“Living History” by Anna Quindlin
November 05, 2008, 1:00am
The American Museum of Natural History threw a spectacular party on New Year’s Eve 1999, but perhaps the millennium really arrived there just a few weeks ago. A group of New York City schoolchildren were at an event marking the 150th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt, naturalist and president, and at the end of the visit one of the kids raised his hand. “I have a question,” he said. “Was he black?”
History will record that on Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was elected the first black president of the United States. It is impossible to overstate what that means to this nation.