President Obama lays out progressive agenda
Ed Henry reports from Lafayette Park
- Duration 5:03
- Date Jan 21, 2013
Ed Henry reports from Lafayette Park
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A nation and a capital in the throes of an almost unprecedented partisan divide came together today at least for awhile.
The beauty and the grandeur of our republic -- peaceful transfer of power in this case continuing.
With the same administration president Barack Obama publicly began his second term swearing his allegiance to the constitution.
And imploring the battling ideologies that split Washington to find common ground but what he wants that common ground to look like.
Is another matter he laid out a very progressive agenda.
-- White House correspondent Ed Henry has our tops too.
For President Obama there were plenty of differences from four years ago he's -- at the weather warmer the crowd's smaller.
And the oath of office had no big slip -- I -- -- Obama solemnly swear at this time he was more aggressive in using his inaugural address.
To reprise the central message of his campaign.
Making clear he believes he has a mandate.
For we the people.
Understand that our country cannot succeed won a shrinking few.
Do very well and a growing many barely make it.
The nation's first African American president happen to be sworn in for a second term on the Martin Luther King Jr.
holiday so he leaned on the words of both king and Abraham -- -- blood drawn by -- -- and blood drawn by sword we learned that -- union founded on the principles of liberty and equality.
Could survive half slave and half -- Casting himself in the mold of those great civil rights leaders he vowed action on a series of issues from climate change to immigration reform.
And became the first president to use the word gay and in an -- You'll address for our journey is not complete until our lives our mothers and daughters.
Owners can earn a living equal to their efforts.
-- -- is not complete until today.
Brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law at a time when debt and deficits are front and center he offered a vigorous defense of entitlement programs.
We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.
But we were just.
The belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country.
And investing in the generation will bill -- future.
Like every president since FDRMR Obama started his day early with a prayer service at saint John's church.
Before departing the White House for one of the longest motorcades no demand for the ride to the capital.
-- A star studded affair where else can one see Republican Paul Ryan mingling with -- Jay-Z and beyoncé.
Belted out the National Anthem.
The ceremony was over there was a steady stream of pomp and circumstance waiting.
-- -- From signing papers to officially nominate his new cabinet to lunch with congressional leaders and then of course the parade.
So the first family could make their way back to the White House and that -- bulletproof review state.
Yet all of that could wait because before leaving the west front of the capitol the president decided to go off script and take in that this the National Mall.
Obama also seemed to be taking in the moment overheard saying he would never quite seen this view again.
As the president gets that to sell this agenda in his state of the union next month it's worth noting that Gallup is out today with -- Average of his approval ratings.
Throughout his first term and he's got that third worst numbers since world war -- only better than.
Carter and Ford but also worth noting that after the president it was.
Outrageous that -- more Reagan and Clinton meeting two guys -- troubles of their second terms but also got a lot done right.
Are -- the band behind -- the pearl river band.
Continuing that parade.
It was delayed today but.
The the first family out there -- your thoughts is this is continuing.
Kind of reviewing the whole thing.
You've been watching them in the stands.
No doubt about it president right behind me that reviews -- looks very jovial so does the vice president this is obviously a happy day for them.
They're gonna have the inaugural balls later tonight as well also the party will go a lot.
But they are also fully aware when you talk to the president's senior advisors about the fact that he laid out this grand vision today about his agenda.
But they're gonna face a lot of resistance from Republicans on the hill he's gonna have to get a lot more detailed in that state of the union next month.
And it's going to be a tough road ahead right.
He's been chewing my gum and theater -- the -- Beth Beth and there's a lot going on back there he's been serial a lot his daughter was even not taken some photos with -- Smartphones -- there in full force.
Her -- Ed Henry outside.
Right in front of the they're reviewing stand as you watch the parade to see that on side of the screen throughout the show even.