Michiganders Call for "Togetherness" in Second Obama Term

By: Lindsay Veremis Email
By: Lindsay Veremis Email

President Obama called for more unity in Washington as he publicly took the Oath of Office for a second term. It's something people in mid-Michigan are also calling for, regardless of their political leanings.

Many are hoping the new oath is a new beginning.

"Every inaguuration is an opportunity for folks to come together and I think everyone in Michigan's ears kind of perked up when he stated that we need to address our changing climate," Nic Clark, with environmental group Clean Water Action said.

Clark listened to Obama's Monday address at a watching party in East Lansing. It was the only publicized inaugural event in the area, a marked change from four years ago.

Clark says the speech inspired hope.

"Michigan's the great lakes state and changing climate affects our water and our way of life almost each and every day," he said.

For Republicans, who didn't want to see another Obama inauguration the speech brought apprehension.

"Our country's headed for bankruptcy and do we see it changing going forward? We hope and pray we do," Norm Shinkle, co-chair of the Ingham County Republican Party said.

Local Republicans hope spending cuts will be a top priority and partisan grid lock, a thing of the past.

"He is our president," Ingham County Republican Party Co-Chair Yavonne Whitbeck said. "I believe in the process and he was elected and we need to support that."

Political science professor Matt Grossmann says the legislative landscape has changed dramatically from 2008. Democrats lost the House and are now sharing power, Obama's approval rating has plunged and the parties appear more divided than ever.

Historically, Grossmann says second terms are not times of great achievement.

"Certainly compared to the record that Obama racked up in terms of legislative victories in his first two years, we won't expect anywhere near that rate of success," he added.

But that doesn't mean progress is impossible. According to Grossmann, though messy, the fiscal cliff deal proves lawmakers can get things done.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 28, 2013 at 06:27 AM
    what other choice did we have but to accept Obama because the other opponent was A TOTAL LOSER!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Location on Jan 23, 2013 at 06:28 AM
    @Dave, forget about religion for a moment. Any man that would approve a payraise for those who have the lowest rating in history for an approval rating should not be running our country. While the rest of us are giving more, those people are getting more and still not doing their job, i.e. no balanced budget in 4 years! Any man who allows added fat to a bill to help those affected by Huricane Sandy that has nothing to do with the storm and has an even worse response than Bush did in Katrina, should not be running our country. Any congress that will rebuild another countries holy temples on our money should not be running our country, especially with how we struggle here at home. We can't take care of our own and yet we can save the world? really??
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Jan 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM
    No there is no togetherness here, I will never support a man that has the twisted values Obama has. Anyone that thinks its ok to blaspheme the Holy Covenant of marriage that God has put into place by saying that homosexuals can marry is not the man for this nation. Anyone that would take 760 bill.$ and spend it to pay off his supporters in the last election is not the man for this nation. Anyone that would support the killing of innocent blood by the act of abortion while claiming to be a Christian is not the man for this nation. Anyone that would allow guns to be givin to drug cartels in Mex. in attempt to take away pepols 2 ammement rights is not the man for this nation . Anyone that would try to cover up the murder of US officals in Bengazie is not the man for this nation . Need i go on wake up pepol and smell the roses.
  • by Anonymous Location: Location on Jan 22, 2013 at 06:23 AM
    Will things change, probably not. When all you hear is "it is the GOP's fault, it is them that won't act, we will not compromise, if it comes from "them" we will not support it" doesn't sound to me like anything will change. This will be a power grab for Democrats to have control of both House and Senate and I am sure Obama will make certain that happens. He is not going to act in a bi-partisan nature, he will only act on "gutting the GOP" and anything to do that will be his goal. Let's see what all he will "push through" for his parties interest.
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 22, 2013 at 06:15 AM
    "Michigan's ears kind of perked up when he stated that we need to address our changing climate" WHERE ARE THE JOBS? WHERE ARE THE JOBS?!?!?!?
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