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Cong. Leaders React To Inauguration

Democratic and Republican congressional leaders released statements in reaction to President Barack Obama's inauguration today:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

"It may be cold today in Washington, our nation's heart is warm. From every corner of our country and the furthest crevices of the earth, people came together at the apex of our democracy to be a part of an American renewal.

"President Barack Obama's inaugural address appealed to our better angels and best intentions. He reminded us that no matter how daunting our challenges may seem, America always answers the call of history.

"The millions who came together, lining our National Mall for miles and miles, were not merely observers to this memorable day. They were participants, ready to work with our new President in service to a common cause.

"The United States Senate is ready join our new President to answer that call to service as well. That's why we are back in session, just a few short hours from the swearing-in. Faced with some of the great challenges of our lifetimes, there is no time to waste."

House Minority Leader John Boehner:

"The defining characteristic of our American democracy is the peaceful transfer of presidential power, and once again, our nation has proven to friends and foes alike that the world's most powerful nation is governed above all else by the wisdom and will of its citizens. The next four years will be marked by considerable challenges - but also considerable opportunities for all leaders in Washington, regardless of party, to work together on behalf of the American people. House Republicans look forward to finding common ground with the President on solutions to rebuild our economy, strengthen American families, and keep our country safe. Today is a day of celebration - a celebration of our thriving democracy and a celebration of our nation's first African-American President. I wish President Obama and his family all my best and look forward to traveling the next four years with him in our continuing American journey."