Obama to strike 'hopeful' tone in inaugural address
January 20th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama to strike 'hopeful' tone in inaugural address

(CNN) – As the hours wind down to President Barack Obama's inaugural address, the White House says they see Monday's remarks as one in a series of speeches laying out the president's vision for his second term that started with his victory on election night.

The tone of Obama's inaugural address will be "hopeful," White House senior adviser David Plouffe told CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley from the National Mall in Washington.

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"What he's going to do is remind the country that our founding principles and values still can guide us in a changing and modern world," he said Sunday appearing on CNN's "State of the Union." CNN reported as of Saturday the president was still working on his inaugural address, according to a source with knowledge of the president's speech.

Vice President Joseph Biden was sworn in Sunday morning and the U.S. Constitution mandates that Obama be sworn in before noon after which his second term will begin. The inaugural parade and the president's speech on West Front of the Capitol after ceremonially taking the oath of office will happen Monday.

"He's going to talk about the fact that our political system doesn't require us to resolve all of our disputes or settle all of our differences but it doesn't compel us to act where there shouldn't and is common ground. He's going to make that point very clearly."

Plouffe underscored that Obama's State of the Union address, to take place February 12, will present a more specific "blueprint" of the next four years.

Asked by Crowley if bipartisanship had slipped from the administration's focus since the election considering the sharp rhetoric over issues like raising the debt ceiling and gun legislation in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, Plouffe pushed back.

"Our point was that we are trying to enlist the American people in these debates. The only way change is really going to happen and we really make progress is for the American people – it's one of the lessons of the first term – they need to be involved at the center of this and pushing here," he said.

"The barrier is there are factions here in Congress, Republicans in Congress, that are out of the main stream so we need to bring the American people into these debates."

As for what's next for Plouffe, who managed the president's successful 2008 presidential campaign, the White House adviser said he's just focused on this week.

"Six years ago today we were just starting our primary campaign and so this is a remarkable journey and we are all just going to try to enjoy this week," he said.

– CNN’s Dan Lothian, Brianna Keilar and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Athough things appear bleak during the economic recession, America continues as a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants. The future is bright for those willing to sacrifice and work hard. God bless President Obama as he begins his second term.

    January 20, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. CanadaONE

    Obama is on the right track i.e universal health care, education for all and less guns

    It looks like he wants you Americans to look more like Canadians

    1. We have higher education per capita as post secondaty school is more affordable in Canada
    2. We have higher take home pay per capita – you guys pay less taxes but when yoiu factor in insurance, health care and school costs you have less funds to support your families -
    3. Canadians live longer than Americans by close to 8 years – we have free health care, less guns and we are more active in sports per capita

    yes it is about time the USA join the 21st century

    January 20, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    First thanks to CNN’s situation room telecasting Kids inaugural concert 2013 yesterday

    After the 2012 election we have seen very strong Obama and standing up for middle class very good sign

    January 20, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. rla

    Obama reminding US about the founding principals??? WOW fool me one etc. Elected by a machine and the uninformed wanting handouts does not qualify Obama to speak on this subject!

    January 20, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. CanadaONE

    Obama is the best thing that has happened to the USA in a long time!!!

    - many know it and many more are just starting to undertsand

    but we confident in Canada that Americans will look back years from now and love this guy

    GO AMERICA GO!
    GO OBAMA GO!

    love
    Canada your BEST neighbour

    January 20, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    When are the people going to see, Obama is total BS.

    January 20, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. lottie

    Mr. President we are trying to remain hopeful but is hard when faced with the idiots in congress that seem to put their own ambitions ahead of the people of this country. I hope you will circumvent them as much as the law will allow and do the will of the majority. We voted for you we have your back

    January 20, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Tony in Maine

    I wish the freeper crowd would give it a rest for just one day. The country won, you lost, Barack Hussein Obama is President of the United States by the will of the people – as Republicans said to Democrats about George W. Bush in 2001 – get over it, deal with it

    January 21, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  9. Phyllis G Williams

    May the blessings of Numbers 6: 26 continue on him!!!!

    January 21, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Let's see how much of his "Forward" campaign theme makes it into the speech.

    January 21, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  11. m ferenzy

    One good thing about this morning. Today is the last inauguration party ever for Obama.

    January 21, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. Willie12345

    It's still all about the economy, Stupid. And you've done nothing to fix it worth commenting about. 7.8 % unemployment. Lots of hot air out of Washington.

    January 21, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. ryan

    Hitler was more truthful in his views than Obama has ever or will ever be.

    January 21, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Natrldiver

    Obama may sound hopeful but because of his great oratory skills, it will be more of a plea. This country is more divided than it ever was because Obama has driven the wedge between the people of the left and right. If he were a true leader, he would work to achieve a bipartisan plan where we as a nation would truly benefit. Instead, he has dictated to congress and senate that he will not negotiate. He does not care about the rights of the people so he pushes executive order like he is a king. Our health care system is on the verge of blowing up as we find more and more hidden costs. Sure our unemployment numbers are lower but a lot of that is attributed to the many who have just given up. (you cannot count what is not there). If he were a leader, which he has yet to prove, he would tie the divide and accept concessions in an attempt to gain some progress. Instead, he demands that it is his way or no way at all.

    January 21, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Natrldiver wrote:

    Obama may sound hopeful but because of his great oratory skills, it will be more of a plea. This country is more divided than it ever was because Obama has driven the wedge between the people of the left and right. If he were a true leader, he would work to achieve a bipartisan plan where we as a nation would truly benefit. .....
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    Wedge? Most of those on the left have no experience with what you're talking about. However, most of those on the right feel divided because there is an ideological civil war occurring between moderate and extremist conservatives. So for, the extremists are winning. They used to be relatively insignificant, but now they have a growing beach head in the Republican Party.

    January 21, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Ancient Texan

    Tony in Maine- You have it reversed....Obama won and AMerica lost ! Big Time. We'll get over it when America does, and that will take several years to repair the damage Obama has done.

    January 21, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Larry L

    @ryan

    Hitler was more truthful in his views than Obama has ever or will ever be.
    =================================================================================================== When you (and Rick McDaniel) graduate there's an organization you might want to join that fits your skill sets and personalities. They have fun rallies where they sing patriotic songs and give speeches around a campfire. They're not liberal elitists – not in any way. There's no educational requirement and not one member voted for our President. Best of all they wear uniforms representing your favorite color – white! They'll think your comments are brilliant! Win-win!

    January 21, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    here is the hope of the American people, that you finally get you head out of the sand and listen rather than think you are king, you work for the American people, all of them, not a certain few.

    January 21, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. CarolinaGirl

    God bless you President Obama I for one am proud you are our leader.

    January 21, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Larry L

    @Ancient Texan

    Tony in Maine- You have it reversed....Obama won and AMerica lost ! Big Time. We'll get over it when America does, and that will take several years to repair the damage Obama has done.
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    Tony – don't expect any facts or wise comments to back up "Ancient's" comment. It's always just inane prattle from an addled senior citizen – raised in a red state with no exposure to anybody who wasn't an intolerant racist. That demographic plays a critical role in the Republican base and is the reason they are fading from existence.

    January 21, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ancient Texan

    Tony in Maine- You have it reversed....Obama won and AMerica lost ! Big Time. We'll get over it when America does, and that will take several years to repair the damage Obama has done.
    ********************************
    Sorry, but a majority of your fellow citizens disagree with you. You could, of course, take the advice that your half-wit governor has suggested, and attempt to secede. Or just leave, since you don't appear to want to solve any of the problems this country has as a result of conservative attacks on the middle class. I understand real estate is cheap in Somalia.

    January 21, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Mk54

    President Obama's most ardent supporters typically include the open-minded, progressive, forward-thinking people that strive to make the world a better place to live in for everyone. President Obama's most vociferous detractors seem to be more inflexible, regressive, intolerant, and self-focused. They tune into WII FM – what's in it for me.

    January 21, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. what's up

    The community organizer started playing president four years ago with a 7.8% unemployment rate and today he will begin playing president for four more years with an unemployment rate of 7.8%. That's an achievement only an incompetent community organizer can be proud of!

    January 21, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. ronvan

    WHY is it that we FORGET the facts!? President Obama is ONE person. YES, alot of power, but still just one! He cannot make laws and pass them without Congress & the House! UNTIL the republicans get off their "OWN agenda" and start trying to help solve our problems do not expect much! Sadly, it would probably be the same if we had a republican president, then it would be the dems. causing the problems! FACT: Until WE the people get fed up with the antics of our "elected children" and vote ALL of them out then they will continue to screw up on a daily basis!

    January 21, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    This guy doesn't know the meaning of hopefulness. He will continue down the divisive path campaigning on class warfare, free pass to illegals and stomping on the constitution.

    January 21, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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