Bright Shining Moments…

I love this air of hopefulness, this air of accomplishment, this air of vision and foreword thinking. In 2000 we missed the feeling of change, the feeling of renewal because of that hotly contested election that dragged on well into December. In 2004, we missed that air of change and renewal because we were engaged in a war (that had been declared over a year before), and there was really no new change – we were bringing in the same man.


I hear the previous generation discuss what it was like when Kennedy was elected in 1960. There seems to be a similar excitement – a fresh young senator, a beautiful wife who is both intelligent and cultured, and adorable little girls. I can see why folks are comparing this president-elect to one elected 48 years ago.


The only time before that was when Theodore Roosevelt entered the White House at age 42 upon the death of President William McKinley in 1901. Roosevelt brought with him six young children – including the irrepressible, Alice – and an energy that propelled us into the Twentieth Century. President Clinton’s youth and invigorating personality was similar, but it seemed his administration/family was always bogged down in one accusation after another.

I like this change.  I like the youthfulness, the energy, the vision, the drive, the class and culture, and the hope that seems to be ringing through the land – at least for those who are willing to hear it.


About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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3 Responses to Bright Shining Moments…

  1. Judy Piemme says:

    Hi Darin,
    Interesting that you compared the Obama family with the John Kennedy family. My husband and I were discussing exactly the same thing just yesterday. The Obama’s are so much like the Kennedy’s in so many wonderful ways. They give our country, and the world, a much needed sense of hope, dignity, kindness, compassion and love for their fellow man. They are a beautiful family. I have no doubt President Obama will do great things for all of us. Given time, he will become a truly amazing world leader.

    Best wishes to you.

  2. Norma says:

    Amen!! YES WE CAN !

  3. Dana says:

    You do realize that the total irony here is that JFK was didn’t exactly have a happy ending, right? SOrry, but it just CRACKS ME UP when they compare this to Camelot……

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