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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:27 PM

The Significance Of President Obama's "I'll Never See This Again" Moment

As Rachel Maddow pointed out on her show just now, the few seconds where President Barack Obama turned around and looked at the crowd to take it all in for one last moment, as others simply passed him, was significant because it shows who Barack Obama the man really is, behind the pageantry of the Presidency.

This is a man who has worked on behalf of the people for his entire political career, and now that he has just been sworn in as President for a second term, displayed remarkable gratitude toward his fellow Americans who came to see their President.

Remarkable for a man who, just 9 years ago, was virtually unknown outside of Chicago, and now he is a two-term President.

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Reply The Significance Of President Obama's "I'll Never See This Again" Moment (Original post)
PennsylvaniaMatt Jan 2013 OP
MichiganVote Jan 2013 #1
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #13
Hekate Jan 2013 #23
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #26
malaise Jan 2013 #2
nc4bo Jan 2013 #3
malaise Jan 2013 #6
lobodons Jan 2013 #25
bettyellen Jan 2013 #9
nc4bo Jan 2013 #10
malaise Jan 2013 #36
MightyMopar Jan 2013 #4
PennsylvaniaMatt Jan 2013 #7
malaise Jan 2013 #8
abelenkpe Jan 2013 #18
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #32
Cha Jan 2013 #12
tarheelsunc Jan 2013 #16
Whisp Jan 2013 #24
ReRe Jan 2013 #29
wickerwoman Jan 2013 #20
malaise Jan 2013 #37
Blue4Texas Jan 2013 #5
MyOwnPeace Jan 2013 #11
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #14
MsPithy Jan 2013 #15
tarheelsunc Jan 2013 #17
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2013 #21
Amonester Jan 2013 #22
MsPithy Jan 2013 #28
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #33
treestar Jan 2013 #19
Rosa Luxemburg Jan 2013 #27
lonestarnot Jan 2013 #30
Raine Jan 2013 #35
judesedit Jan 2013 #31
ReRe Jan 2013 #34
MAD Dave Jan 2013 #38

Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:29 PM

1. He was sad today. He knows he'll never accomplish all he wants to.

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:59 PM

13. Sad, not really.

I think he was in awe, of the crowd, that they are fired up and ready to go. That we have been energized and are ready to fight back.

Minutes after the swearing in,I received this email:

I just renewed my oath of office to serve as your president for four more years.

Thank you for making this possible. It's an honor to be your president.

Now it's time to finish what we started -- let's get going.

Barack

P.S. -- Organizing for Action is the next step in our grassroots movement and will be crucial to finishing what we started. If you haven't already, say you'll be part of it.


Go to White House site for info.

He is laying the ground work for the next four years. At the same time he is building the future for the next Democatic President.

We can do this, Michigan, together We Can!

sheshe

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:08 PM

23. I got the same email. I signed up.

It's going to be very interesting to see what the OFA can accomplish to make sure 2014 is a Democratic-dominated election, unlike 2010!

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Response to Hekate (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:24 PM

26. What a great day for us!

I signed up too. We can do this,I know we can do this. The tide has turned. I can feel it.

It's our time, Hekate.

she

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:29 PM

2. The irony is that no one else will see this again either

2 million in 2009 and one million today - those numbers aren't likely to be repeated.

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:31 PM

3. Were those the official numbers malaise?

OMG! Wow.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:34 PM

6. Heard that on the Ed show



The largest crowd for anything ever was in 2009

Ask Newt Gingrich if people don't have role models

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:23 PM

25. 10 million

But But what about Glenn Becks 10 million peeps at his DC rally? Wasn't there even a few palm trees in the background.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:35 PM

9. 1.8 million and est 800K to 1 million today

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:37 PM

10. Very impressive, very!!! nt

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:24 AM

36. Heard on on Way Too Early this morning as well

one million

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:32 PM

4. First woman president, first Hispanic president, first gay president, hopefully all Democrats

 

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Response to MightyMopar (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:34 PM

7. Right - Really anyone who inspires the American people like Pres. Obama

No matter if they female, Hispanic, gay, etc...

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Response to MightyMopar (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:34 PM

8. Hopefully

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Response to MightyMopar (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:20 PM

18. Something to look forward

Something well hopefully all live to see

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Response to MightyMopar (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:20 AM

32. Love it. eom

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:51 PM

12. That's what I just wrote

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:14 PM

16. It's far too early to say that.

No one outside of Chicago knew who Obama was in 2003. There will most likely be another politician even within our lifetimes who can have a transcendental effect such as President Obama has had, even if they have yet to rise to a level of national awareness.

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:09 PM

24. there will never be another like Obama

and never was.

we are witnessing something truly remarkable.

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:45 PM

29. Probably...

...one of those beautiful Castro kids from Texas...

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:50 PM

20. Not just to welcome Obama in 2009 but to say farewell to Bush.

Hopefully we will never see those numbers again because we will never have to endure another 8 years like 2000-2008.

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Response to wickerwoman (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:33 AM

37. LOL but most folks went to see Obama

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:32 PM

5. Love :)

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:46 PM

11. So great...

to see this posting.

I only watched the events for about an hour, making sure I saw the swearing in part, but kept the TV on for a bit more and did see OUR PRESIDENT leave the grandstands. As he was entering the building, he did stop and turn around, telling "someone" that he wanted to take a look - and proceeded to stand and scan the horizon - the throngs of people that were there to honor this wonderful man that was re-elected to lead our country.

It was a thrilling moment in so many ways.

God bless you, Mr. President.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:08 PM

14. I was at work...... so thank you for this post

It just kind of summarized the moment for me.

I second what you said.

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:11 PM

15. Wait a minute...

I'm sure if Sasha or Malia are elected President of the United States, they would invite him to be on the stage with them.

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Response to MsPithy (Reply #15)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:16 PM

17. What about Michelle?

If these next 4 years go according to plan, Michelle would have a great chance, either in 2016 or later. She's crafted a great image for herself.

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:01 PM

21. She'd have my vote for sure!

It was her speech at Villanova during the first campaign that made me see her as a very possible POTUS.

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:06 PM

22. +100000

And Joe Biden also!

A really great team!

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:27 PM

28. Nope.

I think Michelle has ZERO, less than zero, desire to be POTUS. Politics has too much posturing and puffery, not enough getting things done. Bet that drives her crazy.





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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:27 AM

33. No doubt she is unstoppable whatever she should choose to do.

I would love to work on that campaign. Talk to me about equal pay for equal work. Madam President.

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 10:29 PM

19. He is just a damn likable person!

How really cool that he appreciates this kind of thing. I bet Bushie barely noticed and Mittwit would not have - just unwashed masses to them.

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Response to treestar (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:25 PM

27. Obama is human

Obama is sincere

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:48 PM

30. I watched that moment and love him for it.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #30)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:10 AM

35. Me too, it really shows the heart and soul of him. His sensitivity

and introspection really touched me and gave me so much insight into what a good man he is. I'm so proud and happy to have him as my President.

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

31. Unless he's an exceptional president and we write him in and demand he stay. Of course it would be

up to him and frankly, I don't think he'd want to. Get rid of the electoral college. Set term limits on all Congresspeople. They can go by the same rules. Whatever they vote applies to the Presidency also. See how they vote if they are presented with that little piece of legislation.

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:35 AM

34. I think what he meant...

K&R

... by "I'll never see this again," is that this was his last Inaugural. Because he can't run anymore. And that perhaps he will never see such a crowd again like that to come out for anyone. He could be wrong on that last one.

It was a beautiful day and an Inaugural Ceremony that went off without one glitch.

And an Inaugural speech that may have signified the turning point that our country has been so desperately looking for from President Obama. I hate to make predictions, since his first term seemed to be devoted to the banksters on Wall Street. But I have a hunch, hunch, that this term might be for The People, who he talked about so much today.
At one point he said "The People, united," and I finished it with "will never be defeated!"

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Response to PennsylvaniaMatt (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:57 PM

38. Even as a Canadian, I was touched by that moment.

Obama is an exceptional man.

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