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Sunday, 21 January, 2001, 00:02 GMT
In Pictures: Bush's big day
The swearing in of President George W Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney took place as specified in the constitution at midday on 20 January.

The gloomy weather could not dampen Republican spirits or the grandeur and pomp of the ceremony to inaugurate the new president.

George Bush takes oath of office
George W Bush finally takes an oath of office that he rehearsed many times during a long campaign

Bush shakes hands with Al Gore
Mr Bush shakes hands with the man he defeated, Al Gore, as the man he replaced, Bill Clinton, applauds

Media stand at inauguration
Cameras, as well as spectators, had to be protected from the appalling January weather

Barbara and Jenna Bush
Earlier Mr Bush's daughters, Barbara and Jenna, attended prayers with their parents at St John's Church in Washington

West facade of the Capitol
Bedecked with flags, the west facade of the Capitol - the traditional site of inaugurations - was thronging with spectators

Senator Edward Kennedy
Senator Edward Kennedy was among the congressmen, ambassadors and former presidents at the ceremony

Colin Powell
The new secretary of state, Colin Powell, snaps one for the family photo album

Protesters in Washington DC
But not everyone was content - demonstrators yelled "Hail to the thief" referring to Bush's disputed victory in Florida

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