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

Contango

@ coasterfan:

"Anti-constitutional"?

The term is: unconstitutional.

Better check both the NDAA and the Patriot Act, both of which were renewed by Mr. Obama.

And "what" did you retire from teaching?

dontcare

Do you define failure by having the rich pay an equal percentage of tax as the rest of us?

Maggdi

For someone who cleverly gave them self a name that indicates you have no interests, you sure do ask a lot of questions. But since you asked I can tell you I consider it a failure to give anymore money to a bureaucracy that is incapable, by its very nature, of using the treasures of this country for the never ending and doomed pursuit of Fairness. Our founding principles were established by the understanding of human nature. And giving someone the power to decide who wins and who loses never will come near the fairness you seem to seek because that damn human nature steps in every time. It becomes a question of who you know as to how far you go. Greece is a perfect example, I know that story first hand. And by the way, the word Utopia in Greek actually means Nowhere.

dontcare

I'm sorry could you repeat your statement, this time so it makes sense, thanks

John Harville

Sama Tryin' to sound Libertarian there? Hamilton and Jefferson argued this - the Federalist and the Democratic-Republican. Both realized the federal government must step in when the Private Sector (which the Libertarians dearly worship) refuses to do. Libertarians believe YOU, Samantha, should step up and contribute...

grandmasgirl

Now I am going to say something that will really fire off those comments. I can honestly say that I think this president was elected, not because of his qualifications, but because of the color of his skin. Some blacks voted for him because he was black, and some whites voted for him because they didn't want people to think they were racist. I never liked what he stood for and still don't. If you think you are better off than you were before he was elected, you are either lucky (because you found one of the few good paying jobs) or you are on an entitlement program. Bring them on!

Bluto

Funny , I just wrote a comment about whites perpetuating the race card issue , and here it is . Assuming Grandmasgirl is white . If not I apologise.

2cents

(whites perpetuating the race card issue)
Where is the active chapter of the NAAWP?
Why is there still affirmitive action, they can not let it go?
Why are there still quotas for race, and gender for employment?
It seems that the fed has trouble letting things go and as long as they keep stiring the pot with race and gender quatas it will never end.

goofus

Amazing so-called knowledgeable people never heard of the great white guilt felt by some losers that helped Obozo win the election again.

coasterfan

America is better off than it was in 2008. End of discussion. There are likely more people who voted for Romney because he wasn't black than people who voted for Obama because he was black. Why is it so hard to admit that Obama won because a greater number of people liked his platform better?Romney's campaign was a textbook example of how to lose an election through alienating millions upon millions of people.

dontcare

Ask Bin Laden if he is better off today than he was 4 years ago "John Kerry"

John Harville

I'm better off than I was after GWB was elected. Spend spend borrow borrow more spend spend more - all of it unfunded: two wars, the Medicare donut, tax cuts.
I'm better off than I was when President Obama took his first oath of office with the economy in shambles.
I would be even better off if Congress acted like something more than a group of dum bass obstructionists.
I don't disagree that his election was based, in part, on his race and ethnicity...and Hillary would have won because of her gender. Because the Silent Majority had changed it's identity when no one was looking and suddenly spoke up, his 'totally American' mixed heritage had a broad appeal. What you don't want to accept is that a great majority of 'totally American' voters of a variety of Melting Pot ancestry did not identify with the Sarah Palin mentality in 2008 and definitely not with the rich white boy aura of Mitt Romney - who really doesn't like most Americans.
He was elected, in greater part, by the fact the Republicans couldn't come up with a viable candidate after Huntsman dropped out.
I don't think your post is about racism... it's about elitism.

goofus

Somebody must have retired in 2008 with his great teachers pension. I find it repulsive when a party thinks it is being righteous when it comes to illegal aliens but all they are doing is reaching to a voting bloc.

deertracker

You must be real wise to know who people voted for and why. Please tell us why those that voted for Romney did so. Was it that massive tax break they were counting on? Was it the fact that all your SS taxes would be pretty much used as a voucher? Was it the fact that he knew how better to control your body than you? Was it the redefining of "rape"? Do tell please!

rickross2

Romney was no better, just a lighter shade of screwed

John Harville

Romney doesn't like Americans.

rickross2

The best candidates dont make the final cut. Both candidates were hand picked to do exactly what they were told. Obama is a puppet, as would Romney have been also.

Contango

Woulda loved to have seen Gary Johnson in the Prez debates. He woulda had both Tweedledee and Tweedledum sweatin' and stammerin'.

rickross2

I like Gary, but I wanted Ron Paul. We need someone who is older than 70 to get our sh#t together.

There you go again

Business as usual tomorrow in the White House.

2cents

How many rounds of golf?

Bluto

You know Obama personally didn't crash the economy . That was in full swing before he ever stepped foot into the Oval office . He has spent every moment of his first term fighting the Republicans' well known agenda to make him a one term president by total stonewalling no matter how bad for the economy and country . Guess that didn't work out so well . Can't wait to see what the Republicans' come up with next to put a thorn in the side of the next Democract pres. that replaces Obama . ; ))))

arnmcrmn

How did he fight the republicans? Wasn't all of 2008-2010, the entire White House in control by the dems. Yes it think so.

John Harville

Filibuster. 60 votes. Republican lockstep.

coasterfan

Bluto hit the nail on the head.

The Big Dog's back

If the Repubs don't start putting country 1st instead of the crazy right wing agenda, they will be extinct.

Bluto

Actually , I have heard that talk from conservatives themselves . Would be very interesting to see how that panned out.

mikel

like driving our country further in debt? only idiots can think that we are better today with trillions more in deficit spending and an out of control spender at the reins of our gov't. we are all slaves to obozo and his free lance spending and we will all live like slaves if we let him continue! sooner or later china will come a knocking for their money and then what doggie? i sure as hell hope you and the rest of your kool-aid drinkers will be alive to witness the result of america becoming a chinese territory as we have nothing to offer than our land.

dontcare

China depends on us to buy their products, the last thing China wants is for the U.S. to go broke.

John Harville

Mikel. Pay tenshun! The President spend anything! Spending is entirely controlled by Congress - specifically the House. Even most Republicans criticize the Bush Administration and the TWELVE YEARS Republicans controlled both Houses including six years when they had ALL THREE sections for the dreadful economic situation out of which we must dig. Boehner, Cantor, McConnell all are on record saying the economic condition by 2008 was their fault.
BTW.. you sound even less coherent on FB.

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