Obama Sounds Note of Unity in Speech

Hundreds of thousands of people jammed the National Mall for the second inauguration of President Obama this morning. (Photo by Bille Weiss/BU News Service)
Hundreds of thousands of people jammed the National Mall for the second inauguration of President Obama this morning. (Photo by Bille Weiss/BU News Service)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in for another term at the 57th presidential inauguration in the nation’s capital on Monday. While the crowd was not as large as in 2008, it stretched from the National Mall into an overflow area near the Washington Monument.

Obama’s speech was a call for unity, as he urged Americans to work together to solve the nation’s problems and foster growth. “The American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias,” said Obama.

He touched themes well-worn from the campaign trail, including his insistence that ways be sought to level the economic playing field and shore up the middle class. “Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well…. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad should shoulders of a rising middle class,” said Obama.

He also mentioned climate change, gun control, immigration, sustainable energy, education and civil rights for gays and lesbians. “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

As the president spoke, several anti-Obama rallies took place in the city, as several organizations protested his policies on defense, the economy and abortion.

Unlike yesterday, when visitors shed coats in spring-like temperatures, today was colder, but not as cold as originally forecast for the standing-room only crowd.

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