WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- George W. Bush was officially sworn in Thursday for his second term as president of the United States.
Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, in his first public appearance since his thyroid cancer was made public in October, administered the oath to Bush. The president had his hand on the Bush family Bible, which was held by first lady Laura Bush, as he recited the 35-word oath of office from a platform built out from the west side of the U.S. Capitol.
A crowd of about 100,000 was on the grounds near the Capitol for the event.
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the oath reads: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Every president since George Washington, including Bush four years ago, has added "so help me God" to the end of the oath.