President Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in the Oval Office, Jan. 23 (Photo by Pete Souza)
10:45: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
1:45: VP Biden participates in a live Google+ Hangout about gun violence
2:30: President Obama will announce the nomination of Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission
4:35: The President meets with Secretary of State Clinton
Business Insider: Initial jobless claims have crushed expectations. They have fallen to lowest level since January 2008, falling to 330K. This is well below expectations of 355K ….
Amazing news – more later
I haven’t had a chance yet to read much on the Inaugural speech, but I liked this column:
Harold Meyerson: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek,” candidate Barack Obama said in 2008 … in the aftermath of Obama’s 2012 reelection and his second inaugural address, his 2008 remarks seem less a statement of self-absorption than one of prophecy. There is an Obama majority in American politics, symbolized by Monday’s throng on the Mall, whose existence is both the consequence of profound changes to our nation’s composition and values and the cause of changes yet to come.
…. His speech reclaimed U.S. history from the misrepresentations of both constitutional originalists and libertarian fantasists….
…. The Obama Majority – its existence and mobilization – is what enabled the president to deliver so ideological an address …. secure in the knowledge that the nation’s minorities had joined with other liberal constituencies to form a new governing coalition, he voiced their demands to ensure equality and to preserve and expand the government’s efforts to meet the nation’s challenges. As he left the stage, he stopped and turned to marvel at the crowd, at the new American majority they represented. They were the ones he, and we, were waiting for.
Full article here
Morning everyone. Another teeny (miserable) Rise and Shine, but I’m hoping to finally – 😕 – keep my promise to catch up some time today, just trying to finish off some work. So, chat away, and I’ll see ya in a bit.