The Nightmare Continues: It's Only Halftime


George W. Bush swore the oath of office for a second term as president of the United States on Thursday, pledging to seek "freedom in all the world" as the surest path to peace in an era of terrorism across the globe.

Bush raised one hand and placed the other on a family Bible as he vowed to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution in a 35-word pledge as old as the Republic.

"In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty," the nation's 43rd president said in his inaugural address.


"Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill and would be dishonorable to abandon," said the president, who led the nation to war in Iraq in a first term marked by terrorist attacks on the United States.

In a speech delivered before a vast throng of fellow Americans spilling away from the steps of the Capitol, Bush said he would place the nation on the side of the world's oppressed people. "All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty. We will stand with you."
More on this travesty later.

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