Inauguration 2005
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Inauguration Blog '05

Inauguration 2005
6:11 p.m. ET
Crowd Control
D.C. police shoot pepper spray at demonstrators along Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade. (Ben Connors -
Related Article: Protesting the Protesters
5:53 p.m. ET
Peace and Patriotism's John Nichols speaks with Sue Lheureux, who braved the cold to see her first inaugural parade.
Inauguration 2005
5:28 p.m. ET
Rainbow of Belles
The Mobile Azalea Trail Maids from Alabama saunter down Pennsylvania Avenue in antebellum hoop dresses. (Jennifer Crandall -
Inauguration 2005
5:28 p.m. ET
Eyes of Texas
The University of Texas Longhorn Marching Band makes its way along the parade route. (Jennifer Crandall -
5:14 p.m. ET
Running the Gantlet
For the smartly dressed people who had tickets for the bleachers, the security gates at 15th and H streets NW were nothing less than a gantlet of insults and political jibes from about 50 taunting protesters.

"What is this, fur coats for Bush?"

"Kids are dying in Iraq--just not your kids."

The waiting ticket-holders mostly held their fire. But when a small group of servicemen joined the line, it was as if the cavalry had arrived. The ticket-holders began to shout back loudly enough to overwhelm the protesters.

"Thank God for the troops. Thank God for the troops."

"I just wanted the silent majority to make a little more noise," said Bruce Brutschy, a ticket-holder from Columbia, S.C. --Peter Whoriskey
Inauguration 2005
4:39 p.m. ET
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, surrounded by security, walk in the parade en route to the White House. (Peter Morgan - Reuters)
Inauguration 2005
4:39 p.m. ET
Clad in riot gear, D.C. police officers line a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue where members of ANSWER met to protest President Bush's second inauguration. (Dan Jung -
Inauguration 2005
4:39 p.m. ET
Tyler Gehm, 17, of Jupiter, Fla., protests with the other members of ANSWER on the inaugural parade route, at Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Street NW. (Dan Jung -
4:36 p.m. ET
Texas-Sized Support's John Nichols speaks to Edmund Kuempel, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, about his experience along the parade route.
4:32 p.m. ET
Back and Forth
Daniel Green, 51, a Metrobus driver for 17 years, worked today, but not his usual route. His job was to park his bus sideways across 16th Street NW and then drive it back and forth about 20 feet whenever an official vehicle needed to pass through the aluminum barricades at 16th and I streets NW.

Twenty feet forward, 20 feet back, 20 feet forward, 20 feet back, too many times to keep track of.

"Oh, I can't count 'em!" he shouted cheerfully from the driver's seat. "About 50!"
--Caryle Murphy

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