Behind the scenes: Tour of The White House
SLIDESHOW: Behind the scenes at The White House
(CBS News)-- In the second and final inaugural address of his presidency, President Obama today called on Americans to continue fighting to fulfill the "promise" of American democracy, by pursuing age-old Constitutional values while adapting to the realities of the modern age.
Mr. Obama, speaking to a crowd of hundreds of thousands outside of the U.S. Capitol, spoke of the ongoing struggle to make principles of equality and justice an actuality in American society.
"Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time," Mr. Obama said, after quoting the Declaration of Independence. "For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth."'
To continue protecting these principles, and the nation's "founding creed," he argued that it's important to acknowledge "when times change, so must we."
"We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional - what makes us American - is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago," he said. "But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action."