This week marks the Presidential Inauguration of Donald R. Trump, the 45th man (so far) to hold the office. I realized in counting on my fingers and toes that it will be my 14th Inauguration working as a professional journalist. This is the tote board.
Richard Nixon first - 1969: reporter for United Press International
Richard Nixon second - 1973 - reporter for Time magazine
Gerald Ford 1975 - writer for The CBS Evening News
Jimmy Carter - 1977 - assignment editor, NBC News
Ronald Reagan 1st - 1981 - freelance writer/ producer
Ronald Reagan 2nd - 1985 - producer, CBS News
George H.W. Bush - 1989 - Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today, The TV Show
Bill Clinton 1st - 1993 - Producer, PBS, the Charlie Rose show
Bill Clinton 2nd - 1997 - Producer, CNN,Larry King Live
George W. Bush - 2001 - Freelance producer MSNBC
George W. Bush - 2005 - writer New York Social Diary/ Host, The Q&A Cafe
Barack Obama - 2009 - New York Social Diary, Washington Columnist / The Q&A Cafe
Barack Obama, 2013 - Editor-at-Large/Photographer, Washingtonian magazine
Donald Trump - 2017 - producer, MSNBC
What this means, in sum, is while I've seen a lot I've not seen it all.