It is hard to believe that it has been over ten years since 2008. Many significant and culturally impactful events took place during March of 2008. Be it sports, politics, or social issues, it is interesting to take a look back and reflect on how our cultural and political values have evolved and shifted.
The month started with an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, where 50 Palestinians were killed. On March 5, 2008, Brett Favre announced his retirement as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Senator John McCain also won the Vermont, Texas, Rhode Island, and Ohio Republican primaries, and virtually secured his place as the Republican nominee for the general election. March 12, 2008, Hulu launched, and would quickly change the way we stream entertainment. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who movie was released on March 14, 2008. On March 18, 2008, then Senator Barack Obama gave a pivotal 40-minute speech, denouncing remarks on race given by his former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. “The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society,” Obama said. “It’s that he spoke as if our society was static, as if no progress has been made.” On March 19, 2008, the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, President George W. Bush stated that the tremendous money spent and lives lost were all worth the sacrifice.
These events seem ancient and far away that it is hard to believe that it was all merely 10 years ago. Our society has changed since then in unimaginable ways. Who knows what life will be like by 2028?
– Maggie Di Sanza