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Obama’s Inauguration

President Barack Obama waves to crowd after his Inaugural speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (Scott Andrews, Pool/AP)

President Barack Obama waves to crowd after his Inaugural speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (Scott Andrews, Pool/AP)

In his second inaugural address today, President Barack Obama spoke of citizenship, climate change, immigrants and civil rights. He offered a pointed defense of Social Security and Medicare, and he offered a pointed critique of partisan politics.

Most of all, the president spoke of a theme he’s returned to frequently in his political career — that America’s democracy is a process, a “more perfect union” forever in the making.

WBUR reporter Delores Handy joins us from Washington D.C.


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