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Obama begins 2nd term; what's next for America?

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The party is over, the city is cleaning up and now the President gets down to business -- addressing the agenda he laid out to the country Monday.

The President and First Lady danced into the night, capping off a day of inaugural celebration, full of cheering crowds, plenty of pageantry and historic moments.

The President was the first to mention gay rights at an inauguration.  He also used his second inaugural address to defend entitlement programs and acknowledge the current political climate.

"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate."

Despite what many saw as a veiled swipe at Republicans, as is tradition, the two parties largely set differences aside for the day.

"In the spirit of harmony, I'm proud to present the flags that flew over this battalion of democracy today to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden," said Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House.

Second inaugurals typically have smaller turnouts and this was no exception, but those who lined city streets hoping to see the President as he started his second term were rewarded twice when he and the First Lady walked along the parade route.

"It was good seeing him speak in person instead of like through the television," said Taylor Pope of Mississippi.

On Monday, the President took care of business too -- signing papers to nominate new cabinet members at the CIA and State, Treasury and Defense departments.

Big issues loom right away for the Obama administration. On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton is set to testify about the attack in Benghazi and the House is set to vote on a short term extension of the debt limit.

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