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

Swamp and Mikel... soooo. how soon can we expect you rats to jump ship?

Dr. Information

Texas is a great state. Visited there this past summer. Everything is growing at a rapid rate outward from all the major cities.

wiredmama222

FYI, never judge a State by just visiting it for a week. You never know until you live there, what it is really like. I speak from experience on this one.

As for all this bickering about Obama vs the entire Republican party....I can really see by just reading all these blogs why NOTHING is getting done in Washington. Reading on here is EXACTLY why nothing gets done there. Its like a little cross section of the farce we call our leaders. If none of you can agree, I understand now why none of them do.

None of you is willing...make that ABLE to give an inch. You all want it YOUR way or the highway in all aspects of how to run America from the deficit to anything new. There isn't a shread of compromise in any of you. I don't see one ounce of give and take in what you think, do or say on here. Not one. You don't have anything new to offer and you all live in the past exploits of past leaders: IE: who started what war, who bombed what country.

You don't offer a cintilla of new ideas or plans, much like your counterparts in Washington. No wonder they do not either. As constituants, have you nothing to write to your congressman about? I didn't think so. Have you nothing new to offer? Or is complaining all you have to do or to offer?

How sad it is to read and see that many of you have just given up. You think of this country as done! You see nothing good coming of anything. I don't think a new President would have made an ounce of difference as the Republican party CONTROLS the House now. The President doesn't have that much control to begin with. Its so convenient to blame him for everything when it is the House and Senate who makes and breaks this country and all of you understand that completely.

So instead of just grousing so much about past performance, slamming about who lost and who won, why don't you come up with some ideas and write to your House and Senate leaders with some ideas of your own.

I see some of the FINEST minds in the country right here on these boards being wasted on nothing. Put them to good use and do something with them. Take those great minds and write away. What a shame to waste them on all this argument and debate on foolishness when you guys could really make a difference. You're bright, intelligent and spot on....don't waste that. Please don't. You could all be making a difference.

Just my humble opinion. For what it is worth.

Contango

At the beginning of the Amer. Revolution approx.:

1/3 of the people wanted independence,

1/3 of the people wanted to remain with the Crown,

and 1/3 of the people just wanted to be left alone.

I believe that those divisions have not changed much in over 200 yrs.

John Harville

And the 1/3 loyal to the Crown - the Tory patriots loyal to the Fatherland - eventually were driven into Canada or other areas and all their estates confiscated by the revolutionary 1/3 - some of whom didn't want to split, just to get the king's attention.

goofus

Source!!!!!!

mikel

mama, not true for all of us. i have said many, many times on here that i am all for raising taxes if, and a big if, that the deficit would be cut proportionately. we can not continue to spend the amount of money we are without a REAL plan to reduce the deficit. the dems are happy to say they are willing to reduce the deficit but they push those reductions out 10 years. like that is going to happen. the recent bill for hurricane sandy is a great example. there was approximately $13 billion in perks going to areas that had absolutely nothing to do with that area. $13 billion, in the grand scheme of things, may not sound huge but throw 8 or 10 of those together per year and the money trail explodes. be real, be strong and i am on board.

John Harville

Mikel... I get so tired of explaining this to you. Revenue and Expenditure are the responsibility of CONGRESS! And that means presenting a REALISTIC (Not Paul Ryan) budget to the floor. Most of that $13 billion was Republican lard.

goofus

Source??? or are you wishing again

John Harville

The Washington TIMES and the Club for Growth.
But..but...but... those are your guys, no?
Chris Christy said "we want the same packages Republicans gave Katrina and Joplin victims..."
Next question?

OSUBuckeye59

@wiredmama,

Right there with you. Our federally-elected officials are like siblings standing in front of a parent with a broken lamp at their feet while pointing fingers at each other saying, "He/She broke it!", yet the lamp sits broken on the floor. Our country is not necessarily "broken", but it does need some help, so here's my $0.02 worth . . .


U.S. companies are sitting on cash reserves from record revenue. In the past, cash was funneled back into new ventures, which led to hiring. Not so today. CEO's continue to be rewarded for increasing stock value and dividends, meaning more revenue/head. They're playing it safe. And if that's how I was being measured as successful, I would too. How to change that? Through incentives. And here's the carrot and stick: we start taxing cash reserves...the stick...but then offer the carrot of lower business taxes *IF* companies invest in new jobs.


In 24 states and the District of Columbia, non-elected officials, meaning the regular citizenry, can create a ballot initiative and, with the required number of validated signatures, have the initiative be voted on by the citizenry of the state (and D.C.). At the national level? Only our federally-elected officials have this power. Why not have a national initiative system? Congress *can* vote to have a national initiative system approved. Not that they ever would, of course, given many Congressmen & woman would see this as making them irrelevant, not to mention all the money lobbyists would then redirect from Congressmen & woman to national initiatives. But Congress could vote to approve this. I realize all the potential pitfalls of this getting voted into approval, but it's something I'd still like to see get done. Then 'We The People' wouldn't have to be totally beholden to the whims of those we elect to Congress. Talk about Power to the People . . .


There is so much more I could write about but I want to take a minute and talk about the need for our government to invest in our collective citizenry.
There's an Index called the Legatum Prosperity Index (http://prosperity.com/Ranking.aspx), which ranks countries by a rich set of variables to measure prosperity. It doesn't just measure things like GDP and unemployment but also health, education, safety, personal freedoms, and entrepreneurship and opportunity. Norway, Denmark, and Sweden top the list. These three countries spend and tax a great deal (tax rates an average of 46% of GDP and government spending an average of 48% - nearly half - of GDP). What's interesting is that as national ranking drops, so does spending and taxes. Spending seems neither good or evil but instead necessary for the creation of a prosperous nation. The Legatum Institute’s measure of prosperity is both complex and reasonable. If a country’s people have high incomes but few freedoms, it gets a lower score. The score also drops if its economic prosperity comes at the expense of health. The index makes an attempt to measure future prospects. Education is one obvious way to measure that but one of the more interesting variables is that of entrepreneurship and opportunity; if your people currently have high incomes but there is little entrepreneurial opportunity or activity, your ranking drops. (It doesn't seem as though they included environment, though. I would add a measure of prosperity should take account for the loss of natural resources that comes from drawing down oil or fresh water reserves or polluting air and water.) This seems to affirm that prosperity is more complicated than just declaring freedoms. "You are free to learn what you would like" is not nearly as empowering as "You will have access to free education, education that we will hold to a particular standard. And not only are your parents required to send you to school but we have laws that prohibit child labor." And this may be the simplest explanation for why cutting government spending and taxes does not simply lead to more prosperity and may actually diminish it. Freedom is not the same as empowerment. Edward Deci distinguished between three different styles of parenting or managing. I would say that the styles also apply to governing. The first style is controlling; dictating to children, employees or citizens what to do. The second style is abandonment, or freedom; letting children, employees, or citizens do whatever they want. Deci's third and recommended style is what he called autonomy-supportive. In this model, children and employees and citizens alike are the one's - ultimately - who have the power to choose and decide what to do. But rather than just given freedom to do what they want, they are supported by parents, teachers, and governments who enable them to realize their goals with a combination of education and resources. Deci's third style of governing suggests that a government that enables its people by helping them to be healthier, better educated, and to have better access to capital, information technology and a fair legal system will be more prosperous. And Legatum’s prosperity index seems to support that very claim. Empowerment is not the same as freedom nor is it free. High tax rates and government spending can inhibit prosperity but not nearly as much as a failure to invest in quality healthcare, education and governance. Prosperity depends on investment and that is just as true of nations as it is individuals.

Contango

OSUBuckeye59 writes:

"U.S. companies are sitting on cash reserves from record revenue."

Where do you think that "cash" is "parked"?

For one, try U.S. Treasuries which IS helping the economy.

FYI: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB...

OSUBuckeye59

@Contango,

You did read the article, yes? U.S. companies are realizing profits in other countries but parking and growing their cash assets in U.S. financial institutions. As the article and numerous respondents to the article point out, financial institutions are investing the reserves, but not in the economy in the way of jobs. We would do best to lower corporate tax rates, thereby creating a boon for companies to invest in domestic job growth. Domestic job growth is the key.

Contango

@ OSUBuckeye59:

They're mostly investing in U.S. Treasuries (a "riskless" asset), "thereby" helping the overall economy.

And as the article pointed out, the U.S. is the ONLY country that taxes overseas profits. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

IMO, little will change corp. tax-wise under the current Progressive Admin.

John Harville

Contango... you claim to be green and/or Libertarian but constantly ignore the principles of those parties - that the private sector and not the government should be providing for the general welfare of the country and its people. Problem is, the private sector is doin' nothing for the country it claims to love so much.

arnmcrmn

Im paying out the nose in taxes. I've gave enough.

John Harville

arnm what taxes are you sneezin' out? Income? Property? Payroll?

goofus

And what business is it of yours, got hired by Obozo for the IRS since retirement?

John Harville

HEY! I didn't put it out there.
Just wonderin' which ones are too much...Social Security? Medicare? Income? Property? Cuz SS and Medicare went up when Republicans didn't renew the Obama moratorium. And Property Taxes are state and local - on which the President has no influence. And Income is a combination of federal, state, local, school etc.
So with exactly WHICH governmental unit should 'overtaxed' payers be upset? And which benefits - retirement, medical, streets, schools, fire protection, police - should taxpayers decide to give up?
Didja read where one Ohio community just turned off hundreds of street lights? Or the one that cut police?

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Mime Bloggling

To suggest that President Obama is limited in his powers is Constitutionally correct, but when you subvert those powers and remove the checks and balances you wind up with totalitarianism. The finest minds are working...and they are warning a very timid electorate of the dangers to come.

Obama Prepares to Community-Organize America

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/mat...

John Harville

Mime... please detail for us which powers are being subverted and which checks and balances are being removed.
Please identify 'the finest minds' that are working and warning.
The things you just said were almost verbatim from Rush Limbaugh.

goofus

Shutting down the coal companies by arbitrary EPA rulings
Recess appointments while Congress is in session
Gun grab by using executive powers
Boasting he himself can raise debt limits
Making treaties without congressional approval UN
Try these till I come up with more

John Harville

Okay:
1. EPA shut down coal companies where US citizens were killed. Nixon's EPA remains a constitutional agency.
2. Congress was not 'in-session'. It's impossible to be in session when only one senator is present. ONE district court of appeals ruled in favor of corporations and the Republicans. THREE other district courts of appeal have ruled in favor of the appointments.
3. NRA BULLschwa. Not a single gun has or will be grabbed by ANY of the 23 executive orders - most of which just require enforcement of laws/rules already put in favor over the years.
4. Constititionally he CAN raise something that is not IN the Constitution. But it IS within Article II.
5. What treaty(ies)?
Next?

goofus

He has clearly communicated his intent to eviscerate the second amendment rights of American citizens by pursuing executive orders to curtail the right to keep and bear arms without congressional authorization and in violation of the second amendment.

Below, Congressman Stockman has pledged to move for impeachment against Obama. I am standing up against Obama right beside him, will you?

“The President’s actions are an existential threat to this nation,” reads a statement by Rep. Steve Stockman. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms is what has kept this nation free and secure for over 200 years. The very purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop the government from disallowing people the means to defend themselves against tyranny. Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible.”

- He has aided America’s enemies, violating his oath, by sending funds to insurgents in Syria who are being commanded by Al-Qaeda terrorists.

- He has violated federal law by overseeing a cover-up surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the transfer of guns to Mexican drug cartels direct from the federal government.

- He has lied to the American people by overseeing a cover-up of the Benghazi attack which directly led to the deaths of four American citizens. The cover-up has been called “Obama’s Watergate,” yet four months after the incident, no one in the administration has been held accountable.

- He has brazenly undermined the power of Congress by insisting his authority came from the United Nations Security Council prior to the attack on Libya and that Congressional approval was not necessary. “I don’t even have to get to the Constitutional question,” said Obama. This is an act that “constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution,” according to Congressman Walter Jones.

- He has flagrantly violated article 1, section 9, clause 8 of the Constitution by accepting rotating status as chairman of the United Nations Security Council. The clause states, “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States; and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall without consent of Congress accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

- He has ignored Congressional rejection of the cybersecurity bill and instead indicated he will pursue an unconstitutional executive order.

- He has signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act which includes provisions that permit the abduction and military detention without trial of U.S. citizens, violating Habeas Corpus. Despite Obama claiming he would not use the provisions to incarcerate U.S. citizens, it was his administration that specifically demanded these powers be included in the final NDAA bill.

- He has enacted universal health care mandates that force Americans to buy health insurance, a clear violation of the Constitution in exceeding congressional power to regulate interstate commerce. Obama has also handed out preferential waivers to corporations friendly to his administration.

- He has declared war on America’s coal industry by promising to bankrupt any company that attempts to build a new coal plant while using unconstitutional EPA regulations to strangle competition, ensuring Americans see their energy costs rise year after year.

- He has violated the Constitution’s Takings and Due Process Clauses when he bullied the secured creditors of automaker Chrysler into accepting 30 cents on the dollar while politically connected labor unions and preferential others received better deals.

- He has violated Article II of the Constitution by using signing statements as part of his executive usurpation of power.

“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment.”

Contango

4shizzle writes:

"Fox sounds like mean, spoiled, rich kids,"

Will you be watching now that Dennis Kucinich is a paid contributor?

MSNBC "level headed"? And "Mein Kampf" is a sweet bedtime story. :)

NOBODY watches it. Another reason why Air America went outa business.

The Progressive-collectivists appreciate their useful idiots; that is until they begin viewing them as a threat and decide they need to be purged.

Remember: Arriving early to stand before the firing squad doesn't get you any extra credit.

Contango

According to Newsweek, Pres. Obama IS the Messiah:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/bre...

The Big Dog's back

Yes He is!

shucks

4 more years,4 more years, 4 more years !

LOL!

John Harville

Negate 22nd Amendment. Multiple terms for presidents... Do it!!!

kURTje

Probably mad...the dental buSINess going downward. Got to go to Lee's drive thru when it was on Myrtle Ave. Bbaaahababh

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