Inauguration 2005
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Inauguration Blog '05


3:19 p.m. ET
Bush Luncheon
After taking the oath of office, President Bush thanks his supporters at a luncheon.
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3:11 p.m. ET
Taking the Long Route
Chris Hill returned today with her family to the spot where they stood four years ago at 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW to protest President Bush's second term. "We're here because we want him to understand people are still watching him. There are so many of us who don't agree with him or his policies," said Hill, 43.

She, her husband and two children first tried to get to their spot by cutting through the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, but they were told they would have to discard their three cardboard signs if they wanted to get through. The three signs said: "Putting the 'Con' in 'Conservative,' " "Four More Wars," and "If you're not outraged, you have no pulse." They chose to walk several blocks around the Reagan building instead.

"We weren't about to throw these away. This is the whole reason we're here," she said. --Jamie Stockwell
Inauguration 2005
2:43 p.m. ET
A Hearty Laugh
Karl Rove, senior advisor to President Bush, laughs with other guests attending the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol. (Mark Wilson - Getty Images)
2:40 p.m. ET
A Hearty Feast
At the luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall honoring President Bush, the 200 guests enjoyed a menu that included scalloped crab and lobster, roasted Missouri quail, chestnuts, parsnip and carrot puree and turnips. Dessert was steamed lemon pudding and apple wild cherry compote.

While the group ate, a small orchestra seated in an overhead gallery played "Two Minuets," which the sheet music said was "danced before General Washington." --Mike Allen
2:36 p.m. ET
Scouting for a Reason
Banded by slushy sidewalks, Farragut Square was empty of the usual lunchtime crowd, empty of the bicycle messengers that usually congregate on the benches just north of the statue. The only occupants of the park were the flock of pigeons following Boy Scouts Kyle Novack and Chris Booth around. Novack and Booth, both of Fairfax Troop 1347, were taking a break from giving directions to parade-goers and were playing with the pigeons, teasing them by dropping snow to the ground instead of bread crumbs or seeds.

"Pretty cool," Novack said of the parade and the festivities. Booth agreed, as the birds swarmed over his boot: "It's pretty neat."

They hadn't gotten to see much of the parade, but they had seen some protesters come by earlier. "There was a line of them coming down there," Novack said, sweeping his hand down I Street NW. "There was no real purpose to that. The election's already over." --Danylo Berko
Inauguration 2005
2:36 p.m. ET
Boy Scouts Kyle Novack, left, and Chris Booth take a break from directing parade viewers. (Danylo Berko - washingtonpost.com)
Inauguration 2005
2:31 p.m. ET
Clowning Around
A member of the U.S. Air Force joins a clown carrying a Texas state flag along the inaugural parade route. (Hector Mata - AFP)
Inauguration 2005
2:28 p.m. ET
Out of Line
Police officers remove a protester from the crowd near the Capitol during President Bush's inaugural address. (Win McNamee - Getty Images)
2:19 p.m. ET
Audio: Shouting Out in Protest
washingtonpost.com's Robert MacMillan describes the protest scene at the corner of 16th and I streets.
2:09 p.m. ET
Party With a View
Inside the cozy warmth of Ten Penh, a popular Asian fusion restaurant at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, members of the government relations firm Fabiani & Co. and their guests sipped champagne, Vietnamese pho and hot cider, and nibbled on lamb chops, spring rolls and Peking duck.

The three-year-old firm, housed in a nearby office building overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, booked the restaurant five months ago, determined to celebrate Inauguration Day no matter the election's outcome. Fabiani had purchased 80 tickets to the bleachers just outside the plate glass windows of the restaurant for those who wanted to brave the cold and watch the parade.

Politically, those in attendance were "a real mix," said Scott Tominovich, a senior official in the firm. "That was the goal . . . not to make it Republicans or Democrats, but just Americans." --Debbi Wilgoren


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