A conservative political scientist and election analyst contends
there were several reasons why President Obama's second
inauguration was nowhere near as big an event as his first.
The crowd in the nation's capital was significantly smaller than
for Obama's first inauguration in January 2009. He began his second
term with a call for Washington to find common ground over the next
four years -- and he said the public has an obligation to "shape
the debates of our time" by speaking out.
In his second inaugural address, Obama urged the nation to set a
course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and to
protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly,
Dr. Charles W. Dunn is distinguished professor of
government at Regent University's Robertson School of
Government. He says the president has blown the opportunity to lead
the country in a united way.
"This inauguration lacked the fanfare [of the first
inauguration]; it lacked the creation of unity of the people that
he could have accomplished," he notes. "But he conducted a negative
campaign to win the White House. And it was a campaign without any
serious agenda other than running against tax the rich and
vilifying Mitt Romney."
Dunn also says Obama lost the opportunity for a honeymoon period
after his second inauguration.