From the Vault: Second-Term Inaugurations

On the eve of the President Barack Obama's second swearing in, we look into our Washington Week vault at the second-term inaugurations of two presidents before him. How were their experiences different or similar to President Obama's?

In our show from January 21, 2005, Gwen sat with a roundtable to discuss President George W. Bush's challenges with an unpopular Iraq war after beginning his second term with an approval rating hovering near 50 percent.


Eight years earlier, President Bill Clinton was sworn into his second term with a focus on his urban policy plans and a balanced budget legacy. In our January 23, 1997 show, moderator Ken Bode and our panelists examine Clinton's goals for his next four years.