As the clock winds down on the Obama presidency, he sends a message of optimism and hope, while indicating the issues that might draw him back into the political fray.
"These are individuals or groups that want to disrupt our way of life," Paul Goldenberg, the national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups, told Reuters.
Women are taking the lead on protests. But the inauguration weekend could draw some unexpected faces.
The former Texas governor faces a critical test, as the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources weighs his fitness as potential head of the Department of Energy.
Protests over the controversial pipeline have continued for months over fears that it desecrates sacred ground and could contaminate drinking water. Over 600 people have been arrested.
No prior US president, stretching back at least four decades, has arrived on his Inauguration Day with less support.
The agreement settles a protracted legal battle from 2000 initiated by 10 black agents who claimed Secret Service practices had violated the civil rights of black agents for decades.
Mr. Earnest, President Obama's spokesman, has a warning for his successor: Those tweets could undermine your message.
Despite widely partisan politics, Obama closes out his White House tenure with a 60 percent approval rating, suggesting that the political center continues to support him as president.