First, the Super Bowl:
Going into their respective games both teams were the underdogs. Atlanta was favored to win the NFC Title and New England was favored to win the AFC title. The Patriots and the Falcons were swept away in the second half of their respective games. As a Patriots fan I stopped watching haflway through the third quarter. Given Boston teams have a history of blowing big games all I can say is they didn’t want it bad enough. They certainly weren’t playing like it. All I can say is it’s probably better they didn’t make it to the Super Bowl in hindsight. At the end of the day life must go on and fans don’t decide the outcome of games.
I consider motivation and good luck two different things personally.
Moving on, let’s get to the more important event of the weekend: The start of President Obama’s second term. On Sunday it became Official:
And on Monday he was sworn into office in front of the whole world:
In case you can’t see her, Michelle Obama’s face is between the president’s head and hand on the left. If you look carefully, you’ll see a familiar face peeking behind Joe Biden on the right. If you need a better look at the president and first lady, here it is from another angle:
It’s also easier to see the Speaker of the House John Boehner in the second picture as well as the two bibles. The bibles belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Arbaham Lincoln respectively. On Sunday the president was sworn in with a bible belonging to Michelle Obama’s family.
With the president’s second term now officially underway political pundits are already talking about the 2016 election.
In the wake of the 2012 election the Republican Party–held hostage by the Tea Party Movement–may very well be on the verge of collapse. Their 2008 and 2012 choices were poor for different reasons and historically, they’ve gained the reputation of being “The party of NO.” No to Healthcare reform, no to immigration reform, no to common sense. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m just generalizing. I know alot of Republicans with common sense who know how to use said common sense. The problem is the folks they sent to Washington are only listening to the vocal minority. This is also true about the Democratic Party but to a far lesser extent.
In terms of who could run in 2016, I’m hoping Herman Caine gives it another shot. In my opinion he would have been the better choice with Paul Ryan at the 2012 Election instead of Mitt Romney. Fortunately the 2012 election proved to him he can never be president no matter how much money he has. Having had to deal with him when he was Governor of Massachusetts I can say that.
Sarah Palin’s a sensationalist and the official spokeswoman for the Tea Party Movement that was created right after the 2008 election. They’ve been silent for the last two and a half years now which to me shows their political influence has greatly weakened. If only the same could be said about the NRA but I’ll save that for another blog (LOL). Like the 2012 Election she’ll probably just talk about running but won’t actually go through with it. If not a known person the Republican Party might go with an unknown just to shake things up.
As for the Democratic Party, Joe Biden has all but said he’s running in 2016. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he goes for it depending on how the second term goes. People want her to but it’s very unlikely Hillary Clinton will run again. I just don’t see it happening after spending 16 years in Washington (8 as First Lady, 4 as a Senator and 4 as Secretary of State). If anyone connected to Bill Clinton deserves a break, it’s her. It’s also possible an unkown will throw their hat in the race just to shake things up.
By the way in case you missed it Monday was MLK Day. The references were pretty obvious during the coverage of the day’s festivities. As was said to death, 2008 was showing it was possible but 2012 was about showing 2008 wasn’t a “mistake”. I’ll say it now: there is a 25% chance we will see either the first female president/vice president or another person of color become president or vice president in 2016.
Going back to Biden, don’t forget I said him running depends on how Obama’s second term fares. After all he is partnered with the president and would be held equally responsible when things go bad. Noticably absent from the 2013 Inauguration were the Bushes (41 and 43). George 41 is recovering from an illness and Bush 43 is presumably with him. Even so I’m surprised a family member wasn’t there to represent them. While the second Bush’s popularity nosedived after Katrina I think he should have been treated with a bit more respect.
It’s instances like that, the 2004 election and the 2008 election I will never run for president ever. Mayor of Boston yes but not president.