The Associated Press
President Barack Obama speaks during the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

After a bitterly partisan election and lame-duck session, Barack Obama is using his speech to call for a divided nation to come together to right the nation's course.

"Now more than ever we should do this as one nation," Obama says, adding that Americans are made for this moment and can succeed "so long as we seize it together."

It's a signal that he heard the message of the center of the American electorate, which voted for no change in power in November and told its lawmakers to work together to start fixing what ails the nation.

—Liz Sidoti — Twitter


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