Obama at Capitol for second inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is at the U.S. Capitol for the public swearing-in marking the start of his second term.

Obama was cheered in the streets as his motorcade slowly made its way along Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol.

He'll be speaking to a huge crowd on the Mall and millions more watching on TV, hoping to set an optimistic tone for a divided nation looking for solutions to economic problems at home and conflict overseas.

Obama will urge lawmakers to find common ground. He'll preview his second-term goals, including immigration reform, stricter gun-control laws and an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Obama was sworn in privately in a much lower-key event yesterday, in accordance with the Constitution, which sets Jan. 20 as the beginning of a presidential term.

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APPHOTO CAP119: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton speak with former President Jimmy Carter at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (21 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO DCMS103: People wave at President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as their limousine passes Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall ) (21 Jan 2013)

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