Inauguration 2013 - The First Black President 2 - A Less Historic Moment

  • Aired:  01/22/13
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John Oliver returns to the scene of Barack Obama's historic 2009 inauguration and finds a more sedate atmosphere. (4:15)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

BARACK OBAMA FIRST INAUGURATION IN 2009, HIS INAUGURATION WAS AN HISTORIC EVENT.

HOW DID YESTERDAY'S COMPARE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN TO SPHWHOAJ JOHN OLIVER REPORTS.

>> FOUR YEARS AGO TWO MILLION PEOPLE WERE ON THE NATIONAL MALL TO WITNESS THE HISTORIC

INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA.

AND I WAS THERE.

YES!

AND NOW FOUR YEARS LATER, I HAD RETURNED.

I'M RIGHT BACK HERE IN EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT AS LAST TIME!

THE ATMOSPHERE, THE ENERGY HERE IS ELECTRIC.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WE CAN MOVE CLOSER.

WE CAN WALK CLOSER THAN THIS.

LET'S JUST WALK.

OKAY.

SO IT WAS OFF TO A SLOW START.

WE HAVE HAVE THE RIGHT DAY TODAY, RIGHT?

THIS IS IT?

WE CAN PICK IT UP.

WE CAN REALLY MOVE.

I WAS EXPECTING A FEW MORE PEOPLE THAN THIS.

>> JUST WAIT AROUND.

YOU'LL SEE.

THEY COMING.

>> THIS FEELS A BIT MORE LIKE AN ULTIMATE FRISBEE SIGNUP.

THIS IS NICE.

>> SLIGHTLY LESS PEOPLE THAN IN 2009 BUT THEY MORE THAN MADE UP FOR IT WITH ENTHUSIASM.

HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO BE HERE?

>> I'M TIRED.

>> YAY!

>> YAY!

>> YAY!

>> LAST TIME IT FELT LIKE AN HISTORIC EVENT.

THIS ONE FEELS MORE LIKE A CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED PROCESS.

>> AH, I WOULD SAY SO.

>> WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

2009 THEY UNDERSTOOD THE SCALE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING.

>> FOR ME IT'S THE MOST HISTORIC EVENT THAT IS HAPPENING.

>> NUMBER ONE.

>> NUMBER ONE IN TERMS OF HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

IT'S BETTER THAN THE MOON LANDING, WAY BETTER THAN THE MOON LANDING.

>> HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT WEAPON WENT FROM THAT TO THE 45th SHUTTLE RUN IN JUST FOUR YEARS?

>> IT FEELS KIND OF EXCITING NOW.

NOT AS EXCITING AS LAST TIME.

>> IT WASN'T AS EXCITING AS IT WAS THE FIRST TIME.

NORMALLY THE FIRST TIME WHEN YOU LOVE A WOMAN IT'S NOT THE SAME WHEN YOU LOVE HER THE SECOND TIME.

>> THE FIRST TIME YOU ARE WITH A WOMAN YOU ARE THINKING I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING.

>> AND REALITY SETS IN.

>> AND THE SECOND TIME YOU ARE THINKING OH, YOU'RE STILL HERE.

RATE THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

>> NOT BAD.

>> IT'S NOT LIKE THE SIGNING OF INDEPENDENCE OR ANYTHING LIKE THANK BUT IT'S STILL HUGE.

>> NOT THE EMANCIPATION PROK LAITION.

>> BUT IT'S BIG, IT'S NUMBER THREE.

>>

>> THE BERLIN WALL COMING DOWN WOULD BE IMPORTANT.

IT WAS A HUGE CHANGE.

>> THE BERLIN WALL WAS MORE IMPORTANT TO TODAY?

>> I WOULD SAY.

>> WHAT IS MORE APPOINTMENT THAN THIS?

>> TIGER WOODS WINNING.

>> PGA TOURNAMENT.

>> THE FIRST TIME AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN WON A MAJOR IN GOLF?

>> YES.

>> TO BE FAIR IT HADN'T STARTED YET.

ONCE IT BEGAN THEY SOON GET SWEPT AWAY.

>> THE 4 4TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ABOUT A BARACK H. OBAMA.

>> NICE TRY, SCHUMER, WE KNOW WHAT HIS MIDDLE NAME IS.

AND THE WISDOM OF ONE REPORTER WHO PROVE SIZED THIS SO CLEARLY BACK IN 2009.

IS IT EXCITING?

YES!

PEOPLE OF COURSE I AM.

DO THEY REALIZE IT GLET ABSOLUTELY NOT.

YOU CAN'T CAPTURE LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE TWICE.

IT WAS AN AMAZING DAY.

A MAJOR MOMENT IN U.S. HISTORY.

IT WAS JUST SLIGHTLY LESS CATCHY THAN LAST TIME OBAMA, FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT

ELECTED FOR THE SECOND TIME!

FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT ELECTED FOR THE SECOND

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