimes.
A lot of power vested in one man.
So the question and Charlie -- want to get your political view and then I wanna get God's view on the historical.
This is a moment to celebrate but it's also a moment where he is reminding America that.
He's a pretty big deal this is this is still the guy who takes the jet to go to Hawaii this is still a guy who lives a pretty regal life.
And for those of us who -- concerned about that gathering power in the White House whether you're Republican or Democrat it is kind of concerning especially you have the senate Democrats right now.
Working very hard to give up a lot of their authority to give president -- -- for what I would argue are short term gains.
Which will return.
Can be turned against them.
With the next and his Republican president Republican congress but go along with what it was -- it that's it I you know I spent all my time.
Griping about you know in partisan fashion about.
I'd say -- sitting there are reports today and watching literally thousands of people walked by with their families.
To come down and watch the -- -- watch this it is it's a it's a very it's a thrilling moment because whatever your politics are.
And I don't you know I probably don't agree with any of those people walking by its -- -- they were they were so thrilled neighbors they were so happy and and it was it.
And an that that it's a very infectious thing and they sure don't agree with you and there's Chuck Schumer.
Senator from new York and he's the head of the chairman of the committee that's doing this because.
Congress is hosting the president this is the boot as part of all that did the symbolism of this.
This is Congress's authority -- inaugurate the present congress inaugurate the president he doesn't inaugurated himself.
Dug in terms of the scope of power and how we've seen the presidency change over time.
This is not exactly what the founders had envision the role of the president to be right right in fact.
It was great controversy about an inaugural ceremony.
They didn't want to have -- at first that they finally decided they needed to.
To thumb their nose -- England.
So was more of the demonstration that you -- -- Were inaugurating our president and that was the only reason they did this to make it very clear you know you can hang us but we're gonna do this thing and here's our new leader but it is shocking you know only a few years ago.
-- president had to have a signature to bug your phone now reaching Julia without a signature -- So it's pretty remarkable transition and I have to say it's been bipartisan.
I remember -- in the White House.
Of Herbert walker we have all these lobbyists come in to talk to us that wanted money corporations and others that want that money and I said how we've got a future conservative Republicans they said well it's our turn you know the Democrats get -- they get this money we gotta get this while we can't.
And I thought wow where -- we headed with this in this.
It -- our form of government really in my humble opinion has changed.
We've we've had a real change in the form of government.
And congress it seems to go along with that and -- -- -- -- -- with under George W.
Bush with the wars and it's happening now with.
-- talk about the debt ceiling and and other things where where that congress is just saying here take our power cord from who want -- to its.
And and what the founders had envisioned was -- a contest a struggle for power between the branches.
But as Charlie points out if you're running for office every two years.
There's a lot to be said for not having to decide things and -- -- -- to the Supreme Court on social issues and things like that but they've been very happy to let the executive branch.
Go the way they want they -- you know when when you when you had done congressmen and senators and meeting.
And the buying stock.
And then going into rooms to decide the positions that would cause -- stocks to go up -- down and it's all legal.
Yes it's pretty remarkable what's happened and we're we're headed a little bit scary gets it used to be left and right but that's old the left bank the right bank the monarchy the left the cold war's over.
And it's not not really up -- down that's not richer for its more like theater out.
Your your your the inside we're benefiting from all of these the monetary system from all these things that are happening you're getting rich.
Are -- out.
And it's not just the middle class it's been wiped out the last few years.
A lot of wealthy people have been wiped out a lot of elderly wealthy people who were gonna retire and wealth.
Loss of value of their homes are IRAs -- retirement and their -- they were wealthy.
And their poor.
All right we gotta talk about something more cheerful because we're up here on a high ledge and we do not want anybody we do not want Charlie to jump.
So we're -- -- be we're gonna -- your vote won't say that's Charlie you point out.
The District of Columbia is having a party -- DC is like out on the streets last night this morning it was like.
Who rob what party are you going to tonight what's the Charlie -- party tonight.
Would go to the Charlie -- party ahead and I'm going to be there with the Charlie her children and Charlie Hayward have dinner.
And I think we'll probably watched on TV and -- -- kind of keep it at that.
That that'll be Charlie -- with a can of Vienna sausages in his basement and -- -- grousing by any sausages all right guys we're gonna take a very quick break -- thank you Doug we thank you Charlie for being with us today when we come back he'll be much more.
So stick around.
And that continues to beat Charles Schumer.
Democrat senator from new York and this is power play for our special hour long -- inaugural edition we're having fun we're staying -- -- stomping our feet to make sure that the blood keeps flowing to the toes.
But somebody who has known a -- inauguration day or two -- You know him you'd like him.
This is Brad Blake -- Brad welcome a pleasure to be here.
All right not to be organizing.
Yes he had to do that before -- -- I'm gonna ask you to hold the hold stand with me a second because I want to hear early Evers Williams who's gonna deliver the invocation so let's.
Let's hear word of prayer -- -- nation's capital.
On this -- January the 21.
Of -- Florida fifth president Barack Obama.
We come -- at this time.
To ask of blossoms upon our leaders.
Members of congress.
All elected and appointed officials.
Of the United States.
We are here to ask blessings.
Upon all all the forces.
Blessings upon all.
Who contributed to the essence.
Of the American spirit.
The American dream.
The opportunity to the coma but -- man kinda woman kind of allows us to be.
Is the promise of America.
As we sing the words -- believe.
This is my country.
Not us act upon the meaning that every one is included to.
May -- inherent dignity.
And inalienable rights of every woman man.
Boy and girl B omelet.
May all your people.
Especially -- the least of these flourish.
And I'll blessed nation.
150 years after the emancipation.
And fifty years after the march on Washington.
We celebrate the spirit of our ancestors.
Were just allowed us to move -- from a nation.
Of humble -- hopes.
And the history.
Of dis enfranchise.
Voters to today's expression.
Of a more perfect union.
We announced to almighty.
That's and for now I'll paths.
Seem blanket to divide throngs of oppression.
And brutal life -- of despair.
We ask for your guidance.
Toward the light.
And -- that the vision of those who came before us and dreamed of this today.
That we recognize that their visions.
Still inspire us.
They are a great column witness.
I'm seeing them by the neck and -- But all around us.
That their living was not invading.
For every mountain.
You gave us the sprint to -- You're -- Is -- it -- to continue that kind meant for America.
And to the world.
We now stand beneath the shadow of the nation's capital rules golden dome reflects the unity and democracy of one nation.
Approximately -- miles from where -- -- a symbol.
The hallowed remains of men and women and -- and Arlington cemetery.
They who believed.
And died for this country.
-- their spirit infused.
To work together with respect in enabling us to continue to build what this nation.
And in so doing and we send a message to the world that we all strong.
-- -- -- And ever vigilant.
And -- pursuit of freedom.
We ask that you -- our president.
The will -- to acted courageously.
When confronted with -- danger and to act prudently.
When challenged by adversity.
Please continue to bless those efforts.
To lead by example.
In consideration and favour of the diversity.
Of old people.
All across this nation.
We thank you for the opportunity of prior.
To strengthen us.
-- the journey through the days.
That lie ahead.
We invoke the -- allowed grandmothers.
Who taught us to -- God did.
Make me a blessing.
The best spirit guide us.
As we claim.
Of old -- There's something with in me.
That holds the reins.
There's something new if any need that vanishes Spain.
There's something -- in me.
I cannot explain.
All I know America.
In Jesus name and the -- All the whole day and right.
And that why this.
Hey they've -- -- full prayer.
-- an ample prayer I would say but a lot of good words a lot of -- kind thoughts about unity.
And the the choice.
By the way miss.
Evers Williams was before her connection through her family.
And threw her own.
-- life two civil rights movement this is very much a part.
Of what the president is celebrating today is we are on than Martin Luther King Jr.
national holiday so it's a big part of it but I wanna get a practical question for you Brad.
This is a tough thing to put on right and you -- you were part of this for George W.
Bush how long does it take to do this.
We'll generally right after the election you are baptized by fire because the military district of Washington is charged with putting on the entire logistics so you have to fit into -- program.
Which is already been underway for some time not knowing who they.
Victor's going to be now the real challenge was in 2001.
Where of course.
We have the recount so they were planning generically.
As they didn't -- -- the winner was gonna be so weak actually.
Were cheated out of many days.
Planning and preparation and really had to jump into something that.
-- already well in advance planning so that was a real challenge for us.
Get in normal.
Plan get people ticketing.
All the kinds of logistics we need -- work we just had.
-- -- And second time around when George W.
Bush came in the second time around.
One domestic policy point that he was talking about which was Social Security.
But basically he knew that he had a task and that was to continue to prosecute the war in Iraq and -- and -- -- this election had been a referendum.
On the war in Iraq.
He won and then got the surge in.
And brought it to the conclusion.
Obama ran on increasing taxes on rich people like Mitt Romney.
-- did that.
And he hasn't even taken the oath of office well he took it yesterday that he hasn't been enough yet before the inaugural he'd already done the one thing really that he ran on now what do you do.
Well he's got a real challenge because his legacy pretty much is set in his first -- He was able to accomplish -- signature period period piece of legislation this generation trying to top Obama -- Next.
Four years is going to be very very difficult.
-- -- to pick and choose what his legacy will be in the next four years now his speech today.
This account unite us challengers and inspire us and then of course a couple weeks we have the state of the union which will be the road -- -- where he wants to take us next four years.
I think the state of the union is going to be all about taking the -- -- -- of the Republicans.
This is that this is the day where you say hey you said things I said things I said you were a vampire you said that I was a socialistic.
Let's forgive and forget and go have lunch.
But as you say two weeks from now when he goes back to the capital for the state of the union he's he's coming with a taste for Republican.
Hide -- to be loaded for bear and he's it's he's gonna take.
That the house the senate to task he's in his back claim that he has a mandate.
Where he wants to take this now it's it's really wearing me out where the opposition the loyal opposition -- sense that.
We need to push back to be principled so -- in the Internet appreciated she wore all blue in an expression of bipartisanship today best I could this is all the blue light got.
But and I don't wanna be read because they don't wanna taunt that's -- but today's today we should all come together it's a great day for America but realize that the tough battles lay ahead.
And and that let's look to state of the union for that roadmap of where he wants to take us and there are going to be certain things we can join in with -- but they're gonna -- -- things that we have to draw the line and and and be the opposition because he doesn't have the mandate he thinks he has we have a divided country.
The country made one of the status quo in November but they don't expect it governance.
About all this large hearted person to Cassidy today this is amazing -- -- there is a -- you know I don't wanna fight but we appreciate it we appreciate your service and I'm glad that you get to be over here.
Instead of having to do that over there are so enjoyed particular have a great day okay -- -- never gonna take a quick break but you know -- Smart.
And know stuff about history and politics and things that you like as Michael Barone.
-- is quite often the smartest man in the room so we'll hear from him -- we come back.
So stick around.
-- president life.
And that is Lamar Alexander they're letting a Republican talking gets to be the nominal republic while -- more than a nominal Republican -- he is actually one he's a senator from Tennessee and this is the expression of bipartisanship.
In the program today in this.
Is a super awesome hour long inaugural edition of power play as we get ready -- coming up to the time where the president who took the oath of office yesterday because that's the day that the constitution says -- got to take it.
But because it was on a Sunday it would be -- cool to have the inauguration on that day.
Or the ceremony that day so we're getting ready for him to do that as we get close to the top of the hour close to the noon hour here on the East Coast.
We're gonna hear from James Taylor we're going to have fun it's a frolic.
And if anybody can make politics and inauguration -- some it would be Michael Brown now you -- some things about Michael but let me remind you.
Michael is the senior political analyst is this correct that's what they -- that's what they call him at the Washington examiner.
He is a resident fellow at the American and -- at the American Enterprise Institute.
He is the principal editor of the almanac of American politics.
And he's a pretty big deal Michael welcome well thank you thank you very much Chris I don't know if anybody's call me a pretty big deal on inauguration day before but that's better than Joseph -- -- After another I think about it really -- -- no I'm not going to go there.
But Michael when we look at this from a historical perspective and we look back on second terms.
This is -- theory than usual Lincoln set the standard.
We -- -- and malice towards none charity for all second term it.
Has been about right let's try to.
Make nice let's do it let's do -- IC nice but everything that we're hearing from team Obama going into this whatever the president says in his speech.
They are definitely ready to fight.
Well that's right and we've seen that in the president's press conference a few days ago when -- -- this early press conference with shots.
Was let's just -- -- -- the spirit of with malice towards none with charity towards off rather rather to the contrary.
-- -- but as you point out that this occasion is is it time for calls to unity.
-- -- for broader purpose.
Purpose that's not always fulfilled I mean remember president George W.
Bush eight years ago.
Sketched out -- and version of a position.
Of America promoting freedom and democracy through the world well.
That was really obvious that -- price war his foreign policy in his first term and in his second term.
Where we had some agreements with North Korea where we had you know when media.
Some differences that's.
Let's let's take let's take a look there's Joseph Biden who also was really sworn in yesterday as vice president.
Doing it for the -- audience.
And you -- -- Vice President Biden taking the oath right there.
Let's take a lesson import -- -- through the United States.
Against all enemies foreign and -- against all enemies foreign and domestic.
That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same old bear true faith and allegiance to the senate.
That I take this obligation freely that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of meeting without any mental reservation or purpose of -- very -- just -- that I -- slam tournament.
Impending retirements he the president's gonna have a chance to reshape this Supreme Court will he may have a chance that Chris we -- We don't necessarily know -- -- -- for Jimmy Carter never had a Supreme Court appointment and his term.
As president Franklin Roosevelt had no appointments in his first term as president much to his frustration among some of this club hills world.
-- were overturned by five to four margins.
There were no the Supreme Court appointments in the second Clinton term -- the first bush term period of eight consecutive years so.
You never know when you're gonna have appointments a lot of these justices -- seem to want to stick around this justice.
Lito was wearing your summer earlier he had on that hat like he was a Renaissance trainer he looked like he is going to keep -- make sure he does not get cold if anybody wants to live to see.
The next four years it is Sam Alito well Sam Alito is in Chief Justice John Roberts -- just.
Are pretty young.
You've got -- and I'm sorry I didn't mean Sam Alito he's quite young if you should do very well I meant.
-- Justice Scalia yeah Justice Scalia well you don't want the -- things about the Supreme Court now is that it's got a wide geographic representation from the Five Boroughs of New York City -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg grew up in Brooklyn attended the same high school is senator Charles Schumer -- we saw earlier James Madison high school right now and he's gotten my physical we've brought in Queens justice so we -- in the wrong we can do that -- so we've yeah we've got to listen James Taylor wounds.
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I love that one I confess I love that when that -- gets me every time purple mountain's majesty and Michael for.
-- president now in terms.
Where a second term president stand -- give me the modern and then let's say post war perspective on second term.
Well second term presidencies have been kind of a mixed bag winners.
-- considers a second term curse.
It will president gets -- Chris -- -- goes too far trying to achieve these goals.
It's not necessarily true that wasn't true the Eisenhower presidency in the 1950s.
-- descended to by the liberals of his time but -- most people think he did just fine.
Currently we've got we've got to take a break here we go let's let's take a listen Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute.
That I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States the office of president of the united state.
And we'll do the best of my ability and -- that's my ability preserve protect and defend.
Preserve protect and defend the constitution of the United States constitution of the United States so help you god so help me god congratulations mr.
Here in the background President Obama making it official yet again.
-- -- president.
And this is power play junior on the National Mall are looking back at the United States congress.
As we're having a good time because now we get to shoot stuff.
And things are always better Michael when they shoot stuff -- there you -- The field artillery pieces blasting away thirds of the way to have a legal gun NBC well that's right yes.
There in the custody of the military that's -- so that's OK now when the president talked when he gives his speech here at noon.
What are you expecting here.
I expect to hear something like his speech.
At the Democratic National Convention in 22004.
When John Kerry gave him with.
The -- state senator from held the thirteenth district of Illinois him.
Democratic nominee for the US senate an opportunity to deliver keynote speech and -- at seventeen minutes speech Barack Obama commended himself.
To the American people are attracted a lot of attention talked about honoring and states -- -- Blue States that are -- -- -- America and Michael -- you are red white and blue for us sweet thank you very much we appreciate your time today.
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