Bush sets out on 2nd term with ambitious plans
President Bush today set forth on an ambitious second-term agenda of reshaping Social Security and sparking democracy in the Middle East after wrapping up his inaugural today with moments of prayer and reflection.
His Republican allies said they were eager to begin, as well, while Democrats vowed to resume their fight against "extreme" GOP policies.
Four days of celebrations surrounding Bush's inauguration culminated with a National Prayer Service today, following a tradition set by the nation's first chief executive, George Washington.
The hourlong service, Bush's second visit to the church in two days, brought together 3,200 invited family, Cabinet members, top White House aides and others in the majestic Gothic-style sanctuary of the National Cathedral.
Instrumental and choral music filled the church and an interfaith lineup of Christian and Jewish clergy helped celebrate through prayer the events of the day before -- Bush's swearing-in at the Capitol. The president, who did not speak, was met with anti-war and anti-abortion protesters on his route to and from the cathedral.
Offering one prayer, the Rev. Billy Graham said he believed God had a hand in Bush's re-election.
"Their next four years are hidden from us, but they are not hidden from you," said the 86-year-old evangelist, whom Bush credits with inspiring him to reaffirm his faith and give up drinking at age 40. "You know the challenges and opportunities they will face. Give them a clear mind, a warm heart, calmness in the midst of turmoil, reassurance in times of discouragement and your presence always."
On Thursday, the president was on the go all day, from an... [continues]
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