President Barack Obama left behind talk of healing partisan divisions to begin his second term with an unapologetic defense of the government’s role in promoting “a never-ending journey” toward equality for all, including the poor, women and gays.
When Barack Obama held his first prime-time news conference as president, the financial crisis was at its peak and not a single Republican had voted for his economic stimulus bill. So he pleaded for their partnership.
Four years ago, when Barack Obama delivered an inaugural address in the middle of the country’s worst recession in seven decades, more than 1 million supporters braved frigid weather to hear his first words as president.
H. W. Brands, author and Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas in Austin, talks with Bloomberg's Lewis Lapham about his new book, ``American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900.''