January 20, 2017 Radio Commentary

Moving In on Swearing-In Day

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 20, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Until noon January 20th, Barack Obama was president of the United States, but at precisely twelve o’clock noon Donald J. Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is responsible for planning the inaugural events that showcase the peaceful transfer of power to the newly-elected leaders of the world’s most powerful nation.

Typically, the vice president is sworn in first, followed by the new president at exactly 12:00 noon. After they are sworn in and before a performance of “Hail to the Chief,” the president and vice president are honored with four drum ruffles and flourishes on simple brass bugles with no valves. A drum ruffle is more subdued than a drum roll.

After the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, the new president watches the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the presidential viewing stand in front of the White House. The president and vice president are guests of honor at a luncheon given by Congress. Later in the day, they parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and walk part of the way from the Capitol to the White House. But, if Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday, the oath is usually administered in a private ceremony January 20th. The public ceremony and celebrations are held the following day. Continue reading

December 30, 2016 Radio Commentary

2017: What’s New?

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 30, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Not only will Sunday be a new day, it’s the first day of a brand new year which will be escorted in with bells and whistles and world-wide celebrations. The new 2017 calendar will remind us that a new year has come and gone 2,016 times since the birth of Jesus Christ.

So, what’s new for 2017? Nobody knows the future, but if it goes according to the state constitution, the Georgia General Assembly will convene in ten days to begin a new 40-day session on the second Monday of the New Year. That’s when the new crop of senators and representatives, along with incumbents, take the oath of office to start their new two-year terms.

Twenty-eight new legislators will become part of the 180-member House of Representatives. Fourteen new legislators are Democrats and 14 are Republicans, so the make-up of the House will be 61 Democrats and 119 Republicans, meaning Republicans are one seat short of a two-thirds majority in the House. But that’s nothing new for the House. Continue reading

December 23, 2016 Radio Commentary

Mike, The Donald’s V-P

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 23, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Mike Pence is a seasoned politician, who knows his way around Washington as a senator and the governor of Indiana. His military veteran dad operated a gas station in Columbus, Indiana, to support his wife and six children, who were reared in the Catholic faith.

When Mike was in fifth grade his “booming” voice “blew away” the audience during an oratorical contest with older sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. After finishing high school in 1977, Pence earned a history degree at Hanover College in 1981 and a law degree from McKinney School of Law five years later.

This is how he tells it: “I grew up on the front row of the American dream. My grandfather immigrated to this country, and I was raised in a small town in Southern Indiana in a big family with a cornfield in the backyard. Although we weren’t really a political family, [my heroes] were President John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I went off to college and had largely walked away from the faith …. [Then], I met a group of folks in a non-denominational Christian fellow group.” Continue reading

December 16, 2016 Radio Commentary

“The Donald”

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 16, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

When Donald Trump assumes office January 20th as the 45th President of the United States, he’ll be 70 years old, the oldest person to be inaugurated as a first-term U.S. President since Ronald Reagan, and the wealthiest since George Washington. He describes himself as a conservative; scholars and commentators describe him as a populist, protectionist and nationalist.

Born June 14, 1946 in the New York City neighborhood called Queens, Donald was the fourth child of Fred and Mary Trump. His mother was born in Scotland, and his father’s parents migrated from Germany, so all his grandparents were born in Europe.

Because his brother died of alcoholism in 1981, Trump decided to abstain from alcohol and cigarettes, so the soon-to-be occupant of the Oval Office will be a tee totaller!

Sixteen years ago, Trump toyed with becoming a Reform Party presidential candidate, but withdrew before voting began. He considered, but decided against, a Republican run for the 2012 election, but in June 2015, finally, jumped in as a Republican candidate, and the rest is history. Continue reading