JFK said, before he died, that America would put a man on the moon in the same decade. It did.
I remember July 1969 when the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon, and Neil Armstrong descended the ladder from the module on live TV to set foot in the Sea of Tranquility to proclaim American dominance. He said, "One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind."
I went outside at that moment to look at the bright moon and exult. I exult no longer, because America is no longer dominant, and that was almost half a century ago.
Armstrong died today at age 82. So many hopes, so unfulfilled.