Where were you when you first heard that Barack Obama was
going to be elected as the next President of the
We have moments in our lives that cause us to say “I’ll always remember where I was when I heard the news.” Some of those moments are known to only a few, such as the birth or death of a loved one or the beginning or end of a relationship. More of those moments happen around events that are shared by millions, such as the death of a public figure or the news of an act of war.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard that John F.
Kennedy had been killed, when the Challenger had exploded, or when the first
plane crashed into the
It seems odd to me that most of the memories I have of these epochal moments are about events that were tragedies. About the only celebratory events I can recall in this vein are sports victories, and those are not epochal moments, no matter how hard we try to believe in them. (There are always just as many people who think of those moments in a negative vein, since there is a loser for every winner in a sporting event.)
I was driving from
I decided to vote for Barack Obama soon after he and his opponent picked their running mates. Though I was inclined to pick Obama earlier in the race, I thought it would be best to wait to decide until I learned who the Vice Presidential candidates would be. Obama’s pick confirmed what I suspected about him: that he would surround himself with team members who had strengths he did not himself possess. McCain’s pick confirmed my worst fears about him since he had started tacking to the right before getting the nomination: that he would do or say almost anything to get elected, and he would even make an irresponsible choice of running mate to attract votes from the far right.
Four years ago, a friend from
If you judged the probable results of the election from the yard signs in our neighborhood, it was going to be very close. And I did not believe the pre-election polls were very accurate, even though they showed Obama with a seven-point lead in the last poll prior to the election. There were too many unknowns and firsts in this election, and too much was at stake.
We were listening to NPR on the drive home that night. It was turned down low as the commentators
filled the airtime with human interest stories.
At about 9:30 p.m., as we watched a half moon rise over the landscape on
US Route 33 near
The voice said “We are now predicting that Barack Obama will
Where were you? Will you remember this as an epochal moment in your life?
P.S. The title of this story was inspired by the Jackson Browne song of the same name from his 2008 CD entitled “Time the Conqueror.”