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A student reported her purse stolen from her vehicle Saturday at Timber Brook apartments. An officer investigated a loud noise complaint Sunday at Centennial Court apartments A nonstudent was arrested on under suspicion of failure to identify as a fugitive during a routine traffic stop on 400 S. Nedderman Dr. A student was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital on Sunday for stomach pains An officer responded to a loud noise complaint Monday at West Crossing apartments. A student was issued a disciplinary referral and citation for drug paraphernalia possession Monday at Brazos Hall.

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Public relations senior Taylor Sturgeon orders lunch from Chick-fil-A on Tuesday while renovations are being made. Renovations are expect to be completed by Monday.

The bathroom previously didn’t comply wtih ADA standards. BY DUSTIN L. DANGLI The Shorthorn staff

The University Center welcomed in the new year with a couple of cosmetic modifications, including the foyer restrooms and the Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Plaza Food Court. UTA renovated the restroom facilities closest to Bowling and Billiards and the Bluebonnet Ballroom during winter break. The $200,000 changes include a complete overhaul of the counter tops, tile work, fixtures and partitions to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, said David Albart, University Center Operations Director. The ADA currently outlines strict regulations concerning public restroom accessibility for urinals, toilet stalls, grab bars, floor space and counter and faucet heights. “Additionally, the restrooms were starting to look pretty dated, as they have not been worked on since they were installed in 1987,” he said. The new look caught the eyes of several students including political science sophmanaging-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu News Editor ................................. Jason Boyd news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Assistant News Editor ................ Mark Bauer news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Design Editor .............................. Marissa Hall design-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Copy Desk Chief ............... Andrew Williamson copydesk-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Sports Editor ......................... Stephen Peters

omore Chris Corbelic, who noticed the changes immediately. “It’s a lot nicer,” he said. “It smells good, and it looks good.” Not yet completed, the face of the Chick-fil-A restaurant remains covered by a simple blue board displaying the restaurant’s dining options to hide the remodeling. The update began Dec. 15 and should be finished Jan. 26. The new look includes updated tiles and signs to match the new color scheme for all Chick-fil-A restaurants. “It’s going to mimic going to an actual Chick-fil-A,” retail operations manager Raj Surinarain said. Along with the face-lift, the restaurant also received new kitchen equipment, including a waffle-fry fryer and dispenser, sandwich dispenser and ice dispenser. Chick-fil-A employee Koushik Sadish said the renovations haven’t stopped him from serving food, and everything is business as usual. Aside from these changes, Albart said there are no future renovations planned for the UC.

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The restrooms closest to the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom were renovated to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards during winter break. The ADA currently outlines strict regulations concerning public restroom accessibility for urinals, toilet stalls, grab bars, floor space and counter and faucet heights.

“Additionally, the restrooms were starting to look pretty dated, as they have not been worked on since they were installed in 1987.” David Albart, University Center Operations Director

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New scholarship to encourage Honors College achievers The award amount is $20,000 per year, for four consecutive years. By tAiBA shEErin AhMAd Contributor to The Shorthorn

UTA will offer a new scholarship program, the Honors Distinction Scholarship, starting Fall 2009. The new merit-based scholarship will provide $20,000 per year for up to four consecutive years for first-time incoming freshmen. The deadline for applying is Feb. 16. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As far as I know, this has to be the most generous scholarship ever offered by the university,â&#x20AC;? Honors College dean Karl Petruso said. The requirements for the scholarship include a minimum SAT score of 1300 and admission to the university and Honors College by the deadline. Ten finalists will be invited for interviews in the spring.

The Shorthorn: Meghan Williams

KEEping Fit Arlington High School senior and lifeguard Carly Johnston takes a dip Tuesday at the Physical Education Building. Johnston plans to attend the university next year and major in Kinesiology.

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Grad students compete in development project Business and architecture students participate in the urban design competition. By Ali MustAnsir Contributor to The Shorthorn

For the first time since 2004, UTA students are participating in the Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Student Competition. The competition offers students from across the country an opportunity to simulate a real-life development project. The Urban Land Institute has supplied them with details for a location a mile and a half south of downtown Denver for the simulation. The team, which consists of five graduate students from the College of Business and the School of Architecture, began stage one of the competition, which runs until Feb. 2. They will compete against teams from schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Pennsylvania State University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ULI Hines competition is a great way to throw yourself into the vast world of development,â&#x20AC;? said business and

real estate graduate stu- ing the previous winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dent Lauren Morgan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At presentations and using a the end of the initial two case study provided by an weeks, we will have rede- external professional adveloped a design district viser. After finalists for the with consideration to land are anuse, circulation, infra- competition nounced Feb. structure, demo23, they are graphics, susflown to the lotainability and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ULI Hines cation in March financial feasi- competition is to refine their bility.â&#x20AC;? design. The fiJack Buchan- a great way to nalists will then an, landscape throw yourself travel to Washarchitecture and ington, D.C., to city and regional into the vast present their planning gradu- world of project to the ate student, Urban Land stressed the im- development.â&#x20AC;? Institute jury portance of the lauren Morgan, on April 2. business side of business and real esThe winning the team. tate graduate student team is awardâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We must be ed $50,000 to able to show financially it can work,â&#x20AC;? he be divided between the said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Design has to equal school and participating students. feasibility.â&#x20AC;? Other students involved Buchanan emphasized the importance of the real- are landscape architeclife experiences this com- ture graduate student petition gives to students Hae Young Lee, landscape architecture graduwho participate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You only get so much ate student Jared Sylor from an education,â&#x20AC;? he and architecture graduate said about the personal student Samuel Langkop. Architecture assistant probenefits of participating. Andrew Hansz, real fessor Taner Ozdil also suestate associate profes- pervises. sor and graduate adviser, said the team prepared for Ali MustAnsir the competition by studynews-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Unique. Expressionistic. Compelling. Such are the stories told by North Texas filmmakers for area viewers through a camera lens via KERA’s “Frame of Mind,” said Bart Weiss, art and art history associate professor. The show, Weiss said, though it has been around for years, initially experienced rough times after original producers left for other projects. But Weiss stayed on and has continued producing the show. He said the show has “done well” despite the early years. The program showcases works from independent Texas filmmakers on a broad range of topics. “Sometimes they’ll be documentaries, dramas, music videos and expressionistic things,” Weiss said. Weiss uses a 24-hour video race to attract content for the show. During the race, each participating team uses a theme, prop, location and dialogue that comes together in a 5-minute or less short film. All production takes place

within 24 hours. But for film senior Daniel Laabs, whose piece “Deep Ellum in Passing” was recently featured on “Frame of Mind,” the opportunity came from the producer’s discretion. In Laabs’ case, the producer is also his professor. Originally, in order to avoid favoritism accusations, Weiss was reluctant to include any work from UTA students in the program, but he made an exception for Laabs’ film, which he considered well done. “Bart called me and said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna do Deep Ellum,’” Laabs said. “I got excited and recorded it.” Deep Ellum, an East Dallas art and entertainment district, has fallen on rough times over the years, resulting in the collapse of area businesses. As such, part of Laabs’s motivation for making the short film was personal. “I was part of a band that played Deep Ellum,” Laabs said. “My friends and I thought it was sad what was happening in the area. Clubs were closing week by week.”

Three weeks of the project went toward filming of the swiftly diminishing cultural district. Although Laabs hasn’t seen a career boost by his film’s inclusion on the show, having the experience on his resume remains a plus. “It’s really a special show because there’s nothing like it around here,” he said. Weiss had advice for prospective filmmakers submitting work for the show. He said their work must be “fresh, interpretive, and show things that wouldn’t otherwise be shown on public television.” Meg Fullwood, KERA’s public relations manager, called “Frame of Mind” a “wonderful series” that highlights the work of North Texas filmmakers. “While the themes may vary episode to episode, the work is always unique and compelling,” she said. “KERA is pleased to work with the Video Association of Dallas in producing this series and sharing the voice and vision of local filmmakers with our community.” Johnathan Silver news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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UTA-Hosts to have welcome back mixer on Thursday UTA-Hosts is giving a welcome back mixer from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Bowling and Billiards in the University Center. The mixer is for UTA mentors, mentees and upperclassmen who are considering becoming mentors and for first semester students who are interested in becoming mentees. The mentors are group members who give advice to those (the mentees) who want

to learn more about college life. “The welcome back mixer is a way that mentors and mentees can regroup and get together,” said Molly Alfers UTAHosts staff coordinator. The mixer will have fun activities such as board games, bowling and video games. The social is a way to show that UTA-Hosts is an organization that matches mentors with incoming students.

“If you want to become a mentor there is no set time — it is what you’re willing to give your mentee,” said Jennifer Lopez, UTA Hosts student coordinator. Two completed semesters, a minimum 2.0 GPA and the ability to attend training sessions are interested mentors’ requirements.

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2) They are very ambitious, which is extremely important in doing all of During the winter break, when this, and 3) I smell an I-35 rivalry breweveryone was either out celebrating, snug at home or taking winter classes ing in the next decade or so between to stay on course to graduate at the UTSA and its flagship school UTend of this semester, the university got Austin — not that important, but caught with its pants down, again, as always fun to think about. You might be asking yourself, “Is a another Southland Conference affilicolumn about UTSA really worth the ate joined the ranks of schools with an space?” And that’s a fair question. An NCAA-sanctioned football program. This is not another plea for football interesting quote from UTSA President Ricardo Romo (no relation to — stick with me. First, it was Lamar University, Tony) is in the release. He said, “Athwhich had already begun a coaching letics at UTSA has been the subject of search and started on a recruiting much discussion for many months.” Months? Seriously, just months? trail, even before the Texas State sysLast time I checked, the football/ tem approved it, and now they will begin play in 2010 for the first time special events arena discussion here at UTA has been ongoing since the early since 1989. part of this decade when As of Thursday, Dec. 18, students overwhelmingly 2008, UTSA will also have approved the idea to infootball and should begin crease student fees to bring playing its first games by back football. In 2004, 2011. however, our beloved presiAccording to a release dent said, through conissued by UTSA Today, ducted research, it was not the board approved the then in the best interest school’s athletic initiative of the university to bring business plan calling for back football, and the idea the university to “develop would be open for “reinvesan $84 million competiSTEPHEN PETERS tigation” in five years. tive athletic complex over Instead, what we were the several years and add told was that a special an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS / formerly Divi- events center was going to be taking sion I-AA) football program with the place of the infamous ‘stage’ also the intent to advance the athletics known as Texas Hall, and preliminary department’s existing 16 intercolle- plans had been put in place for a giate sports programs plus football to $38-million facility. In April 2005, students, once an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision again, overwhelmingly approved (FBS / formerly division Division I-A) having a student fee increase for the conference.” What is gathered from that state- project. From the $6-per-semestercredit-hour fee increase — $2 would ment is that: 1) Obviously no economic down- be used for the arena’s operating costs. The other $4 was for the addition to turn affects UTSA, BY STEPHEN PETERS

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Scouting the Lumberjacks (11-4, 3-0) Six-foot-nine senior forward Matt Kingsley is third in the conference in scoring at 18.3 points per game. Senior forward Josh Alexander is also in the top 25, scoring 14.7 points a contest. In their current four-game winning streak, the Lumberjacks are outscoring opponents by an average of 14.3 points. Scouting the Mavericks (9-7, 2-1) In the three conference games, the Mavs are averaging 6.33 more assists per game than turnovers, which is tops in the league. Sophomore guard Jeremy Smith is averaging a team-high four assists per game in conference. Saturday’s 100-point performance was the first time the team reached the century mark since November 2007 against Texas Southern (102-72). Inside the Series Unveiling of the 2008 Southland Conference Tournament championship banner takes place before the game. This meeting marks the 54th time the two schools have met. Stephen F. Austin owns the overall series lead 27-26. The Lumberjacks defeated the Mavericks last year at Texas Hall 71-49, the worst defeat at home since 2003 and snapped the Mavs’ school-record 17 straight home wins. SFA brings in a four-game winning streak. UTA is 4-0 at home this season. — Stephen Peters

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Inside artist rendition of the proposed HKS Architects designed Special Events Center.

the Activities Building, now known as the MAC. It’s been four years since this approval and absolutely no ground breaking has begun, nor has there been a definitive statement as to where the arena will be built. From unconfirmed sources, the City of Arlington and the university are at odds as to where to build it — one entity wants it in downtown Arlington, the other on campus, somewhere. Heck, an official announcement hasn’t even been given as to when the arena is coming. We, and by we, I mean UTA, have been told numerous times that there will be an announcement for an announcement for the arena, coming soon. Sounds like a Mike Jones verse. Instead, we get announcements such as ‘Tier 1 status could take 10 years’ or ‘Diversity fountain coming to library mall.’ I still haven’t met an average student who knows or, in

fact, even cares about Tier 1 status and what it means. And this is no knock on the College of Engineering, but they get brand new buildings for research and new classrooms and new faculty offices — we’ve got to keep that faculty tenured. It’s obvious I chose the wrong UT System school to attend. Romo and the heads at UTSA seem to have their ears keen on what students say and want. UTA, on the other hand, seems to care too much about looking pretty and having great qualifiers next to its name. Leave that up to TCU . But as it stands now, UTA is the lone charter member of the Southland Conference to not field a football team. Just keep it relative — we’re undefeated since 1986. — Stephen Peters is a journalism senior and can be heard weekdays from 7-8 a.m. on “Sports Banter in the Morning” on radio.uta.edu.

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“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” Barack OBama

Inauguration seen both here and in Washington Wisdom said she attended because it was a change for the nation. “It makes me feel that everyone has an equal opportunity, no matter what you are and what dreams By Bryan BastiBle you have,” she said. “You could still The Shorthorn staff accomplish anything.” While the campus commuWhether watching President Barack Obama’s inauguration nity followed the inauguration on from the University Center or TV, some traveled to Washington, standing on the National Mall in D.C., to witness it firsthand. UniWashington, D.C., everyone knew versity President James Spaniolo attended and kept a blog of his exchange was coming. Because many students and periences on the university’s Web faculty could not attend the event site. “Obama’s speech was powerful in Washington, D.C., the university hosted separate inauguration and inspiring, and you could feel his seriousness and watch parties in the intensity,” SpaniUniversity Center “It almost brings olo said in his post Palo Duro Lounge, Tuesday. “Great the Central Library tears to your eyes. excitement, includsixth floor, the There’s nothing I’ve ing the glitterati Maverick Activities around me, includCenter second floor experienced quite ing Maria Shriver, lounge and the like this.” Denzel WashPlanetarium. ington, P. Diddy, Eyes glued to James spaniolo, Smokey Robinson the screens, the university president and others. Cold audiences at the bodies, but warm watch parties were silent as Obama took the oath of hearts and motivated minds.” Spaniolo said it was great to be office. “It’s such a special time for in Washington, D.C., and it was an America,” special events director experience of a lifetime. “I’ve been coming to WashingSusan English said. She attended the Palo Duro Lounge watch party. ton for 45 years — the first time “It’s like a new beginning. I think was in June 1963 a few months people see that change and want to before the Kennedy assassination be a part of it. It shows the Ameri- and when Washington was still a segregated city,” he said in his can spirit.” Management senior John Monday blog post. “I’ve never seen Williams said having an African- so many African-Americans here American president could lay the looking so proud. It almost brings groundwork for future minority tears to your eyes. There’s nothing I’ve experienced quite like this.” presidents. Regina Berdugo, modern lan“Many of us thought this day wouldn’t happen, but I got a guages graduate student, also atchance to live and see this day tended Obama’s inauguration. “Beautiful experience, beautihappen,” he said. Business marketing junior ful moment, beautiful history and Roya Bland said she went to a beautiful memory, and no one can watch party because she had no- take that away from me,” she said. where else to see the inauguration. “This is truly a country proud of its She said Obama appeals to many president.” Berdugo said she had watched people. “He is down to earth,” she said. previous inaugurations but that Mechanical engineering soph- Tuesday’s was a big change. “This is one big change that omore Omar Rosales said he came to a watch party because he want- everyone should support,” she said. “It’s a new change I think people ed to see other people’s reactions. “I think Obama appeals to so wanted, and it has been given to many people because he doesn’t us.” focus on one group,” he said. “He focuses on people as a whole, and Bryan BastiBle everyone can relate to that.” news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Marketing senior Monique

Watch parties were held at the UC Palo Duro Lounge, MAC and other locations.

AP Photo: Jae C. Hong

Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Obama’s inaugural speech a quiet call to arms for Americans The new president rallies Americans to be accountable for actions of the nation. the associated press

WASHINGTON (AP) — He spoke with gravity of the troubled times at hand and with confidence of the possibilities ahead, giving subtle nod to the groundbreaking nature of his ascendance to the presidency. Barack Obama used his inaugural address Tuesday to sketch a quiet and thoughtful portrait of the nation as it is, and as it should be. And then he placed the onus for moving from the realities of today to the promise of the future squarely on the nation at large. The burden of hope, of change, is not simply the president’s, he reasoned, but a shared mission given to all Americans. “Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed,” Obama said. “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” Obama spoke of a “new era of responsibility” and of “our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.”

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It was both a call for personal accountability, and a repudiation of the Bush years. The expectations could not have been higher for Obama, known for his eloquence as a speaker, and he answered them with a speech that was both compact and powerful. Only time will tell if the words resonate in the nation’s memory as long as his acts in office are certain to do. Rather than a collection of sound bites, his 18-minute address was a set piece, meant to be listened to from start to finish. Without overreaching for soaring rhetoric, he spoke first to the challenges at hand. “At these moments,” he told the nation, “America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.” Unlike John F. Kennedy’s inaugural, which spoke of a blaring trumpet that summons the nation to service, Obama’s was a quiet call to arms. In his unflinching description of the challenges ahead, he echoed Franklin D. Roosevelt, who spoke in his first inaugural of grim “common difficulties” that the country would conquer together.

nonetheless spoke of the limits of government. “It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the continued from page 1 selflessness of workers who would seemed somber as he stood on the rather cut their hours than see a Capitol steps, placed his left hand on friend lose their job which sees us the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln through our darkest hours,” he said. and repeated the inaugural oath “to “It is the firefighter’s courage to storm preserve, protect and defend” a Con- a stairway filled with smoke, but also stitution that originally defined blacks a parent’s willingness to nurture a as three-fifths of a person. A deafen- child, that finally decides our fate.” Obama’s 10-year-old daughter, ing cheer went up. “What is required of us now is Malia, aimed a camera at her father as he spoke. a new era of reMichelle leaned sponsibility — a onto the edge of recognition, on her seat, body the part of every tensed and brow American, that knitted. we have duties “Starting to ourselves, our today, we must nation, and the pick ourselves up, world, duties that dust ourselves off we do not grudgand begin again ingly accept but AP Photo: Charles Dharapak the work of rerather seize gladly,” Obama said. The presidential seal is affixed on the door making America,” Obama said. “This is the price of the new presidential limousine that took He alluded to and the promise President George W. Bush and Presidentthe inability — of citizenship.” elect Barack Obama from the White House or unwillingness On the in- to the inauguration ceremony. — of Americans augural parade to adjust to the route, Obama and his wife, Michelle, climbed out of passing of an industrial-based econthe heavily armored presidential lim- omy. “Our economy is badly weakousine and walked a few blocks along ened, a consequence of greed and famed Pennsylvania Avenue, waving irresponsibility on the part of some, to adoring crowds under the watchful but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation eyes of security agents. Obama wove a thread of per- for a new age,” he said. With that, the sonal responsibility and accountabil- 47-year-old former Illinois senator ity through his inaugural address, an transformed himself — from a candi18-minute sermon on civic duty. A date claiming his campaign is about liberal Democrat proposing billions the voters to a president promising to of dollars in new spending, Obama put the nation in the people’s hands.

More highlights froM the address “Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.” “And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.” “We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.” “The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth. All this we can do. And all this we will do.” Source: cnn.com

Bush bids goodbye at Capitol grounds After President Barack Obama’s inauguration, Bush and his family head to Texas. the associated press

WASHINGTON (AP) — With one last handshake with President Barack Obama, George W. Bush boarded a helicopter on Tuesday at the Capitol and began his postpresidential life, closing a two-term administration marked by war, recession and the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Vice President Joe Biden gave Bush a brief salute as the chopper left the Capitol grounds and headed to Andrews Air Force Base, flying over the throngs of supporters who came to Washington for the historic inauguration of the 44th president. The unpopular incumbent and Obama, who has ascended to rockstar status even as he faces daunting and international challenges, stood with their wives on the Capitol steps smiling and laughing. If there were any hard feelings between the incoming Democrat and outgoing Republican, they weren’t apparent in the Bush send-off at the base of the helicopter. The two men hugged and clasped hands one final time, sealing the transfer of power. Bush actually began the first few minutes as an ex-president listening to a musical prelude at the swearing-in ceremony. Obama had not yet taken the oath of office, but while the musicians played, he

AP Photo: Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, right, bid farewell to former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush at a waiting Marine helicopter on the East front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. after Obama was sworn in as the 44th president on Tuesday.

became president at noon EST, according to the Constitution. Some in the crowd, weary of Bush’s eight years in office, booed the president when the large viewing screens near the World War II Memorial flashed an image of the exiting president arriving at the swearing-in. Moments later, rounds of cheers welled up as the same screens showed the incoming first lady, Michelle Obama, and her two daughters, Sasha and Malia. Unfazed by his unpopularity, Bush smiled and waved throughout the day’s activities. He blew a kiss out the window of his limousine

as he left the White House with Obama. After the inauguration ceremony, some in the crowd waved at the aircraft in the sky. Others, however, cheered when they heard a television broadcaster announce, “George Bush is no longer president of the United States.” Still others in the crowd, broke into chants of “Na-nana-nah, hey, hey, hey, goodbye.” Earlier in the day, a cheerful Bush and his wife, Laura, hosted Obama and his wife, Biden and his wife, Jill, and lawmakers for coffee in the Blue Room of the White House.

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