I remember where I was when I heard that John Kennedy had been shot. I remember where I was when I heard that an airplane had flown into the World Trade Center. Both of these events were profound national tragedies. Indeed, I can’t think of any other public event in my lifetime that I specifically remember learning about.
Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 was not a national tragedy no matter which side of the political divide one is on. He’s just one of many US Presidents who will have some impact, but nothing guaranteed to last. The rhetoric of some Obama opponents describes Obama’s Presidency as some kind of national emergency not just a threat to a few thousand people, but a threat to the whole country. That kind of rhetoric is irresponsible and bordering on the insane.
People who use apocalyptic language for political advantage work to cheapen the real tragedies. They dish0nor the heroes of 9/11.