President Obama, taking the public oath of office and launching into his second term, called on the country Monday to set aside differences and work together toward addressing challenges ranging from the country's tax code to its education system.
"Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people," Obama said, on the west front of the Capitol. "My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it -- so long as we seize it together."
The president was sworn in Monday as part of the public inaugural ceremony, as he delivered his inauguration address to a packed crowd on the National Mall.
The president enters the second term facing a packed agenda and a divided Congress he'll have to win over if he wants to get it passed. After taking the oath in a private ceremony Sunday, and again for public viewing at noon on Monday, Obama was setting the tone for the next four years with his address to the country.
The event is not so cloaked in history as in 2009, when Obama became the nation's first black president before a crowd of 1.8 million. Officials expect up to 700,000 to attend Monday's ceremonies, a day-long gala throughout the District that includes the traditional inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. He and his family started the day with services at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House.
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