John F. Kennedy. Today is the anniversary of the event we never forget, the horrific tragedy in Dallas, a loss we all experienced as intensely as if this president had been a beloved family member. Kennedy's smile warmed the country; his death had us weeping as one.
George W. Bush. He makes every day feel like the morning after. We ask, "How did this happen? What was I thinking? How much longer before he leaves?" Tears? For everything he's done.
Bill Clinton. Remains a presence, a function of his foundation and speeches as well as Hillary. If tears were shed, it was for what he did and for what he might have done.
Barack Obama. We're counting the days until he takes over, hoping his administration will create tikun olam, heal and repair the disasters he's inheriting. We're holding onto the post-election afterglow, proud of ourselves and the country's choice. This man's courage, eloquence and grace inspire tears of disbelief and awe.