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Thursday, January 28, 2010

You call this rough?

According to our Obama's spokesman Robert Gibbs (who clarifies what the President says, even though this President is really good at communicating off the cuff), our President planned to give a State of the Union Address in which the he would "outline the fact that we've lived through one of the most challenging years in our country's history."

Indeed, last night our President himself called this past year "one of the most difficult years in our history."


Let's see here... Difficult years in American history:

1775–1783: The American Revolution
Panic of 1797
Shay's Rebellion
Whiskey Rebellion
Depression of 1807
War Of 1812
1846-48 – Mexican-American War
1861-1865 -- US Civil War
1865-1877 Reconstruction
Panic of 1873 and the Long Depression
Indian Wars
1898 --Spanish American War
Assassination of President Garfield.
1899-1913 Philippine American War
1917-18 – World War I
1918-19 -- Spanish Flu Epidemic
1929 -- 1933-- The Great Depression

1941-1945 --World War II
1950-53 – Korean War
1962 – Cuba. Cuban Missile Crisis
1963 -- Assassination of JFK
1959-75 – Vietnam War
1974 -- Resignation Of Richard Nixon after Watergate investigation.
1975 -- U.S. Forces Evacuated from Vietnam, Cambodia,
1970's Oil crisis
1979-1981 -- Iran Hostage Crisis
1981 -- President Reagan is shot
1986 -- Challenger disaster
2001 -- Sept 11 Attacks, Anthrax campaign.
2001 -- War in Afghanistan begins
2003 -- Invasion of Iraq begins.
2005 -- Hurricane Katrina

Shoot, I know I'm missing a bunch. So how does this last year stack up?

I question if 2009 even makes the top 90 most unpleasant years. Certainly not for a man who handed the MVP trophy before he'd ever taken a turn at bat.

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At Thursday, January 28, 2010 11:28:00 AM, Blogger Crucis said...

Yep, you missed the mid-Twentieth Century dust-up known as WW2 (1941-1945 for the US) and the Berlin Airlift (1947-1949). The Great Depression didn't stop in 1933 but continued right up until WW2. Some historians debate that the depression really didn't end until 1946.

At Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:21:00 PM, Blogger George said...

If you keep this up, you'll be giving Tam a run for the all-round snark title.

Good stuff ... and his speechifying didn't prove it anyway.


At Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:35:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

I had typed in WWII, but it got deleted, somehow. That's been fixed. I have always thought of the Great Depression as ending at WWII, but under an economic standpoint, it supposedly is considered to have ended in '33, with regard to GDP loss, unemployment, etc. Whatever, I'm being conservative.

I don't think that the Berlin Airlift was really that hard on the American People as a whole. Note that I didn't put down our skirmishes in Lebannon, Panama, Grenada, etc, either. I do think that maybe the Cold War should be listed. At least 2 generations grew up thinking that a nuclear exchange was inevitable.

At Thursday, January 28, 2010 4:28:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Matt- you're just being 'picky'... The Lightbringer ONLY knows about those years that affected HIM badly...

Also you left out the entire Cold War 1946-1984. We were a LOT closer to nuclear armageddon than folks ever realized, especially in the late 70's early 80's.

At Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:27:00 PM, Blogger BCFD36 said...

I have given this some thought since I read this. I find that some of the events you list don't measure up to what is going on right now. That being 12+ % unemployment in my state with many places 25%+. In real terms, not the government fudged ones, it is more like 20-30%. Rampant foreclosures. Erosion of civil liberties. Concentration of power in the Executive Branch. Rising cost of education and health care. Fear every day of being laid off. Inept (at best) leadership in both the Executive and Legislative.

Shay's rebellion only affected Mass. for the most part and didn't threaten to take down the entire country. The Whiskey Rebellion only affected a few.

The presidential assasinations, while painful, didn't cause mass unemployment. The Challenger disaster (and I almost wrecked my truck when I heard it) affected very few in any substantial way.

The whole Watergate mess and the Nixon resignation was painful, but the stability of the country was not threatened. The same with Regan getting shot. People didn't lose jobs or get evicted because of those. People didn't die.

2009 has been a pretty bad year for a lot of people. In shear percentage of the population, maybe the worst since I've been alive (1956) - 2 wars, 20% real unemployment, a staggering foreclosure rate, massive layoffs, jobs fleeing overseas, and two political parties that don't care what the consequences of their actions are as long as they can hurt the other party.

I don't see it getting better either. Obama has screwed the pooch so far. All talk and no action. And the right is all idealogues and demagogues. A pox on both their houses.


At Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:46:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

BCFD, you lost me at "The whole Watergate mess and the Nixon resignation was painful, but the stability of the country was not threatened.

Wow. The entire country loses faith in the Executive Branch during a Cold War, while we lose the VietNam War, during the beginning of an energy crisis, and you don't think that this was a significant hit? 9% national unemployment with a 3.8% loss of GDP, causing economists to coin the word "stagflation," because they had never seen inflation with rising unemployment?

You don't think that the hit to our national feeling on 2001 was more significant? How about the hit to our liberties in 2002?

We may have to agree to disagree.

At Friday, January 29, 2010 12:20:00 PM, Blogger Crucis said...

Ahh, NFO, you brought up a memory. I was in the Air Force when North Korea seized one of our naval ships off their coast. Yes, it was a spy ship, so what? The North Koreans had such as did the Russians and Chinese.

What few know is the shift in our offensive posture when that attack occurred and how close North Korea came to being turned to a glass lined desert.

At Thursday, March 04, 2010 3:30:00 AM, Blogger KD5NRH said...

Well, it was the first full year of the Obama Administration. Somehow, I don't think that's quite what he was referring to, though.

WV: pentai - is that some sort of anime group porn?

At Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Blog I add '68.
-Vietnam War – Battle of Khe Sanh
-B-52 Stratofortress crashes in Greenland, discharging four nuclear bombs
- North Korea seizes the USS Pueblo
-Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive
-Viet Cong soldiers attack the US Embassy, Saigon
-Nguyễn Văn Lém is executed by Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, a South Vietnamese National Police Chief. The event is photographed by Eddie Adams. The photo makes headlines around the world, eventually winning the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, and sways U.S. public opinion against the war
-Vietnam War – My Lai massacre
-presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Sirhan Sirhan
-The Zodiac Killer
And more:


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