NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 20, 2005
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(Washington: Brian Williams) The inauguration of President Bush for his second term introduced; various scenes shown of the day’s events.
(White House: David Gregory) Inauguration day featured; scenes shown of the Bush family outside church, the motorcade, dignitaries, including Senator John Kerry, the swearing-in by ailing Chief Justice William Rehnquist, protests, the president & Laura Bush walking in the street. [In address, BUSH – speaks of tyranny in the world & standing for liberty; says we have accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill; states divisions must be healed.]
(Washington: Brian Williams, Tim Russert) The reaction of Representative Nancy Pelosi to the beginning of Bush’s second term noted. Bush’s inaugural speech and the outlook for his second term discussed; NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll results cited.
(Washington: Brian Williams) Anti-Bush protests around the country noted; scenes shown of protestors scuffling with police in Washington, DC, marches in Atlanta & Seattle.
(Washington: Pete Williams) The health of Rehnquist, who is suffering from thyroid cancer, and the implications on his future on the Supreme Court featured; scenes shown of Rehnquist at the inauguration. [Thyroid cancer specialist Dr. Kenneth BURMAN- says Rehnquist looked relatively good.] [BUSH – says Rehnquist’s administration of the oath was incredibly moving.]
(Washington: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Campbell Brown) The challenges for presidents in their second terms examined; examples of scandals involving former Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton cited; details given of Bush’s second term agenda, including Social Security reform and the future of Iraq. [November, 2004, BUSH – says he earned political capital.] [Former Clinton chief of staff Leon PANETTA- comments on the arrogance that sets in with winning.] [Political analyst Stephen HESS- says Bush’s plans are massively ambitious.] [Former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken DUBERSTEIN- says there has to be a way out of Iraq.]