Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Dear Andrew and Isaac,
Last night was probably one of those nights that people will ask: "What were you doing when _________?" You know, like: "what were you doing when the Challenger exploded?" "What were you doing on 9/11?" "What were you doing when Barack Obama was elected president?" I think, it just might be, that kind of important.
Barack Obama's election is a big deal. It's a big deal for a lot of reasons. I think, ultimately, indisputably, it is a big deal because he is the first African American president. I wouldn't have been able to predict this. I think many Americans thought that it would not happen in their lifetime. And, here, in your lifetime, in my lifetime, it happened. And it makes me excited, and even proud to be an American.
But his election is also a big deal because our country is in crisis. We are engaged in two separate, controversial wars. Our economy is a disaster. And there are serious concerns about the environment and energy resources. Right now feels like the brink of something. And it could go either way. It could be the brink of something wonderful. Or it could be the brink of something else.
I am really hoping for wonderful.
I don't know that Obama will be able to fix the problems. I don't know if, by the time you are able to read this, if there will be the kind of improvement we are all hoping for. But I sure hope so. A lot of people hope so. And I'll be praying for wisdom for Obama as he takes on this incredible challenge.
So when they ask, when they ask you what you were doing when Obama was elected president,
Andrew: You were sleeping in your spaceship pajamas, in your toddler bed, in our little Brooklyn apartment. You were 3, full of life and had had a piece of birthday cake at a friend's house before dinner that night.
Isaac: You were sleeping in your puppy pajamas, in your crib, in our little Brooklyn apartment. You were 6 months, soft and snuggly and had had pureed squash for dinner that you ate off a silver spoon (not our silver spoon unfortunately).
So there is your snapshot of history.
I am anxious to see it unfold.
Posted by Dave at 1:17 PM