Time machine: Inauguration 1913

Barack Obama will be sworn in today at noon for his second term as president as required by law. The elaborate ceremony, though will be tomorrow.

So, who was being sworn in as president 100 years ago?

That’s Woodrow Wilson who’d just finished up as governor of New Jersey. (His inauguration was actually in March 1913, but it’s practically a century ago.)

And his was one of the significant presidencies in American history, as the following PBS documentary shows:

Four more years of paranoia: A cartoon perspective

This came out early in President Obama‘s first term (Yeah, OK, I just said “first term” to rub it in):

And judging from the recent reaction by the losers of last week’s election, they still believe it.

There are a bunch of these Get Your War On cartoons on YouTube. Check them out here. And here’s the link to the GYWO site.

Romney apologizes to nation’s moochers

Another interpretation of Mitt Romney‘s view of the 47%, from The Onion:

SALT LAKE CITY—Seeking to limit the fallout from a videotaped speech in which he asserts 47 percent of Americans “pay no taxes” and do not take “personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Mitt Romney hastily called a press conference today to apologize personally to the “150 million starving, filthy beggars [he] might have offended.” …

“First and foremost, I would like to offer a heartfelt apology to all the whores, junkies, bums, and grime-covered derelicts out there who make up nearly half our nation,” a visibly contrite and solemn Romney said outside a campaign stop at a local high school. “Let me assure you that I in no way meant to offend any of the putrid-smelling, barefoot masses out there. My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.”

“I am fully committed to building a better future for every American,” Romney continued, “and that means ensuring all 150 million grease-and-urine-soaked members of our society get a fair shake.”

What he actually said:

“It’s not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question. And I’m sure I could state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that,” the embattled candidate said last night. “Of course I want to help all Americans. All Americans have a bright and prosperous future.”

Now, what’s an elegant way of saying “freeloading,scumbag moochers?”

And, since we’ve had a day to think about it, where do most of those dregs of humanity live?

So the red states, which rank 1 to 10,  are the ones where the percentage of people not paying federal income tax is greater than anywhere else in the country. And from what I can tell, with the exception of New Mexico, the red states are … red states, with Florida as a swing state.

That’s one way of appealing to your base.