The first inauguration of the 21st century and the new millennium followed one of the most contested elections in U.S. history, which hinged on a few thousand disputed ballots in Florida. Vice President Albert Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush took their case to the Supreme Court. More than a month after the election, Bush was declared the winner following the Supreme Court's decision that the state's different systems of recounting in different counties violated the Constitution's equal protection provision. Governor Bush, the son of former president George Bush, took the oath of office from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who had also sworn in his father.
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