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Obama takes second oath of office, says U.S. must "seize" moment

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After taking the oath of office for the second time in as many days, President Barack Obama delivered his second inaugural address in front of hundreds of thousands gathered outside the U.S. Capitol. Grace Rauh has more on his vision for the next four years.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the second and final time, President Barack Obama took the oath of office Monday before a crowd of hundreds of thousands outside the U.S. Capitol.

His hand resting on bibles owned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, Obama began his second term with a more subdued ceremony than the one four years ago when 1.8 million people flocked to the National Mall to witness the inauguration of the country's first black president.

This time around, crowds of 700,000 people were expected.

While smaller than last time, it was poised to be the largest second-term inauguration ceremony in history.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office.

Vice President Joe Biden also took his oath of office today, which was administered by Bronx-native and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Following a performance of "Hail to the Chief" and a 21-gun salute, Obama delivered an 18-minute inaugural address where he acknowledged the state of the country is markedly different from the bleak outlook that greeted him four years ago.

"A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America's possibilities are limitless," Obama said. "We are made for this moment and we will seize it so long as we seize it together."

Obama also said the country cannot succeed when a few at the top do well and a growing population of Americans struggle to make ends meet.

"We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class," Obama said.

The president promised to respond to the threat of climate change, saying that a failure to do so would betray future generations. He also said women need to be given equal pay and gay Americans treated like everyone else under the law.

Invoking the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama said that the country's work is not done until all children - from those in Detroit to those in Newtown - know that they are cared for and safe from harm.

"That is our generations' task: To make these words, these rights, these values - of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness - real for every American," Obama said.

The inaugural event had a heavy New York presence as Senator Charles Schumer made the opening remarks and introductions.

Both President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn in Sunday at private ceremonies.

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