Mr. Bun was inaugurated as Adollya’s seventh president Monday, returning the Republidolly Party to power in the Blue House after a two-year absence. President Bun and Vice President Darla took the reigns from Dollycrats Oliver and Eeyore, whom they defeated in November’s national election.
Bun and Darla were sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Darlene — an Oliver-appointed Dollycrat who also happens to be Darla’s sister — at a noon ceremony Monday. Outgoing President Oliver stood nearby as his successor took the oath of office, then shook paws with President Bun moments later, as seen below.
Newly inaugurated President Bun, his foot still on the Bible, turns around to shake Oliver’s paw after being sworn in Monday. At right are Chief Justice Darlene and, at far right, Bun chief of staff Madereine Rue. Vice President Darla, not shown, had been sworn in a few minutes earlier.
It was the fourth time in Adollyan history that the political parties have traded the presidency. In all cases, the transition has been peaceful and orderly.
In his inaugural address, President Bun said he would “devote the full resources of my administration to protecting Adollya from terrorists, invaders, and trouble-makers.” But he also pledged to maintain the country’s tradition of tolerance, invoking the memory of the human civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. — whose birthday is observed by a national holiday Monday — in saying, “Our nation is and shall remain firmly committed to Dr. King’s dream, the universal dream of equal rights for all humans, animals, and dollies.”
As the audience applauded heartily, President Bun eloquently added, “Squeak!”