Here’s my selection for the 10 most important news events of the past decade.
2. 2000 Presidential Election. The closest presidential election in history
came down to maybe 300 votes in
3. The election of the nation’s first African-American President. Just 50 years ago, blacks were fighting and dying for the right to vote. Barack Obama’s election was a milestone in the history of our nation, made even more significant by the fact that his top competitor for the nomination was Hilary Clinton, and his opponent in the fall selected a woman vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.
4. .War in
5. The bankruptcy of General Motors. So much a symbol of American industrial and
economic strength that in the 1950s, the Secretary of Commerce said, “What’s
good for General Motors is good for
6. Corporate greed. Enron, World Com, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Arthur Anderson, and for gosh sake Martha frickin’ Stewart. Sub-primes and credit default swaps. Hundred million dollar bonuses and golden parachutes. Greed and corporate cheating were everywhere and Wall Street ran amuck. Then in 2008 the house of cards tumbled, nearly bringing down the entire American economy.
7. War in
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami devastated coastal villages, towns and
9. Katrina. Never could we have envisioned a great American city crumbling before our eyes. Even worse, thousands of people were left in the ruins, without food, water or sanitation – and it took four days for the federal government to organize and get help to them.
10. Anthrax attacks. Following so closely on 9/11, we suddenly found postal workers, Congress and news agencies being attacked by traces of white powder in seemingly harmless mail. The anthrax attacks raised the annx of the entire nation. We were at risk in our very homes, our offices, in the routine of just opening the mail. No longer were we secure.