Last night, as I was watching a TV show and the announcement came that there was breaking news coming up in a moment, I thought, “Oh my god, something terrible has happened.” I simply could not imagine good news coming from a late night presidential statement. Then the announcement and then the President. The sheer joy I felt amazed me. I wanted to shout “Some good news at last!” I realized that this has been the unluckiest president we’ve had in years — and we have gotten so used to wars, oil spills, natural disasters and financial woes that it was impossible to imagine that this wouldn’t be another calamity. It was the first really good news we had heard in years. In the midst of all the shouting, arguing, and anger that our country had been enduring, here was something that made all of us smile — and for one moment, united us, as 9/11 itself had done.
But in the nearly ten years since 9/11, America has changed and the world has changed — and not for the better. For the moment, though, we can feel pride and satisfaction that everything worked — the armed forces, the intelligence gathering, presidential decisions — everything. So I say: “Go, U.S.A.!”