"Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:--'I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'"      Article II, Section 1
54th Presidential Inauguration 
Saturday, January 20, 2001
West Front of the United States Capitol

The United States Marine Band 
Colonel Timothy W. Foley, Director

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks:
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, United States Senator, Kentucky
Chairman, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

The Reverend Franklin Graham

Musical Selection:
DuPont Manual High School/Youth Performing Arts School Choir
David Brown, Director
Louisville, Kentucky

Vice Presidential Oath:
The Vice Presidential Oath Administered to Richard B. Cheney by Chief Justice
William H. Rehnquist

An American Medley:
Staff Sergeant Alec T. Maly 
The United States Army Band

Provided by St. John's Lodge, No. I, New York, New York
King James Version, printed in 1767
Used for President George Washington's inauguration on April 30, 1789, as well as the inaugurations of Presidents Warren G. Harding, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.

Presidential Oath:
Presidential Oath Administered to George W. Bush by Chief Justice William Rehnquist

Inaugural Address:
The President of the United States

Pastor Kirbyjon H. Caldwell
Windsor Village United Methodist Church
Houston, Texas

The National Anthem:
Staff Sergeant Alec T. Maly
The United States Army Band

A major concern was the weather.  JCCIC had conference calls with the National Weather Service for about ten days leading up to the 20th, and as the grand day approached there was considerable stress over how much precipitation there would be, what kind of precipitation there would be, when it would start...  The contingency plan for unsafe weather is for the ceremony to be held in the Rotunda, as happened in 1985.  However, only a thousand people fit in the Rotunda, standing, and all the preparations outside--the platform, the 28,000 chairs and so forth--would have been for naught.  Besides, given the close nature of the election, JCCIC spokesperson Tamara Somerville stated, "It needed to be outside" in front of the people.  As it was weather conditions were uncomfortable but not unsafe.

The Government Printing Office printed up over 200,000 tickets, most for standing room.  Each House member received a bit fewer than 200 and each Senate member a bit fewer than 400 to distribute, and the PIC received tens of thousands.  About 1,400 people were on the platform (almost exactly 1,000 people were on the inner platform and another 400 in four boxes).

It is a major logistical challenge to make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time.  Fourteen to fifteen hundred people have to be taken through the Capitol, which is a bit of maze, to the platform.  The presidential party itself was about 20 minutes late leaving the White House.  "It's amazing these things come off on time, said Somerville. 

The original program called for the Rev. Billy Graham to deliver the invocation, but he had to bow out due to illness.

Transition spokesman Ari Fleischer said Bush's inaugural address would run 10-12 minutes and would focus on "unifying the nation" and would be "healing in tone and spirit."  Bush started to talk over his ideas on the speech with speechwriter Michael Gerson in December; Gerson wrote the bulk of the speech, while advisors Karen Hughes and Karl Rove also provided input.