In a signing ceremony in the President's Room and surrounded by Democratic and Republican leaders from both houses of Congress, he signed a proclamation commemorating the inauguration and the nominations of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, for secretary of State, Jack Lew for Treasury secretary, former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., for Defense secretary and John Brennan for CIA director.
"I'm sending a few nominations up [to the Senate], which I know will be dealt with with great dispatch," Obama said, drawing chuckles.
The proclamation declared Monday the 2013 National Day of Hope and Resolve.
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