Three recent news stories illustrate how the American Dream is alive and well:

  • Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, heading the CIA leak investigation, is the son of a doorman in New York City. He attended Catholic schools and worked as a doorman himself while winning scholarships to Amherst and Harvard Law.
  • Meanwhile, President Bush appointed a new head of the all-powerful Federal Reserve—Ben Bernanke, son of a small town druggist in South Carolina and grandson of a kosher butcher, whose hard work drew scholarships to Harvard and MIT, and a teaching post at Princeton.
  • And then there was the preacher’s kid—Condoleezza Rice—appearing at her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, at the site of the racist church bombing that claimed the life of one her kindergarten classmates.

The modest backgrounds of a famous prosecutor, the nation’s top banker and our Secretary of State, show that America still offers limitless rewards to people of talent and dedication.