The year 2009 was historic in more ways than one. Obama campaigned on change and 09 brought many changes. It will be remembered as one of the toughest econmically and as the year President Barrack Obama made history by becoming President and the year that Michael Jackson died and the year that Oprah announced she would quit her popular talk show. In my, opinion these are the best and the worse of times of 2009.
1. President Obama made history by becoming the 44th President of the United States. He had one of the largest inaugurals in history with the world watching via internet, TV and any other media outlet available. Over one million people saw the first Black man sworn in as President of the free world. He and his wife, Michelle started their journey of "remaking America." It was a day to remember.
2. The King of Pop Died. On June 25 we lost the greatest pop singer in entertainment history, Michael Jackson. He died as he was preparing for his last concert, THIS IS IT. The concert never happened but the behind the scenes, backstage prep became a top movie. This is how we will remember the great one.
3. On the same day, actress Farrah Fawcett also died from a long illness. She was a timeless beauty who changed the way women cofied their hair.
4. America's most trusted voice, Walter Cronkite, died in July. He gave us good and bad news. He was a media force and he set the bar of excellence for anchors.
5. Senator Ted Kennedy died in August after a fight with brain cancer. He is one of the all time great American senators. His death ends the Kennedy era. And finally to his credit the Health Bill past in the year of his death.
6. Here Comes The Judge. In August, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic ever to sit on the bench. She is the 111th Justice of the Supreme Court.
7. Economic Boom. It was an economic boom for the auto and banking industry as the government gave them billions, because they were too big too fail.
8. A star is born in the name of Susan Boyle. She took the world by storm with her angelic voice, "I Dreamed a Dream." She is a product of the new media. Millions saw and heard her world wide on U-TUBE. The British voice did it again when she released her CD in December becoming number one.
9. Another unlikely star came to the forefront. Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe played the lead role in the movie Precious. She rocked and is on her way to stardom.
10. Guest Who Came To Dinner? On November 25, the uninvited guest for the first Obama State Dinner showed how flimsy the White House Security really is. Michaele and Tareq Salahi came to dinner with no invitation and got their 15 minutes of world fame.
11. The Rich and the Famous. Bernie Madoff pulled off the world's largest ponzi scam in history. He sits in jail on this day. He dubed people out of their hard earned money taking many of his clients life savings.
12. Chicago lost. Chicago lost the Olympic Bid for the 2016 games. The surprise was we thought we had it in the bag. Chicago did not fare well on the world stage with the pull out the stop star power that traveled to Coppenhagen to hear no go.
13. Oprah Quits. Oprah Winfrey, after 25 years, announces she will quit her every popular Oprah Winfrey Show in the fall of 2010.
14. Michael Scott dies. The ever popular, civic leader, Michael Scott took his life in November. His death has been labeled as an official suicide but his friends still question the mysterious circumstances of this wonderful guy who loved life and living.
15. Publishers perish. 2009 will go down in history as being an exceptionally tough year for newspaper and magazine publishers. This year saw many publications with their last issues, to include Gourmet magazines, newspapers over a century old, and National Geographic. The digital space has forced the industry to reconsider the print medium.
16. A Tiger on the Loose. The Tiger Woods story dominated the news for two weeks worldwide as the perfect golfer was exposed with his many rumps in the hay with blondeshells.