President Barack Obama says 'America's possibilities are limitless'

By Julie Pace | Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

"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.

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  • ATM you are correct. Dr. King wouldn't be invited. Dr. King not only put his hand on the bible, he read it, and believed what it said. Dr. King was Pro Bible. The Dems would shunn him because he would be anti gay, anti abortion, and anti most of the Dems platform. Dr. King brought folks together, the President, and the Dems are dividers. The Democratic party of 2013 is not the same as in the 1960's. Today the Dems and some Repubs want the government to be our mama & daddy, and take care of us. They went to school and they know what's best for us. How's it working out? All the high priced education the President has, and yet after 4 years, he still can't balance America's check book. I guess being overdrawn is the new math. Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. V.11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. V.12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. May God Forgive America!

  • Could Dr. King Have Given the Inaugural Benediction? Star Parker Jan 21, 2013 The Rev. Louie Giglio, designated to give the benediction at this year’s presidential inauguration, has withdrawn, under apparent pressure, after the surfacing of remarks he made, some 25 years ago, about the sinfulness of homosexuality. Note that the pastor of the evangelical Passion City Church in Atlanta has been pushed off the stage not because of a deed, but because of words he said -- words expressing a widely held Christian belief that homosexuality is a sin. Let’s recall that freedom of religion appears in the First Amendment of our constitution, alongside the protection of freedom of speech. So what kind of irony do we have before us that two key aspects of American life, protected by our constitution, are up in smoke and the venue is inauguration of an American president, who will put his hand on a Bible and swear to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States"? Adding more bitter irony, Rick Warren, who gave the benediction at the 2009 inauguration of this same president, America’s first black president, recently said that "the battle to preserve religious liberty for all, in all areas of life, will likely become the civil rights movement of this decade." And in what context did Warren -- pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. -- make this observation? In context of the refusal of Hobby Lobby, a firm owned by evangelical Christians, to comply with a new mandate, signed into law by this president, forcing firms, regardless of their religious convictions, to pay for employees’ contraception and abortion -inducing pills. What we have is the ongoing march forward of tyranny in America, a tyranny of the left, in which moral chaos and political power are becoming a new national religion, and what was once understood as religion and tradition is now called bigotry and pushed off the stage. One wonders if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday coincides with this second inauguration of America’s first black president, would not himself wind up today pushed off the stage because of his Christian convictions. A hint of how to think about this may be gleaned by visiting the new memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring King. Visiting the memorial, what immediately struck this black Christian was the complete absence of any hint that King was a Christian pastor, who founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and who led a movement animated and inspired by biblical conviction and imagery. No, the Dr. King celebrated at this memorial on the National Mall is a political activist and community organizer. Try to find a hint that this was a pastor, try to find a biblical quote, try to find a reference to God. Absent is the Dr. King who concluded his "I have a dream" speech on the same National Mall pleading for the day "when all of God’s children ... will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last." In King’s famous letter written in 1963, while locked in a jail in Birmingham, Ala., beginning with the salutation "My fellow clergyman," he asks the question, "How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?" The answer given by King was this: "A just law is a manmade code that squares with the moral law or the law of God." Would a law such as the one forcing the evangelical Christian owners of Hobby Lobby to pay for contraception and abortion inducing pills of employees, and exposing them to fines of $1.3 million per day for noncompliance -- qualify as "just" under Dr. King’s definition? Would the Rev. Dr. King be ejected from the stage of this president’s inaugural if he called this law, produced by this administration, unjust? Would there even have been a civil rights movement without the Christian values that today’s left calls bigotry? http://townhall.com/columnists/starparker/2013/01/21/could-dr-king-have-given-the-inaugural-benediction-n1492225/page/full/