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First inauguration of George W. Bush

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First presidential inauguration of George W. Bush
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George W. Bush taking the oath of office as the 43rd President of the United States.
DateJanuary 20, 2001; 19 years ago (2001-01-20)
LocationUnited States Capitol,
Washington, D.C.
Organized byJoint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
ParticipantsGeorge W. Bush
43rd President of the United States
— Assuming office

Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
— Assuming office

William Rehnquist
Chief Justice of the United States
— Administering oaths'
George W. Bush's first inaugural address
This article is part of
a series about
George W. Bush

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President of the United States



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George W. Bush's signature

The first inauguration of George W. Bush as the 43rd President of the United States took place on Saturday, January 20, 2001, at the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. This was the 54th inauguration and marked the commencement of the first term of George W. Bush as President and Dick Cheney as Vice President. Chief Justice William Rehnquist administered the presidential oath of office at 12:01 p.m., after he administered the vice-presidential oath of office as well.[1][2] An estimated 300,000 people attended the swearing-in ceremony.[3][4] This was the first presidential inauguration to take place in the 21st century, and the first in the 3rd millennium.

Pre-inaugural events

On the eve of the inauguration, there was a celebration for U.S. authors hosted by Laura Bush at DAR Constitution Hall.[5] Wayne Newton, Brooks & Dunn, and Ricky Martin performed as the pre-inaugural entertainment.[6]

Thousands of demonstrators attended the inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C., to protest the outcome and controversial circumstances of the 2000 presidential election.[7][8] Four protesters were arrested and Bush's limousine was hit by a tennis ball and an egg thrown from the crowd during the inaugural parade.[2] Details of the parade were famously derided in the opening chapter of the 2001 #1 bestseller Stupid White Men on pages 14–15.


See also


  1. ^ "The 54th Presidential Inauguration: George W. Bush, January 20, 2001". United States Senate. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Bush gets keys to White House, flexes first presidential muscles", Cable News Network, January 20, 2001. Last accessed January 22, 2009.
  3. ^ Angela Greiling Keane and Chris Dolmetsch, "Washington Braces for Chaos, Gridlock at Inaugural (Update1)", January 18, 2009. Last accessed January 22, 2009.
  4. ^ Jemal R. Brinson, "INAUGURATION 2009: Where history will be made", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 18, 2009. Last accessed January 22, 2009.
  5. ^ "Bush parties on eve of inauguration". Cable News Network. January 19, 2001. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  6. ^ Pareles, Jon (January 21, 2009). "Music for Many Firsts at Inauguration Events". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-22. Wayne Newton, the country duo Brooks & Dunn and the Latin pop singer Ricky Martin performed at his pre-inaugural event
  7. ^ "President Bush sworn in", BBC News, January 20, 2001. Last accessed January 22, 2009.
  8. ^ "Protesters line inaugural parade route" Cable News Network (via, January 20, 2001. Last accessed January 22, 2009.

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