Some are calling the president's speech as much of a State of the Union address as it was an Inaugural address. He specifically pointed out several policy goals he hopes to advance. Perhaps giving us an indication of how he plans to govern over the next four years.
Obama did not shy away from letting everyone know what he will consider priorities in his second term.
"Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science," he said. "But none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms."
Obama spent an entire paragraph, in a short speech, on climate change. But that wasn't all. He made the case for legislation to guarantee equal pay for women and became the first president to ever mention gay rights during an inaugural speech.
"For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," he said.
He vaguely made a call for gun control by pledging to protect children and specifically mentioning recent gun related tragedies. He also waded into a difficult and complex challenge that he seems ready to address over the next four years, immigration.
"Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity," he said.
And after listing off that long list of potential and perhaps confrontational goals, the president challenged his fellow lawmakers to not retreat to their corners but come to the table ready to work.
"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate," he said.
President Obama, now officially into his second term, and his goals set for his next four years in office.
You can read and watch the president's entire speech on DecisionVirginia.com.
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