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The 55th Presidential Inauguration

The World watched President George W. Bush second inaugural address President Bush committing the United States to defeating tyranny and expanding freedom. Sworn in by ailing Chief Justice William Rehnquist, the president delivered a 22-minute address that outlined his view of America's role in the world.




"At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical - and then there came a day of fire."
- George W. Bush

Gallery: A Celebration of Freedom

Thousands of Americans gathered on the Ellipse to celebrate the spirit of freedom and inaguration of President George W. Bush.

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Gallery: Inauguration (Swearing-In) Ceremony

The inaugural swearing-in ceremony marks the end of George W. Bush's first presidential term and the beginning of his next.

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Gallery: Official Presidential Escort *

The Presidential Escort lead George W. Bush and the president's party from the U.S. Capitol through the Cordon of
Honor along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

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Gallery: Inaugural Parade

Spectators enjoyed a procession of over 11,000 participants marching along a 1.7 mile stretch of Pennslyvania Avenue.

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Gallery: Inaugural Balls

More than 50,000 Americans joined President Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush, Vice-President Cheney, Mrs. Lynne Cheney, and all-star performers for a memorable evening.

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Gallery: Inaugural Security

Security for each Inauguration event site was made possible through the collective efforts of federal, state, and local partner agencies.

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Gallery: Inauguration Demonstrations

All demonstrations against President Bush's second Inauguration were surprisingly small and nonviolent.

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