Inauguration 2013: Obama's Speech a Call to Action

The president outlined his agenda in his inaugural address, but how much can actually get done?
2:41 | 01/22/13

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president obama, now, and what's in store for the second term after yesterday's inaugural. The speech, a call to action. And uncompromising annunciation of liberal principles. The question, now, what can get done on gun control, gay rights and climate change? Liberals were cheering yesterday. Republicans, not so much. Reporter: That's right, george. The president has set the tone for his second term. He went big. He went lofty. He went ambitious. And he went unmistakeibly liberal. Over and over, president obama stated his term. Together. Together. Reporter: With that, he invited all americans to celebrate the changing landscape of american culture. We have always understood that when times change, so must we. But preserving our individual people ares ultimately requires collective action. Reporter: He unapologetically laid out a progress agenda, shouting out on climate change, equal pay for women and immigration. Centuries-long debate about the role of government of all-time. But it does require us to act in our time. Reporter: And for the first time ever in an inaugural address, the president specifically mentioned gay rights. 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, than surely the love we commit to one another, must be equal, as well. Reporter: But obama, four years ago, talked about the audacity of hope, now gives a nod to reality. Reminding his most fervent supporters, that progress requires compromise. We must act knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act knowing that today's victories will be only partial. Reporter: Before he headed back into the capitol, president obama stopped to look in awe at that amazing view of the national mall. I'm not going to see that again. Reporter: Afterwards, the obama family took in the parade in a decidedly less formal way. Dancing, snapping photos. And even chewing gum. Of all the hundreds of thousands of people that filled the mall have now helped president obama win his last campaign, the last campaign, he says he will ever run, he's still counting on their support. Building a grassroots congregation.

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