President Barack Obama began his second term early Wednesday morning by briefly offering a token olive branch to the targets of his campaign-trail vitriol, while also hinting at some of the left-leaning policy initiatives that he plans to pursue.

“We are an a American family, and we rise or fall together as one nation, one group,” he said in Chicago, adding that Americans have a “responsibilities,” including “love and charity and duty and patriotism.”

With a statistically narrow victory in hand after a mostly negative campaign, Obama promised to work with his political opponents in Congress, despite having spent much of the last year-and-a-half running against a “do-nothing Congress.”

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