Monday, May 2, 2011

My Reaction to Last Night's Announcement

As I was lying in bed last night, with the noise of Celebrity Apprentice lulling me to sleep, a strange alert popped up on our tv.  I had not heard of any storms approaching, so what was this?  And then the scroll on the bottom of the screen informed us that President Obama would be making an important announcement to the American People.

I got a clutch in my stomach.   It was 10:30 on a Sunday evening.  My mind raced to all kinds of things from "he has a personal crisis and has to step down, to "the martians are coming, the martians are coming..."

We immediately began to channel surf to see if we could find out what was going on.  For the first 15 minutes, the typical response by many of the news channels was that they did not want to speculate. What they did know was that the announcement was important and had something to do with our national security.  I felt very afraid.

When I found out what the President would be telling us, I felt relieved, happy, and patriotic.

Obviously the effect 9/11 has had on our country is enormous.   We don't feel safe.  When we fly we are all treated as potential terrorists.  Our hearts will always be filled with sadness for the victims of those vicious attacks.   The images of those planes hitting the Twin Towers will stay with all of us for the rest of our lives.

Although I am not nieve enough to think..."Whew, now we will be safe again! Our troops can come home.  There will be no more wars.  Gas prices will come down.  There will never be another crazy person going into a school yard with a gun and killing innocent people."  I do feel some sense of relief that at least this evil man is gone.

Yes the heros have killed Osama bin Laden.   But, sadly,  just like in the comic books, I know that there will always be more bad guys to take his place.

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