First inauguration of George W. Bush

54th United States presidential inauguration

George W. Bush was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States on January 20, 2001. This was the beginning of the first term of George W. Bush as President and Dick Cheney as Vice President.

Bush being sworn in as president, January 20, 2001

Chief Justice William Rehnquist administered the oath of office at 12:01 p.m.[1] An estimated 300,000 people attended the swearing-in ceremony.[2][3]


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