Barack Obama 2.0: Less Cool, More Fire

For his second term, the president is already getting more aggressive with his conservative foes.

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I never thought I would live to see the day when any president -- let alone a black one, being sworn in for the second time -- would deliver such a vow. I hope I live long enough to see an unchained Obama speak out as forcefully on issues that he tiptoed around during his first term -- less like Jackie and more like Larry, swinging for the fences.

Jack White, a former columnist for Time magazine, is a freelance writer in Richmond, Va.

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is a former columnist for TIME magazine and a regular contributor to The Root.