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Obama says 'America’s possibilities are limitless'

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 21, 2013 at 7:27 a.m. Updated January 21, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.


President Barack Obama supporters wait on the National Mall in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for the start of Obama's ceremonial swearing-in during the 57th presidential inauguration.

Obama takes ceremonial oath of office

Placing his hand on two Bibles, one used by President Abraham Lincoln at his first Inauguration and one used by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama took a public oath of office on Monday. (By AP)
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— Asserting “America’s possibilities are limitless,” President Barack Obama declared on Monday that a decade of war is ending and the nation’s economy is recovering as he launched into a second term before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall.

“My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together,” Obama said, moments after taking the oath of office on a crisp day in the nation’s capital.

The president didn’t dwell on any first-term accomplishments but looked to hard work ahead in a country still grappling with a sluggish economy.

“We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit,” he said. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”

Hundreds of thousands of people fanned out across the Mall, and millions more watched on television, as Obama took the oath of office to begin his second term.

Sandwiched between the bruising presidential campaign and looming fiscal fights, Monday’s inaugural celebrations marked a brief respite from the partisan gridlock that has consumed the past two years.

Standing in front of the flag-bedecked Capitol, he implored Washington to find common ground over his next four years. And seeking to build on the public support that catapulted him to the White House twice, the president said the public has “the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”

“Not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals,” Obama said.

Looking ahead to his second-term agenda, the president said the nation must “respond to the threat of climate change” and tackle the comprehensive immigration reform that has eluded Washington for years.

“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity,” he said.

Moments earlier, Obama placed his hand on two Bibles — one used by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the other used by Abraham Lincoln — and recited the brief oath of office. Michelle Obama held the Bibles, one on top of the other, as daughters Malia and Sasha looked on.

Vice President Joe Biden was also sworn in for his second term as the nation’s second in command.

Monday’s oats were purely ceremonial. The Constitution stipulates that presidents begin their new term at noon on Jan. 20, and in keeping with that requirement, Obama was sworn in Sunday in a small ceremony at the White House.

See an interactive graphic comparing Obama's popularity to past re-elected presidents, common address phrases, the parade route and more.


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Populist says... January 21, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.

Great speech. The President's performance was surpassed only by Beyonce's singing.

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jetjohn says... January 21, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

What an idiot we have for a 2nd term president. Yesterday's swearing in should have been enough, but oh no....He has to spend our tax money for all this pomp and circumstance. Obama's goal is not to create a better economic climate in America, but to drag the free enterprise system down; Obama's election and his agenda are part of a 100-year-old plot to replace God with government, self-reliance with government dependency, self-government with top-down tyranny, and the rule of law with the rule of men; Political victories like those he predicted in 2010 can be short-lived. The long-term battle is for control of the cultural institutions that shape American opinion and values.

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djigoo says... January 21, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.

Shall we call you a WAAHmbulance, jetjohn?

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Packman says... January 21, 2013 at 4:39 p.m.

More rhetorical fodder for the useful idiot faction of the demorat party (see Populist, djigoo, and inquire posted herein).

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.

jetjohn.....says Obama's goal is not to create a better economic climate in America, but to drag the free enterprise system down"
It this what you mean by the free enterprise system?
Cost of Diabetic Testing Strips that Medicare and Private Insurance pay.
It is quite true that most glucose meter companies (literally or practically) give away their meters for free, knowing full well that we patients will become hooked on a steady supply of their proprietary test strips.

According to D-industry consultant David Kliff, the actual cost of manufacturing a test strip is only about 8 to 12 cents. But the R&D, logistics, quality testing and packaging costs jack up the price. Still, the vendors make about a 60-80% profit on each box, or possibly even higher, Kliff says. Yikes!

In my book, it’s a slap in the face to the millions of people suffering from diabetes (and its financial burden) that the industry refuses to together to create a standard universal test strip that can be used in any meter. I’m thinking in terms of the technology industry, which created USB cables, storage disks, and CD-ROMs that consumers can use with devices from any manufacturer. But Kliff reminds me that the tech industry had a financial motive: all the vendors could sell more devices using USB and CDs, whereas pharma vendors reap their rewards from selling the strips themselves, not the testing devices.

The US market for diabetic patient monitoring systems is expected to reach $9.1 Billion by 2010. Current market leader Roche Diagnostics makes a whopping $1Billion gross annual profit from its diabetes division alone, with the majority of that money coming from disposable supplies like test strips.

Ugh! We are literally bleeding out that money…

Why would these vendors care to share their intellectual property, when they’re profiting so nicely from it? They’ve all created “meter families” that utilize one branded test strip (like Accu-Check or FreeStyle), but they’ve successfully managed to get us consumers focused on the glucose meter as the key differentiator. In fact, whether a test requires a smaller blood sample or is faster mainly depends on the technology in the test strip itself, Kliff says.

And with just a small tweak, almost every meter could be set up to do without that annoying coding, Kliff adds, but the vendors are rolling out the “no coding” technology slowly, to create some big buzz among us consumers, … “like new Tide with Bleach.”

Their R&D efforts are focused on chipping away at the price of manufacturing the strips — which are churned out by the billions on printing-press like machines somewhere in Asia. If they can knock off just one cent of their cost per strip, they can save billions. Presumably, there’s no intention to pass these savings on to patients.

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Whippersnapper says... January 21, 2013 at 7:09 p.m.

Yes, BillSmith, how dare those evil companies profit off of having invented things that have made longer and more fulfilling lives possible for millions of Americans. The sheer nerve of them offends folks who expect everyone else to serve them for free. It doesn't matter that they risked tens of millions of dollars on R&D and safety procedures and standardization, they are now generating profits and must be stopped! This is like all of us elitist fools who invested a hundred thousand dollars or more in our own education and now have the audacity to accept the high salaries that certain skill sets still command in the worst of economies. How dare we? The sheer nerve boggles the mind! The high school drop out who tightens the same nut on the same bolt eight hours a day ought to earn more than us because their work is more physically demanding (I have actually heard this argument). Ignore the fact that I devoted ten years of time to earning my various degrees and risked well over a hundred grand of my own money in the process, I shouldn't get a higher salary now, right?

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HM2 says... January 21, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

We not only have an idiot for a president, we have a major liar, a communist, an irresponsible jackass who can't seem to stop spending money the country doesn't have. The Dr's who gave bozo his physical last weeik said he was in excellent health and tobbaco free yea right, I wonder how much nicorette he chewed today? God save America.

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cliffcarson says... January 21, 2013 at 8:33 p.m.

You said it right Inquire. What the Republican faithful is doing is shooting themselves in the foot, while bragging about how good they can aim.

I encourage them to keep carrying on - each day more and more people are seeing the Party of 1% sinking deeper into the quicksand, their days are numbered if they stay on this obstructionist course. And that's a good thing for the American people.

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Jackabbott says... January 21, 2013 at 8:46 p.m.

Like Regan, the Bushs and Clinton before, he has good intentions but we as a nation are going backward. Look around you. Gas at $3.00 a gallon, factories and jobs gone to China and Mexico, shootings at schools, so much security at airports that it takes you two hours to board a flight that has 2-3 of flying time, highways jammed and damaged, endless wars of no consequence, absolutely no progress on Iran, N. Korea, Pakistan or Palestise/Israel mess, unemployment at 7%, the real umemployment at probably at 20-25%, flood of illegals who cannot even read or write in Spanish much less English,no prosecutions of Wall Street crooks, Gitmo still going etc.
We are in for another 4 years of garbage time, combine that with the Bush years and that is 16 years of going nowhere.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... January 21, 2013 at 9:34 p.m.

these poor pathetic trolls who find fault in every blessed thing the duly ELECTED president does. I wish he would come out in support of freely breathing air all day and every day. We could rid ourselves of some of them, because they are prone to be against EVERY BLESSED THING this president is for. May God continue to order his steps and protect him. May He lift His countanance around him and give him peace. May He make his enemies his footstools and those who speak vile and evil against him be made dumb. Give him wisdom and strength to withstand all forms of evil. Give him the courage to commit all his workd to the Lord and not man, understanding the only in the Lords eyes are pure thoughts known. Protect his family and our nation from the enemies within...I Pray..AMEN

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