It's known as the second-term curse. The president wins re-election, then watches his bucket of political capital drip out on to a desert of scandals such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Whitewater and the botched response to Hurricane Katrina.
Well aware of the gloomy history of second terms, President Obama's advisers have taken pains to plot a scandal-free course for next four years ahead, only to find themselves setting a record for the fastest second-term disaster in American history.
According to the U.S. Marine Band, Beyoncé did not perform the national anthem live at yesterday's inauguration ceremony, as her dramatic removal of an earpiece suggested, but lip-synched to her own recording.
"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois told CNN, throwing the pop singer under the proverbial humvee. "She did not actually sing."
Now we have to wonder about everything else in the inauguration. Was Chuck Schumer really allowed get that close to Bey or is that photograph a composite, like an Obama girlfriend? Was that poet guy a CNN hologram? Was anything about the inauguration real?
In fact, no. The real swearing-in took place on Sunday.
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