In the Frankfurter Allgemeine, Rod Davis and Doug Wilson, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, and other historians discuss President Obama’s inaugural address.
Both Wilson and Davis speak of the speech as solid and convincing, but with no highly memorable moments.
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From the Monitor on Psychology:
As the world slipped into economic meltdown, the nation started talking about greed: greedy lenders, greedy Wall Street executives, greedy CEOs and greedy Americans who used credit to finance untenable lifestyles.
Greed may very well have driven much of the economic crisis, says University of Rochester social psychologist Richard Ryan, PhD. But does the blame fall on the individual, or on our increasingly materialistic culture?
“America has an economic system set up to create the kind of mess we’ve seen recently,” says social psychologist Tim Kasser, PhD, of Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. “Our form of capitalism encourages materialistic values, and the research shows that people high on materialism … are more likely to engage in unethical business behaviors and manipulate people for their own purposes.”
From the Register-Mail:
There was an air of celebration around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning in the lobby of Post Hall at Knox College as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
“I’m just very proud at where we are right now,” said Cameron Posey, a freshman from Clayton, Md.
About 40 students gathered to watch the inauguration of the man who has significant ties to their campus and their generation. Cheers rang out as the new Commander-in-Chief proclaimed a message of hope and change which reached millions of ears across the world.
People scrambled to their feet for the Oath of Office, some standing on chairs and tables in order to get a good view of the television screen.
The Register-Mail’s special section on President Obama’s inauguration.