|2013/01 - US President Barack Obama|
US President Barack Obama on January 20 was sworn in for a second term darkened by strife at home and abroad, in rituals stripped of the hope and promise of his first inauguration four years ago.
Obama used his first State of the Union address in his second term on February 12 to return focus on his "unfinished task" of reigniting the economic growth for middle-class Americans. He also made another bid to seek public support for a broad agenda including long-time divisive issues of immigration reform, gun control and climate change.
However, the first year of his second term is not smooth. On September 30, The White House Office of Management and Budget announced the first federal government shutdown in 17 years.
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