Obama calls for action, not delay

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says "we must act" even if our work is imperfect. He says we cannot afford to delay.
   
In a message that could be aimed at the divided Congress where battles await him in his second term, Obama is cautioning against mistaking absolutism for principle, substituting spectacle for politics or treating "name-calling as reasoned debate."
   
Even so, Obama says that today's accomplishments will be partial, and it will be up to people four, 40 or even 400 years from now to advance them further.
   
The president spoke at the U.S. Capitol after taking his public oath of office for his second term.

Earlier story:

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has arrived at the Capitol for the beginning of inauguration ceremonies.
   
Obama is taking part in a public swearing in, giving his second inaugural address, then dining with members of Congress and other VIPs during events at the Capitol. Obama was sworn in a much lower-key event Sunday, in accordance with the Constitution, which sets Jan. 20 as the beginning of a presidential term.
   
Earlier in the morning, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attended church and had coffee with congressional leaders.

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