Obama outlines his vision for US


President Barack Obama surprised observers with the unprecedented liberal and progressive tone of his second inaugural address yesterday, calling for “our gay brothers and sisters” to be given the right to marry, and making his strongest pitch in years for action to slow climate change.

The president also signalled that he will be more combative in dealing with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate,” he said.

Despite the more confrontational tone, the address was positive about prospects for his second term. “A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun,” Mr Obama said. “America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands . . . We are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.”

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