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Bush to Attend Traditional Inauguration Day Prayer ServiceAired January 20, 2001 - 8:02 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We can only imagine that the president- elect is up. It is a big day for him; this is the most historic day of his life. He spent the night at Blair House -- that is the official guest house of the president of the United States.
And that's where we find our Bob Franken.
BOB FRANKEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: They are rattling around the second floor of Blair House, where they spent the night. Of course, this is the traditional place now where the incoming president spends the night before he moves into his permanent digs or digs for at least four yeas up the street on Pennsylvania Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue right in back of us. Very, very heavy security.
And there's a little bit of a rustling now of more of the security as the Secret Service trucks get in. They go through what always accompanies a president, very elaborate, very, very thorough security as they prepare for him to leave, he, the president-elect and his entourage, within the hour to go up to St. John's Church just up the street.
Now there's going to be a prayer service; it's a tradition. It was a church that was built in 1816. The family will probably not sit in the presidential pew, which is pew 54. Too far back, as a matter of fact, in the church normally now. The presidential family will sit closer to the front.
There will be the prayer service there, then the Bush family will go with -- the President-elect Bush will go with his wife and his family across the street to the White House. We don't know for a fact if he'll go directly there. They could come back here to Blair House to freshen up or something. But in any case, they go over, they have coffee with the outgoing president and the vice president, which of course, is the irony that that was the man that he beat in that contested election, that election that was contested long after the election was held.
Then they will go together and they will go to the stand and the Clintons and the Gores will be the ones who observe as the 43rd president of the United States takes the oath. And George W. Bush and his family then move in to the White House -- Daryn.
KAGAN: Bob, much of course, has been made that George W. Bush is the son of the other George Bush, who was president, who undoubtedly will be here today, but at what point does he join that entourage? Do we expect the elder Bushes to be joining the Bushes as they go to church and to the tea and all that stuff? Or do they appear at the swearing in?
FRANKEN: Well, they would probably be expected to be here. There's going to be an entourage that goes up to the church. There will be about 60 people, we are told, who are going to be actually taking part in the church service. And, of course, now the elder Bush, the former president, is a member of the family.
KAGAN: That he is.
Bob Franken, a member of our family, thank you so much.
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