BACKGROUND: Not so long ago, there was a show on television called Futurama. And somehow, Richard Nixon's head became a big part of it.
Indeed, one of my favorite parts of the show [besides, of course, Zoidberg] was how Richard Nixon's head somehow became President of the United States. Although this weird and hilarious by itself, it was a subconscious nod to Nixon's ability to overcome the odds and burst back into American political life. I mean, who cares that he resigned in shame and was over 1,000 years old? Nixon showed grit.
Anyway, Jay Nixon's elevation to the Missouri governorship was not terribly surprising. He had effectively campaigned for the office since 2005 and had a lot more statewide name recognition than U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof. But his election was my first chance to see a live inauguration.
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: For one thing, it is always enjoyable to watch a transition of power. That provides reporters with a chance to see who will fill certain posts in an administration. But the inauguration itself was very cool. It's always nice to witness a tradition that goes back decades.
FUN FACT: It was really, really, really, really cold that day.