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Neb. Democratic Party celebrates inauguration

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By: Kayla Bremer

President Obama was officially sworn in for his second term and some Nebraska Democrats are celebrating the occasion.

During a private ceremony at the White House Sunday afternoon, Obama officially swore in for his second term.  Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 42–word oath.  The president will recite those same words on Monday afternoon from the Capitol's steps and hundreds of thousands will fill the National Mall to watch.

Inaugural festivities have already begun nationwide, and here in Lincoln, the Lancaster County Democrats met to celebrate the new term.

"You know we want to spend some time enjoying it," City Councilman Gene Carroll said.  "It's a tough road once the Congress starts up again but we're enjoying the moment."

"I'm very excited," Dennis Crawford of the Nebraska Democratic Party added.  "He has a very progressive and far reaching agenda for his second term that will help all Americans and create a better, more prosperous and safer country."

Last year, a record number of people gathered to watch Obama take the oath of office as the nation's first African American president.

It's been a tough four years with challenges the nation is still facing, but Obama's supporters are enthusiastic.

"I think everyone hopes that there can be a lot that's accomplished...that some of the partisan clashes can be mended and resolved going forward," Leirion Gaylor Baird said.

President Obama is starting his second term with a 55 percent approval rating, but faces huge challenges in the years to come.

"I'm excited he's willing to go out and fight for the immigration, gun rights, things like that...and take care of the national debt so he's going to tackle some big things that's important for the United States," Carroll said.

The public oath will be followed by the big parade and two inaugural balls.

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