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.




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i find it interesting that prezo is gravely concerned, as he has said, about global warming and the affect it will have on our children. yet, he has not said that about the out of control spending habit he has and his running up the decifit to historic highs. not to worry, prezo, our childrens childrens children will still suffer from your spending habits.

John Harville

Mikel... enlighten us fools how the President has a spending habit. What has he spent? What has he spent without consent of Congress?
But you won't... you just spew and spew and spew and can't come up with any proof except extremist blogs.


"After putting $803,436 in Obama’s re-election campaign, a media giant attempted to keep Americans from seeing the video by banning it from their sites,” stated Aaron DeHoog, the financial publisher who is unapologetic for the release of controversial footage that has gained international attention."

"Wiedemer, best known for correctly predicting the collapse of the U.S. housing market, equity markets, and consumer spending that almost sank the United States during the “Great Recession”, provides disturbing evidence in the video interview for 50 percent unemployment, a 90 percent stock market crash, and 100 percent annual inflation . . . starting as soon as 2013."

If this happens as Wiedemer predicts, how will the people deal with it?


Don't do that stuff...stop crying or get me deleted some more.


Obama is out of control. We will all pay for it over the next four years or longer. Its easy to spend other peoples money and not his own,

The Big Dog's back

Obama pays taxes, so it's HIS money too!

John Harville

who... CONGRESS spends.


Middle class......here come the hikes........


Possibilities are endless....espcecially in the worst recovery EVER. Don't believe me, then just open up the link and read and hopefully you can comprehend.



Headline should read:

"America's (spending) possibilities are limitless."

John Harville

Congress spends.


Jesus saves, Moses invests.

John Harville

And still, Congress spends, not the President. And for 12 years Congress spent like Republicans skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee.


@ John Harville:

"What difference, at this point, does it matter?"

Regardless, the POTUS sets the tone through his budget which has been MIA and/or DOA for four yrs.

Besides, without the Fed buying up Treasuries and MBS to tune of almost $1T and sendin' the Treasury almost $100B in interest payments annually, there would be a whole lot less spending.

Why does Pres. BHO want the exec. branch to have the power over the debt ceiling limit?

2016 - $20T Fed. budget deficit. Any doubt?




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John Harville

Step One: To Impeach: for a charge of high crimes and midemeanors and/or treason requires 218 Representatives voting FOR the Bill of Impeachment.
Step Two: To remove from office requires 67 Senate votes.
So all of you who want to talk about Impeaching the President, start totalling up names of the 'yea' votes in the two chambers.
In the Clinton case, the House voted 221-212 and 227-206 to impeach - and the president's popularity jumped to 73% approval. On Lincoln's birthday, the Senate managed 45 and 50 votes of the 67 needed to impeach.
And just look what that did to President Clinton.


Just goes to show you the decay of our nation. A President cheats on his wife in the White House, then gets on TV and cries out to the nation that "I did not have sexual relations with Monica L", only to find out he did. Instead of having a nation who should expect more from a president, they rallied around his infidelity. Very sad.


The differnce was Bill giving Monica the shaft versus Barry Soetero giving the country the shaft!!!!!!


As always, you are wrong.


The Appeals Court just ruled that Obama violated the U S Constitution. When are we going to rein him in along with Congress. Follow Warren Buffet's idea and pass the amendment requiring all including Congress and the President to follow the laws of this country and not exempt them from Social Security and Obamacare.

John Harville

ONE appeals court, which ruled the Senate still was in session... which of course was that 'session' when one Senator appeared each day and read a few words while all the others were on vacation.
I agree with noreaster... let's insist CONGRESS follow the laws. That would include actually taking up or down votes on nominees - 19 appointments to various courts have been awaiting Senate action.,, for MONTHS, a couple for YEARS.


Which is exactly the reason Jamie Gorelick was still working for Bush!!!

John Harville

WAs that before she went to work for BP?


Before nimrod


Source please!!!!

John Harville

C'mon Nester: Post ALL the facts, not just the ones that feed your Obama negativism.
One court - three judges - in the DC Appeals District (youo know we have one of those in Toledo, right?) ruled on several suits brought by a corporation and a whole bunch of Republicans who did their own circumventing of the Constitution by refusing to adjourn.
The ruling challenges appointments to the National LABOR RELATIONS Board which hears disputes between corporations and their unions. It's alos about the Consumer Protection Bureau and Richard Cordray whom Republicans refused to vote on because, again, it's all about protecting consumer rights against fascist corporate interests.
You didn't mention that similar suits have failed in three other regional Appeals Courts or that eventually the issue may come before the full United States Court of Appeals on its way to the "Citizens United" and "Obamacare" Supreme Court.
Just don't like to report ALL the information, huh? You should maybe apply for a job with FAUX?


First of all, show your documentation that by being in session, the republican move was unconstitutional. Also the NLRB appointees were former union lawyers SEIU i believe. The NLRB also can say how a union gets voted on, remember Obozo'a attempt at reversing secret ballots at union elections? Why is it that we went all of 200 plus years without Cordray's position. Who is not reporting all the facts retired one. Maybe you could get a job with MSNBC.