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

arnmcrmn

Dont worry folks, Obie is all good. Don't question him or his failing policies or the liberals just attack, attack, attack. This has been the worst recovery ever and people should get answers and we are not. We are being told that we should just ignore everything and that its ok.

Obie goes over and under the constitution on several occasions, but thats ok. We can't get a straight answer about Libya, but what matters now. Obie was SUPPOSE to release quarterly reports on his stimulus and has failed to do so, violating his own contract with the tax payers.

Debt is up, Welfare is up, Economy is down, Unemployment is up.......where is our golden egg that we are suppose to rest our fears on? Bottom line, there isn't.

You guys can grip back and forth all you want. I don't care who the president is, I just hate being lied to over and over again and then told that I can't be upset by the liberal folks and when anyone expresses their feelings of total failure in this president, they are either a racist, a right wing nut job or it was Bush's fault.

Been a poster for a long time and one thing that is very common with liberal posters. They ignore factual information and pass the buck almost always. They rarely link credible sites and when all else fails they name call (which is so damn childish on a form...I mean really, like that hurts my feeling?) or they blame someone else.

We should expect so much more out of a president who sold everyone on his ideas and the fact that he PROMISED a much better nation in 4 years.

20 Trillion in debt and 4 more years closer to a war with China....here we come.

Contango

arnmcrmn writes:

"20 Trillion in debt and 4 more years closer to a war with China....here we come."

Not to worry; it'll never get to a shootin' war. China will threaten to dump their U.S. Treasury holdings, which in turn would tank the U.S. economy.

Victory without a shot.

Pres. Eisenhower threatened the Brits with a similar strategy during the Suez Crisis. They pulled out within thirty days.

Scroll down to the section "Financial pressure":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue...

History doesn't repeat, but it rhymes.

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