David McCullough once told a story about growing up and watching a presidential election with his father. Voting reports trickled in to the news the evening of the election, but David went to bed before the final results were known. In the morning, David rushes downstairs – as only a future historian would do – asking eagerly, “who won…who won?!?” David’s father hangs his head in dejection and says, “Truman…”
Years later, David and his father were talking politics, and his father bemoaned the current state of affairs, “If only good old Harry was still in the White House.”
With US election results coming in next week, I wonder how each of our perspectives will change over the years.