Obama gave a well-written, brilliantly delivered, and - for the US - subversive inauguration speech. Why was the reaction of many UK progressive commentators so hysterically cynical?
Since December's school shooting in Connecticut, the President's voice has a new edge to it - a hardness, a determination, an aggression and a volume.
Read and listen to the US president's second inaugural address.
Watch President Obama get sworn in for a second term.
To be a truly transformative president, Obama must bring the issue of urban poverty out from the political fringes.
Speech now scheduled for Monday would coincide with the US president's public swearing-in ceremony.
If they can get it through Congress, this would be a ban with teeth.
The Conservative chairman borrows Obama's "don't give them the keys back" line. But it's his party that crashed the car again.
The deal struck by Obama and the Republicans leaves open the threat of dramatic spending cuts.
The US president's statement on the fiscal cliff deal demonstrates how he has rejected the coalition's approach.