“Where were you when…”
Our parents had the ‘When Kennedy was shot’ for their generational question. Mine was, ‘When the Challenger blew up’. The tail end of that generational question will be, ‘When 9/11 occurred.’ The new generation will have a tossup. Will it be, ‘When Michael Jackson died’ or ‘When Osama Bin Laden was killed’?
Given that the average teenager has limited experience with Jackson’s music, apart from Akon working with him in his final years, I’m thinking that Bin Laden’s death will rule out. Just saying.
In any case, we have way too many ‘moments in time’ for us to keep remembering every little detail. However, I have the feeling that when anyone ever asks me where I was when I heard Osama was killed, I will be able to recall exactly what I was doing.
I was scooping out cat poop from the litter box.
My wife yelled down to say, “They got him. They killed O[inaudible].”
I said, “What?”
She yells down again, “They killed Obama[inaudible].”
I dropped the scooper into the litter box. My heart jumped into my throat. Someone just assassinated the President?!?!?
“Pause that, shit! I’ll be right up.”
Turns out the first time she yelled down she said, ‘Osama Bin Laden’. When I asked her to repeat it, she flubbed it and said, ‘Obama Bin Laden’.
Regardless of malapropisms, I stayed up an extra hour to watch all the coverage and nearly slept through the alarm this morning. My thoughts swayed between relief that they had finally gotten the man responsible for planning the 9/11 attacks to fear that retaliation would commence while we celebrated. After all, there is a need for Al Qaeda to establish relevance in the wake of this news and that scares me.
Then I heard the news that they buried the body at sea. That’s just flipping wonderful isn’t it? We just endured the onslaught of Donald Trump crying, “Show us your papers, Obama” for the last few weeks, now we’ll have continuous cries of “Show us the body.” The naysayers will probably do the following.
- It’s election time. Obama is using this to boost numbers.
- The body was conveniently buried to cover up that he has been dead or is still alive.
- This is to take focus away from the birthing issue.
I’m also glad I wasn’t doing anything embarrassing when I heard the news. “Where was I when Osama was killed? Oh, I was in the bathroom, having an intestinal issue. It was taco night.”
As a footnote I would to extend my sincerest support for those who have fought and died to protect us from harm. I also commend SEAL Team Six for pulling off this operation with as little loss of life as necessary.
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