House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. arrives on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for the Presidential Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (Photo: AP)
Congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) was reportedly booed at President Obama's inauguration ceremony Monday.
The Huffington Post wrote:
If things had gone differently in November, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might have departed the Capitol on Monday as the vice president of the United States. Instead, he faced a chorus of boos as he left the building to attend President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony.
Ryan announced last week that he would be present for Obama's public swearing in at the Capitol, calling it his "obligation."
Here's some of the reaction on Twitter:
Ben Howe of Red State posted a screen shot from a man who he describes as a "DOJ lawyer" who claims to have started the booing.
A LinkedIn account of a Dan Freeman displays the same profile picture, describing him as a Yale-educated trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice who specializes in voting rights and civil liberties.
Meanwhile, Paul Ryan took to Twitter and Facebook to congratulate the president on his victory.
He wrote on Facebook:
I congratulate President Obama on his inauguration, and I join the country in celebrating this American tradition.
The president and I were political opponents. We had strong disagreements over the direction of the country—as we still do now. But today, we put those disagreements aside. Today, we remember what we share in common.
We serve the same country, one that is still in need of repair—and is still the freest on earth. We serve alongside men and women from both parties, who govern in good faith and good will. Finally, we serve the same people, who have honored us with their charge.
We may disagree on matters of policy. But today we remember why we take those matters so seriously—because we seek the public good. It’s our highest duty—one that we share—and one for which we’re grateful.
I’m happy to mark this historic occasion—for the president and for the country. And I look forward to tackling the big challenges ahead.