President Obama Delivers His Second Inaugural Address [Video]

President Obama’s second inaugural address delivered on Monday was an unapologetic one.

President Barack Obama who officially entered his second term on Sunday, repeated the oath of office in front of thousands of people during the public Inauguration ceremonies on Monday.

After being sworn in on the bibles of his political heroes Abraham Lincoln and Dr King the re-elected U.S. president spoke of the “uncertain future” faced by the nation and urged his “fellow Americans” to unite in overcoming all the obstacles.

And yet the president’s prescription was an uncompromising statement of the liberal agenda that leaves Conservative forces seething with anger and alienation, reports The Telegraph.

When touching upon gay marriage and gun control issues, on immigration and inequality, on the global issues of war and climate change, Mr Obama reiterated his commitment to his own brand of social and economic inclusiveness.

“We, the people understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” he said to a million crowd.

Obama also singled out a list of top priorities: climate change and election reform included, saying that it is time for the country’s reasonable majority to wrest back the agenda.

“For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect,” the president admitted.

“We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall,” he added.

During his speech at the Inauguration ceremonies, Obama also promised “hard choices” to reduce the federal deficit without any negative impact on the social safety net and called for a revamping of the tax code and a remaking of government.

“The Democrat arrived at his second inauguration on solid footing, with his poll numbers up, Republicans on the defensive and his first-term record boasting accomplishments such as a U.S. healthcare overhaul, financial regulatory reforms, the end of the war in Iraq and the killing of Osama bin Laden,” writes Reuters.

However, there are still fights looming over budgets, gun control and immigration. The re-elected president, however, has sounded more emboldened as doesn’t need to run for election again.

The crowds on the National Mall were enthusiastic, but the euphoria of 2009 was gone.

“Four years ago, it was the first black president,” said local resident Greg Pearson, 42. “It doesn’t have the same energy. It’s more subdued. It’s not quite the party it was four years ago. Our expectations are pretty low (this time): let’s not default on the national debt, keep the government running.”

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who stated two years ago his top goal as denying Obama re-election, congratulated the latter and expressed a willingness to work together on the top issues, saying a second term “represents a fresh start.”

But some Republicans still remain sceptical. “It was a very, very progressive speech, to put it in the best possible light,” said Republican strategist Rich Galen. “He’s not running for election anymore.”

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