I don't know about you guys, but I got used to momentous things happening all the time. Living in the Bush years was a Chinese curse -- interesting things happening all the time. War and rumors of war.
Two objects flying through the air. In a sense, the Bush presidency started with two planes flying into two towers. It ended with two shoes being flung at the President's head. From the powerfully affecting to the ridiculous.
You could turn on the T.V. and get a vicarious roller coaster ride by watching the Dow Jones, or see a huge, big name company self-immolating.
Or turn on the Oberdolferman, and listen to him rant about something outrageous that McCain did, or turn on Faux News and hear Sarah Palin say something incredibly stupid.
It was like living through the Sixties again, or something. You just think it's normal at the time, and then when things settle down again you realize you've just ridden out a storm.
I think the Israelies pulling out of Gaza just before Omama's swearing in was a symbol of all the crap that went on.
Or....we can hope.
We can hope Obama is an Eisenhower, not a Kennedy. Calm and steady and undramatic. A get things done, kind of guy. That the public will be consensus not contentious. That we'll all learn to live within our means again.
Or....most probably not.
Most probably it will indeed be a Chinese Curse century. That we're just seeing a lull before the storm.
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