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Bush’s 2001 inaugural pledge: I will ‘call for responsibility and try to live it as well.’

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Almost eight years ago, President Bush took the oath of office and solemnly swore to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (Listen here.) It was a cold, overcast, and rainy day in Washington, DC, devoid of much of the excitement surrounding this weekend’s festivities. In Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore captured the scene:

After taking the oath, Bush delivered an inaugural address that contained this pledge: “I will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility, to pursue the public interest with courage, to speak for greater justice and compassion, to call for responsibility and try to live it as well.” Watch the entire speech here.


On Keith Olbermann’s show Thursday night, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan noted, “The president won‘t even acknowledge a single mistake of significance. And that‘s a problem, because you‘re not going get people to pay attention if you don‘t do that.”


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