Living Through History


 e107    05 Nov : 01:38
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In all my life, I can think of only two historic events that had to do with my country and were overwhelmingly positive.

In all my life, I can think of only two historic events that had to do with my country and were overwhelmingly positive. That is, I can only think of two before tonight.

The first would be the moon landing. That was July, 1969 and I was about to turn four. I have not remembrance of it per se but it was in my lifetime.

The second would be the Berlin Wall coming down. That was in November of 1989. At that time, I had no inkling of what that meant but I remember listening to Tom Brokaw describing it and feeling like it was a good thing.

Now, I can add November, 2008 to that list. That was when an African-American, for the first time in our nation's history, was elected President of the United States.

At this late hour, it is difficult to encompass the enormity of the event with a simple blog post. Suffice to say, I'm proud of our country for having taken the leap. I'm proud to have cast my vote for Obama after supporting him for the last few months.

Now, two or three generations have something positive with which to define themselves as Americans. For the two positive historical events prior to tonight they can be matched, even outstripped by the tragedies of the dual assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Nixon resignation, the Iranian hostage situation, numerous scandals in Washington, OJ, Challenger and 9.11.

This puts one in the positive column for sure.

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