Ever since last Tuesday's historic election, news reporters and commentators have been enthusiastically -- one might even say eagerly -- comparing Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
And every time they do, I cringe. Because what they all seem to forget is that both of those presidencies ended tragically.
I know that "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it." But I also fear that those who constantly reference it may be subject to the same fate.
UPDATE: A few hours after making this post, this article hit the wires.
I suppose if John McCain had been elected president, I might be feeling some of the same sick emotions. And if this year's Democratic candidate had been white, I suppose the actions and words it reports wouldn't anger and chill me as much as they do. But still.
Dear President-Elect Obama: Please be safe. Our country desperately needs you, more than it knows.