CNN Radio News Day: January 21, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama is sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as First lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama look on during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
January 21st, 2013
05:01 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 21, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • President Obama took his public oath of office today on the National Mall in Washington D.C. During his inaugural address he spoke about the chronic federal deficit, rising health care costs, climate change and equal rights.  He also spoke of the United States' role in the world:

"America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe, and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation."        FULL POST

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January 21st, 2013
09:30 AM ET

The art of the inaugural poem

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) –  It's a very exclusive club of four. And on Monday, we'll be introduced to its newest member, Richard Blanco. The short history of inaugural poets includes the names of Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, and Elizabeth Alexander.

The inaugural poem is a collision of prose and politics. Alexander, who recited hers at President Obama's first inauguration in 2009, says the biggest challenge is finding just the right words:

[4:12] "You don't want your language to become dead and flat. You don't want your language to be the language of service."

CNN's Edgar Treiguts tells us about the short history of inaugural poets, and their challenge of writing prose to fit such an important occasion.

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