Inauguration 2005
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Inauguration Blog '05


1:08 p.m. ET
Differing Perspectives
At 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue, two lone protesters stood in a sea of Bush supporters waiting in line to get into the Capitol. They held up white signs saying "Bush's War is Immoral" and "Bush took the Christ out of Christianity."

The Bush supporters generally were not impressed.

Said Jeff Scudder, of Ashburn, "Two protesters. That's a pretty big turnout. There were 59 million voters." --Jerry Markon




Inauguration 2005
1:02 p.m. ET
Sending a Message
Protesters hold anti-Bush signs while awaiting President Bush's inauguration parade. (Mario Tama - Getty Images)
12:59 p.m. ET
Makeshift Engineering
Even in a prime viewing area just beyond the Reflecting Pool, it was hard to see the Jumbotrons behind hundreds of people. So three Virginia college students had the ingenious idea to use the 1/2 inch of snow around them to build what amounted to a 6-inch mound of snow to stand on.

Spearheaded by Justin Throupe, 20, from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, the three kicked together enough snow to form the mini-platform. First attempts to stand and take photos resulted in slips, but eventually they could stand high enough to see.

Within several seconds, nearby observers asked if they could take a turn. The three students joked about charging a fee, but Throupe said it would not be in the spirit of the inaugural celebration. --Alicia Cypress Himelfarb




12:56 p.m. ET
Offering a Blessing
Along the parade route, a man in a black hood, peepholes for eyes, approached a baby stroller wielding two wooden sticks. He raised them toward the child. His chest was painted with white stripes. Bells on his hips shook. A fan-like headdress made him appear taller than he really was.

The man touched the sticks to the baby's feet, the baby's knees, then the baby's head, as the child's mother looked on calmly.

Then in a moment, the man disappeared.

A woman in a red velvet dress approached the mother to explain.

"That was our chief dancer and he has just blessed your child," said Kathy Wesley Kitcheyan, chairwoman for the San Carlos Apache. --Maureen Fan



Inauguration 2005
12:52 p.m. ET
Sign Language
Juan Carlo Reyes of Lake Tahoe, Calif. carries protest signs labeling President Bush and Vice President Cheney as "warmongers" during Inauguration Day protests. (Len Spoden --AP)
12:51 p.m. ET
The Long Wait
The entrance to the parade route at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW was still closed at 9:30 a.m., a half hour after it was scheduled to open.

"This is freedom?" yelled Joe Schad, 62, a retired colonel from Winchester, Va., who had come to turn his back on the president's motorcade. He glanced up at the snipers atop the Labor Department building. "They've got enough soldiers up here to blow up half the city," he said. "There's no reason why they can't let us in."

At 9:45 a.m., the line of 200 people snaked halfway down the city block. Suddenly a Secret Service agent gestured to the first person to enter. "They're opening the gates!" Schad shouted. Then, pushing his spectacles up his sniffling nose, he ambled into the arms of a burly security officer waiting to pat him down. --Amit Paley



Inauguration 2005
12:45 p.m. ET
Ready for the Second Term
President Bush shakes hands with Vice President Cheney after taking the oath of office. (Win McNamee - Getty Images)
Inauguration 2005
12:40 p.m. ET
Majestic Scene
A crowd of politicians and well-wishers watch President Bush take the oath of office during his second inauguration. (Jason Reed - Reuters)
12:39 p.m. ET
Live Online, The Post's Robert Kaiser
I re-read Bushs first Inaugural Address this morning, and there is a striking consistency between that speech and todays. They are obviously written by the same fine writers, and they express the same broad (and uncontroversial) sentiments in favor of freedom abroad and more justice at home. Does that portend a second term similar to the first? I doubt it. I think were in for discontinuity somehow, though I cant today predict how. In my lifetime, only Eisenhower had a second term similar to the first. The odds are against it. -- Robert G. Kaiser
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12:34 p.m. ET
Owning the Block
For much of the morning yesterday, 14-year-old freckle-faced Sean Daly, of Potomac, owned the corner of Louisiana and C streets NW just a block from the Capitol.

Sean was among dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who had volunteered to give directions to the streams of pedestrians rushing to their seats before President Bush's inaugural address.

"Red, blue, that way. Green, yellow, that way," Sean authoritatively shouted to anyone who would take his advice. And many did. "The sign says red this way," said a man in a herring bone top coat.
"Don't pay attention to the signs," Sean advised. "They are wrong. I know what I am doing." And indeed it appeared he did. Mid-morning police had shut down several checkpoints around the Capitol forcing owners of color-coded ticket holders to find new entry points. --Miranda Spivack




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