ASL discussed Obama's Inauguration with Experts on US Politics

On January 22, 2013, one day after President Obama took his second oath of office, ASL saw a full house for its inauguration event. In a packed seminar room, Prof. Crister Garrett welcomed US Consul General Mark J. Powell and Prof. Paul S. Rundquist to speak about and discuss “Obama 2.0.” Mark J. Powell has served as a professional American diplomat in Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Professor Paul S. Rundquist worked for some thirty years at the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress.


The three experts on US politics discussed, among other things, the “poetry of inaugural addresses,” as Prof. Garrett phrased it. Prof. Rundquist noted that the inauguration is the “modern equivalent of the coronation of a king,” and also commented: “I never thought I’d see the day when the Stonewall Riots are mentioned in an inaugural address—a truly revolutionary statement.” The discussion then turned to the future of US politics in Obama’s second term in office. Mark Powell commented on the important roles Europe and Asia will play in US foreign politics in the next couple of years, and which challenges the Obama administration will face.

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