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George W. Bush Second Inauguration (1/20/05) | [George W. Bush]

George W. Bush Second Inauguration (1/20/05)

On January 20, 2005, George W. Bush took the oath of office to become the nation's 16th second-term president. The President's 17-minute speech focused on themes of hope and freedom. Near freezing temperatures did not discourage the more than a half million spectators who gathered to see the swearing in at the West Front of the Capital and the traditional parade. In the first presidential inauguration ceremony since 9/11, the security in Washington, D.C. was extremely tight.
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On January 20, 2005, George W. Bush took the oath of office to become the nation's 16th second-term president. The President's 17-minute speech focused on themes of hope and freedom. Near freezing temperatures did not discourage the more than a half million spectators who gathered to see the swearing in at the West Front of the Capital and the traditional parade. In the first presidential inauguration ceremony since 9/11, the security in Washington, D.C. was extremely tight. The audio of this speech was made possible by C-SPAN.

©2005 National Cable Satellite Corporation

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    Steven M Stallings 01-23-05 Listener Since 2001
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    "Vision for future and understanding of obstacles"

    This speach shows that President Bush has a vision for the future of the world. He understands the obstacles that must be confronted not only to protect the United States but to realize the vision.

    46 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    JAG Lawyer 05-22-05
    JAG Lawyer 05-22-05 Listener Since 2005

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    "Very Uplifting"

    It's often difficult to read or listen to speeches such as this one without them being filtered through our own prejudices and predilections.

    That being said, I have no idea how some of the reviewers came to the observations they came to, unless they are embittered by the fact that they can't seem to harness an argument that the American people will accept during an election cycle--which may explain their apparent need to attack the president on a personal level. It is not dangerous to view the world as it is rather than how liberals would like it to be. It is dangerous to stick your head in the sand and pretend that the failed policies that led to 9/11 are adequate in today's world.

    In this speech, Bush presents a realistic view of America's role in the world and the obstacles that we face. In a previous time, John Kennedy promised to "pay any price and bear any burden." He was applauded. If you listen to Bush's speech, you will hear many of the same themes. Yet those who would have applauded Kennedy, somehow hear that we are being dragged back to the 50s, belittle him because he used a speech writing staff (like every other modern president), and slur the president of the United States as a "dangerous little man." Not sure where this nuttiness came from--none of it is mentioned in the speech. Possibly it is because those who write such tripe assume that they are smarter than those of us who actually elected President Bush (note to Democrats--insulting the wisdom of the American people, as it is expressed in popular elections, is probably not the wisest way to attract those people to your ideology). More likely they're the truly "little" ones and are bitter at the hand life has dealt them and need someone else to blame.

    Instead of approaching this through partisan eyes, sit back, allow yourself to be uplifted (this speech will certainly do that), and try to celebrate the peaceful transition of power that characterizes American democracy.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kipling Oren 07-02-05 Member Since 2003
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    "The Theme is Freedom"

    I note that a previous reviewer described Bush's second inaugural as "Terrifying, myopic and retrograde to history." Oh really? All President Bush did was stress the importance of freedom here and abroad. It is a recurring theme of American history, in fact. (See Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, TR, FDR, JFK, Reagan, etc.) Why is it that freedom is terryfying to so-called liberals? Why is it that Democrats are no longer democrats?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott M. Nash 01-23-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Terrifying, myopic and retrograde to history"

    A horrific vision of a foolish and dangerous man's plans to wind back the clock of America to the 50's or earlier. Unfortunately, while the rest of the world (even China!) is moving forward, Bush intends to drag the US, half of it kicking and screaming, as far backward as he possibly can. Possibly the most chilling speech since Wallace's segregation forever presentation. Disturbing to the thinking man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carl801 Madison, Alabama United States 04-22-05
    carl801 Madison, Alabama United States 04-22-05 Member Since 2004

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    "A Dangerous Little Man"

    More of the same from the guy who brought us war on false premises, huge national debt from a budget surplus, the demise of the middle class, and fear instead of hope. Can I give him less than one star?

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    P. Beavercreek, OH, USA 02-01-05
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    "Reality too Scary, Bush opts for Fantasy Speach"

    One could at least admire the construction and organization of this speach, if one wasn't aware that this guy never writes his own. So whomever wrote it deserves a bit of credit, but Bush gets none from me.
    War? What war? Economy? Well, everything is GREAT (and who can't live on $7 per hour, anyway?) History, when in a kind mood, will remember this particular Bush the way it does Hoover. You remember Hoover. The guy who was so out of touch he didn't notice the depression? The guy who said destitute people selling apples in the streets for a penny weren't starving or desperate, they were Entrepreneurs! But when the historians are in a darker mood (as no doubt they will be much of the time) I think Bush will remembered for war, for attacking personal freedom, for destruction, torture, for lies and deceit. No matter how many 'uplifting' speaches he delivers.
    But for now, reality is too scary, even for the President (and his speach writers).

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Columbus, OH, USA 01-23-05
    Scott Columbus, OH, USA 01-23-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Terrifying, myopic and retrograde to history"

    A horrific vision of a foolish and dangerous man's plans to wind back the clock of America to the 50's or earlier. Unfortunately, while the rest of the world (even China!) is moving forward, Bush intends to drag the US, half of it kicking and screaming, as far backward as he possibly can. Possibly the most chilling speech since Wallace's segregation forever presentation. Disturbing to the thinking man.

    26 of 79 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Mesa, AZ, USA 01-21-05
    Katherine Mesa, AZ, USA 01-21-05
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    "Hell, fire and brimstone"

    In my opinion, this speech is based on fear and plays on peoples' emotions and not the facts. It was very unpleasant to listen for me. I came away extremely disappointed. I wanted something fresh and new and I have been reading the same rhetoric for 3 years. In my opionion it is not a historical speech, just boring.

    19 of 60 people found this review helpful
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