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George W. Bush takes the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, to become the 43rd president Saturday in Washington.
Rain Does Not Dampen Spirits of Dissent, Celebration
Student groups traveled
to the nation's capital with
goals to either protest or
celebrate the inauguration.
Bv Kim Miniigh
WASHINGTON - As Young •
Democrats prompted chants in the under
ground tunnels of the Metro, members of
he Marching Tar Heels warmed up in
oarking lots and College Republicans
dieered on their victorious candidate.
UNC students represented all sides
of the political and social spectrum
Saturday as they braved chilling weath
;r to be a part of history.
Susan Navarro, a freshman member
of Young Democrats, said it was thrilling
b watch the presidential inauguration
A-hile exercising her right to free speech.
“There are two very sacred things to
fur country happening at the same
jme,” she said, clutching a “Fear Bush”
sign. “It’s the Constitution in action.”
Navarro was part of the self-pro
olaimed “hard-core contingent” - the
*roup responsible for organizing 56
Young Democrats and UNC students to
ride a bus to D.C. for $25.
After rising at 6 a.m., the Young
Democrats rode the Metro to Dupont
Circle, a whirlwind of costumes, signs and
I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity.
President George W. Bush
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Rachel Gurvich, Chris Brook and Susan Navarro, members of the UNC Young Democrats, join the mass of protesters
at Dupont Circle in Washington. The members rallied to protest against Bush's policies and controversial election.
incensed speakers. Members of the group
were stopped by passers-by for pictures
and props. Sophomore Kindi Shinn posed
for several pictures, sporting a homemade
T-shirt and sign reading, “I love frat boys,
but I don’t want one as president.”
Kindi, a member of Kappa Delta soror
ity, said she came to voice her opinions
about the election. “In the absence of a
president elected by the people, it creates
chaos -1 came here to add to the chaos.”
The group later marched to the mall
area to protest along the parade route,
but Navarro said she was disappointed
by what she saw. The protesters lining
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the road had a lot to say -but in
Navarro’s eyes, it was just talk. “It was
more anger than passion," she said. “It
turned to skepticism and cynicism, and
I wanted to see a lot more passion."
But Navarro said watching the patri
otism of the parade affected her in a way
she didn’t expect. “I felt torn between
being a citizen and happy about having
anew president, and being really angry
and passionately displeased by the way
the president was elected.”
Anne Wolfley, a senior member of
Students United for a Responsible Global
Environment, said she traveled to D.C.
out of principle. “I went there because
there’s no other way I can speak out
about injustices going on in our country.”
Justin Johnson, a member of College
Republicans, said watching President
George W. Bush take the oath of office
made the experience worthwhile. “I was
proud to be there,” he said.
But not all UNC participation in the
inaugural events was partisan in nature.
The Marching Tar Heels participated in
the parade after a short preparatory
period of 10 days. “It was an exception-
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'We Must Show
Courage in a
Time of Blessing'
By Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editor
WASHINGTON - George W. Bush became the country’s
43rd president Saturday, re-emphasizing his campaign promises
and calling for Americans to devote themselves to public service.
The ceremony, counterpointed at times by the distant
screams of protesters and police sirens, marked the return of the
Bush family to the Oval Office after former President Bill
Clinton defeated George Bush in 1992.
The two Bushes are the second father and son to serve as
president, after John and John Quincy Adams.
“I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort, to
defend needed reforms against
easy attacks, to serve your nation -
beginning with your neighbor,”
Bush said, echoing John F.
Kennedy’s request for citizens to
serve their country 40 years before.
“I ask you to be citizens - citizens, not spectators; citizens, not
subjects; responsible citizens, building communities of service
and a nation of character.”
Bush emphasized history several times during the ceremony
- describing the United States as a continuous story in his
But he did noflet the past distract him from the needs of the
present - including racial and social inequality.
“While many of our citizens prosper, others doubt the
promise, even the justice, of our own country,” said Bush, who
calls his political message “compassionate conservatism.”
“The ambitions of some Americans are limited by failing
See INAUGURATION, Page 5
By Faith Ray
and Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editors
WASHINGTON - Thousands of
protesters, young and old, braved the
elements Saturday to demonstrate
against alleged unfair voting procedures
and Bush’s policies.
Despite bitingly cold temperatures
and rain, angry and concerned citizens
gathered at Freedom Plaza, direcdy on
the route of President Bush’s Inaugural
Parade, waving signs and chanting slo
gans in support of their causes.
Issues being protested included
Bush’s support of the death penalty,
drilling in Alaska
and voting irregu
larities in Florida.
Ashcroft, we say
no. Racist South
has got to go!"
woman whose hair
and clothes were
“All issues are hurt by a
lack of democracy. The people
have a clear message.
We want democracy. ”
rain, her cry soon joined by others.
Other spontaneous chants erupted
throughout the plaza many times during
the day, including, “They say death row,
we say hell no” and “Hail to the thieP -
the most prominent chants heard
throughout the afternoon.
Police also turned out in full force for
the event, placing security forces
throughout the city to ensure no weapons
Monday, January 22, 2001
were brought near the festivities.
And two policemen stood atop a
nearby building, ready to shoot tear gas
into the crowd if necessary.
Many issues were represented at the
protests, but the common thread uniting
the demonstrators was a general mis
trust of the new president.
Some chose to express their message
through costume. Characters in atten
dance ranged from Freaky the Clown,
who dressed in red clown clothes and
wore heavy white makeup over a pros
thetic nose and chin, to Billionaires for
Bush, a group mocking wealthy corpo
rate Americans who support Bush.
Josh Silver of Washington, D.C., a
dressed as “Billy
Bucks” in a tuxedo
and gloves. He
held an unlit cigar
and sported a
in black marker.
Silver said he
and his group were
protesting a presidency bought by cor
In character. Silver spouted off sev
eral sarcastic phrases, including “Drill in
Alaska, screw the wildlife," criticizing
Bush’s support of oil drilling.
Another group of about 40 students
from Temple University in Philadelphia
See PROTESTS, Page 5