President Barack Obama addressed the nation for the second time at the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration Monday.
“My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together,” Obama said after he took his oath.
The inauguration has a constitutionally-mandated date of Jan. 20, but since this fell on a Sunday this year, the ceremony commenced on the proceeding Monday.
The inauguration has fallen on a Sunday six times in U.S. history, a day former U.S. President James Monroe declared “courts and other public institutions” should be closed.
The Vice Presidential Oath of Office was administered to Biden by Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court associate justice, and the Presidential Oath of Office was administered to Obama by John G. Roberts Jr., chief justice of the United States.
“We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit,” Obama said. “But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”
Obama will give his State of the Union Address Tuesday, Feb. 12.