This time 16 years ago I was in Washington to see the inauguration of No 42, Bill Clinton.
Like now, it was a freezing January in the city. I can remember all the contrasts. Clinton was a huge fan of the saxophone and could play it some.
Sometime in late April or early May there will be flurries of analysis pieces all headlined ‘Obama: The First 100 Days’.
There’s no doubt about it. It is an enticing headline and implies the first weathervane of how the leader is coping with the new job; and the first signs of the imprint they may evenutally make. (more…)