WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama is expected to use his inauguration speech on Monday to call upon the country to protect its children by taking action against gun violence, and to offer his support for legislative reform that allows a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, White House sources told various news outlets Sunday.
Although the president renewed his oath of office for a second term in the White House Sunday, he will repeat the ritual in a public ceremony attended by hundreds of thousands of supporters today. The Constitution specifies Jan. 20 as the official start of a presidential term.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Obama yesterday in an intimate ceremony in front of Obama’s family in the Blue Room of the White House. The formal ceremony and parade were scheduled for Monday, which is also a federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told journalists late last week that he had no preview of the president’s speech, but several White House senior advisers, including Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe, spoke about his remarks to news outlets over the weekend.
Obama continued to work on his speech on the weekend, sources told CNN.