10.51pm GMT One last kiss 10.46pm GMT Obama’s second inauguration: more relaxed and pragmatic So there we have it, let’s wrap this liveblog up as the march-past continues and the bands play on. It was in many ways a more relaxed ceremony today, less overshadowed by economic gloom and incipient financial disaster than 2009, and with one war in Iraq ended and another, Afghanistan, in its final stretch of US involvement. The burden of history was also lighter, with the epoch-making fact of an African American president now a familiar matter. • Obama’s inaugural address was less lofty and more pragmatic than his effort four years ago – another symptom of four years in office and the realities of divided government in Washington. • Obama made bold statements on climate change – the boldness perhaps being that he said anything at all on the subject, given the difficulty of effecting political change. • There was also an historic placing of homosexual rights within the context of the wider civil rights movement, seamlessly weaving them together through a mention of the Stonewall riots of 1969 that triggered the modern movement for gays and lesbians. After so much bitter political fighting over… Read full this story
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