TOP STORIES OF 2008: What was the Biggest?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 26, 2008 1:28 PM GMT
    With 2008 coming to a close, what was the largest story of 2008 in your opinion? Was it the election of Obama? Was it the financial crisis?
    Proposition 8? The Palin Govenor? The Republican struggle? Something not mentioned here?



    For me the first two certainly rank. The election of Obama changes the course for this country and the financial crises has certainly affected everyone. Both will be big stories in 2009 as well.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 26, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    I think that the severe financial crisis combined with the bailout of Wall Street is the biggest news story of 2008. The bailout of the big 3 automakers is also a very big news story.
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    Dec 26, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    OBAMA!!! for sure. it was an unprecedented campaign and it'll go down in the record books for years to come
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 26, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    Obama getting elected certainly dwarfs anything. The financial crisis, Auto bailouts, Governor Palin's nomination, and Governor Blagojevich and Governor Spitzer scandals rank up there. Tragic stories like Heath Ledger's suicide and the Jennifer Hudson family murders are standouts as well.
  • MuslDrew

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    Dec 26, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    Obama!
  • KansasColt09

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    Dec 26, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    is it just me, or does it seem like LIFE exploded this past year? It's baffling how many amazingly unique and troubling things happened in just one year. Wow. Umm, Obama would be my favorite, and Prop 8 would be my least favorite.

    If anyone here has not seen MILK yet...please do yourself a favor and go see this movie. It definitely opened my eyes to more of our history, and it reinforced the Pride I feel for our community. So much has changed, and so much will in the future. Bright eyes, kids, and stay strong and united:-D
  • GQjock

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    Dec 26, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    There were many ...

    and the guys named a few
    But OBAMA'S election
    was the topper

    Mainly because of all the other pending disasters we're facing right now
    The economic meltdown
    The lying and cheating that's been going on with our money
    Obama getting elected had a lot to do with all of it
  • TallSoCal

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    Dec 26, 2008 9:00 PM GMT
    I'd say aside from the presidential campaign, prop 8, the fires in California, and Twilight, the Santa shooting that went on Christmas eve. It was my friend's family that got shot. Terrible.....Some people....
  • Koaa2

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    Dec 27, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidObama getting elected certainly dwarfs anything. The financial crisis, Auto bailouts, Governor Palin's nomination, and Governor Blagojevich and Governor Spitzer scandals rank up there. Tragic stories like Heath Ledger's suicide and the Jennifer Hudson family murders are standouts as well.


    The Bush Administration Catastrophe has to be one of the biggest also. I would wonder what Republican scandals we could bring up, to many to count!
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    Dec 27, 2008 12:23 AM GMT
    Are you wearing blinders, or did you miss the numerous Democratic scandals?

    William Jefferson

    Governor Eliott Spitzer

    Governor Rod Blagojevich

    Congressman Charlie Rangel

    and so on
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    Dec 27, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    Liverpool was European Capital of Culture this year icon_biggrin.gif

    Oh and the market melt-down.
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    Dec 27, 2008 12:53 AM GMT
    I think that in the future, people will be taught in school that the 2nd Great Depression started in 2008.

    The gov't approved the bailout three months ago - all we've seen is bank after bank imploding and being bought up. Benefit to the consumers has yet to trickle down... oh yeah that's right, trickle down doesn't work which explains why the middle class has suffered under the continuation of Reaganomics - yet the 700 billion bailout is being conducted a la 'trickle-down'. The gov't will not learn.

    Ask people when FDR took office, they might be able to guess it, but ask when the Depression started they will know the year, 1929.

    Obama will be remembered, but his election year will be less significant in the history books than the impression that his presidency might make on our lives. The loss of 6 trillion dollars in stock market value - not to mention property and home values in US and around the world - is an event that will be resonating for a decade - and in fact will define the Obama presidency moreso than his Presidency will command the economy.

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    Dec 27, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidWith 2008 coming to a close, what was the largest story of 2008 in your opinion? Was it the election of Obama? Was it the financial crisis?
    Proposition 8? The Palin Govenor? The Republican struggle? Something not mentioned here?



    For me the first two certainly rank. The election of Obama changes the course for this country and the financial crises has certainly affected everyone. Both will be big stories in 2009 as well.


    The market meltdown has been in the news (on Bloomberg, CNBC, etc) for a few years now and has been a topic but nothing to this level.

    As a major news article - Obama. But certainly the financial crisis is going to be going on for much, much longer than just the excitement of our country's first black president that is not in a movie.