Wednesday, January 21, 2009

  • Barack Obama Sworn In as 44th President of United States


    At 12:04 p.m. on Tuesday, before a record crowd of more than one million people, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in, becoming the nation’s first African-American president. Obama laid his hand on the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration in 1861. [includes rush transcript]

  • Civil Rights Icon Rev. Joseph Lowery Delivers Benediction at Obama Inauguration


    Rev. Joseph Lowery gave the benediction at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Lowery is a towering figure in the civil rights movement. In 1955, he helped lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Two years later, he and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1965, Lowery led the march from Selma to Montgomery. At Tuesday’s inauguration, he began the benediction with the opening lines of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” [includes rush transcript]

  • Harry Belafonte: Obama Presidency "An Opportunity to Force Our Voice in Decision-Making Process"


    More than 80 gala events took place across Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama. One of them was the Peace Ball, sponsored by Busboys and Poets and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The highlight of the night was special guest host, the legendary singer, actor and humanitarian, Harry Belafonte. We air his full remarks. [includes rush transcript]

  • Over 1 Million Brave Cold Weather, Long Lines to Witness Historic Inauguration


    Over a million people filled the National Mall Tuesday to watch Obama take the oath. Many stood in line for hours in the cold to get a glimpse of the nation’s first black president. [includes rush transcript]

  • Bill Fletcher on an Historic Inauguration in the Shadow of Gaza


    Bill Fletcher, author and editor of the Black Commentator, speaks of conflicting emotions in an historic inauguration: the relief of welcoming the nation’s first black president elected on a platform for change, yet the grief and anger as Palestinians sift through the rubble of the devastating US-backed attack on the Gaza Strip. [includes rush transcript]

  • President Obama Calls for "New Era of Responsibility" in Inaugural Address


    Barack Hussein Obama has been sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. In his inaugural address, President Obama said, "We cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace." We play an excerpt of his address. [includes rush transcript]

  • Novelist Alice Walker and Activist Grace Lee Boggs React to Obama’s Inauguration


    The Color Purple author Alice Walker shares a poem she wrote to mark the inauguration. And she speaks with legendary 93-year-old civil rights activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs. [includes rush transcript]

  • CODEPINK Hands Out Thousands of Ribbons Urging Obama to Keep Campaign Promises on War, Guantanamo, Torture


    Along the inaugural parade route, the peace group CODEPINK were handing out thousands of pink ribbons, encouraging people to join them in holding President Obama to his campaign peace promises: end the war in Iraq; shut down Guantanamo; reject the Military Commissions Act; stop torture; work to eliminate nuclear weapons; hold direct, unconditional talks with Iran; and abide by Senate-approved international treaties. We speak with CODEPINK founder, Medea Benjamin. [includes rush transcript]

  • Palestinian US College Grad Loses 2 Brothers in Israeli Shooting; Father Watched Son Bleed to Death After Israeli Troops Bar Ambulances


    Amer Shurrab is a Palestinian from Khan Younis and a recent graduate of Vermont’s Middlebury College. On Friday, his father and two brothers were fleeing their village when their vehicle came under Israeli fire. Twenty-eight-year-old Kassab died in a hail of bullets trying to flee the vehicle. Eighteen-year-old Ibrahim survived the initial attack, but Israeli troops refused to allow an ambulance to reach them until twenty hours later. By then, it was too late. Ibrahim had bled to death in front of his father. Amer joins us to tell his story. [includes rush transcript]

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