With the crowd – which was estimated at roughly 800,000 people – chanting "O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!" the President began his address.
"My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment," he said, "and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together."
closed out the 57th inaugural ceremony with an a powerful rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner."
And performed a stirring "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" accompanied by the United States Marine Band.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer kicked off the ceremony with an inspiring speech. "It is a good moment to rejoice today," he told the crowd. "It is the perfect moment to renew our collective faith in the future of America."