The Capital Tonight team headed to Washington, D.C. for Monday’s inauguration ceremonies. While the crowd was smaller than in 2009 (an estimated 700,000 people showed up this year, compared to 1.8 million for President Barack Obama’s first inauguration) there was no shortage of enthusiasm.
The president's speech was also more compact than the first time around. Over the span of about 20 minutes, he touched on climate change, immigration reform, same-sex marriage and gun control.
He tied it all together by invoking the Declaration of Independence.
"That is our generation’s task — to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness — real for every American," Obama said. "Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. It does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness."
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