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UPDATE: President Obama sworn into office for second term

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama began his second term Monday by declaring that the nation's "possibilities are limitless."

Speaking before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall, Obama said a decade of war is ending, and the nation's economy is recovering.

Moments after taking the oath of office in the nation's capital, Obama said, "We are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together."

In his second inaugural address, Obama didn't dwell on any first-term accomplishments, but instead looked to hard work ahead in a country still grappling with a sluggish economy.

"A decade of war is now ending," Obama said. "An economic recovery has begun."

President Obama says "we must act" even if our work is imperfect. He says we cannot afford to delay.

The President urged Washington to find common ground over his next four years. He said that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.

President Obama says that "while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on Earth."

The president says we must do these things together, as one nation and one people. He rejected the idea that the nation "must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future."

He also said the nation must tackle the issue of immigration reform and "respond to the threat of climate change". He says that failing to do so would be a betrayal of the nation's children, and of future generations.

Obama said that while some might deny the "overwhelming judgment of science"; a reference to those who say they don't believe in global warming, no one can escape extreme weather like raging fires, drought and storms.  

President Obama also pointed to the recent deadly shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, as he says the nation's children must be protected from harm.

"Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm," Obama said. 

Obama's second term promises a battle with Congress over the sweeping gun control measures the president outlined last week in response to the elementary school massacre in Connecticut.

Obama earlier placed his hand on two Bibles; one that was used by Martin Luther King and the other used by Abraham Lincoln, and recited the oath of office.

Vice President Joe Biden was also sworn in for his second term.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama will take the oath of office again Monday, the second time in two days.

Sunday, the President was sworn into his second term during a private ceremony at the White House. That's the day the Constitution requires presidents to take the oath of office. But since it fell on a Sunday, President Obama will do it all over again, this time publicly, just before noon Eastern Time Monday.

Hundreds of thousands of people will gather on the National Mall to see the event. Security will be extremely tight during the ceremonies. 13,000 military and law enforcement personnel will be there.

Monday also happens to be the day the nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. The President will honor Dr. King by swearing publicly with a bible once used by the civil rights leader. Mr. Obama will also place his hand on a bible once used by Abraham Lincoln.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and their families will begin the day with a church service at St. John's, which is across from the White House. It's an inaugural tradition. Then comes the parade and the inaugural balls.

Overnight, President Obama joked about the "most significant" thing to come out of this inaugural weekend: his wife's new haircut. "I love her bangs. She looks good," he said.

Monday, the President is expected to use his speech to reach out to some of the people who voted against him. He says he wants people in Washington to seek common ground.

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