On Monday, he detailed the policy framework of his second term during which, according officials, he is keen to focus “not on what’s possible or doable but on what our goals should be”.
Climate change, an personal priority for the president didn’t much attention in his first term. But will now. “We must lead it,” he said, for the fight against climate change.He appeared ready for a fight even when appealing for unity. In a thinly veiled message to the Republicans he defended Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, which they have targeted to bring down spending. “These things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us.”
He listed out other priorities: equal wages for women, right to vote to everyone, equal treatment of gays and lesbians, immigration reforms and gun control. “Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and always safe.”
He also indicated the US will “remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe” and it will continue to invest in “institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad”.Full text of Obama's inaugural speech