|Location||United States Capitol|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Participants||President of the United States|
George Walker Bush
William Hubbs Rehnquist
Richard Bruce Cheney
George W. Bush's first inaugural address
The first inauguration of George W. Bush as the 43rd President of the United States took place on Saturday, January 20, 2001. The inauguration 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 oath of office at 12:01 p.m. An estimated 300,000 people attended the swearing-in ceremony.
On the eve of the inauguration, there was a celebration for U.S. authors hosted by Laura Bush at DAR Constitution Hall.Wayne Newton, Brooks & Dunn, and Ricky Martin performed as the pre-inaugural entertainment.
Thousands of demonstrators attended the inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C., to protest the outcome and controversial circumstances of the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election. 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. Details of the parade were famously derided in the opening chapter of the 2001 #1 bestseller Stupid White Men, pages 14-15.
Wayne Newton, the country duo Brooks & Dunn and the Latin pop singer Ricky Martin performed at his pre-inaugural event