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Cooper: Who Cares if Beyonce Lip-Synced?

'Francis Scott Key would send her a fruit basket,' he says

(Newser) - Amid the "did she or didn't she" debate surrounding Beyonce's alleged lip-syncing of the national anthem on Inauguration Day, Anderson Cooper has weighed in on the side of "so what," reports Mediaite . "I’m releasing a statement right now saying I just don’t... More »

Lip Reader: Smoking Joke Behind Michelle Eye Roll

'Not true,' says Boehner spokesman

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's eye roll at the inauguration luncheon was triggered by a John Boehner crack about her husband's smoking habit, a lip-reading expert tells Inside Edition . Boehner asked Obama if he had had a cigarette before the meal, and Michelle rolled her eyes when the Republican quipped "... More »

Marine Band Backpedals on Beyonce Lip-Sync Statement

We don't know one way or the other, says spokesman

(Newser) - It looks like Beyonce herself is going to have to weigh in on this one. A representative for the US Marine Band set off a tizzy earlier today by telling news outlets that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at the inauguration. And now, a different band spokesperson is on the... More »

Beyonce Lip-Synced Inauguration: Marine Band

That whole earpiece-ripping thing? All part of the act

(Newser) - Many inauguration watchers were impressed when Beyonce ripped out her earpiece while performing the national anthem—appearing to be the victim of audio problems—yet still nailed the song. Except, er, she wasn't actually singing the song. A Marine Corps Band spokesperson tells TMZ and the UK Times that... More »

Obamas, Bidens Hit Inaugural Balls

Michelle Obama glows in Jason Wu gown

(Newser) - There were just two inaugural balls this time instead of 2009's 10, but the Obamas and Bidens made them count. The president thanked troops in Afghanistan via videolink from the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball and he and Michelle danced with several members of the military before heading to the Inaugural... More »

Michelle's 'Eye Roll' Caught on Video

She looked unimpressed with John Boehner's joke

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is getting a little attention after today's inaugural luncheon. Sitting between President Obama and John Boehner, the first lady seemed to roll her eyes at the House speaker—not once but twice, reports the Huffington Post (here's the video ). And President Obama may have touched... More »

Obama Gives 'Most Liberal' Speech Ever

President tosses a glove at the feet of Republicans

(Newser) - A Band-Aid to heal a divided America, it was not: Liberals and conservatives alike are calling President Obama's fiery inaugural speech today a call to arms for liberal values in stark opposition to his opponents. A sample:
  • "I was expecting an anodyne tone-poem about healing national wounds, surmounting
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Obamas Meet Wild Cheers

More than 8,800 line Pennsylvania Ave for celebration

(Newser) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama today emerged twice from their limousine to respond to wildly cheering crowds along the inaugural parade route from Capitol Hill to the White House. The couple waved to chanting, flag-waving crowds lining Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate the start of Obama's second... More »

Stars, Westboro, and Scalia's Weird Hat

Diminished (but still huge) crowd sees Beyonce, poetry, and those jerks from Westboro

(Newser) - Roughly 600,000 people came out to watch President Obama's inauguration this year, which is a far cry from the 1.8 million who came out for his first one, but might nonetheless set a record for a second term inauguration. A look at what all those people saw:... More »

Obama Is Free —From Himself

Weight of post-partisan expectations has eased: EJ Dionne

(Newser) - President Obama's first term was weighed down with expectations and the public's "illusions"—not to mention a need for reelection. Despite his achievements on health care, two wars, and the economy, he couldn't solve "our national political distemper," writes EJ Dionne in the... More »

Obama: 'Our Journey Is Not Complete'

Obama calls for collective action, progressive values in inaugural address

(Newser) - President Obama gave a fiery inaugural address today, one at once soaring and distinctly combative, making the case for collective action, support for the poor, and a variety of progressive priorities. He began by reciting the beginning of the Declaration of Independence—the "life, liberty, and the pursuit of... More »

You Won't Remember Today's Speech

Inaugural speeches nearly always forgettable: David Frum

(Newser) - Planning to watch President Obama's speech today? Don't get your hopes up. After all, how many inaugural speeches can we remember from the entirety of American history? Just a handful of lines from a few addresses, writes David Frum at CNN . That's in part because presidents use... More »

Lupe Fiasco Bashes Obama ... at Obama Event

Eventually gets thrown off stage

(Newser) - Lupe Fiasco chose an interesting venue to go on an anti-Obama rant: an Obama inauguration party. The rapper was performing at the DC party yesterday when he started playing an anti-war song that included the lyrics, "Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say shit. That's why... More »

Obama's Inaugural Address: Don't Expect Specifics

He'll emphasize 'founding values,' get to agenda in State of the Union

(Newser) - President Obama will take to the mic at noon today to share his vision for the next four years with the country, and while guns, immigration, and other big issues loom, those tuning in should expect generalities rather than details. The AP spoke with aides who say there's no... More »

Today's Inauguration Timeline

Crowd of up to 800K expected to watch Obama take oath

(Newser) - Today, President Obama will become just the 17th president to deliver a second inaugural address and a crowd of up to 800,000 is expected to watch him take the oath of office—though the real inauguration happened yesterday . A guide to today's events, as per Reuters and the... More »

Obama's Inauguration Is Today

That whole inaugural party tomorrow is a re-enactment

(Newser) - Washington is still putting the finishing touches on tomorrow's every-four-years inauguration party, but it'll be a day late: President Obama will quietly be sworn in for a second term today, due to a Constitutional quirk that mandates that the commander in chief be sworn in at noon on... More »

On Deck at Inaugural: Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson

James Taylor will also sing at Jan. 21 event

(Newser) - Not much of a shocker, but huge Obama fan Beyonce will perform at the president's second inauguration, People reports. She'll perform the National Anthem at the Jan. 21 event, while Kelly Clarkson will sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and James Taylor will perform "America... More »

Plenty of Room in DC's Inns for Obama's 2nd Inaugural

Less than half the crowds of '09 expected

(Newser) - President Obama will be inaugurated for his second term on Jan. 21 but unlike 2009, DC-area hotels still boast plenty of room. Some 1.8 million people were at the National Mall for Obama's first inauguration; this time, city officials expect there will be more than a million fewer... More »

Obama's Next Singing Gig: Inauguration Day?

White House press secretaries joke about what that means, though

(Newser) - President Obama has been singing a lot lately—first soul , then the blues —so when can we expect him to bust out in song again? White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has one cheeky theory, USA Today reports: "at the inauguration next year." Of course, that drew... More »

'Inaugurabilia' Reaps $2M for Ceremonies

Ceremonies fully funded by trinkets, donations

(Newser) - Barack Obama's inauguration fundraisers had no problem capitalizing on a hot market for keepsakes. Obama-themed clothing, jewelry, rulers, and piggy banks raked in a grant total of $2 million for the inaugural committee. Even before the tchotchke change, the committee was already debt-free—the $53 million in individual donations disclosed... More »

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