One thing to note about this current campaign is that Democratic candidate Barack Obama is a member of Hawaii's Punahou High School's Class of '79. Even if we may not necessarily have the same beliefs as Sen. Obama, it would be a first to have a member of our late baby-boomer generation in the White House. As for Sen. McCain, I recall seeing on TV the Vietnam POWs returning home in 1973 and although I don't specifically remember McCain, I am sure he was one of the heroes I saw on TV back then.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
This isn't the venue to endorse candidates or issues. But the election is certainly the dominant event in our country this week. Keeping this related to our Class of '79, I thought about the presidential election of 1976 -- the one that happened during our high school years. Ford versus Carter. I remember when President Ford was in Walnut Creek in the Spring of '76, probably campaigning against Ronald Reagan in the California primary. I think the event was near the corner of Broadway and South Main Street. A young Governor Jerry Brown was running in the California primary for the Democratic nomination in a late and unsuccessful attempt to derail the Carter candidacy.