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• George W. Bush
Oath of Office Administered by Chief Justice William Rehnquist
January 20, 2001
CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST: Are you ready to take the oath?

PRESIDENT-ELECT BUSH: I am sir.

REHNQUIST: Please raise your right hand and repeat after me.

I, George Walker Bush do solemnly swear...

BUSH: I, George Walker Bush do solemnly swear...

REHNQUIST: ...that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States...

BUSH: ...that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States...

REHNQUIST: ...and will to the best of my ability...

BUSH: ...and will to the best of my ability...

REHNQUIST: ...preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

BUSH: ...preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

REHNQUIST: So help me God.

BUSH: So help me God.

Citation: George W. Bush: "Oath of Office Administered by Chief Justice William Rehnquist", January 20, 2001. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=77407.
 
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