• “One of the sacraments of our national religion is the inauguration....So it was that as many as 2 million pilgrims made their way to Washington and the Mall to witness this most sacred event.”
  • “I have a crush on Jimmy Carter. I admit it. He has an extraordinary mind. He’s an exceptional human being. And he writes poetry, for crying out loud. He’s all good things.”
  • Introduction to ABC’s Good Morning America, January 20, 2009

    “This morning, a new dawn: Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.  A new face from a new generation. Driven by an audacity to hope.”
    Clip of Barack Obama: “They said this day would never come.”
    Announcer: “It has. It’s here.”
    Clip of Obama: “Change has come to America.”
    Announcer: “The nation’s capital, filled to capacity. A journey of millions, fueled by hope and the shared dreams of a renewed America.”
    Clip of Obama: “Yes we can.”
    Announcer: “And a call to overcome challenges not seen in generations.”
    Clip of Obama: “I stand here as hopeful as ever that the United States of America will endure, that the dreams of our founders will live on in our time.”
    Announcer: “Now, live, a special edition of Good Morning America from Washington, D.C., the inauguration of Barack Obama.”


    Complete introduction to the January 20, 2005 Good Morning America

    “This is a special edition of Good Morning America, the second inauguration of George W. Bush. Live from the Library of Congress, in Washington D.C., Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and Peter Jennings.”

  • “We’ve lived through a nightmare...in the past eight years....We’re going through something that we haven’t gone through in my life. Foreign policy, domestic policy — driven to its breaking point. Everything got broken. And the philosophy that was at the base of the last administration has ruined many, many people’s lives. The deregulation, the idea of the unfettered, free market, the blind foreign policy. This was a very radical group of people who pushed things in a very radical direction, had great success at moving things in that direction, and we are suffering the consequences.”
  • MSNBC’s Tamron Hall: “What do you think this next administration brings to the country?”
    Obama supporter: “I think they bring diversity. I think they bring a spirit of excellence. I think they bring unity and they bring love. Santa Claus loves them.”
  • “Demonstrators burn an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush during a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur....” — Reuters photo caption accompanying picture of protest against Israel’s move into Gaza, January 9.

    Hardline demonstrators burn posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, during a demonstration in support of the people of Gaza....” — Reuters photo caption, January 13.
  • “I just want to say one thing. Having been in the South in the ‘60s and Los Angeles, in Watts and northern urban areas, when we were evolving as a country, I’m thinking of all the bigots and rednecks and people I met along the way. I’m saying to them, ‘Take this.’ You know?”
  • “So you’re attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate, not to mention comfortable and financially viable? To quote the man of the hour: Yes, you can. Veteran ballgoers say you should. And fashionistas insist that you must....And if anyone does raise an eyebrow at those sequins, remind them that optimism is good for times like these. ‘Just say you’re doing it to help the economy,’ chuckled good manners guru Letitia Baldridge.” — AP writer Laurie Kellman in a January 13 dispatch, “For Inaugural Balls, Go for Glitz, Forget Economy.”


    “President Bush’s second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars — $40 million alone in private donations for the balls, parade and other invitation-only parties. With that kind of money, what could you buy? - 200 armored Humvees with the best armor for troops in Iraq. - Vaccinations and preventive health care for 22 million children in regions devastated by the tsunami. - A down payment on the nation’s deficit, which hit a record-breaking $412 billion last year.... “The questions have come from Bush supporters and opponents: Do we need to spend this money on what seems so extravagant?” — AP writer Will Lester in a January 13, 2005 dispatch, “Some Now Question Cost of Inauguration.”
  • “I’ve been reading the pool reports that have been filed by reporters on the train and they refer to Barack Obama as ‘PEBO,’ which is short for ‘President-elect Barack Obama’ and there’s an intimacy and a familiarity on that train, a down-home folksiness, that belies the tremendous hopes that not only the country, but the whole world, have for him.”
  • “This country has never succeeded in moving forward without first cleansing itself of its mistaken past....We compromised with slavery in the Declaration of Independence, and, fourscore and nine years later, we had buried 600,000 of our sons and brothers in a civil war....What we have to focus on is getting things right in the future, as opposed to looking at what we got wrong in the past. And that means prosecuting all those involved in the Bush administration’s torture of prisoners, and starting at the top.”