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The Ball, the Wall and Barack Obama

Posted by admin on January 27, 2009

The following was written by the Founder of The PRI:

Every now and then an event takes place that reminds me that what seems truly impossible isn't always. 

My first of these events occurred when I was in 5th grade.  I lived close to school so I walked home everyday for lunch and, on one particular day, arrived back at school early while everyone else was still eating.  Kickball was our regular game we played so I grabbed the rubber ball and walked out onto the playing field which was really just a big parking lot.  Since I attended a Catholic school, on the other side of the lot was a very tall church.  Really tall.  It even had a bell tower.  So tall, I figured there was no way I could kick that ball onto that roof!  Well, after I apologized to the parish priest who had to climb a number of ladders to retrieve the ball, I realized that what I thought impossible wasn't always so. 

But I forgot this valuable lesson during the '80s when the Cold War was in full swing.  It never dawned on me that one day the Iron Curtain would fall.  But sure enough, I remember the images flashing on the TV - on November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down.  Shame on me for forgetting what I learned on the playground - what seems impossible is not always. 

So when someone told me 18 months before the presidential election that they were very excited about a candidate named Barack Obama, I reminded myself of my earlier "impossible" lessons.  But surely, I thought, a man whose name rhymes with "Osama" - the archenemy of our country since 9/11 - and who is African American, stands no chance of becoming our next President.  First, we've never had an African American President before.  In fact, there have only been five black U.S. Senators in the last 200 years - and Obama was one of those!  AND, his name rhymes with "Osama"!!  (My earlier lessons did pay off - in the end, I thought he would be elected and as we now know, I got this one right.)


To those that might be out there thinking it impossible to reform the paparazzi industry, to restore the right of privacy to celebrities and to get the media to exhibit some sense of humanity, I know you too have seen those things you thought impossible become reality.  They happen every day - and so can this.

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