Transcript for President Obama's Second Term
Today, a day for poetry. The prose of governing comes next. And jonathan karl at the capitol for that. As the president prepares to deliver his speech, his team is gearing up for a of big debates ahead. Reporter: You can see the presidential podium, still covered in plastic. It is from there that he will deliver one of the most important speeches of his presidency, hoping to set the tone for a second term that his aides say will be every bit as ambitious as the first. After the ceremonies, all the celebrations and the ball, president obama will take on the tricky task of implementing his second term agenda. I plan to carry out the agenda I campaigned on. An agenda for new jobs, new opportunity, and new security for the middle class. Reporter: On the list, gun control, immigration reform and climbed change. All of which will take support from both parties to implement. The president still faces a slow-growing economy and high unemployment. But there are signs things are turning around. Real estate is starting to rebound. And the dow recently hit a five-year high. We are poised for a good year. If we make smart decisions and sound investments. And as long as washington politics don't get in the way of america's progress. Reporter: And now, the man who ran the president's re-election campaign is hoping to reform it into a grassroots army to support the president's agenda for a second term. We have hundreds of thousands of neighborhood team members and leaders in every state of the union. We're going to work across party lines to get some things done. Reporter: Four years ago, the president promised to rise above partisan politics. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and wornout dogmas that strangle our policies. Reporter: It was a promise unfulfilled, as washington This time around, he's going to try to directly appeal to some of those who voted against him. And, george, the white house plans a quick start. The president's team has been studying the experiences of other second-term presidents. And they have seen that you really only have about 18 months before a second-term president starts to look like a lame duck. They plan to hit the ground running. Look for him to be traveling the country, not long from today, pushing that second term agenda. And beginning with guns in schools and gun violence. Let's get more from our political contributors.
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