As President Obama got ready for Monday's public swearing-in ceremony, conversation online had already started around his speech, the inaugural balls and even who wore whatto which event.
We asked our friends at Facebook/HLN to think about the future. In four years, where do you want this country to be?
While many people expressed their excitement over having a new president in four years, others said they wanted Obama to serve a third term. Some people’s hopes for their families were a reflection of what they wanted for the nation: More jobs, no debt and a balanced budget.
"I want this country to be on the mend from this drunken spending we have been doing and truly make change happen by paying our bills and getting our stellar credit rating back. Come on Congress! We can do better! We have to for the sake of our children and all future generations," John H. wrote.
Above all, many people said they wanted our leaders to work together.
"Enough bickering back and forth between parties. Just respect each other and get to work getting people back to work," Darla D. wrote.
"In four years I want this country to be stronger, safer and not divided... and for the better of its people and not just government,” Kelly O. commented.
Bringing the troops home was another consistent theme in the comments. “Use the military to rebuild the infrastructure of our nation to be what was the best country in the world,” said Sherry P.
Free health care and education and marriage equality for all Americans were other specific requests from our commenters to our country’s leaders.
“Bring back our factories and make our own products in the USA!! And lower gas prices so that people can actually afford to go to work,” Melissa T. added.
Ann Marie D. left us with words from Abe Lincoln’s second inaugural speech: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."