Jonathan Alter is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, where he worked for twenty-eight years, writing more than fifty cover stories.
His new book, The Center Holds, tells the story of one of the most momentous contests in American history, the Battle Royale between President Obama and his enemies from the 2010 midterms through the 2013 inauguration.
As President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term today, the nation celebrated the life of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And January First marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing hundreds of thousands of slaves.
Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:41 pm
Feelings of hope and change have mostly faded.
The country is in better shape than it was when Barack Obama became president four years ago. The economy is no longer in free fall, and the nation has for the most part extricated itself from seemingly endless wars abroad.
Yet as Obama prepares to enter his second term, there seems to be less optimism about his ability to address the nation's problems than was the case when he first entered the White House.
Whoever wins the U.S. presidency, an upstate New York bottler will be a winner.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says that water from the Saratoga Springs Water Co. will be served at the presidential inauguration.
Schumer is chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. He says Saratoga Water and its iconic blue bottle will be the official water of the historic ceremonies, regardless of who wins the November election.
Jonathan Lash will be inaugurated this Friday as the sixth president of Hampshire College. Lash was an environmental attorney, and a former Vermont State Secretary of Natural Resources. Former Vice President Al Gore will deliver a speech at the inauguration. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Lash.