It's time for action, Obama declares, urging unity to tackle nation's problems in second term

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 22, 2013 - 11:12 AM

WASHINGTON - Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with "passion and dedication" to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.

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arielbenderJan. 21, 13 7:50 AM

I woke up in an extra good mood knowing that this man is our president for the next four years, and Mitt is back in La Jolla... playing with his car elevator.

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cGeeJan. 21, 13 8:08 AM

arielbender - enjoy your mood while you can.

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ikyabwaiJan. 21, 13 8:23 AM

If it was Mitt being sworn in today Doomsday shelter sales would have quadrupled! Thank God we will have America for 4 more years instead of the beginning of a Banana Republic!

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jgmanciniJan. 21, 13 8:31 AM

Congratulations, Mr. President! Glad to have you back for a second term.

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olderchickJan. 21, 13 9:58 AM

I am filled with great pride today, knowing that the majority of the American people voted with intelligence & without bias to re-elecct President Obama. With all the vitirol & doomsday "prepper: news being expolited by the media, it makes me feel proud to be an American & proud of our President. Congratulations President Obama, congratulations!

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Mark27Jan. 21, 1310:02 AM

Four more years!

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phatcatpatJan. 21, 1310:02 AM

Big crowd? A fraction of what it was in 2008.

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phatcatpatJan. 21, 1310:03 AM

Only Carter and Ford had a lower first term approval rating than this guy.

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cosmicwxdudeJan. 21, 1310:10 AM

Huge crowds? About half of what he had in 2008. I don't anybody that is really excited about this...and his gallup approval 48%

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diogenesnyJan. 21, 1310:19 AM

phatcat: A - It's a second-term inauguration, not a historic first-term inauguration. B - It's nearly freezing in DC, which is fairly cool for the area. C - Because of its' historic nature, President Obama's 2009 inauguration drew 1.8 million people - a record. D - Even if the 2013 inauguration draws the 600,000 people estimated on the low end, it will be 50% more than saw Clinton in 1997 - and double the number from W in 2005.

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