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Bob Herbert on today

Filed By Ed Team | January 20, 2009 6:30 AM | comments

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Tags: African-American, Barack Obama, black, bob herbert, inauguration, race

"My grandparents, who struggled through the Depression and World War II, and my parents, who worked tirelessly to give Sandy and me a wonderful upbringing in the postwar decades, seemed always to have believed that all good things were possible.

Even if the doors of opportunity were closed, they didn't believe they were locked. Hard work, in their eyes, was always the key.

Still, the idea of a black president of the United States never came up. Perhaps even for them that was too much to imagine. I wish they could have stayed around long enough to see it."

--Bob Herbert

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My Parents also endured the same. My Mom, now the only living parent, is so excited about this presidency. The first time she saw him speak,when his campaign was in its infancy, she said, "Hmm, that's our new president, black or not." She is 79 and remembers the struggles of the times growing up and was fearful that it would happen again. President Obama has given her back her security.