President Bush used his second inauguration to define his second term.
With the entire world watching -- he launched a bold agenda --
engaging divided americans -- plus allies and enemies across the globe.
After being sworn-in by the ailing Chief Justice Wiliam Rhnquist --
the president laid out his plans in a 21-minute speech on the steps of the
capitol. "W are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: the survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. the best hope for peace in our world is the
expansion of freedom in all the world."
The president used the word "freedom" 27-times. He did not use the words "terror" or "Iraq", but he did allude to the attacks on September 11-th and to potential conflicts in the future.
President Bush, "My most solemn duty is to protect this nation and its people against
further attacks and emerging threats. Some have unwisely chosen to test America's resolve, and have found it firm."
This inauguration was the most heavily-guarded in u-s history. 13-thousand police officers and military troops were on hand -- but there were at least several reported skirmishes. Protestors reportedly broke through barricades in their designated areas.
Police used pepper-spray to regain control and made at least one
arrest. At least one officer reportedly was injured.
But the president's motorcade was largely shielded from the protests
-- in fact, he and the first lady left their limousine and walked part of
the parade route.
For the most part the president is receiving high marks for his
inaugural address...but he spoke only briefly about his new domestic policies -- which include his lofty goal of overhauling social security.