When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he pledged to end the war in Iraq responsibly, if elected. Tuesday night, the young president — who, in his first two years in office, has also faced an economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression and has had to work mightily to restore the nation’s financial industry and auto industry, as well as making significant steps to reforming health care — declared America’s military action in Iraq officially over.
And, as an opponent of the Iraq invasion from the start, he was gracious in his comments.
The last time I remember actually wanting to mow the lawn was 1983. It was the second semester of my freshman year in college and I was sitting near an open window in my Calculus II class. As the professor discussed derivatives and anti-derivatives I watched as the grounds crew fired up some lawn mowers. After a few minutes the smell of freshly cut grass wafted under my nose and I was overcome with the urge to leap from the window and take over the mowing job. I pictured myself whistling happily as I spent the rest of the day cutting a swath across acres of academic quad.