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January 20th, 2013
11:10 PM ET

Maya Angelou to Piers Morgan: "I have wanted to meet you ... you are brilliant, you are fine"

With the 57th Presidential Inauguration only hours away, on Sunday night Piers Morgan took the show on the road, hosting a special edition of his primetime program from the nation's capital.

As Barack Obama officially begins his second term in the White House, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited historical analysts, American icons, and political pundits to share their insight and perspective on the next four years.

With Monday's pomp and circumstance falling on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, nearly 45 years since the civil rights leaders death, Morgan asked Maya Angelou about the significance and timing of the occasion.

"What do you think Martin Luther King may have said to Barack Obama if he was still alive now?" asked the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "What advice do you think he would have given the president for his second and final term of office?"

Pleased with the inquiry, one of America's literary treasures offered this prediction:

"Thank you. Thank you for that question," said the 84-year-old author and poet. "I think Dr. King would have said 'Continue. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce, and be kind. And don't give in and don't give up.'"

Having praised both the late Dr. King, as well as the commander-in-chief, the author behind such famous works as "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "On the Pulse of Morning" extended some additional kinds words in the direction of the host:

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January 20th, 2013
07:39 PM ET

David Axelrod on firearm legislation: "I think the vast majority of gun owners understand that there are reasonable steps that we need to take"

Just hours prior to the 57th Presidential Inauguration, tonight Piers Morgan hosts a special Sunday evening edition of his primetime program, reporting from Washington, D.C. in advance of Monday's pomp and circumstance.

Stationed on the mall in the nation's capital, this evening the host welcomes a trio of political pundits, as David Axelrod, Jim Messina and Stephanie Cutter all join Morgan for face to face analysis of all things presidential and executive.

With the commander-in-chief set to officially open his second stint at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Morgan wonders why it is that the gun lobby has so much influence over law-making:

"What I find so baffling is the apparent power the NRA wields for example in the political system in America," the British presenter admits, directing his inquiry at Axelrod. "Compared to the amount of money they put in, the amount of membership they have, you don’t really understand why they have such power or why so many politicians at senior level are so frightened of them?"

"The truth is that it has been part of the American culture and tradition for a long time, particularly in rural areas. Hunting, gun ownership, parents passing the tradition of hunting down to children, that’s been part of our culture. On the other hand, we have in some areas of our communities, real problems with violence," says the man who served as campaign adviser to Barack Obama during his successful run for Presidency in 2008. "I think that there's an opportunity now to do something that didn’t exist before, but I am mindful of the fact that the NRA may speak in some ways for more of a fringe when it comes to this notion of people being in armed in case an overweening government comes to get them, and you hear some of that. But I think the vast majority of gun owners understand that there are reasonable steps that we need to take."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in to a special edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight" broadcast from Washington, D.C. live at 9 p.m. EST.
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January 20th, 2013
05:34 PM ET

Stephanie Cutter on first term shortcomings: "The president believes he could have done a better job communicating"

On the eve of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, tonight Piers Morgan is in the nation's capital, where he'll host a special Sunday evening edition of his primetime program.

This evening the British television presenter welcomes a trio of political experts, as David Axelrod, Jim Messina and Stephanie Cutter all join Morgan in person to preview Monday's pomp and circumstance.

As Barack Obama officially begins his second term in the White House, the host asked Stephanie Cutter to reveal the ways in which the commander-in-chief had come up short during the first four years:

"Now you’ve won that second term, so you can perhaps be a little bit more honest about the, perhaps the areas where he could have gone further but didn’t or where he personally regrets not going further," suggests Morgan. "What would you say they would be for him?" FULL POST

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