So Sunday was the official start of Barack Obama's 2nd term as President of the United States. Since the date fell on Sunday, they had 2 inaugural ceremonies. The official one took place on Sunday in a private ceremony, while the huge public event took place on Monday.
Like most if not all 2nd inaugurations, it's not as exciting the second time around. But I was impressed by the President's speech at the event. One of the main criticisms projected towards President Obama by liberals, is that he really did play it "safe" his first term. It seemed like Obama and the Democratic Party as a whole were too scared to reverse the trends of the Bush presidency and back to the Clinton era. One popular statement by Democrats is that politics are like driving; it's D to go forward and R to go backwards. But for (especially the last 2 years of a Tea Party House of Reps.) the most part it seems like we were in park.
But he did mention advancing equal rights to the LGBT community (the first for a president currently in office), and I was shocked to see him boldly address the problem of climate change. I'm hoping this new term means progress for America, because without an election to win (president can't take 3rd terms) the President doesn't have to worry as much. Hopefully we can get back to standards set by former president Bill Clinton in four short years.