President Obama blows a kiss as he and first lady Michelle Obama walk on Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington.


No doubt anymore where President Obama wants America, and history, to place him. His second inaugural struck a resolute, even combative tone as Obama positioned himself as a 21st-century champion of the disadvantaged.

"Our journey is not complete," the nation's 44th president said - not complete until we treat gay Americans the same as anyone else under the law, keep our children safe from harm, welcome striving immigrants into the workforce, and care for the vulnerable.

"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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