U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar made the following statement after the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
"The presidential inauguration is a day filled with hope and optimism, and today is no different. As the new presidential term begins, our mission must be to turn this hope and optimism into action.
"This election the American people spoke loud and clear: they want leaders on both sides of the aisle who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work; they want leaders who are problem-solvers. Today President Obama pledged to be that kind of leader and to answer that call to action.
"Now is the time to make good on our promise to Americans to forge real solutions on issues that are critical to our economy, including reducing our debt, boosting homegrown energy, reforming our immigration system, and training our workers for the jobs of tomorrow that our businesses are creating today.
"We take up this responsibility with the knowledge that it will demand more than just words--it will take energy, enterprise and most of all it will take compromise and cooperation.
"With this new beginning we must take a lesson from President Lincoln who said: "The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.'
"Because we all believe in an America that is as good as its promise. We all believe in an America that is as good as the hopes and dreams that we see in the faces of the children gathered on the National Mall today. We all believe that the things that unite us are greater than the things that divide us. This is the common purpose that gives us the courage to face the challenges to come. This is the spirit that will carry our country forward."