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Obama Addresses Nation at Second Inaugural

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January 22, 2013

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Obama Addresses Nation at Second Inaugural

On Monday, President Barack Obama began his second term in office to much fanfare at a public swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. In his second inaugural address—a speech that traditionally does not highlight specific policy positions—the president spoke broadly on a few educational objectives that he hopes to address in his second term. He talked about the virtue and necessity of collaborative efforts to educate students and provide training for individuals to successfully enter the workforce. He stated, “Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers.” The president  goes on to say, “No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.“

The speech was, in part, a defense of the role of government in American society, including areas like education and job training; contrasting the view of congressional Republicans who argue for a more limited role for the federal government. The president will have an opportunity to expand on his second-term policy goals when he delivers his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, February 12.

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