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Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:07 AM

AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace looks at what we can expect from Obama's second inaugural address:


In his second inaugural address, the president is expected to call on Washington to find common ground when possible. Aides say Obama will make the point that the nation's political system doesn't require lawmakers to resolve every difference, but it does require them to act when they can.

He'll also call on Americans to get involved in politics and influence what happens in Washington. Obama has already said he'll seek to build public support for the anti-gun violence plan he outlined last week, a package of proposals that faces a tough road in Congress.

Obama is not expected to tick through his first-term accomplishments, nor will he announce specific policy proposals for his next four years. But he will lay the groundwork for his second-term agenda, including stricter gun laws, immigration reform and ending the Afghanistan war.

How Obama plans to meet those objectives will be defined in more detail during his Feb. 12 State of the Union address.

— Julie Pace — Twitter


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