It's known as the second-term curse. The president wins re-election, then watches his bucket of political capital drip out on to a desert of scandals such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Whitewater and the botched response to Hurricane Katrina.
Well aware of the gloomy history of second terms, President Obama's advisers have taken pains to plot a scandal-free course for next four years ahead, only to find themselves setting a record for the fastest second-term disaster in American history.
Tags: Barack Obama, Beyonce, Inauguration, Music
A 407,000 vote swing in four states on Election Day and this wouldn't be Barack Obama's big day. Instead, we'd be covering the inauguration of one Willard Mitt Romney.
Remarkably, things wouldn't be that different.
Tags: Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Food, Inauguration, Mitt Romney, Music
His team knows the Inauguration is a perfect opportunity to appeal to as many demographics as possible, which would explain the musical performers who were announced today.
But the question remains, who is the Obama administration targeting with each performer? Specifically?
Tags: Barack Obama, Beyonce, Inauguration, James Taylor, Jay-Z, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Music
A recent survey from Public Policy Polling takes a new tact in evaluating the unpopularity of Congress. Rather than simply asking whether people have a favorable or unfavorable view of our national legislature (only 9% view Congress favorably), PPP decided to benchmark the institution against some of the world's most loathed people and things. Our elected legislator did not fare well.
Tags: House of Representatives, Music, Polls, Senate
A new study released by the National Intelligence Council claims that the United States–currently the world's #1 economic superpower–will fall to second place sometime before 2030, and that China will take the top spot.
National Intelligence Council? More like National Dumb-igence Council. China may have a growing middle class, but the United States has plenty of reasons why it will always be #1, in everything.
Here are 11 of them:
Tags: Alcohol, China, Christmas, Chuck Grassley, Food, Music, South Dakota, Television, War on Christmas