Inauguration 2005
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Inauguration Blog '05


12:28 p.m. ET
Put Down Those Forks
The group of protesters stood a few feet away from the entrance to the Federal Triangle Metro station, holding signs and timing their chants for the arrival of Metro riders: "Two, four, six, eight--no more forks!"

One protester asked, "Were forks mentioned in the Constitution? No!" A sign read, "Jesus hates forks."

The young men identified themselves only as members of the anti-fork movement. Their chants drew stares, guffaws, and expressions of bewilderment. It wasn't long before a transit police officer made them move away from the Metro entrance. They regrouped a few feet away and resumed their chanting. --Susan J. DeFord




12:22 p.m. ET
Missed Him
Dozens of youngsters stood along a security gate at 12th and E streets NW. Among them were 68 eighth graders from Clark-Moores Middle School in Richmond, Ky., who could hardly contain their excitement about attending the inauguration. Kendall Carter, 12, was one of them.

"I'm really excited because I'm a big, big Bush fan and I'm excited to see him back in office," Carter said. "And what better thing to see on my first visit to Washington."

Moments later, Carter and others became elated as two motorcades came down Pennsylvania Avenue heading for the U.S. Capitol. "There's the president. I think I saw him on the car in the phone," said one of the girls in the crowd. Another girl next to her who seemed to be struggling with the cold shook her head and sadly said "I missed it. I can't believe it." --Serge F. Kovaleski



Inauguration 2005
12:18 p.m. ET
An Inaugural Kiss
President Bush's daughters Barbara, left, and Jenna, look on as President Bush kisses the first lady at the inauguration ceremony. (Stephan Savoia - AP)
12:12 p.m. ET
Not So Peaceful Peace Rally
Hundreds of people gathered at both ends of Meridian Hill Park in Northwest Washington for a peace rally sponsored by the D.C Antiwar Network.

But there were interlopers: Thirteen members of ProtestWarror, supporting the Bush administration and its policies in Iraq. When the Bush supporters arrived, about 20 black-clad, self-described anarchists emerged from the crowd, shouting profanity and epithets and demanding that they leave the peace rally.

When the Bush supporters refused to leave, the anarchists tore the signs out of the Bush supporters' hands and stomped on them. When ProtestWarrior leader Gil Kobrin objected, several male anarchists knocked him to the ground, kicking him in the back and punching him. Other anarchists punched and shoved Kobrin's 12 colleagues.

After D.C. Antiwar Network members broke up the fight, the Bush supporters heeded their order to leave the park. Kobrin then called D.C. police, who are now guarding them at the entrance of the park as they hold up their pro-war signs. "We're going to hang tight," Kobrin said. "We're expressing our freedom of speech just as they are expressing theirs." --Robert MacMillan



Inauguration 2005
11:55 a.m. ET
Walking Into History
President Bush heads to the inaugural stand on Capitol Hill for his swearing-in ceremony. (Susan Walsh - AP)
Inauguration 2005
11:43 a.m. ET
Singing for the President
A choir sings on the steps of the Capitol during inauguration ceremonies. (Don Emmert - AFP)
Inauguration 2005
11:41 a.m. ET
Protesting Recent Events
Protesters mocking President Bush's administration cheer during an organized protest at Washington's Malcolm X Park. (Shannon Stapleton - Reuters)
11:39 a.m. ET
Clowning Around
Hardly anyone had arrived to claim their seats in the risers along Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets. But the clown was there.

In a red and blue striped suit he strutted down the middle of the parade route, proudly waving a large Texas flag. "Hi y'all" he cheerfully called out to the handful of Cincinnati police officers standing watch over the six people in the risers. Officer Shawn George laughed and shook his head as the clown jauntily walked away, his curly red wig blowing in the wind.

Was this what George had come from Ohio to see? --Kimberly Edds



Inauguration 2005
11:34 a.m. ET
Brrrrrrr
Inaugural attendees Marian Hunter and grandson Gregory Shelor bundle up against the cold while they wait for the President Bush's second inauguration ceremony, on Capitol Hill. (Jonathan Ernst - Reuters)
11:32 a.m. ET
Furs Needed Even Indoors
Shortly before President Bush arrived at St. John's Episcopal Church for a prayer service this morning, a stern-faced man wearing an earpiece walked from the church and met another stern-faced man who handed him a gorgeous, full-length, black fur coat that had been retrieved from a nearby car.

Holding the garment at arm's length, as if it were a new pelt, the first stern-faced man returned to the church, where he passed it to another man. As he returned to join his partner in the car, he was asked to name the owner of the coat. "That was Mrs. Mineta's," he replied, referring to the wife of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.

So it was cold in the church?

"Apparently so," he responded. --Caryle Murphy



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