Inauguration 2013: President Obama's Opportunities

Matthew Dowd and Donna Brazile discuss the president's inauguration and second term.
2:29 | 01/21/13

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Years of experience on the top levels of democratic and republican campaigns. Donna brazile and matthew dowd. Matthew, the unfulfilled promise of president obama bridging our national divisions and divisions here in the capital? These speeches, the inaugural speeches are different than the state of the union speeches. Where do you define yourself in the country in the arc of history? He has to lay out a broad vision of that. It doesn't need to be long. But it needs to give people a sense of where the country is and where he broadly wants to go. And he'll try to keep it short. Donna, special resonance, that this is martin luther king day. One of the bibles he'll use is martin luther king's bible. It's his dream, the vision he had for this country, of bringing people together, and sharing that brotherhood and sisterhood of love. This is going to be a very special day for those who will return to washington and those who are coming to washington for the first time to see our first biracial, african-american president. I think it's going to be a wonderful day of celebration. If dr. King were alive, he would encourage president obama to continue to pursue the programs he has over the last four years, to get people back to work. And of course, the fact that he is president, president obama's president, fulfilling part of martin luther king's dream. Jon karl also mentioned, recent history, second terms run out of steam pretty quickly. Often slip into scandal. How does the president avoid that? Really, every day moving forward from today, is a loss of political power for an incumbent president that knows he's not going to serve. You take that back to lbj and vietnam. A second scandal is often plagued by a scandal. President bush and katrina. And that was the end of his presidency. You bring in new people and basically set a pattern and a tone of here's what I want to do. Bringing in new people is a big point in how to fix that. Donna, the president's aides describe him right now as battle-scarred by buoyant. He is using dr. Martin luther king's bible and abraham lincoln, to move forward to stand for the principles that got him re-elected. And not forget that there's people back at home who want the president to work with the republicans but also want the president to do what he said he would do, to get this country moving again. Donna and matt, you'll be with us all day long. Let's go up to new york and amy.

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