President Bush Begins His Second Term
With his wife and twin daughters by his side and his left hand resting on a family Bible, George W. Bush was sworn in for a second term as president yesterday.
The oath was administered by William H. Rehnquist, chief justice of the United States, in an outdoor ceremony at the Capitol. Thousands of people, most of them bundled up for warmth on a bright but nippy day, looked on. Millions more watched on TV.
President Bush takes the oath of office from Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
(Paul Sancya -- AP)
On hand were three former presidents -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, the current president's father. So was Massachusetts Senator John F. Kerry, the man Bush defeated in the November election.
Following lunch in the Capitol, the president and his family returned to the White House to watch a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue. Then it was off to a series of inaugural balls last night.
Security was tight throughout the day. Some people unhappy with Bush's policies protested at the Capitol and along the parade route.
In his inaugural address, Bush pledged to spread freedom to "the darkest corners of the world. . . . When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you."
Bush, the nation's 43rd president, is the 16th man to be elected to that office twice.
An Icy Buildup
The 100-mile-long iceberg that scientists thought was about to slam into a huge Antarctic glacier seems to have run aground. And that's bad news.
The berg, B15-A, and a buildup of ice behind it are now in the path of ships due to arrive soon with food and fuel for three research stations. There is no immediate danger to the researchers; however, thousands of penguin chicks face starvation because parent penguins now must trudge up to 110 miles to open sea to find food.