November 5, 2008

Obama: The Sun Also Rises


PAMPLONA, Spain--Eight years ago, European travelers and expats awoke to the news that America had elected a new president, that his name was Al Gore. This time, however, it really is a new day.

The young and the reckless, who run with the bulls here every summer, have a fearlessness that's contagious. The city thrives on their optimism. It is Obama country.

Hemingway's novel brought fame to the festival of San Fermin and its encierro. The monument, by Rafael Huerta, honors both the bulls and the runners, making no judgment about their wisdom or their nature. It's not a race, it's a rush, and this morning all of Europe awakens once more to the thrill of the new.

Posted by Ronald Holden at November 5, 2008 7:00 AM | TrackBack

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