“There is a Chinese curse which says “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we live in interesting times.” — Robert F. Kennedy, 1966
Just one day into 2009, it’s too early to tell how history will regard the previous year. One thing does seem safe to say: we are living in interesting times.
In less than three weeks, America will watch as President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office. When he does, he will become the first African-American President in our nation’s history. Obama’s victory inspired spontaneous celebrations by supporters on Election Night. A record number of voters cast ballots in the historic Presidential election – more than 131 million nationwide.
His victory brings an end to eight years of Republican control of the White House under George W. Bush, who ends his term as the least popular President in recent memory. Although Democrats will take control of the executive office and both houses of Congress, other events of 2008 will challenge Obama’s administration.