The 55th Presidential


George W. Bush

A Vision of America

January 20, 2005

A Vision of America

Two centuries ago, in 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition sighted the Pacific Ocean, reaching the end of its mission to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Two years earlier, the Senate had approved the treaty purchasing the territory from France, which doubled the size of the United States. President Thomas Jefferson then sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on a mission to explore the new territory, both as a scientific venture and to consider its commercial possibilities. In his 1805 inaugural address, Jefferson celebrated the expansion of the country as a means of preserving and protecting the American Nation. “The larger our association, the less will it be shaken by local passions,” he reasoned; “and in any view, is it not better that the opposite bank of the Mississippi should be settled by our own brethren and children, than by strangers of another family?”

Opening Musical


The United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Colburn, Director

Alcorn State University


United States Naval Academy Men's and Woman's Glee Club

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

Trent Lott


The Reverend Dr. Luis León

Musical Selection

Susan Graham


Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Dick Cheney by the Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Musical Selection

Denyce Graves

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to George W. Bush by the Honorable William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States.



‘On this day, prescribed by law and marked by ceremony, we celebrate the durable wisdom of our Constitution and recall the deep commitments that unite our country.’

Musical Selection

The United States Marine Band, The United States Herald Trumpets and The United States Navy Sea Chanters


Pastor Kirbyjon H. Caldwell

The National Anthem

Bradley Bennett

Facts, Firsts &


  • Largest inaugural platform to date.

  • First time anti-counterfeiting security has been designed into the tickets.

  • First live Web Cam of inaugural platform construction.

  • First inauguration with secure inaugural credentials.

West Front, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Mostly cloudy with some sunny breaks. Northwest wind 14 mph. Around 1" of snow lay on the ground. 35°F noon temperature.
Family Bible, open to Isaiah 40:31
Inaugural Committee