Barack Obama & JFK

January 20, 2009 on 5:06 pm | By | In News, Notes | 7 Comments

Today is history. I cannot remember ever feeling this thrilled or so hopeful about a new president. The closest thing I can associate with this was the tenor of the nation during the years before the Kennedy assasination. The country was unified behind him and he was beloved by almost everyone. When he was shot I was in school, and I remember students were either stunned or openly weeping. My daughter Wenonah reminded me this morning that once many years ago I spoke to her about the Kennedy years, about how he was loved, how everyone was so positive about—and supportive of—our government. She had told me that she just couldn’t imagine ever feeling that way, or even relate to that experience. After the inauguration this morning she told me that now she understood what I meant.

After November 22nd, 1963, our country entered a long dark era, from which only now it may be emerging. I never thought a day like this would be possible in my lifetime. After all the US has been through I never imagined that we could again elect a person of such intellect and potential as Barack Obama. I believe he is capable of being one of the greatest leaders this nation has ever had. We will all need to re-evaluate what is truly important in our lives, and he and his administration will need the support of all of us to tackle the monumental challenges that lie ahead.


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  1. It was the day that JFK got slain… I took the bus to go to work, from Evanston ILL. to down town… I bought a Newspaper, in the front page “JFK DEAD” in big wooden letters… as soon as I got in the Bus… people started to to react the way people reacts when something fierce had happen… eyes wide open, trembling all over… some ask me, Is that true?…
    Got to the studio, Newspaper on display… I was yeling Put the Radio on… noone could believe it… Ric. you are pulling our legs, that can’t happen here… but it did…then we all went home and watch the funeral on TV for couple of days… Ricardo Rousselot.

    Comment by Ricardo Rousselot — July 13, 2009 #

  2. I too fully agree with all of you!
    The day Barack Obama won the election, I was in Philadelphia… The folks we where visiting took us to a Special Show in a sort of theatre
    in Independence Hall, there we watch a Gentleman making a superb speech, he was talking about Freedom, and the fact that there was an old saying in USA, that every man can succeed in América if he tryed hard enough… and that everyone can be whatever he wished to be… and then added, after a short pause: That’s true now! moist eyes for everyone! GOD BLESS AMERICA!
    Ricardo Rousselot

    Comment by Ricardo Rousselot — July 13, 2009 #

  3. I agree! I felt the same way….love your design work BTW. Big fan of retro inspired anything.

    Comment by Pam — June 8, 2009 #

  4. Michael, I just caught this and I think we finally found something we agree on completely.

    Comment by Daniel Pelavin — April 27, 2009 #

  5. France too, of course, rejoiced in Obama’s election and hopes for the best about him and the US. Paris celebrated this historical day with many events, among them a huge party at the City Hall that almost rivaled the celebration in Washington! Thrilling. The medias, here, often compared Obama to Kennedy, too. Kennedy was, and still is, immensely popular in our country and French are used to think about the Kennedy’s as some sort of “Prince and Princess of United States”. Last year again, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris offered a major fashion, design, furniture, etc.. exhibition titled “The Kennedy Style”. The Kennedy’s are icons, here, as well.

    May the new President bring back the America we were used to love.

    Comment by Stefan — January 27, 2009 #

  6. I was 8 years old and was looking out the window of Miss Clark’s art class at William B. Travis Elementary when news came in about Kennedy’s death on November 22, 1963. The school closed down early and we kids were sent home for about five days of mourning. No programs on TV except news broadcasts of JFK’s death and funeral on all stations.
    As an 8 year old I didn’t know what most of it meant but throughout the years of living in Dallas, the city that killed Kennedy, I’ve come to understand its significance in the struggle this nation had to endure for change.
    Obama to me is as much a hero today as is John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Nelson Mandela. Obama is my ray of hope for a nation that has exploited its people through slavery and poverty with backward thinking bigotry and oppression. Obama is my reason to love this country again that for years I didn’t believe in or trust.
    God Bless President Barack Obama and keep him safe.

    Comment by José Cruz — January 26, 2009 #

  7. Amen. Let’s roll up our sleeves. Great Post!

    Comment by Devlin — January 21, 2009 #

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