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George W. Bush Takes Office As 43rd President Of The United States

George Walker Bush of Texas has taken the oath of office to become the 43rd President of the United States of America.

BushOn a cold Saturday in winter in the capital named after the nation’s first President, George Washington, Bush placed his hand on the same King James bible used by the revolutionary general when he was sworn in 212 years ago.

As required by the United States Constitution, Bush swore this oath:

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Bush takes office as the second son to follow his father into the White House. On the podium as Chief Justice William Rehnquist administered the oath, Bush stood in the presence of the man who defeated his father in 1992 and the vice-president Bush in turn defeated in a still-disputed election that ended only when Rehnquist voted with four other Supreme Court justices to end the Florida recounts. [Read more…]


Justices Of The US Supreme Court – 2000

This table shows the composition of the United States Supreme Court, as of 2000.

The table also provides links to biographies of the Justices and to their recent decisions. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment Trial: Senate Deliberations

These are the proceedings of the Senate for its deliberations in the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.

Senate proceedings of deliberations in the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.

The Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, offered the following prayer:

Holy God, who allows beginnings and brings an end, a time for healing, a time to mend, we ask You to pour out Your palpable, unifying power on this Senate. Today, may the Senators count on You more than they count votes. This is a time neither for gloating over victory nor for grimness over losing, but rather a period for grief over all that has brought us to this day. We are one Nation under You; we repent as a Nation; we turn from conditional ethics and seek to return to the absolutes of Your Commandments. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment Trial: Senate Deliberations

These are the proceedings of the US Senate for its deliberations in the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.

Senate proceedings in the Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton.

The Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, offered the following prayer:

Sovereign God, thank You for the good men and women of this Senate. Today we ask what should be done when really good people disagree. You have shown us so clearly what should and should not be done. When the fabric of our human relationships is being frayed, it is time to deepen our relationship with You. Draw each Senator into healing communion with You that will give physical strength and spiritual assurance of Your unqualified love for him or her. Then in the inner heart give Your peace and direction. Give each Senator the courage to speak truth as she or he hears it and knows it. When this trial is finished, may none feel the pangs of unspoken convictions. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment Trial: Senate Deliberations

The Senate began its deliberations in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton on February 9, 1999.

Senate Impeachment Trial Deliberations (1).

The Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, offered the following prayer:

Almighty God, we renew our trust in You when we realize how much You have entrusted to us. We are stunned by the psalmist’s reminder that You have crowned us with glory and honor and given us responsibility over the work of Your hands. We renew our dependence on You as we assume this breathtaking call to courageous leadership. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment Trial: 50 Questions Asked By Senators

After six days of silence whilst the House Managers presented the case against President Clinton and the White House legal team rebutted the charges, Senators were able to submit written questions to both sides.

The questions were read by the Chief Justice, William Rehnquist.

Text of 50 questions asked by Senators in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

1. Sens. Allard, Bunning, Coverdell and Craig to the House managers:

Is it the opinion of the House managers that the president’s defense team in the presentation mischaracterized any factual or legal issue in this case? If so, please explain. [Read more…]


Chief Justice Rehnquist Convenes Senate Trial of President Clinton

This is the Senate transcript of the opening proceedings of the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

The trial was presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Rehnquist.

Opening proceedings in the Senate trial of President Bill Clinton.

CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST: The Senate will convene as a court of impeachment. The chaplain will offer a prayer.

SENATE CHAPLAIN: Almighty God, whose providential care has never varied all through our nation’s history, we ask you for a special measure of wisdom for the women and men of this Senate as they act as jurors in this impeachment trial. You have been our nation’s refuge and strength in triumphs and troubles, prosperity and problems. [Read more…]