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

goofus

Since when has Obozo done anything congress has said. He uses executive orders and his cabinet to circumvent.

Contango

@ Doggie:

Not to worry, with Mr. Obama's borrowing and spending the entire country will soon financially be extinct.

coasterfan

Let's please put the credit where it belongs. Bush put two wars on the country's credit card, while simultaneously cutting revenue. This is like telling your boss " I plan to spend much more next year, would you mind cutting my salary?"

mikel

he is doing NOTHING to cut the deficit. you dumbocraps need to get over bush! how much has prezo put on the card with afghanistan? remember, a place he promised to leave.

Contango

@ coasterfan:

And Mr. Obama renewed 98% of the Bush Era tax cuts. They now belong to him.

Neither FDR or LBJ "paid" for their wars.

dontcare

Obama ended the war in Iraq, in case you haven't noticed. I'm not sure I understand what you mean that FDR and LBJ didn't pay for their wars, could you explain that in detail?

goofus

Sorry to burst your bubble but Obozo was merely follwing the orders of the pact by Bush and Al-malwicki in the status of forces agreement. Google it if you like nimrod.

John Harville

Contango. Please, Please, PLEASE define for us exactly WHAT constitutes "Mr. Obama's borrowing and spending". The President has NO authority to borrow or spend.
Republicans controlled BOTH houses 1994 (Gingrich's Contract on America)through 2006 - and ALL THREE BRANCHES 2000-2006.
But somehow Pres. Obama is the 'borrow and spend' president because he put the Chinese loans on the books for all to see.
Again... PLEEEEEEEEEEEEZ EXPLAIN your position.

forkicksandgiggles

Re-Elected To Do What, Mr. Obama ?

Watching Barack Hussein Obama give his “last” press conference of his first term in 2013 was quite telling. If you closed your eyes and listened, you might have thought you were in a banana republic somewhere in South America. Obama has a definite “I” problem when he speaks. “I will not negotiate on the debt ceiling”. “I will not cut spending on entitlements.” “If I have to go around Congress on gun control action, then that’s what I’ll do”. “I have been encouraged to simply raise the debt ceiling on my own authority.” Blah, blah, blah. Oh yeah, ” I won the election; therefore, things will be done MY way.” This egocentric megalomaniac needs to be reminded of a few things to start the New Year right, I guess.

First of all, Mr. Obama, the voters in this country did NOT give you a mandate for anything. They simply maintained the status quo of Congress. Secondly, your power and authority are limited by the Constitution (you know, that document that you and your cronies promised to “preserve, protect, and defend”!) You are not our king or Messiah (at least to the people that I know), you have not been given the position of dictator (benevolent or otherwise), nor have you been given the power or authority to do as you please when you please. Thirdly, this is a nation of laws, Mr. Obama; and you do not have the discretion of which laws to enforce and which ones NOT to enforce. You too, sir, are also under the same law and dangerously close to impeachment (see Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Solyndra, etc.)

Your war against guns, Mr. Obama, is unconstitutional in any form that it takes. You want the Second Amendment changed, Mr. Obama? There is a procedure for that. Oh that’s right, you were a “Constitutional Law” professor once upon a time, weren’t you? Looks like you might have to brush up on your field of study, Mr. Obama. When the federal government goes out into the private sector and buys 1.6 BILLION rounds of .223 rifle ammo and 40 caliber handgun ammo when the government is trying to wind DOWN its last war, the people have a tendency to get a little nervous. You haven’t exactly been a pinnacle of transparency, Mr. Obama. Contrary to what your friends on the left may tell you, there are enough freedom-loving, God-fearing patriots still alive in the United States to make any kind of government intervention on our liberties one bloody fight.

You might want to remind Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that BY LAW, a budget is to be passed no later than April of each year. We all know that he’s been busy in the Senate blocking every reasonable piece of legislation to come his way, but he is 3 1/2 years late in getting a budget passed! Looks like ole’ Harry might just be in line for a little legal discipline himself! Oh yeah, I was just wondering that with the country’s economy going to hell in a hand basket rather quickly, if you have given any more thought to exactly how you are going to get us out of this mess without cutting spending?

You seemed to get a bit testy when any of the reporters at your last press conference pressed you for answers to the questions that they thought were relevant. Did any of your English professors at Harvard ever teach you to give short, concise answers? I know that you fancy yourself as Lincoln, but he didn’t recite the Gettysburg address every time he was asked a question. Why do you feel that you shouldn’t be questioned about your actions or your policies? Every President since George Washington has had to do that comes with the office. Maybe you’re trying to hide something?

You have shown by your actions in the recent “fiscal cliff” fiasco that you are not capable of compromise or face-to-face negotiations, nor are you flexible in your ideology (traits not conducive to an accomplishment-driven presidency.) You will find that the 2012 election will NOT be repeated again. Leadership is what this country needs now, not some ideologue who is hellbent on changing 200-plus years of the most successful and prosperous country in the world. America will not fall without a fight, Mr. Obama.

How are you going to explain to your middle class working base why their taxes went up when you promised them that their taxes wouldn’t go up even one dime? You have made too many promises, Mr. Obama; and you forgot that you are the “temporary leader” of a republic, not your own dynasty. You can be as arrogant as you want to be and as ruthless as you think you can be; but beware that, there are limitations to what you legally are allowed to do. Impeachment is a very real option, Mr. Obama.

The Big Dog's back

Gee, a real original thought.

2cents

Very well written, thank you!

tk

You sure are throwing around the word impeachment alot, especially when our President just took the oath of office. Not going to happen. The people have spoken and made their choice. They did not vote for the status quo. Many more votes were cast for Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. The Republicans only kept control because of jerrymandering. And where in the world did you get the idea that President Obama is arrogant? He is a good man who has been called every name under the sun by Holier then thou hyprocrites.

coasterfan

How interesting that you used the term Banana Republic, since that is exactly where GOP economic policies have led America since the Reagan years...

Contango

@ coasterfan:

Since Mr. Obama renewed 98% of the Bush Era tax cuts and has continued borrowing and spending, how are his policies any different?

shucks

Sounds like forkicksandgiggles has had too much Fox News, Rush, Hannity and other hypocrite hate mongers.

2cents

Ever watch or listen that rag MSNBC, so far left it is crazy. You would have to take Fox and move it to the right three times to get to MSNBC.
Ironicly I have Fox, CNN & MSNBC programed in my car and listen to all three while driving to get a little of the spin from the three.

shucks

I don't see the viciousness and hate on MSNBC like I do on Fox.
MSNBC is more rational and level headed than Fox.
Fox sounds like mean, spoiled, rich kids who can't get everything they want.
You can't see that?

Contango

See: The later 12:33 post.

shucks

what?

shucks

Oh I see, more crazy ranting and trolling.

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

Don't disappoint your Messiah now. He expects you to preach the "gospel" to the unbelievers.

Convince me using some of that "level headedness" that you learn on MSNBC.

shucks

It's futile to convince you of anything. Your mind is already made up.

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

It's "futile" only because you have only your opinions coupled with emotions and no facts to support 'em.

shucks

The only person you impress is yourself.

Do you understand what the definition of a troll is ? Because you sound like one.

goofus

I see the head troll is crying about his own profession

shucks

troll

2cents

I wish you guys were where I am right now. Dental chair in Westlake : (

Contango

Dental appt. one wk from tomorrow.

Our dental ins. was a casualty to ObamaCare.

2cents

Crown prep tyl :-)

Contango

Good luck! I like the little complementary dental floss, good for the car.

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