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Album: Inauguration 2001

Jan 20, 2001 10:30

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Where were you on the 20th of January, 2001? Well, I for one was in Washington DC for the sights and sounds of the Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush. There's nothing quite like the near critical failure of democratic institutions to rile folks up and get the juices flowing on a cold and miserable Washington winter afternoon of celebration and commiseration. (Warning: some images and audio samples depict citizens exercising their rights of peaceable assembly and free speech.) 

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Inauguration Checkpoint

Jan 20, 2001 10:45

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There were perhaps 9 inauguration/parade route entry points. Each boasted double-file lines winding back at least a full city block and were staffed by 10+ inspectors of various sorts. 

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Parade Route

Jan 20, 2001 10:48

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A thinly policed segment of Pennsylvania Ave. Really. 

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Money Talks

Jan 20, 2001 10:52

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...gagged by the 'Man' 

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Pennsylvania Avenue

Jan 20, 2001 10:59

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A thinly policed patch of Pennsylvania Ave a few minutes before the inauguration ceremony. 

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Trans-Finger

Jan 20, 2001 11:06

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One gentleman holds a large sign in the shape of a raised middle finger and fist. Every once in a while he'd raise an extra transformer-finger to give bemused passers-by the "Peace" sign... and slyly, vice versa. 

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Signs of the Time

Jan 20, 2001 11:08

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This sign reads: The people have spoken (all five of them). Other popular signs were: "Bush and Scalia sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G", "Hail to the Thief" and "Jail to the Thief" variations, "Oaf of Office" and "Illegitimable!". 

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Capturing the Moment

Jan 20, 2001 11:11

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An artist works behind the crowd with the Capital in the distance. 

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Common Scene

Jan 20, 2001 11:13

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U.S Capital Building

Jan 20, 2001 11:15

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In the distance lay the Capital steps where George Bush was sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States. Chief Justice William Renquist did the honors after receiving unprecedented applause by supporters at his introduction. 

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Protests

Jan 20, 2001 11:20

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Protesters line the entire parade route with the practical exception of the reserved bleachers dotting Pennsylvania Ave. 

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