President Obama’s second inauguration ended with several inaugural balls, featuring some of the biggest names in music.
Alicia Keys sang her hit song, “Girl on Fire,” and changed some of the words to “Obama’s on Fire.”
Jennifer Hudson was on stage at the Commander in Chief ball, and sang, “Let’s Stay Together,” by Al Green, as the first couple had their first dance of the second term.
But now that second term has started, and the President will need some bipartisan support if he wants to accomplish anything he listed in his inaugural speech.
“President Obama is now a lame duck. That’s what second terms do to you,” said Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page. “He needs to, right off the bat, try to get something done.”
“Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts,” said President Obama. ” Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
“Decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall,” said the President.