January 20th, 2009
12:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama charts centrist course in inaugural address

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama reached out to both Democrats and Republicans in his inaugural address Tuesday, saying that "the question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified."

President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 44th U.S. president.

"Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end," Obama declared. "And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government."


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  1. THE OLD TIMER

    BAD HABITS YOU SAY,,,,,,BRING ON THE CIVIL WAR THEN YOU WILL FIND OUT HOW MANY PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE BEHIND THE CHOSEN ONE OR ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE WHITEHOUSE

    January 20, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |