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Bush Takes Oath of Office

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President Bush has been sworn in for a second term in office and vowed in his inaugural address to spread freedom through all the world. President Bush took the oath of office Thursday on the steps of the Capitol building. In his inaugural address, he told Americans some regions of the world "simmer in resentment and tyranny." The president said the United States will work to stamp out tyranny, and he pledged to stand behind what he called "the world's oppressed people."

Mr. Bush paid tribute to the men and women who died fighting the nation's enemies, but he did not directly mention the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. He also touched on domestic goals, including improving education and expanding health insurance. After a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol, President Bush's motorcade led an inaugural parade marked by extremely tight security. This was the first inauguration since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

As the president's motorcade passed spectators and protesters, many of the demonstrators began chanting anti-Bush slogans and waving signs to protest the war in Iraq. The president and First Lady Laura Bush later departed their limousine and waved to the crowd as they approached a reviewing stand near the White House to view the festivities. The parade included marching bands and floats.

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