(20 Jan 1989) President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, took a page from President Carter's book when, to the delight of thousands of spectators, they jumped out of their armor-plated limousine and walked part of the inaugural parade route. A squeal went up from the crowd lining Constitution Avenue at the start of the parade as the First Couple emerged from their car nearly half a block after leaving the Capitol. The Bushes, walking behind the limousine in the middle of the street, waved robustly and the crowds returned the salute with gusto, shouting enthusiastically. The Bushes returned to the car after about two blocks along Constitution, but then they got out again as the parade moved up Pennsylvania Avenue. They walked with long, fast strides, waving and smiling gleefully before they returned to the car at 13th Street and Pennsylvania, where thousands were gathered at a plaza known as Freedom Square.
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