Sunday, July 19, 2009

One giant leap

Were you in front of the television 40 years ago?

For the first time in my life, my parents woke me up to watch television in the middle of the night.

U.S. astronauts were landing on the moon.

We saw the Eagle landing. We saw Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins fulfill John F. Kennedy's challenge from May 25, 1961, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

Has our contry ever been so galvanized? So amazed at our capability to accomplish the seemingly impossible?

It was a magic night. It was black and white television glory.

We need another leader like JFK to challenge our nation to be better. Bigger. Beyond the norm.

To strive for something that amazes us and the world. Bigger than any conflict on earth. Something that transcends. That inspires.

Let's cure cancer. Let's cure the common cold. Let's put an astronaut on Mars, and bring them back.

We need a higher vision than the all too common issues.

If there was ever a President with the groundswell to do it, it is President Obama.

Make us a bold challenge, and let's see what we can do in a decade.

We can change the world. We can foment change.

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