Thirty-two years after leaving office, Jimmy Carter gets big cheer
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.
Thirty-two years after leaving the White House as a defeated one-term president, the mostly Democratic gathering screamed approval for Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, as they arrived for the ceremony just outside the U.S. Capitol.
To be sure, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a potential 2016 White House contender, received a much louder embrace.
But a grinning Carter was back and so were at least some of the cheers and applause that showered him when he was sworn in as reform-minded president in 1977 in the wake of the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon from office.
All living former presidents are traditionally invited to the presidential inauguration.
But the two others now living, George H.W. Bush, and his son, George W. Bush, declined to attend.
The elder Bush is recovering from a recent hospital stay. The younger Bush has generally kept a low profile since his second term ended in January 2009 and he was replaced by Obama.