First Lady Michelle Obama accompanied her husband on Monday, smiling brightly as they proceeded through a second inauguration ceremony. However, that doesn’t mean that Mrs Obama was entertained by all of the day’s events.
At one point during the Inauguration Day luncheon, the re-elected president leaned behind his wife to talk with Speaker of the House John Boehner, who was seated next to the first lady.
When the speaker replied, he tapped Michelle Obama as if to see whether she agreed with his comment. After a brief back-and-forth between the president and the speaker, the look the first lady made it clear that she didn‚Äôt, reports The Huffington Post.
While there may have been some disagreement in that exchange, Mr Obama later commented on the issue, explaining that the first lady and the speaker had agreed that he should keep it quick.
“Michelle and the speaker of the House came to a meeting of the minds that I may be delaying the proceedings too much,” the president¬†said. “And so I’m just going to be extraordinarily brief and say thank you.”
But Mr Obama joking aside when he ended with a toast. reports: “There is controversy about the quality of our president,” he said, “no controversy about the quality of our first lady.”
The president later admitted that while there were ‚Äúprofound differences‚ÄĚ among the guests, he was thankful for everyone‚Äôs service.
Before Mr Obama spoke, Speaker Boehner reflected on past luncheons, appreciating the way they bring everyone together.
‚ÄúIt really is the place where we get together in a different way than every other time we gather,‚ÄĚ he said, also remarking, ‚ÄúI used to enjoy this lunch more than anything we did in the Capitol.‚ÄĚ
The speaker ended on a light-hearted note with toasting a ‚Äúman who never, never, never operates out of fear, who always operates out of confidence‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ making everybody laugh when he added that he was referring to Sen. Chuck Schumer.
For his part, Obama spoke directly to Biden, congressional leaders, and all other members of Congress in order to thank them for their service to ‚Äútry to advance the cause progress in this country.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI recognize that democracy is not always easy,‚ÄĚ Obama said, expressing confidence that they can act in a way that makes a difference. About the presidency itself, he commented on its irony: ‚ÄúThe longer you are there, the more humble you become.‚ÄĚ
President Barack Obama who officially entered his second term on Sunday, repeated the oath of office in front of thousands of people during the public Inauguration ceremonies on Monday.
After being sworn in on the bibles of his political heroes Abraham Lincoln and Dr King the re-elected U.S. president spoke of the ‚Äúuncertain future‚ÄĚ faced by the nation and urged his ‚Äúfellow Americans‚ÄĚ to unite in overcoming all the obstacles.
‚ÄúFor now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect,‚ÄĚ the president admitted.
‚ÄúWe must act, knowing that today‚Äôs victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall,‚ÄĚ he added.