In the New York Times:
USAToday ran with a really, really big picture:
I said “most of the country” because, apparently, in Atlanta, the inauguration of America's first black president wasn't that big of a news story. Instead, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution decided the bigger, and more important front-page story was former President George W. Bush's return to Texas.My old editor would get annoyed when we got beaten to the news of a car accident by another media outlet. Can you explain to me how Bush's arrival in Dallas was a bigger story than Obama taking the, albeit messed up by Chief Justice John Roberts, oath of office?
They did include a "Note to Our Readers" explaining it thus: "Because of our special Inauguration 2009 section, you'll find non-inauguration national, international and local news in this section." In my experience, if you're including a front-page note to your readers, you've screwed up somewhere. Big. It's almost as bad as a front-page retraction.
Seriously? You couldn't have maybe shoehorned a picture of the front of the new president's face on the front page of your paper? I'm stunned. Seriously staggered by this choice of photos in a major American newspaper.
For some more great images of today's front pages go to the Poynter Institute’s Web site. These are some really cool front pages.