04 August 2008

Think Obama is Too Young? Consider this...

Here's how much water has flowed 'neath the bridge, and how much America has changed, since 1961, Obama's birth year.

None of the James Bond movies had been released; West Side Story won the Oscar for Best Picture
John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president and we've endured eight presidents since then
The Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced
The Dow Jones Industrials reached a high of 734
David Ben-Gurion resigned as Israeli premier
The Grammy for best Rock & Roll recording: Chubby Checker, "Let's Twist Again"; Best R&B recording: Ray Charles, "Hit the Road Jack"
Median price of a new home: $17,200
Harper Lee won a Pulitzer for To Kill A Mockingbird
East Germany started replacing its barbed wire barricades with a permanent wall dividing Berlin
South Africa withdrew from the British Commonwealth
The Boston Marathon was won by a Finn. A Finn!
The Emmy for outstanding news program went to the Huntley-Brinkley Report
Sun Myung Moon could only scrounge up 36 couples to mass-marry
Roger Maris hit 61 home runs, breaking Babe Ruth's single-season record
The Beatles performed at Liverpool's Cavern Club for the first time; Elvis's "Blue Hawaii" started its 20-week run at the top of the charts; The Beach Boys performed for the first time
Car 54 Where Are You, Hazel, and The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered
The price of a gallon of gas was 31 cents; A gallon of milk---49 cents
The summer of love was still in the distant future
Pot was something on mom's stove, and grass was mowed, and a Chevy Van was what the florist used to deliver a Prom Bouquet
Civil Rights marches, sit-ins, fire-hosings, murders and burial under Mississippi cow-tank levees had not yet happened
The moon was something to be crooned at and not walked upon.
And, I was a twenty-something Marine banging around somewhere in Southeast Asia

Where were you in '61, and ask yourself if the intervening 47 years is sufficient age and experience for a president in today's realities. I think so, but would be interested in hearing any argument to the contrary.

An Explanation: The promised article about seniors and utilities is near completion. The frank truth is that, once I started investigation, I found a whole lot more there than I had imagined. It will be posted shortly!

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