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President Barack Obama Speaks to Americans on Inauguration Day

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The eyes of the nation were on Washington, Monday, as President Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second term.

The President spoke directly to the people giving them a glimpse into the next four years.

His last term has fallen under heavy scrutiny; yet, there was no veil cast on his inaugural address, focusing on bringing together America.

"America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention," Obama said in the 18 minute speech.

It's an undeniably uplifting sentiment said bay county republican executive committee woman, Thelma Roahn.

"Philosophy is something you can almost always agree on...a grand nation...a wonderful world that we live in. The freedoms the prosperity, it all sounds great, until you realize that we're 16 trillion dollars in debt," said Rohan.

The growing deficit (and how to reduce it) continues to divide Washington and the Nation. It's just one of the political battles Obama and Congress faces in his next term.

"Decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics," said Obama.

Bay County Democratic Executive Committeeman, Bill Pritchard, was optimistic listening to the speech.

"Thought he did a really good job of touching on the issues that still need work domestically," said Pritchard.

Those issues, specifically focused around the social issues; women's and gay rights, immigration and climate change

"We the people still believe our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity," said Obama.

Rest assured, the nation is watching.