WASHINGTON -- President Bush, arriving under unprecedented security for his swearing in ceremony Thursday, was expected to call for "the expansion of freedom in all the world" during his inaugural address.
Crowds cheered as Bush took his place at the west front of the Capitol, amid tones of "Hail To The Chief." Bush will be sworn in by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who will be making his first official appearance since beginning treatment for thyroid cancer in October.
Earlier in the day, Bush attended church services with his wife, Laura, and their twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, at St. John's Episcopal Church. The Rev. Luis Leon delivered a 15-minute homily, said church director Hayden Bryan.
Leon appealed to the president to "invite us to be a good people, better people, beyond red states and blue states." Regardless of color or sexual orientation, "we are one. ... I invite you to consider that over the next four years."
Along with Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney will also be sworn in at the ceremony. Afterward, the president will give his second inaugural address, which aides said will emphasize freedom and Bush's vision of spreading democracy worldwide.