Obama began his second inaugural speech by citing the Constitution and the collective strength it affords America. Then he segued into a second-term agenda sure to raise some political hackles, calling for action on climate change, women’s rights, immigration, gay rights, and gun control.
President Obama’s second inaugural speech, highly anticipated at a time of great partisan polarization, has entered history. And it is likely to be remembered more as a call to action for the president’s agenda than a call to national unity.
Still, Mr. Obama began his 15-minute address Monday with an emphasis on America’s founding document, the Constitution, and the collective strength it lends a nation that values its exceptional status in the world.
“America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention,” Obama said, addressing the crowded National Mall and TV viewers around the nation and world.
“My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.”
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