In the End, the Bullhorn Prevailed,...
Imagine, gentle readers, if you can, that it is the summer of 1945: Hitler is dead and Germany has surrendered to the Allies. The Japanese Empire is slowly crumbling and an inevitable defeat to these same Allies is at hand.
Then-President Harry S. Truman signs the order to drop nuclar weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, forcing the capitulation of the Chrysanthemum Throne to the Western Allied Forces.
But it is President Franklin D. Roosevelt who is remembered as the American commander-in-chief who lead the charge to simultaneously stop the aggression of Hitler's Nazis and his Axis partners, including the Japanese Empire, from global domination.
Now, it is September 14, 2001. America, and the greater part of the world, are stunned to silence by the heinous actions of a religious madman and 20 of his followers.
Then-President George W. Bush climbs to the top of a pile of rubble where the World Trade Center once stood and utters the following:
President Bush: Thank you all. I want you all to know -- it [bullhorn] can't go any louder -- I want you all to know that American today, American today is on bended knee, in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, for the workers who work here, for the families who mourn. The nation stands with the good people of New York City and New Jersey and Connecticut as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens
Rescue Worker: I can't hear you!
President Bush: I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people -- and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!
Rescue Workers: [Chanting] U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
President Bush: The nation -- The nation sends its love and compassion --
Rescue Worker: God bless America!
President Bush: -- to everybody who is here. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for makin' the nation proud, and may God bless America.
Rescue Workers: [Chanting] U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
On May 1st, 2011, sitting President Barack H. Obama made that promise come true.
When it comes to laurels and praise, let us all remember where our priorities lie.