FLYING HIGH on NOV. 5th
I was literally flying high on Nov. 5th. My oldest son and I were on a plane leaving Heathrow Airport in London headed to Rome. I was elated about the Presidential election of the day before and just as we settled into our seats the man in front of us took out his newspaper.
It was The Daily Telegraph of Britain and under the headline declaring “The Dream Comes True” was this touching photo of Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. It brought tears to my eyes. I was watching history in the making and it was exhilarating. Yet, I couldn’t help but think of the treacherous path that they are about to tread.
In all my 75 years I can’t remember a time of such uncertainty and lack of hope as we have now. No President should have to inherit a mess such as this and I pray that the American public will give Obama a degree of latitude to put some fixes in place.
The two weeks that we spent in Italy provided us with the world’s eye view of our new President. It was 100% positive. Everyone, from the nuns in the monastery where we lodged, to the cab drivers and fellow travelers, gave him (and the United States) a “thumbs up”. For the first time in many a year I can feel a positive energy flowing, not only here at home, but worldwide
It was also interesting to hear, time and again, about their great displeasure with the Iraq war and the Bush administration. Let’s hope that we can now put that to rest once and for all.