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'Our journey is not complete'

President Barack Obama declared on Monday that a decade of war is ending and the nation's economy is recovering as he launched into a second term before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall.

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Barack Obama, waves to the crowd during his inauguration with his wife, Michelle, at left, and daughters Malia and Sasha and Vice President Biden, at right, watch on Monday, January 21, 2013, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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The sun rises behind the Capitol Dome early in the morning before the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama after being sworn-in at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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President Barack Obama as Beyonce sings the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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President Barack Obama kisses his wife, Michelle, after the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. At right is Chief Justice John Roberts.

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President Barack Obama laughs with, from left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, after signing a proclamation to commemorate his inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, following his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

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President Barack Obama during his ceremonial Inauguration shakes hands with former Pres. Jimmy Carter as Bill and Hillary Clinton look on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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Vice President Joe Biden greets Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, who administered the oath of office to him, as his family looks on, during the presidential public swearing-in on the west front of the Capitol during the 57th inauguration in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013. President Barack Obama renewed his oath of office just before midday Monday, ceremonially marking the beginning of another four years in the White House.

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President Barack Obama greets Beyonce after she performed the National Anthem at the public swearing-in during the 57th inauguration at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013. Obama renewed his oath of office just before midday Monday, ceremonially marking the beginning of another four years in the White House.

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President Barack Obama salutes as he leaves with his family following the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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