Tuesday is bigger than movies

Posted by · 8:35 am · January 18th, 2009

White HouseWay off topic for a moment, but I am Canadian, proud of my country, happy to be here, though I confess to having always been fascinated with American history and politics. There are many friends of mine in the United States and I enjoy visiting whenever I can. Cocoa Beach, Florida is a popular destination for my family and Los Angeles is always great fun.

I was four when JFK was killed and vaguely remember my parents being visibly upset at something around that time. As I grew older I was most aware, and deeply saddened when Martin Luther King Jr. was killed and watched the train carry RFK home, tears streaming down my cheeks for reasons I did not understand. Watching Nixon resign was bittersweet because I always believed he had it in him to be a great President (and indeed proved to be a great Statesman), and watched with great interest when George Dubya was “elected” in 2000.

Never in my lifetime did I expect an African-American to be elected President of the United States. There would always be too much racial hatred, too much anger, too much prejudice. What a pleasant shock to find that was not true, that people really wanted a change. To quote “2010”: “Something’s happening…something wonderful.”

We are in the midst of witnessing history this week, seeing something extraordinary. In remarkable recognition of what might have been, Obama’s own children stated it would have been just as exciting to have seen Hilary Clinton win and a woman lead the United States.

I am staying home Tuesday because I want to see history as it happens.  And I welcome Obama’s chance to take America into the next stage of their greatness.

And I have every confidence he will do just that.

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  • 1 1-18-2009 at 8:45 am

    Ben said...

    You might want to double check your calendar… the inauguration is on Tuesday, not Wednesday.

  • 2 1-18-2009 at 9:06 am

    John Foote said...

    Right you are — ooooops. Kris can you change that for me?

  • 3 1-18-2009 at 9:12 am

    Andrew L. said...

    I was thinking “maybe he’s in another time zone”… but that still didn’t make sense.

  • 4 1-18-2009 at 9:21 am

    Dan said...

    Only thing i’m looking forward to this week is the Oscar Nominations.

  • 5 1-18-2009 at 9:34 am

    A.J said...

    I agree with Dan. Inaugurations are just boring and it already feels like he’s president so what’s tomorrow? A party. Or ten. Multiple major upper class events in this economic climate? I think it’s odd and perhaps hypocritical? I mean don’t get me wrong, I love Obama and can’t wait for “W” to get the fuck out of here.

  • 6 1-18-2009 at 10:11 am

    James D. said...

    Cocoa Beach, huh? Why would you come vacation here? I try to leave as much as possible.

  • 7 1-18-2009 at 10:21 am

    N8 said...

    I too John am proud to be a citizen of this fine country, but recently not so proud of those clowns in Ottawa. It’s a circus, and Harper’s the ringmaster.

    Watching Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday will be an encouraging diversion. Hopefully he can set a good example to those “proroguees” in parliment.

  • 8 1-18-2009 at 11:15 am

    Xavier said...

    Watching the Inauguration on Tuesday will be amazing, unprecedented, profound…

    Many of my friends have even arranged to travel to Washington to witness history being made.

    January 20th, 2009 will be one of the greatest days of the decade, for the change and progressivism that it will symbolize and the hope and optimism that it will foster…

    I shan’t ever forget it.

  • 9 1-18-2009 at 11:25 am

    Big Braveheart said...

    Well done to Big O and good luck but the important thing is that The Dark Knight gets
    a Best Pic nom and walks away with the award!!

  • 10 1-18-2009 at 12:29 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Friggin’ Canadians.


  • 11 1-18-2009 at 12:34 pm

    John Foote said...

    Nice Kris…and thanks.

  • 12 1-18-2009 at 1:45 pm

    Trevor Keilholtz said...


  • 13 1-18-2009 at 2:39 pm

    Simone said...

    I work a double shift on Tuesday, and I’m glad. I’ll be far from a tv. The hype over Obama makes me ill. I wish I could be happy, but, I’m very indifferent towards him.

  • 14 1-18-2009 at 3:47 pm

    Mr. 9 said...

    “Elected” you say…

    President Bush was elected – not without some controversy, but he was elected nonetheless.

    I always remind people that it’s the electoral college that matters, not the popular vote. And President Bush wasn’t the first president to win an election with such controversy, it’s just that he was the most recent.

    And this being America, which has very few of its citizens knowledgable of its history, most folks don’t recall the past controversial elections.

  • 15 1-18-2009 at 11:16 pm

    Barry said...

    Simone, you must be indifferent towards common sense as well.