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Inauguration 2013: The Divisive Rhetoric Continues
Sean kicked off the Inauguration edition of Hannity with hilarious coverage of the events. “Chris Matthews compared it to the Gettysburg Address,” laughed Hannity, “That should tell you everything it was NOT today.” “The inaugural menu included luxurious lobster, bison, apple pie, lobster tails from New England and sour cream ice cream,” detailed Hannity, “I’ve never had sour cream ice cream!” “As you’re watching this elaborate celebration, know that the number of people who are depending on government assistance are growing exponentially,” a more somber and serious Hannity opined, “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Americans 16 or older who decided to not even seek a job grew by 8,332,000 in Obama’s first term.” The pressure is on in President Obama’s 2nd term for American conservatives to hold the President’s feet to the fire and make h im accountable for the out-of-control spending. Let today mark the first day in that battle. Here's more reaction from Sean.

Breaking Down The Speech: Hlinko vs. Webb
John Hlinko, founder of Left Action and Sirius/XM’s David Webb came on the show to breakdown President Obama’s speech. “This was one of the most divisive speeches I’ve ever heard,” plainly stated Hannity, “It was arrogant, divisive and he was definitely advancing an agenda.” “There was no divisive rhetoric in today’s speech,” argued Hlinko,”Where was it today?” “You can hear it in his remarks particularly when he said ‘together we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to encourage competition and fair play,’” answered Webb, “He continued a paragraph later to say that ‘we also understand that when times change, so must we.’” “This President is reversing course on what has been successful for well over thirty years,” continued Webb, “This President is effectively saying that Big Government is here to stay.” “We need to criticize the President for real things,” explained Hlinko, “In terms of tonight’s inauguration speech, it was a great one.” Some are forgiving during the inauguration speech because it is, in effect, a chance to gloat about one’s victory. It’ll definitely be an interesting second term and one that will require all the energy in the world to protect our future generations. To see President Obama’s remarks, click here.

Karl Rove
“We’ve already begun the road to 2014,” a frustrated Rove began, “This was the most divisive speech he could’ve made.” That was how The Architect first reacted to President Obama’s Inaugural speech tonight. “I listen to some of the criticisms of conservatives in the Republican House,” added Hannity, “There are those who are saying the Republican House needs to be more conciliatory toward the President but I think just the opposite, I believe the Republican House was elected to be a balance to the President.” “First off, I don’t like the term RHINO Republican,” offered Rove, “Secondly, last Friday Obama’s approval rating was 48% which was 19 points lower than it was four years ago and remember, Clinton and Reagan were both at 62%.” That’s definitely a check to the idea that President Obama will enter his second term with unchecked power and a large mandate. In fact, according to recent Gallup polls, President Obama has averaged only a 49.1% approval rating giving him the third lowest approval rating of any president behind Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. For more on President Obama’s lack of a mandate and to read the latest Gallup Poll, click here.

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Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison , and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives . Since leaving the White House , Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News , Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal . For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates. Rove's campaign clients have included Bush (2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial elections), Senator John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982... More >

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