Inauguration 2003

Ernie Fletcher On December 9, 2003, Ernie Fletcher was sworn in as governor of Kentucky—becoming the state’s first Republican governor in 32 years. KET’s coverage of the inaugural parade and public swearing-in ceremony for Fletcher and Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, produced live from Frankfort, is available for online viewing.

Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw co-anchored KET’s Inauguration 2003 coverage, which was produced by Deidre Clark and directed by Carl Babcock. For the inaugural parade, they were joined by Ron Bryant, a Kentucky history specialist with the Kentucky Historical Society.

The archive video has been divided into several segments. Click on a title below to start a segment. All the video requires RealPlayer®; see our help page for more information.

Video Segments

  • Inaugural Parade (2 hours, 30 minutes)
    Looking for a particular parade unit? See the parade details page for a list and links to video segments.

  • Inaugural Prelude (1 hour)
    Includes background information from our hosts and musical selections by the 202nd Kentucky National Guard Band, the Northern Kentucky Children’s Choir, and the Harlan Boys’ Choir.

  • Swearing-In Ceremony (1 hour)
    Remarks by Chief of Staff Daniel Groves, Transition Team Chair Mike Duncan, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Ruth Ann Cox (wife of the lieutenant governor); address by Lt. Gov. Steve Pence followed by the oath of office; a performance of “God Bless America” by the Bishop Family; remarks by first lady Glenna Fletcher and Harold Fletcher Sr., the governor’s father; and the inaugural address by Gov. Fletcher followed by the oath of office.

  • Summary Program (1 hour)
    A taped recap, aired on KET the evening of the inauguration, with the Lafayette High School marching band (alma mater of Gov. and Mrs. Fletcher) and the arrival of the Fletchers from the parade, plus the swearing-in ceremony.