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January 2005 Photos of the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC.
 
 
It was bitterly cold in DC when we arrived several days before the events were to begin. We thought that we would observe some of the preparations leading up to the festivities, dine at some of the cities finest restaurants and have plenty of time to visit with some of the wonderful friends that we have made since President Bush took his first oath of office in 2001. 
 
What an amazing time we had. I would like to personally thank everyone involved that helped make our week in DC an event that I will never forget. (Especially my friend Rick for braving the snow and the congested DC traffic to spend time with us!)
 
I thought some of my loyal website visitors might enjoy viewing some of my photos...

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At the 'Celebration of Freedom' held just before the Black Tie & Boots Ball on Inaugural eve

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Tommy Franks & I at the Black Tie & Boots Ball (this is what happens when Donald uses my camera!)

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The Swearing In ceremony at the Capitol

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Donald Citrano, Valerie Duty and Rick Balderas at the Swearing In ceremony

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George & Laura in front of the White House in the Inaugural Parade (We had wonderful seats!)

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The Crawford Pirate Band on the Texas float just as it begins to pass the President's viewing box

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George & Laura dancing at the Texas- Wyoming Inaugural Ball

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The President admires his wife Laura at the Texas-Wyoming Inaugural Ball

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Condi Rice poses with my friend Donald Citrano at the Texas-Wyoming Inaugural Ball

Information on the 2005 Inauguration of President George W Bush

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The 55th Presidential Inauguration will be held in Washington DC on January 20, 2005 honoring President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney
 
Be sure to join the Crawford High School Band, who will be performing on a float during the Inaugural parade beginning at 2 pm after Crawford's own President Bush is sworn in for his second term as President of the United States.
 
The full list of participants in the parade from the great state of Texas are: Crawford High School Pirate Band – Crawford, TX; First Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, TX; Kilgore College Rangerettes – Kilgore, TX; Ross Volunteer Company of Texas A&M University – College Station, TX; Texas A&M University – Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band – College Station, TX; U.S. Border Control, El Paso Sector – El Paso, TX; University of Texas Longhorn Band – Austin, TX
 
 
 
 

Tentative Calendar of Events from the Official Inaugural Web Site 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2005 VENUE EVENT DURATION
A SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVE The MCI Center 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
CHAIRMAN’S RECEPTION Mellon Auditorium 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
YOUTH CONCERT The Armory 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2005
CHAIRMAN’S BRUNCH Mellon Auditorium 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM The Ellipse 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
CANDLELIGHT DINNER #1 Union Station 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
CANDLELIGHT DINNER #2 The Washington Hilton 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
CANDLELIGHT #3 National Building Museum 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2005
ST. JOHN’S CHURCH SERVICE St. John’s Church 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY US Capitol 12:00 p.m.
INAUGURAL PARADE Pennsylvania Ave. 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
CONSTITUTION BALL Washington Hilton 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
FREEDOM BALL Union Station 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
INDEPENDENCE BALL Convention Center (A) 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
TEXAS WYOMING BALL Convention Center (B) 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
LIBERTY BALL Convention Center (C) 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
DEMOCRACY BALL Convention Center (D) 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
PATRIOT BALL Convention Center (E) 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
STARS AND STRIPES BALL Convention Center Ballroom 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF BALL National Building Museum 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2005
NATIONAL PRAYER SERVICE National Cathedral 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Swearing-In Ceremony

President George W. Bush will be sworn in to a second term on January 20, 2005 at noon on the west front of the U.S. Capitol overlooking the National monuments. Joining him will be his family, members of the Cabinet and Administration, members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, U.S. Supreme Court Justices and invited guests.

A minister chosen by the President will deliver an invocation, and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist is expected to administer the oath. Once the oath is taken, the military will render a 21-gun salute, the Army Herald Trumpets will play “Ruffles and Flourishes” and the U.S. Marine Band will launch “Hail to the Chief.” The president will then deliver his inaugural address.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, the President will sign his cabinet nominations and join invited guests in Statuary Hall for the Congressional luncheon. After lunch, the President will be escorted by U.S. Army Major General Galen Jackman to the east side of the U.S. Capitol for the pass in review, then onto the presidential motorcade for the start of the parade.

The language of the presidential oath is specified in the Constitution. The vice-president takes the same oath as other high-ranking federal employees.

Presidential Oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Vice-Presidential Oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Tickets for the swearing-in ceremony are required for the Capitol lawn, the Capitol reflecting pool, and the National Mall from 3rd to 4th Streets, NW. Beginning in January 2005, tickets will be distributed to constituents by both senators and representatives of the 109th Congress as well as by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. For more information on ticketing for this ceremony, go to http://inaugural.senate.gov.

The Parade

The best opportunity to participate in the inaugural events is the parade, when military and civilian bands and other fanfare will march along a 1.7 mile-route from Capitol Hill to the White House and hundreds of thousands of people are able line the route and watch.

The parade will begin about 2:30 p.m. on January 20, 2005. The parade route starts at the intersection of Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues and continues down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Organizing this precisely timed formation of some 11,000 people, floats, vehicles and horses is no small feat. From logistical support, such as buses, warming tents and food, to security and public safety, much will be happening behind the scenes to create the flawless event that will be viewed by half-a-million spectators.

Parade preparations begin months in advance when applications are gathered from bands and other marching units from across the country on behalf of the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC). As the event gets closer, PIC selects participants for the parade.

Efforts are made to have as many states represented in the parade as possible. The parade normally lasts about two hours.

The parade is open to the general public. Bleacher seats are available from the Presidential Inaugural Committee for $15, $60, and $125, but seats are limited.

Inaugural Balls and Festivities

Inaugural balls have long been a part of the celebration of the Presidential Inauguration and lend a celebratory flair to the week’s events. The first official Inaugural ball was hosted by President James Madison in 1809, who charged an entrance fee at the door. The President and First Lady watched their guests dance from a platform, then joined them for a formal supper afterward.

Inaugural balls throughout history have continued to capture the personality and style of each incoming president. Balls are typically divided by states at hotels and other spaces throughout Washington, D.C.

Other Events

Other Inaugural events will likely include lectures, seminars, public entertainment, a prayer service and a presidential gala on the eve of the Inauguration. Inaugural festivities also include dozens of unofficial receptions and parties throughout Washington, D.C. The President and First Lady only attend the official balls.

Presidential Inaugurals set the tone for a new administration and reflect a president’s personality. From the Inaugural ball themes to the Bible chosen for the swearing-in ceremony, each inauguration develops its own style.

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The TOUGHEST Inaugural ticket to find

The Texas Society
Black Tie and Boots Ball
 
The absolute hottest ticket during the 2005 Inauguration is without a doubt to the Texas Society's Black Tie and Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball which will be held the evening before President Bush will be sworn in. These tickets were completely sold out within the first hour that they were offered to Society members who had paid their dues by Oct 1, 2004 and only with an official invitation.
 
Of the 10,000 tickets, only 5000 were offered to Society members with the remaining tickets being held for celebrities, sponsors, dignitaries and elected officials.
 
George W. and Laura Bush are expected to be among the guests who will come to dance the two-step, dine on barbecue and listen to Lyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel, Clay Walker, Dexter Freebish and other acts that hail from the great state of Texas.
 
Tuxedos or evening gowns worn with western boots are the appropriate attire for this absolutely over the top Texas event. Cowboy hats are optional.
 
Unless you have a friend that has extras, the only tickets that are still available are through brokers, if you can find them, at an average selling price of $1500 each. The same tickets sold for $3000-4000 each the last week leading up to the ball.
 
The Black Tie and Boots Ball is the place to be Inaugural eve. We'll see you there!

From Central Texas and going to the Inauguration?
E-mail me and we can possibly get together for an exclusive event while we are in DC. We are working on arrangements for a possible event, but we can't include you if we don't know you are going.
 
Please e-mail me the names of those in your party, your arrival and departure date and your phone number at WesternWHgifts@aol.com and I'll e-mail you back when I get more information.
 
It is going to be a week of non-stop fun!

Links you might find helpful
(I will add more as I find them)
 
Official Inaugural Web site where you can request tickets as well as accessing up to the minute information about the Inauguration:
 
 
For information about the Inaugural Parade check out the Joint Task-Force Armed Forces Inaugural Committee web site:
 
The suggested mode of transportation around DC is the Metro due to the heavy traffic and roads blocked off to secure the sites involved for the Inaugural events. It will help to have a Metro map printed so you are comfortable before your arrival.
 
For Central Texans interested in Swearing-In tickets try Congressman Edwards office. They are given a small allotment so don't be disappointed if they run out. They do not receive any other type tickets, but are also willing to help with other activities while you are in DC:
(The last time I checked, both Senator Hutchinson and Senator Cornyn were out of tickets)
 
For other parts of the country... contact your Congress person
 
SEE YOU IN DC!
 
 

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