By Nick Smirniotopoulos, features editor
After the heated election in November — and the increasing hype that leads up to that moment for over a year — political excitement usually dies down for a bit.
This year has been a little different.
Following the election, there were some nasty back-and-forths between both parties, with some Democrats gloating and depressed Republicans venting, which was only augmented by the growing use of social media. Twitter was a battle ground for a few days, to say the least.
Then, leading up to the holiday season and the new year, President Obama, and congressional members, had one last job to finish before beginning a new term — avoiding the fiscal cliff.
With that disaster avoided, and somewhat of a compromise reached between the polarized congressional members, this year’s inauguration provided an opportunity to try to unite the country with his powerful, charismatic language, speaking of hope, American prestige and the potential for change.
The inauguration ceremony began at 11 a.m. yesterday with commemorative speeches and presentations, leading up to Obama’s swearing in and approximately 20-minute speech.
Obama took this opportunity not just to pain the picture ideologically for the next four years, as is customary, but also to tackle some key issues, like bipartisanship in Congress and immigration reform. It seems that Obama is entering his second term with a little more fervor than his first.
After the ceremony, the president and first lady attended a series of celebratory inaugural balls. Michelle Obama unveiled her much anticipated shiny red dress, designed by Jason Wu, at the first inaugural ball. Performances were given by such greats as Alicia Keys, and president and first lady did the customary first couples dance to Jennifer Hudson.
Last night, the president got to relax and enjoy the moment with his family, friends and supporters. Today, however, Obama is back to work, putting the words from his 20-minute speech into action.