“President Barack Obama began his second term … with a speech that recalled the words of the founders and civil rights pioneers to challenge the American people to come together to realize the dreams of earlier generations.
The newly elected president hit an appropriately high tone for an inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. It had lines inspired by Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy. A common theme was the idea that 'We, the people' are united in a noble cause to build a great nation. Now he must maintain those lofty principles as he goes to work to fill in the details of the plans he broadly outlined. …
He struck a defiant tone on preserving healthcare and economic security for retirees, a safety net for the unemployed, the disabled or disadvantaged.
In response to those who disparage 'entitlement' programs, the president said: 'The commitments we make to each other—through Medicare, and Medicaid and Social Security—these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.' ”
—Des Moines Register