WASHINGTON D.C. (WIFR) -- This morning, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered to watch president Obama’s inauguration. It was an historic Martin Luther King Day for America’s first African American president as President Obama celebrates four more years.
The crowds were smaller than four years ago, but people attending President Obama’s second inauguration were still excited. Hundreds of thousands filled the mall, many lining up before dawn in the chilly temperatures. In his inaugural address, the President gave his vision for the nation's future and he touched on a range of issues including taxes, gun control, and immigration - and he urged cooperation in Washington.
"Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time,” said the President.
As many as 40,000 people are expected to celebrate President Obama’s second term at two official inaugural balls tonight.