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2:40 PM ET, January 20, 2009

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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 …
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CNN:
Obama: ‘We are ready to lead once more’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama delivered a sobering assessment of where America stands and a hopeful vision of what it can become as he gave his inaugural address as the nation's 44th president.  —  “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
INAUGURATION DAY.... I don't recall exactly when I started seeing …
Discussion: Left in the West, TIME.com and Salon
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
What Obama brings to conservatives
Daniel Farber / CBS News:
Colin Powell: The America We Remember Is Back Again
Discussion: The Powers That Be
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Phoenix-Like  —  After the end of the Civil War there were …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   President Obama: ‘Pick ourselves up’
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 …
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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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DUMP THAT MEME ...  Drudge is saying it.  And weirdly the AP is even falling for it too, saying Obama flubbed the oath.  But that's clearly not what happened if you actually watch the video.  It was Roberts who flubbed it.  (ABC got it right; what's with AP?  Following Drudge?  Still a GOP town?)
Discussion: Legalities and TPMDC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's inaugural  —  Obama was sworn in at 12:05 by my clock, a few minutes after the end of his predecessor's term, with a cannon salute and “Congratulations, Mr. President” from Chief Justice John Roberts.  —  In an inaugural address looking back to the founding of the nation, he calls for …
Discussion: The Swamp and The New Republic
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 was chatting in Maureen Dowd's living room, saying he didn't mind spending hours in the cold for the inauguration and that even his conservative brother had come to admire Barack Obama.  —  Outside on the chilly Sunday night …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush leaves note for Obama in Oval Office  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing a White House ritual, President George W. Bush left a note in the Oval Office for President-elect Barack Obama, wishing him well as he takes the reins of the executive branch.  —  The White House on Tuesday declined …
Discussion: TIME.com and Wake up America
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ONE LAST BUSHIE SOIREE.... Slate's Christopher Beam managed …
Discussion: D-Day and The Huffington Post
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Cornyn likely to block today's Clinton vote  —  Hillary Clinton has rejected a request by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to increase oversight of her husband's foundation — so Cornyn is expected to scuttle Democratic attempts to confirm her as Secretary of State today by a voice vote, sources say.
Discussion: NY Daily News Blogs and Spin Cycle
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Agence France Presse:
Senate to vote on Clinton nomination Wednesday
Andrew Breitbart / Big Hollywood:
I Pledge to Ridicule Celebrities Who Refuse to Recognize We Are At War With People Who Want to Kill Them, Too  —  Many of the celebrities that were central to demonizing and making life impossible for President Bush for eight loathsome years NOW want to help with the heavy lifting of bringing America …
WorldNetDaily:
Pray Obama fails  —  Many American Christians believe, as an article of faith, that we are to pray for the success of our leaders.  —  It has become a sort of conventional wisdom among soft-minded believers.  The biblical proof-text for this misguided way of thinking is Romans 13:1-4:
John D. Podesta / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's link to America: his BlackBerry  —  As president, keeping in touch with friends and critics alike will be crucial to his ability to govern.  —  'Let the man have his BlackBerry.  I said that to a meeting of senior transition staffers in Washington last week.
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 of the Capitol preparing …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Don Surber
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
A vigilant press  —  There's a new president, but for journalists …
Ynetnews:
Lieberman to Arab MK: We'll deal with you like we dealt with Hamas
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sacrifice … Right.  Old and sick people are going to have to give …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Inauguration Thread  —  I'm watching the proceedings from my couch.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CHENEY AND ICONS  —  As some of you have seen, Vice President Cheney …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live Blog: The Inauguration of Barack Obama
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Party On!  —  As the day unfolds, I'm wondering if we'll hear …