39-year-old History teacher Josh Hoeska had a great idea. His sixteen-year-old students were to hold a tournament to find out who was the greatest examples of courage in American “history.” The two finalists involved events that happened in 2001 and 2005.
In other words, their “history” was the Presidency of George Bush Jr. Most people over thirty might think that these kids were learning current events, and not history.
While Prince William, and most of the media, followed the European cup, Kate Middleton went to the theatre instead. Sports are big news today, and almost every top athlete is a household name. Things weren’t always that way.
On CNN, Timothy Stanely compared Bush Junior to Harry Truman. Both Presidents left office with low approval ratings, both supposedly fought what seemed like unpopular wars (Truman in Korea, Bush in Iraq), yet both had “a gentle, honest personality that voters looked back on with fondness.”
Some people will point to “progress” and show how technology (or legislation) has made certain jobs obsolete.
Me, I prefer to have a positive outlook, and see how the number of insults people throw at each other has diminished since the Reagan/Thatcher/Gorbechev era. So, here’s a list of five insults that were prevalent during the 1980’s, but no longer seem to mean anything.