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Obama swearing-in Ceremony

President Obama entered into his second term with a sharply worded inaugural address on Monday — using the platform to "reject" steep cuts to entitlements, press for an immigration reform package and wag the finger at Washington’s penchant for "name-calling" and "spectacle."  Hours later, the president took the traditional ride down Pennsylvania Avenue back to the White House. As he did four years ago, he and first lady Michelle Obama exited the limo and walked the final stretch, waving to the crowd as they went.  Obama’s 20-minute inaugural address, delivered to a packed crowd on the National Mall right after he took the oath of office, effectively set the tone for the next four years. After a rocky four years marked by bitter battles between the White House and Republicans in Congress, Obama made clear he would continue to press those lawmakers to move toward him on some of the toughest policy questions ahead.  The president quickly toggled through a host of agenda items, but used some of his most forceful language to defend costly entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that could be the target of cuts in upcoming fiscal talks.
 
Declaring that the country cannot succeed "when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it," he described those programs as a vital safety net — though, without some intervention, budget forecasters warn they will not be sustainable in the long term.  Click here to watch Obama’s swearing ceremony…


Obama swearing-in Ceremony
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