WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was sworn in for four more years Sunday in a simple ceremony at the White House, embarking on a second-term quest to restore a still-shaky economy and combat terrorists overseas while swearing an age-old oath to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution. “I did it,” a smiling president said to his daughter Sasha seconds after following Chief Justice John Roberts in reciting the oath of office. First lady Michelle Obama and the couple’s other daughter, Malia, were among relatives who bore witness.
The quiet moments were prelude to Monday’s public inaugural events, when Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol before a crowd expected to reach into the hundreds of thousands and a television audience counted in the millions. The trappings were in place — the flag-draped stands ready outside the Capitol and the tables set inside for a traditional lunch with lawmakers. Across town, a specially made reviewing stand rested outside the White House gates for the president and guests to watch the traditional parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.
A crowd of perhaps 800,000 was forecast, less than the million-plus that thronged to the nation’s capital four years ago to witness the inauguration of the first black president in American history. The weather forecast was encouraging, to a point. High temperatures were predicted for the lower 40s during the day, with scattered snow showers during the evening, when two inaugural balls close out the official proceedings.The 44th chief executive is only the 17th to win re-election, and his second-term goals are ambitious for a country where sharp political differences have produced gridlocked government in recent years. Restoration of the economy to full strength and pressing the worldwide campaign against terrorists sit atop the agenda. He also wants to reduce federal deficits and win immigration and gun control legislation from Congress, where Republicans control the House.
At a reception Sunday night, Obama told supporters the inauguration is a celebration of “this incredible nation that we call home,” not the election results. “Let’s make sure to work as hard as we can to pass on an America that is worthy not only of our past but also of our future,” he said.
If Obama needed a reminder of the challenges he faces, he got one from half-way around the globe. An Algerian security official disclosed the discovery of 25 additional bodies at a gas plant where radical Islamists last week took dozens of foreign workers hostage. In Washington, tourists strolled leisurely on an unseasonably warm day. “I’m very proud of him and what he’s trying to do for immigration, women’s rights, what they call ‘Obamacare,’ and concerns for the middle class,” said Patricia Merritt, a retired educator from San Antonio, in town with her daughter and granddaughter to see the inauguration and parade as well as historic sites. “I think he’s more disrespected than any other president,” she added, referring to his critics.
On his latest album Jesus Piece, Game included the bonus track “Dead People,” a song that featured an old Dr. Dre beat the two had worked on back during studio sessions for Game’s The R.E.D. Album. The Compton rapper has been part of the Dr. Dre’s Aftermath crew since the beginning. When VIBE tried to squeeze out any new info about Dre’s long-awaited Detox album, the former Aftermath artist revealed a lot by not really revealing anything. “Detox, it’s like Jesus,” says Game. “Will you ever get to see Jesus? It’s like a hip-hop Jesus.” In 2011, Dr. Dre released two cuts off the elusive album — “Kush” and “I Need a Doctor.” Things were looking up for fans, who had been paitently waiting for a follow-up to Dre’s 2001, which was released in 1999. But, then, it was crickets all over again.
“Dre’s a hard guy to please,” adds Game, noting Dr. Dre’s attention to detail and perfection. “If he doesn’t become 100 percent happy, then we’ll probably never end up hearing Detox. I’ll say never.” Game also notes that the success that came with Dr. Dre’s headphone company Beats by Dre, also interferes with new Dr. Dre album. One shouldn’t give up hope for a new Dr. Dre album, but perhaps just leave it to surprise. Watch the full interview of Game talking about working with Dr. Dre, who co-signed his latest album, below.
Fellas, your special someone should have the luxury of getting up close and personal with your smooth, sexy skin on any occasion. Treat yourself with one of our three grooming picks, all excellent for travel.
Jack Black’s King of the Road Travel Pack ($65, getjackblack.com): Hang this water-repellant pack from a locker or door to take advantage of this assortment of best-selling products for the man on the go. This supreme pack will provide easy, head-to-toe grooming with cleansers and scrubs for the ideal shave. The pack also includes body wash and lotion to complete this on-the-go kit.
Tip: Complete the ultimate shaving experience with Jack Black’s Pure Performance Shave Brush with All-in-One Travel Case and Brush Stand. This ultra-hygienic brush with precision control will help provide the best shave with each use.
The Art of Shaving, The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Kit ($115, the artofshaving.com): This full-size shave kit softens skin with coconut oil and other essential oils, leaving the skin smooth and moisturized. The combination of the Shaving Cream and Shaving Brush will protect the skin from irritation and razor burn using an unscented formula great for sensitive skin.
Tip: Try the Black Fusion Razor for the closest shave, and make sure to shave during or directly after a hot shower, always rinsing with cold water before applying the After-Shave Balm.
Anthony Logistics for Men, The Perfect Shave Kit ($55, Sephora.com): The most refreshing shave ever is around the corner for any man who dares to use this kit. This collection is infused with vitamins and aloe vera to keep skin healthy and protected, while eliminating ingrown hairs and stubble. This perfect shave kit provides full-size products for the ultimate, all-in-one regimen.
Tip: Keep hands neat with the Anthony Logistics Tool Kit for a portable manicure for men on the go.
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ATLANTA — The clutch quarterback. The genius coach. The big-play defense. The San Francisco 49ers are ready to start a new dynasty with a familiar formula. Next stop, the Big Easy. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore led San Francisco to a record comeback in the NFC championship game Sunday, overcoming an early 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 and send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since 1995. The 49ers will play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Feb. 3. The Ravens defeated the New England Patriots 28-13 on Sunday night.