The US President Barack H. Obama's inauguration ceremony took place in the National Alley in Washington D.C. on January 21. Obama was sworn and gave a solemn speech.
In his 20-minute speech, Barack Obama promised to fight for equal rights for women and homosexuals and urged to "improve immigrant-receiving system in the United States."
He also mentioned the issue of climate change: America should resist it. He said "the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."
According to Obama, the solution lays within transition to sustained energy sources, and America cannot resist this transition: "We must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries."
He stated it is very important to use new ideas and technologies in reforms.
"We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher." the re-elected president said.
Besides, Obama urged Americans to unite to solve the country's problems together - from educational and health care reforms to the issue of climate change.
The day before the inauguration, Barack Obama took the oath during the private ceremony in the White House, led by John Roberts, head of the US Supreme Court.
At the 2012 presidential elections in November, Obama won his second term in victory over Republican Mitt Romney.