‘Where were you’ query seemed funny, then tragic

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The di­sheveled man car­ried a card­board sign that read “Where were you when JFK got shot?”

We were queued on 4th Street near Chest­nut in Philadel­phia, early ar­rivals who would stand for about 12 hours for pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton’s fi­nal po­lit­i­cal rally, a kind of last stand to arouse Key­stone State sup­port­ers with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, wife, Michelle, along with Bill Clin­ton and daugh­ter, Chelsea.

The event at­tracted 30,000 peo­ple at In­de­pen­dence Mall, the birth­place of these United States.

Back to the guy with the JFK in­quisi­tor.

We laughed about his ques­tion which seemed weirdly dis­con­nected con­sid­er­ing that Lee Har­vey Oswald as­sas­si­nated Pres­i­dent Kennedy nearly 50 years in the past.

But then came Tues­day night that crawled into Wed­nes­day morn­ing as tables and tides turned with an un­ex­pected vic­tory for Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, a de­feat of odds-on-fa­vorite Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

This plot had al­most the same sig­nif­i­cance as one’s where­abouts for Jack Kennedy’s death date.

In­famy has a way of catch­ing us off guard as ex­pected out­comes turn into Pearl Har­bor or Septem­ber 11.

We mon­i­tor our so­cial ter­ri­tory in time frames and GPS pin­points.

Septem­ber 8 that slow­dragged into Septem­ber 9 de­liv­ered a po­lit­i­cal D-Day as Trump at­tacked the U.S. gov­ern­ment and won with a de­tailed dizzy­ing dis­man­tling of an al­leged Clin­ton Great Lakes fire­wall that claimed him Wis­con­sin and Michi­gan as tro­phy pieces.

Those breached check­points along with key vic­to­ries in Florida, North Carolina and Penn­syl­va­nia pro­duced the Trump po­lit­i­cal ram­page.

The year 2016, al­ready stark and big-staged with Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Chicago Cubs con­nected to the card-boarded ques­tion af­ter the Cub­bies won the World Se­ries, end­ing a 107-year-old jinx, now dealt a po­lit­i­cal equal­izer.

Where were you when Don­ald Trump beat the pants suit off Hil­lary Clin­ton?

Many U.S. res­i­dents were around for both Kennedy and Trump.

While the Kennedy as­sas­si­na­tion pro­duced na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sor­row, the Trump out­come de­liv­ered joy for just about half of U.S. vot­ers as Repub­li­cans cel­e­brated a shock­ing vic­tory.

For Democrats, the Trump tri­umph or Clin­ton loss, came two weeks be­fore the 53rd an­niver­sary of Kennedy.

We are left with the same ques­tion: “Is this re­ally hap­pen­ing?”

A pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who never showed his tax re­turns, who made misog­yny a house­hold word and ac­cept­able prac­tice, ac­cused of grop­ing women be­fore he gained a seat in the Oval Of­fice, who ridiculed a dis­abled man and promised a roundup of Mus­lims and de­por­ta­tion of Span­ish-speak­ing un­doc­u­mented res­i­dents then con­struc­tion of a wall that reached into Heaven, be­came pres­i­dent-elect.

The man who used star­dom as al­lowances for p**sy grabs, now has his hands on the brass ring as world’s most pow­er­ful hu­man be­ing.

Singer/song­writer Don McLean penned his fa­mous “(Bye, Bye, Miss) Amer­i­can Pie” smash hit af­ter Kennedy passed away.

De­pend­ing on per­spec­tive, the 2016 elec­tion means dif­fer­ent con­clu­sions for vot­ers.

Democ­racy ei­ther dies or flour­ishes, hope ei­ther fleets or gains strongholds, and Amer­ica will be great again or this rep­re­sents the be­gin­ning of the end.

Per­haps, in fifty years some guy hold­ing a card­board sign will roam a U.S. street and ask about this mo­ment in time as mem­o­ries of Kennedy seem as dis­tant as Hon­est Abe.

Per­son­ally, truth­fully, Tues­day rep­re­sented trou­ble ahead.

“And them good ol’ boys were drink­ing whiskey and rye, sin­gin’ this’ll be the day that I die.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump pumps his fist dur­ing an elec­tion night rally in New York.

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