One year serving his country
A year ago, US President Barack Obama placed his hand on the Bible and assured a weary nation that it could "brave once more the icy currents and endure what storms may come".
In Seattle, Washington, Glen Boyd had entered his own economic storm. A couple of weeks out of work, the Obama supporter nevertheless watched the inauguration with a things-are-bound-to-get-better anticipation.
Now, a year later, Boyd writes in his blog: "We believed what the man said in all those 'yes, we can' speeches. My one question is, where are all those reassuring speeches now?
"To say I'm disappointed by the Obama presidency thus far would be an understatement."
As our picture shows, the president spent yesterday with his daughter Malia (11), serving lunch to people at So Others Might Eat, a social services organisation in Washington.
The message was simple: roll up your sleeves, put your shoulder to the wheel and get on with it.