By Alexandra Jaffe - 01/22/13 04:19 PM EST
In his second inaugural address, Obama defended the role of an active federal government and called for action on climate change, gay rights and immigration reform.
Supporters of the president are praising the address, seeing Obama adopting a defiant tone towards the GOP going into his second term.
However, that tone has irked some Republicans, who have said they expected to find more middle ground in a speech that is considered a scene-setter for the next four years of work between the White House and Congress.
"This is the eighth [inauguration] that I’ve been to and always there’s been a portion of the speech where [the president says], 'I reach out my hand because we need to work together,' " said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the man bested by Obama in the 2008 election, on Monday. “That wasn’t in this speech."