Obama says 'America's possibilities are limitless'

Asserting "America's possibilities are limitless," President Barack Obama declared on Monday that a decade of war is ending and the nation's economy is recovering as he launched into a second term before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall.
Associated Press
Jan 21, 2013

"My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together," Obama said, moments after taking the oath of office on a crisp day in the nation's capital.

The president didn't dwell on any first-term accomplishments but looked to hard work ahead in a country still grappling with a sluggish economy.

"We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit," he said. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future."

Hundreds of thousands of people fanned out across the Mall, and millions more watched on television, as Obama took the oath of office to begin his second term.

Sandwiched between the bruising presidential campaign and looming fiscal fights, Monday's inaugural celebrations marked a brief respite from the partisan gridlock that has consumed the past two years.

Standing in front of the flag-bedecked Capitol, he implored Washington to find common ground over his next four years. And seeking to build on the public support that catapulted him to the White House twice, the president said the public has "the obligation to shape the debates of our time."

"Not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals," Obama said.

Looking ahead to his second-term agenda, the president said the nation must "respond to the threat of climate change" and tackle the comprehensive immigration reform that has eluded Washington for years.

"Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity," he said.

Moments earlier, Obama placed his hand on two Bibles — one used by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the other used by Abraham Lincoln — and recited the brief oath of office. Michelle Obama held the Bibles, one on top of the other, as daughters Malia and Sasha looked on.

Vice President Joe Biden was also sworn in for his second term as the nation's second in command.

Monday's oats were purely ceremonial. The Constitution stipulates that presidents begin their new term at noon on Jan. 20, and in keeping with that requirement, Obama was sworn in Sunday in a small ceremony at the White House.

Pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register for dispatches from the inauguration in Washington D.C. from Register reporter Andy Ouriel and photographer Jason Werling.

 

Comments

John Harville

Middle Right... please define for us 'Americas possibilities' and the 'limits' the President (not Congress, of course) have put on them.

Contango

Pres. Obama, Jan. 21, 2013:

"We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."

A bold-faced lie.

"Interesting" that he used the term: "perpetual war."

This country has been at war since even before 1941.

Why is Mr. Obama sending military advisors to 35 African counties?

Why is the U.S. building a military base in Australia?

Why did the U.S. arm Poland with Patriot missiles and send a detachment?

Why did the U.S. attack Libya?

deertracker

In 1941 was his mother born yet?

Contango

@ deertracker:

No, but his collectivist father was.

deertracker

Your point? Nevermind!

The Big Dog's back

Earth to contango. Where are the terrorists gathering? Oh, that's right, the continent of Africa. The other things are right wing fodder.

Contango

@ Doggie:

And you're writing out of Uranus.

Oh goodie! Maybe Mr. Obama can kill some more innocent men, woman and children with his drones and make even more terrorists.

vicariouslyAlive

... this reminds me of 1984... where at one point we're told to hate the middle east because that's where all of our problems have always come from and now it's supposed to be africa? those people are too busy fighting themselves to be worried about people half a world away.

dontcare

We attacked Libya???

John Harville

@Contango.
What? No Benghazi?

Contango

Pres. Obama, Jan. 21, 2013:

"The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us."

Huh, noticed that he "conveniently" didn't mention ObamaCare (ACA). Maybe that program doesn't "strenghten us"?

Funny too that entitlement spending if left unchecked will eventually overwhelm and consume the entire federal budget.

deertracker

Did you watch it on Faux News pooh????

Contango

Nope! Did you bambie?

deertracker

Texas is on the phone!

coasterfan

Social Security is NOT an entitlement, since recipients pay INTO it.

Contango

@ coasterfan:

Consider it an "earned" entitlement.

It's a pay-go system. There is no trust fund.

John Harville

Contango. The Trust Fund disappeared when Reagan raided it. And SS and Medicare are not part of the budget.

goofus

I assume you can cite a source for your comment. Show me please where Reagan raided it. I know LBJ was a ss raiser.

SamAdams

If our "possibilities are limitless," why does our Dear Leader keep trying to limit the possbilities? And when somebody succeeds in spite of the roadblocks in their way, why does our Dear Leader insist they be punished for their success?

All that he's doing is overseeing and, in fact, acting as an instrument towards, the destruction of everything that made this country great. He'll go down in history, all right, but I suspect our future won't look back on this part of its past all that kindly!

deertracker

Have your possibilities been limited? How? Tell me about those "roadblocks". What exactly made this country "great" that is now destroyed? You really don't want to talk about this country's past on MLK day now do ya?

goofus

Please tell the coal industry they haven't reached a roadblock!!!

The Big Dog's back

sam, how many less billionaires and millionaires are there?

Maggdi

Is that your metric for total success Dog? How many fewer millionaires and billionaires would bring satisfaction? 'Cause I got Big news for you. You could take everything they possess at this time and it still wouldn't pay for it ALL!

The Big Dog's back

Hey, that sounds like a good idea. Let's take it all and everybody starts over on equal ground. No pass me downs, everybody has to work. No sippin Martinis at poolside waiting for that dividend check to come in. Yeah, I'd like that.

Dr. Information

Wouldn't take long and you'd have different social classes again. You can't teach motivation and the drive to become successful. Your jealousy of those that have made it is stinking this place up.

Maggdi

Unfortunately I can't tell if you're kidding.... I can't imagine that any decent person would condone legalized theft.
Btw the confiscation would be for bureaucrats to redistribute and I can guarantee you that your take won't be anywhere near what you expect after it's run through their sticky fingers.

arnmcrmn

The idea that peoples hard work should be stripped and given to everyone else to "start fresh" is Communism/Socialism at its best. Thankfully people like Big Dog don't run a business, because it would last about a week.

coasterfan

I must disagree. The biggest anti-constitutional move during our lifetime was Bush's Patriot Act, which allowed warrantless searches by the Feds, followed closely by use of torture at Gitmo. Both moves by Bush reversed 200+ years of American history. The first greatly increased the distrust Americans have in their government and the 2nd damaged America's reputation around the world. Bush destroyed, Obama rebuilt.

Fromthe419

The Patriot Act was extended by Obama, thought he was gonna close Gitmo also? I am no big fan of Bush, but Obama just extended the policies started by Bush. The two party system we have now is broken, both make promises they know they will never keep and the endless borrowing continues. We need a real leader that will tell the American people the truth, but such a real leader would not get elected yet alone nominated.

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