Where Were You?

Last night, about 11:30pm, CNN said that most people will always remember where they were when it was announced that Barrack Obama would be the next President of the United States and the first black president of the United States. And the record voter turnouts have been amazing.  Other countries have noticed a revived interest in voting from the Americans. It has been exciting and encouraging, opinions aside. It has been good to see Americans involved. From many angles, this election is different from all previous elections.

Have you thought about it that way? I hadn’t, but I don’t suppose it’s not something that I’d forget. So, will you remember? While all elections are historic, some are more historically significant than others, and this 2008 election certainly qualifies. Normally the media covers the “Where were you?” topics that are related to tragedy (John F. Kenneday, Martin Luther King, September 11) but this night just seems historic. It’s nice to have a positive memory to add into these universal categories.

Just something to think about.

Do you think that people in such historic times realize that they are going to be in important eras in the history books? Have people always considered such things? If we think about it more now than our ancestors, does this help us appreciate history and what could be historically significant someday? Or do we just become crazy collectors (of things, souvenirs, thoughts, etc.)?

Congratulations to our new President, Barrack Obama. And if you didn’t see it, Sen. John McCain had a very gracious and positive speech at the end of the night.

And here’s one more trip back to Independence Hall, where our founders proclaimed that “all people are created equal.” I think it’s important to keep various eras of our history connected. And now we have proven, as a country, that we believe the tenets of Declaration of Independence.

Independence Hall, Philadelphia PA

Independence Hall, Philadelphia PA

Independence Hall, seen from inside the Liberty Bell building

Independence Hall, seen from inside the Liberty Bell building

Proud to be an American

Proud to be an American

2008 Election & Historic Preservation

November 4, 2008 is quickly approaching and I’m surprisingly interested and excited, unlike previous election years.  Once I accepted that politicians are politicians and it’s possibly a bunch of campaign promises, I’ve enjoyed watching debates and reading articles. 

This post is not about political opinions, just to clarify.  However, I deem myself far under qualified to discuss politics associated with historic preservation.  Therefore, I ask all of you readers for comments or a post answering the following questions.  What can you say about the future of the historic preservation field (and those related) after the next election?  What will happen if Obama becomes President? What will happen if McCain becomes President?  Can anyone offer an educated comparison?  Or what about historic preservation in terms of local and state elections – in the end, which of the elections will matter the most to historic preservation? There are so many factors to consider when voting. I won’t belabor them here, but I am curious to know which factors people consider when thinking about their lines of work.

Here are some articles for perusal if anyone is interested in responding to this post.  On the democratic side, I found Historic Preservation for Obama (HPfO), which is “a grassroots network of those in the historic preservation and rehabilitation communities, was formed to help realize this blueprint for America.”  I cannot find a similar site for John McCain. However, First Lady Laura Bush is the chairwoman of Preserve America, so that gives the Republican side a boost.  Will Cindy McCain take over Laura Bush’s role if given the chance?

Maybe this Democrat vs. Republican on the issue of historic preservation is actually quite simple.  Still, if someone could offer an educated political commentary, Preservation in Pink would very much appreciate it. Just no mudslinging, okay?