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Where were you …

January 20, 2009 - Per Peterson
Every generation has those moments — those “Do you remember where you were when …” moments that continue to add to the history of this country, this world. Those moments can be good, bad, or just plain bizarre and, depending on who you are, some might be more memorable than others. Good moments can include anything from a president being sworn in to the Twins winning the World Series in 1991 in one of the greatest Game 7s to ever take place in the history of Major League Baseball. Bad moments can include anything from 9/11 to Princess Diana being killed. Bizarre moments can include the O.J. Simpson verdict or a plethora of others. The common thread is they all made such an impact on our daily lives that they become etched in our memories forever. And while O.J.’s verdict doesn’t rank up there as the most memorable or earth-shattering moments in the history of the United States, it captivated the entire country enough to make millions of Americans drop everything and turn on CNN just to watch. We had another one of those moments Tuesday morning when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. This, as they say, is one for the history books — a proud moment for African Americans everywhere, for all Americans. Whether or not you’re a Democrat, you should’ve felt proud Tuesday, and as difficult as it might seem at times, we all should also have a renewed sense of optimism about our country. Because no matter the race of our new president, change was sorely needed; this country needed a new leader, a new direction, a new vision for the future. So whether you voted for Obama or John McCain this past November, let’s embrace this changing of the guard and look forward to a future filled with hope and prosperity — here at home and nationwide. It might not happen today, or even within a year, but that future will come. And, more than likely, you’ll remember where you were when it all started.


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