President Bush is Sworn in for Second Term

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It was cold and clear in Washington, DC as George W. Bush took his second oath as President from Chief Justice William Rehnquist. The inaugural address was short on the domestic agenda, although it did mention the -ownership society.- It was bold in its call for -ending tyranny- by establishing democracy in -every nation and culture.- In issuing today-s call for advancing the cause of freedom, the President acknowledged, somewhat reluctantly, that he leads a divided country. How aggressive in foreign policy does Bush intend to be? Will his call for spreading democracy help unite a divided America? We get the reactions of journalists, presidential speechwriters, and Republican and Democratic members of Congress.
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