Edition:
United States
Pictures | Tue Jan 22, 2013 | 4:34pm EST

Confident Obama lays out battle plan as he launches second term

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL
Close
1 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to attendees at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to attendees at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to attendees at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Close
2 / 28
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Close
3 / 28
Singer Alicia Keys exits the stage after performing at the Commander in Chief's inaugural ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Singer Alicia Keys exits the stage after performing at the Commander in Chief's inaugural ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Singer Alicia Keys exits the stage after performing at the Commander in Chief's inaugural ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Close
4 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama stands with members of the U.S. military at the Commander in Chief's Ball during presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with members of the U.S. military at the Commander in Chief's Ball during presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with members of the U.S. military at the Commander in Chief's Ball during presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Close
5 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath from U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts as his wife Michelle Obama and daughters Malia Obama (2nd R) and Sasha Obama (R) watch during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath from U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts as his wife Michelle Obama and daughters Malia Obama (2nd R) and Sasha Obama (R) watch during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath from U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts as his wife Michelle Obama and daughters Malia Obama (2nd R) and Sasha Obama (R) watch during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Close
6 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk and wave after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk and wave after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED...more

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk and wave after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
7 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama (centre) and Michelle Obama (R) wave to the crowd during the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (centre) and Michelle Obama (R) wave to the crowd during the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (centre) and Michelle Obama (R) wave to the crowd during the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
8 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Constitution Avenue after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Constitution Avenue after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed...more

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Constitution Avenue after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
9 / 28
Military marching bands perform in the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Military marching bands perform in the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Military marching bands perform in the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
10 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama ride on Pennsylvania Avenue in their limousine (2nd R, surrounded by walking agents) from the U.S. Capitol to the White Houseduring the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama ride on Pennsylvania Avenue in their limousine (2nd R, surrounded by walking agents) from the U.S. Capitol to the White Houseduring the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013....more

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama ride on Pennsylvania Avenue in their limousine (2nd R, surrounded by walking agents) from the U.S. Capitol to the White Houseduring the inaugural parade in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
11 / 28
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a Jason Wu dress, dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander in Chief's ball in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/POOL
Close
12 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk and wave after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk and wave after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED...more

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk and wave after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
13 / 28
The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps marches during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps marches during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps marches during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
14 / 28
US Army Military District of Washington Major General Michael L. Linnington, Commander JFHQ National Capitol Region (C) is flanked by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (L side) and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden as they review troops and Congressional leaders (top steps) also attend during inauguration ceremonies at the US Capitol, Washington DC, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

US Army Military District of Washington Major General Michael L. Linnington, Commander JFHQ National Capitol Region (C) is flanked by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (L side) and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill...more

US Army Military District of Washington Major General Michael L. Linnington, Commander JFHQ National Capitol Region (C) is flanked by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (L side) and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden as they review troops and Congressional leaders (top steps) also attend during inauguration ceremonies at the US Capitol, Washington DC, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
Close
15 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd,L), first lady Michelle Obama (L), U.S. Army Major General Michael J. Linnington (C), Vice President Joe Biden (2nd,R) and his wife Dr. Jill Biden attend the presidential review of the troops at the U.S. Capitol during presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/CJ Gunther/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd,L), first lady Michelle Obama (L), U.S. Army Major General Michael J. Linnington (C), Vice President Joe Biden (2nd,R) and his wife Dr. Jill Biden attend the presidential review of the troops at the U.S. Capitol...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd,L), first lady Michelle Obama (L), U.S. Army Major General Michael J. Linnington (C), Vice President Joe Biden (2nd,R) and his wife Dr. Jill Biden attend the presidential review of the troops at the U.S. Capitol during presidential inauguration ceremonies in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/CJ Gunther/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
16 / 28
US President Barack Obama sits in his limousine as he departs inauguration ceremonies at the US Capitol, to take part in the parade through Washington DC, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

US President Barack Obama sits in his limousine as he departs inauguration ceremonies at the US Capitol, to take part in the parade through Washington DC, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

US President Barack Obama sits in his limousine as he departs inauguration ceremonies at the US Capitol, to take part in the parade through Washington DC, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
17 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Close
18 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama kisses his wife Michelle after the ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses his wife Michelle after the ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses his wife Michelle after the ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
19 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) looks at the Lenox Crystal gifts given he and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during the Inaugural luncheon in Statuary Hall after his ceremonial swearing in at the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Benjamin Myers (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) looks at the Lenox Crystal gifts given he and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during the Inaugural luncheon in Statuary Hall after his ceremonial swearing in at the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, January...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) looks at the Lenox Crystal gifts given he and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during the Inaugural luncheon in Statuary Hall after his ceremonial swearing in at the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Benjamin Myers (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
20 / 28
Crowds of people gather on the mall to watch the swearing-in of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Crowds of people gather on the mall to watch the swearing-in of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Crowds of people gather on the mall to watch the swearing-in of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
21 / 28
President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after delivering his inaugural address during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Andrews/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after delivering his inaugural address during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Andrews/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after delivering his inaugural address during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Andrews/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Close
22 / 28
President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after delivering his inaugural address during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Andrews/Pool

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after delivering his inaugural address during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Andrews/Pool

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after delivering his inaugural address during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Andrews/Pool
Close
23 / 28
Beyonce (R) sings the national anthem as U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) look on during the swearing-in ceremonies on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Beyonce (R) sings the national anthem as U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) look on during the swearing-in ceremonies on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Beyonce (R) sings the national anthem as U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) look on during the swearing-in ceremonies on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Close
24 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) takes the oath from U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (L) as Obama's family looks on during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) takes the oath from U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (L) as Obama's family looks on during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) takes the oath from U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (L) as Obama's family looks on during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Close
25 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama waves during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama waves during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool

U.S. President Barack Obama waves during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool
Close
26 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is surrounded by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L-R), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while signing a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is surrounded by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L-R), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric...more

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is surrounded by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L-R), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while signing a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Close
27 / 28
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol in Washington, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Close
28 / 28

Next Slideshows

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to EPA rulemaking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to consider reducing the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to set air quality standards,...

Jan 22 2013

Obama wins praise abroad for climate change goals

OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama won praise abroad on Tuesday for his pledge to lead the fight against climate change, which has faltered as nations...

Jan 22 2013

Analysis: In speech, Obama pushes activist government and takes on far right

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican President Ronald Reagan declared in 1981 that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."...

Jan 22 2013

Obama's ride rich with symbolism four years after first win

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On a bitterly cold Inauguration Day in January 2009, Barack Obama rode in a tank-like limousine to the U.S. Capitol, giving Americans on...

Jan 21 2013

MORE IN PICTURES

March of the mariachis

March of the mariachis

Mariachis take part in a procession to celebrate Santa Cecilia, patron of musicians, in Mexico City.

Home for Thanksgiving

Home for Thanksgiving

Millions of Americans embark on their annual Thanksgiving travels.

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey

President Donald Trump pardons his first National Thanksgiving turkey.

Faces of the Rohingya

Faces of the Rohingya

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since a Myanmar military crackdown began in late August.

Zimbabwe celebrates

Zimbabwe celebrates

People dance and car horns blare on the streets of Harare after Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president.

The rule of Mugabe

The rule of Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule.

Bill Clinton visits Puerto Rico

Bill Clinton visits Puerto Rico

The former president visits the U.S. territory two months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

Today in Sports

Today in Sports

Our top sports photography of the day.

Inside the Rohingya refugee camps

Inside the Rohingya refugee camps

Some 800,000 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar are now living in makeshift settlements in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast