Smithsonian curators scout for Obama artifacts

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Museum curators in Washington kept watch during President Barack Obama's second inauguration for symbols and messages that would make history.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will open during Obama's second term with a large display about the first black president.

Curator William Pretzer ventured into the crowd Monday on the National Mall, looking for memorabilia that had a personal touch.

Pretzer spotted Ian Davis of Baltimore pulling two life-sized cutouts of the president and first lady on a cart. The curator asked Davis if he might donate the cardboard images later. Davis had been allowing visitors to take pictures with the "Obamas" for a donation, but police eventually ejected him.

Now, his cutouts might be fit for a museum.

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