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Obama's second-term priorities

By Dan Lothian, CNN White House Correspondent
updated 10:00 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • After four years of partisan fighting and instability, will pendulum swing to the middle?
  • Obama had full agenda before school shootings inserted gun control onto plate
  • Fiscal issues will be early test whether optimism of second term persists
  • Activists hope environmental issues and energy policies aren't pushed aside

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Washington (CNN) -- President Obama began his second term with a "keeping it real" moment courtesy of youngest daughter Sasha.

"You didn't mess up," she told the president after the oath was administered by Chief Justice John Roberts in the White House Blue Room.

It all went off without a hitch compared to four years ago when a redo was required after flubs during the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol raised doubts about its legitimacy.

With a sense of relief on Sunday the president declared, "I did it."

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama head out for their first dance together at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, honoring U.S. service members and their families, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Monday, January 21. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama head out for their first dance together at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, honoring U.S. service members and their families, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Monday, January 21.
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