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.

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.

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.

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.

The First Draft: The first day

January 21, 2009

The inauguration celebrations are over and the clean up begins as Barack Obama prepares for his first full day of work. OBAMA/

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Judging “The Speech” — what did you think?

January 20, 2009

Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States on Tuesday. In his much-anticipated inaugural speech, he said the “economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.”

Rhyming reverend gets last word at Obama inaugural

January 20, 2009

WASHINGTON – Rev. Joseph Lowery was back on stage with a president, but on Tuesday the civil-rights pioneer used his wry rhymes to welcome the U.S. leader, not skewer him as he did three years ago.  OBAMA

Activists “shoe” Bush out the White House door

January 19, 2009

Critics of outgoing President George W. Bush turned a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House into a  rowdy street theater on the eve of his handover of power to Barack Obama.

Wall Street ponies up for Obama inauguration

January 15, 2009

It’s been a brutal year for Wall Street, but the high rollers apparently still love a big, expensive party.

Second thoughts about attending the inauguration? Try the TV

January 15, 2009

If the prospect of walking for miles in icy temperatures and heavy security is giving you second thoughts about attending the inauguration, Barack Obama has a suggestion.