Inauguration 2005
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Inauguration Blog '05

11:20 a.m. ET
Standing Area Layout's Steven King describes the general public standing area layout on Fourth Avenue, next to the Capitol.
Inauguration 2005
11:11 a.m. ET
Kerry Arrives at Ceremony
Former democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrives before the swearing-in ceremony for President Bush at the Capitol. (Ron Edmonds - AP)
11:00 a.m. ET
No Apples Allowed
A soldier in camouflage fatigues barked out the long list of items banned from the parade zone: No cans. No backpacks. No umbrellas. And no fruit, apparently an effort to keep protesters from hurling mushy missiles at the president's limousine.

No fruit? The edict set off a mild panic among dozens of young volunteers for the presidential inaugural committee at the south entrance to Pennsylvania Avenue on 12th Street, who moments earlier had been handed bag lunches. Each contained a sandwich, candy bar, bottle of water, and a moist towelette decorated with an American flag motif. And an apple.

A few volunteers quickly dipped into the suddenly forbidden fruit, chewing and swallowing quickly. Others left their apples on a ledge-- shiny red symbols of the most restricted inaugural in history. --Debbi Wilgoren
Inauguration 2005
10:56 a.m. ET
Security was tight with teams of snipers and spotters on top of buildings along the parade route. (Robert A. Reeder - The Washington Post)
Inauguration 2005
10:56 a.m. ET
Last Minute Preparations
The Seal of the President is placed on the podium as last minute preparations continue for the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol. (Charles Dharapak - AP)
10:53 a.m. ET
Bush Attends Service
In the homily at the prayer service attended by President Bush this morning, the Rev. Luis Leon called on the president to "exercise his ministry and vocation as leader of this land" to help Americans conquer the fear that has enveloped the country since the Sept. 11 , 2001 terrorist attacks. Leon also urged Bush to help the nation reestablish the sense of community by putting aside political and ideological differences.

The sermon text for the service was Isaiah 42, read by the Rev. Kathleene Card, associate pastor at Trinity United Methodist church in McLean and wife of White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card Jr. The text begins "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights." --Bill Broadway
10:50 a.m. ET
On the Scene at Pennsylvania Avenue's Anne Rittman describes the Inauguration Day scene at a Pennsylvania Avenue security checkpoint.
Inauguration 2005
10:27 a.m. ET
Taking Pictures
Inaugural attendees, bundled up in the cold, look over digital pictures as they await the start of the swearing in ceremony for President Bush at the Capitol. (Ron Edmonds - AP)
10:18 a.m. ET
Honored to be Here
Mary Moody, 62, put on a slick pink lipstick this morning at Union Station, where she and her friend, Thomas Wayne Allen, 45, spent the night in plastic chairs at Gate 7, their back hurting a bit but excited for the inauguration. "We're poor folks from North Carolina," she said.

The two residents of Raleigh, N.C., admire President Bush and expect he'll do more to help the homeless in his second term. "Our ancestors came to America homeless, in the boat," Moody said, her hand knit cap pulled tightly over her ears, and Amtrak luggage tag fluttering from the top.

As soon as Bush got re-elected, Allen starting making calls, looking for tickets to the swearing-in ceremony today. Rep. Bobby R. Etheridge (D-N.C.) sent him two. "It's a formal invitation," he said, feeling the embossed seal. "I'm really proud and honored I was asked to be here." -- Susan Kinzie
10:12 a.m. ET
Faces in the Crowd
The Orange Line train headed into Washington was standing room only when the doors opened at the Deanwood Metro Station in NE. The train was mostly filled with well dressed whites who were smiling and chatting about attending the inauguration ceremony. It was if this blue collar enclave of the nation's capitol had become a slice of a red state.

Tyler French, a 25-year-old man from Lawrence, Kan., was on the train, too, but he didn't fit in. He came to Washington to protest and was wearing a button that read "Make Jobs, Not War -- Regime Change Now."

His girlfriend, Katie Angermeier, a student at the University of Kansas, stared at the people sporting everything from big cowboy hats to cashmere coats. "I think that this is excessive," she said. "It is important to be expressive against the absurdity of this extremely conservative government." -- Hamil Harris

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