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9:00 PM ET, January 20, 2009

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Thomas Nagorski / The World Newser:
The Inaugural Oath: Chief Justice Slip-Up  —  Chief Justice John Roberts is a man who has made very few public missteps in his life — but he appears to have made one when swearing in Barack Obama.  Roberts slightly flubbed the oath, which then tripped up Obama.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
ABOUT THAT OATH FLUB  —  From NBC's Pete Williams  —  The recitation of the presidential oath came in fits and starts.  —  The Constitution prescribes the text: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to best of my ability preserve …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DUMP THAT MEME ...  Drudge is saying it.  And weirdly the AP …
Discussion: TPMDC, Legalities and Donklephant
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Who Stumbled on the Oath?
The White House:
A National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Kennedy Collapsed  —  Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who is battling a brain tumor, was taken away from the inaugural luncheon on Capitol Hill in convulsions.  —  Kennedy was at a table with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Vice President Mondale and Mrs. Mondale, and others.
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Fox News:
Kennedy Suffers Seizure at Inaugural Lunch, Byrd Fine After Early Departure  —  Sens. Ted Kennedy suffered a seizure sending Sen. Byrd out of the room during President Obama's celebratory inaugural luncheon on Tuesday.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Sens. Ted Kennedy was taken to a hospital …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Kennedy and Byrd stricken at Obama lunch  —  Ted Kennedy was taken out of Barack Obama's Statuary Hall Congressional luncheon after suffering an apparent seizure — a few minutes after Sen. Robert Byrd was removed in his wheelchair under the supervision of medical personnel.
David Stout / New York Times:
Kennedy ‘Feeling Well’ After Seizure
Discussion: The Politico and Open Left
CNN:
Sen. Ted Kennedy collapses at inaugural lunch
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Mark Landler / The Caucus:
No Confirmation Vote for Clinton  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's smooth ride to confirmation as secretary of state hit a small bump on Tuesday as one of her Republican colleagues blocked a vote on Mrs. Clinton's nomination, citing ethical questions arising from donors to her husband's charitable foundation.
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Clinton, Cornyn wrangle in Rotunda  —  Hillary Clinton and John Cornyn, who's delaying her floor confirmation vote, have been having a fairly heated (that is to say, intense but cordial) discussion just out of earshot under the Washington statue in the rotunda.  Lots of hand gestures, back and forth and her squeezing his forearm.
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Texas senator blocks Clinton's state confirmation
Discussion: TalkLeft and Agence France Presse
Marc Ambinder:
Cornyn's Objection Holds Clinton's Confirmation
Discussion: Political Machine
New York Times:
Barack Obama's Inaugural Address  —  Following is the prepared text of President-elect Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, as provided by the Presidential Inaugural Committee:  —  My fellow citizens:  —  I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed …
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The White House:
Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov  —  Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I'm Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.  —  A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States …
New York Times:
Inaugural Poem  —  The following is a transcript of the inaugural poem recited by Elizabeth Alexander, as provided by CQ transcriptions.  —  Praise song for the day.  —  Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others' eyes or not, about to speak or speaking.
Discussion: Salon
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The New Republic:
Adam Kirsch on Elizabeth Alexander's Bureaucratic Verse
Discussion: Kevin Drum
CQ Politics:
CQ Transcript: Elizabeth Alexander's Inaugural Poem
Discussion: American Prospect
Danny / Political Radar:
Carter ‘Snubs’ Clinton?  —  ABC News' David Wright reports: Today may be a day when the nation briefly sets aside partisan enmity for the peaceful transition of power, but personal enmity?  That's another matter.  —  One small example: as the ex-Presidents gathered in the crypt …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Don Surber
Norman J. Ornstein / New York Times:
Mr. Bush's Gentlemanly Goodbye  —  THE past few weeks have been a time to reflect on the legacy of the Bush administration.  It has not been a kind time for George W. Bush.  Most analyses have been harsh, raking him over the coals for everything from Hurricane Katrina to Abu Ghraib …
Discussion: Hot Air, AmSpecBlog and Soccer Dad
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
New White House site slams Bush
Discussion: Hot Air
CNN:
Obama signs first presidential proclamation  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — As his first official action after being sworn in, President Barack Obama signed three documents Tuesday, including a proclamation declaring a day of national renewal and reconciliation.  —  “I'm a lefty.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: ‘I Hope Obama Fails’  —  Limbaugh: ‘I Hope Obama Fails’»  —  “Are conservative talk-show hosts eager to go on the attack, after years of defending Bush?” asks the Louisville Courier-Journal's Larry Muhammad.  The answer is clearly yes.  —  Barack Obama has not yet taken office …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
What Are the Media Celebrating?  —  Filmmaker Ron Howard …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hot Air
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Seven Obama nominees approved  —  Hours after he was sworn in as president, Barack Obama's administration has taken shape, as the Senate quickly approved seven of the new president's nominees for top-level positions.  —  By voice vote, the Senate approved Steven Chu as Energy secretary …
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Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Senate approves 7 Obama nominees
Discussion: Truthdig
Fabius Maximus:
America Passes A Milestone!  —  We now have more poeple employed in government than manufacturing and construction.  —  It's a milestone.  But to what end does this road lead us?  —  For another perspective  —  See Can you see the signs of spring in the coming of winter?
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
How Conservatives Should Celebrate the Inauguration  —  “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
Discussion: Power Line and Ed Driscoll.com
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Jeremy Lott / Guardian:
We are all Bush-haters now  —  As George Bush leaves office today, the loathing of him once confined to liberal elites is nearly universal  —  When George Bush takes off from Andrews Air Force Base today, he will be departing over a country that holds him in contempt.
The Wealth Report:
Obama Inauguration Sets Record for Private Jets  —  For the wealthy, Tuesday's inauguration is the dream party: a chance to rub elbows with the similarly rich and powerful, to become part of a historic moment, and (most importantly), to get access to the man of the moment.
The New Republic:
Barack Obama's Speech: A Disappointing Hodgepodge  —  Barack Obama has the makings of a great orator, but his inaugural speech was not a great oration.  It was well-delivered, but it consisted of a hodgepodge of themes, injunctions, and applause lines that did not speak directly to the crisis that the country faces.
Discussion: Commentary
 
 
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