Protestors' shouts mar inaugural ceremonies

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 1973 (UPI) - President Nixon was sworn into office for a second four-year term today with his hand on a bible opened to the same passage of the Book of Isaiah as it was in his first inaugural four years ago. Nixon was administered the oath by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, with the Bible opened to the passage in Isaiah 2:3, 4 in which the prophet looked forward to a world of peace when "nations shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning forks."

Later in a starkly simple speech given before a shivering crowd of 60,000 jammed into the east plaza of the Capitol, Nixon promised his second term would usher in an era of diminished Washington influence in the lives of people in the nation and the world.


While Nixon was being administered the oath of office, two antiwar protesters shouted continuously, "Killer! killer! killer!"

The shouts were clearly audible from the middle of the hushed crowd.

No effort was made to remove the shouters, but several police moved into the area and stood facing that portion of the crowd where the protesters stood.

During the swearing-in minutes before the Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, protesters shouted "Stop the war! Stop the war!"


Neither Nixon nor Agnew seemed to pay attention. When police asked the demonstrators to leave the Capitol grounds, they did, and got a flinched fist salute from other protesters holding antiwar signs as they were escorted out.

Nixon, bareheaded despite the capricious January weather that sent Washington's temperatures plummeting 20 degrees since Friday, was interrupted 15 times by applause. The loudest came when he said "government must take less from people, so people can do more for themselves."

Nixon moved through his speech quickly, with little emotion and almost no gestures. His delivery was clear and unhurried, almost a monotone.

Watching the solemn and dignified ceremonies that a normally unceremonial nation provides its President every four years were the President's proud family - his wife Pat and his daughters Tricia Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower. In a special seat of honor was Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the widow of Nixon's political mentor.

As he drove to the U.S. Capitol for his noon swearing-in by Burger, protesters chanted antiwar slogans. Nixon and his wife appeared not to hear them. Police kept a watchful eye on the demonstrators.

The President and First Lady looked steadily towards the opposite side of the historic avenue as their limousine passed an intersection where 300 protesters were gathered. The youths waved antiwar signs and chanted "Stop the War!"


A high school band from Jacksonville, Fla., drowned out most of their shouts.

Despite a chill wind that made the temperature feel like the 20s - rather than the 40s - Nixon wore only a morning coat and striped trousers as he and Mrs. Nixon rode in their bubbletop limousine from White House to the Capitol. The ride took about 15 minutes.

Among those watching the presidential procession pass were the jurors in the Watergate bugging trial who flocked to windows in the U.S. Court House where they have been sequestered.

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