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Obama: 'America's possibilities are limitless'

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President Barack Obama giving his inaugural address after being sworn in. (Source: CNN) President Barack Obama giving his inaugural address after being sworn in. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON (RNN) - Before an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred thousand that packed the National Mall, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were ceremonially sworn in Monday for their second term.

"Welcome to this celebration of our great democracy," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, declared in opening the formalities of the nation's 57th presidential inauguration.

Obama began his inaugural address by calling on Americans to act together.

"America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together."

Obama went on to address how the nation's founding ideals can continue to inspire Americans and their lawmakers.

"With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom," Obama said.

A loud cheer came when Obama said the nation's journey remained incomplete "until our wives, our mothers, and daughter