Inauguration day linky

Text of President Obama’s inaugural address: As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.

Tag cloud of the inaugural address.

Weekly presidential videos are the new fireside chats.

The White House blog already has an lj feed (someone beat me to it, of course): whitehouseblog.’s new look kicked in at noon eastern time.


President Obama’s speechwriter also works in coffeeshops. (via mitchwagner.)

Elizabeth Alexander recites the inaugural poem. (Via April Robins.)

Dr. Joseph Lowery’s inaugural benediction.

Complete lyrics of “This Land Is Your Land” as sung as the inaugural concert.

Jonathan Carroll on the inauguration, the power of the hat, and, of course, Obama: And so he asked for our help, which is what you do in a democracy when you can’t see your way out of a dark room. Maybe someone out there knows where the switch is – or maybe we all just have flashlights that we are once more willing to use.

Letter from Jenna and Barbara Bush to Malia and Sasha Obama. (Via penmage.)

And most importantly, choice of puppy narrowed down to two breeds. (Via lnhammer.)

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