The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From U.S. News & World Report:
Monday’s inaugural may be President Barack Obama’s big day, but Martin Luther King Jr. will loom large over the festivities.
A quirk in the calendar pushed Obama’s public swearing-in onto the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader, and inaugural planners have taken pains to acknowledge that fact. Going into his second term, Obama seems to have put King at the front of his mind, too.
The president has referenced King in speeches, and a weekend of inaugural festivities opened Saturday with a National Day of Service in King’s honor. Obama and his family helped spruce up an elementary school in southeast Washington. The Obamas also have performed community service work on the King holiday in each of the past four years.
Obama spoke at the 2011 dedication of a memorial to King on the National Mall and is likely to include King in his inaugural address on Monday.