The Inauguration and Obama’s next term


Yesterday President Obama was sworn into his  second term as commander in chief of the United States , something that has only happened to 16 other U.S. Presidents.  The inaugural ceremony, though full of pomp and pageantry, didn’t  carry the  excitement of his first historic victory.  With four years behind him, a still sluggish economy , one war ending, the passage of a health care law and numerous battles with a partisan Congress, what’s ahead for President Obama in his second term?  What lessons has he learned and will it change the way he leads?   And how does this inaugural ceremony stake up against those of the past?    Our guests are JAMES HILTY, Professor Emeritus of History at Temple University, JAMES PETERSON, Director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University, and SHIRLEY ANNE WARSHAW, a professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College.

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