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U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: George W. Bush

President Bush official portrait
President Bush poses for his official portrait in the Roosevelt Room (blue tie) / Official portrait of President George W. Bush.
Eric Draper, photographer; [2003.]
Prints and Photographs Division.

First Inauguration - January 20, 2001 | Second Inauguration - January 20, 2005

First Inauguration - January 20, 2001


  • George W. Bush had hoped to use the Masonic Bible that had been used both by George Washington in 1789, and by his father, George H. W. Bush, in 1989. This historic Bible had been transported, under guard, from New York to Washington D.C. for the Inauguration but, due to inclement weather, a family Bible was substituted instead.









Inaugural Ceremony, Congressional Record
(PDF, 164.54 KB)
Inaugural Ceremony.
Congressional Record - Senate (Vol. 147, No. 7), S421 - S423.
January 20, 2001.
Congressional Record.

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Second Inauguration - January 20, 2005


  • Largest inaugural platform to date.
  • First time anti-counterfeiting security has been designed into the tickets.
  • First live Web Cam of inaugural platform construction.
  • First inauguration with secure inaugural credentials.
Inaugural Proceedings, Congressional Record
(PDF, 155.68)
Inaugural Proceedings.
Congressional Record - Senate (Vol. 147, No. 7),
S101 - S105.
January 20, 2005
Congressional Record.

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* This information is based on a compilation by the Office of the Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, from contemporary accounts and other sources. Additional research provided by Library of Congress staff.

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