from Jack Shafer:

Does anyone actually believe in a ‘second-term curse’?

By Jack Shafer
January 24, 2013

Just as farmers plant and reap with the seasons, political journalists consult the calendar for the best time to scatter seed and harvest, with second-term inaugurations being the preferred juncture to deploy temple-tapping discussions of the "second-term curse," the notion that special doom awaits any modern president who wins the White House a second time.

from Tales from the Trail:

Thirty-two years after leaving office, Jimmy Carter gets big cheer

January 21, 2013

Jimmy Carter got a big hand and roar of approval from a festive and perhaps somewhat charitable crowd on Monday at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

from Tales from the Trail:

Ninety-two-year-old “Tuskegee Airman” salutes racial progress, Obama

January 21, 2013

WASHINGTON - They were treated like second-class citizens in World War Two - but overcame racial prejudice to emerge as bona fide heroes.

from Tales from the Trail:

McConnell: New Obama term offers divided Washington new start

January 21, 2013

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who drew fire in 2010 when he declared that his top goal was to deny President Barack Obama re-election, quickly congratulated the president on Monday as Obama began four more years in office.

from Afghan Journal:

Will voters in your town believe Karzai is worth dying for?

November 21, 2009

Karzai reviews honour guard ahead of his inauguration at his sprawling Kabul palace on Nov. 19
In his inauguration speech on Thursday, Afghan president Hamid Karzai promised to combat corruption and appoint competent ministers, heading off the growing chorus of criticism from the West that his government is crooked and inept. Unsurprisingly, the Western dignitaries in the audience declared that they liked what they heard.

from Afghan Journal:

Can the West salvage Karzai’s reputation?

November 17, 2009

karzai

That sure was fast.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told American TV audiences that Afghan President Hamid Karzai needed to take steps to fight graft, including setting up a new anti-corruption task force, if he wants to keep U.S. support. Less than 24 hours later, there was Karzai’s interior minister at a luxury hotel in Kabul -- flanked by the U.S. and British ambassadors -- announcing exactly that. A new major crimes police task force, anti-corruption prosecution unit and special court will be set up, at least the third time that Afghan authorities and their foreign backers have launched special units to tackle corruption.

from Photographers' Blog:

Camera in the crowd

January 27, 2009

It was an early wake up call for Barack Obama’s inauguration day, and I was assigned to photograph the enormous crowds on the National Mall in Washington. I left the office with New York City based photographer Shannon Stapleton, only to find out the crowds of people would prevent us from entering the National Mall. Even without media accreditation the amount of people trying to gain access to the National Mall became a giant obstacle.

from FaithWorld:

GUESTVIEW: Amazing Grace — a rabbi’s view of the inaugural prayer service

By Reuters Staff
January 23, 2009

The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the author’s alone. The author, Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, is a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and author of the novel A Delightful Compendium of Consolation.

from Tales from the Trail:

Michael J. Fox hopeful on Obama’s commitment to stem cell research

January 22, 2009

At an inauguration event at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., actor Michael J. Fox spoke with Reuters reporter John McCrank about his hopes for the Obama administration.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Which is the real live Obama?

January 21, 2009

Blog Guy, did you go to the inauguration yesterday?

You bet. See this crowd shot? I'm behind those people. It was an amazing experience, and I got some nice shots of the new President.