Inauguration 2005
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Inauguration Blog '05


Inauguration 2005
8:29 p.m. ET
With his wife, Barbara, at his side, former president George H. W. Bush reacts to the crowd at the Commander-in-Chief Ball. (Gerald Herbert - AP)
8:18 p.m. ET
Live at the Balls
President Bush at various inaugural balls. Live Now
Inauguration 2005
8:08 p.m. ET
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush have their first dance at the Constitution Ball. (Marvin Joseph - The Washington Post)
Inauguration 2005
8:08 p.m. ET
Bush daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and first lady Laura applaud as President Bush addresses the Constitution Ball, one of the first of a series of evening and late-night inaugural events. (Roberto Schmidt - AFP)
Inauguration 2005
7:59 p.m. ET
President Bush greets guests at the Salute to Heroes Ball, one of the "unofficial" inaugural balls held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. (Paul J. Richards - AFP)
Inauguration 2005
7:38 p.m. ET
A worker carries boxes during preparations for the Independence Ball at the Washington Convention Center. (Phaedra Singelis - washingtonpost.com)
Inauguration 2005
6:20 p.m. ET
Capitol Cowboy
A guest arrives at the Hilton Washington on Connecticut Avenue for the Constitution Ball, one of nine inaugural balls being held at four locations across the District. (Brian Snyder - Reuters)
6:18 p.m. ET
A Rock Star Welcome
Once President Bush took his place at the presidential reviewing stand, he sat down behind protective glass. Minutes before his arrival, aides had been frantically cleaning streak marks off the glass.

The crowd loudly cheered dignitaries such as California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice was greeted like a rock star, the crowd chanting her name. White House senior adviser Karl Rove sat in the back of the reviewing stand meditatively drinking a Starbucks coffee.

Leslie Roth of Fairfax said Laura Bush "looked really tranquil and happy. There was an aura about her despite the cold."

Once in the reviewing stand, the president exchanged a manly handshake with his father and saluted his brother Jeb, the Florida governor. Bush smiled and waved to supporters, giving the thumbs-up, and when parade announcer Charlie Brotman reminded him that the Washington Nationals team would be playing in Washington by spring, the president mimicked throwing out the first pitch. --Annie Gowen
Inauguration 2005
6:18 p.m. ET
President Bush enjoys part of the inaugural parade with First Lady Laura Bush. (Larry Downing - Reuters)
Inauguration 2005
6:15 p.m. ET
Caught in the Middle
A fellow spectator helps Department of Homeland Security employee Penelope Campbell flush her eyes after she was accidentally hit with pepper spray. (Ben Connors - washingtonpost.com)

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