Today was amazing. Big Guy won everyone over. He spoke to the French and the Germans in a frank manner. He didn't adhere to our "listen and lead" mantra, because he talked ... a lot ... and didn't listen much. But, boy, did he lead. Granted, he talked like he was a leader of Europe and not America, but that's splitting hairs. He was in Europe, after all, and he's a citizen of the world, and he was talking to his fellow citizens of the world.
If there was a hitch to this day, it was this: TV, radio and the Internet. I mean, everyone back home heard what Big Guy said. Everyoneheard about how we were judgmental, possibly xenophobic and almost certainly racist. How we didn't learn from history and didn't appreciate everything Europe had done, like well, we'll think of something. Yep, they heard everything. And maybe that's not such a good thing, at least for when he comes home.
This makes me think that perhaps we should have loaded a different speech into my hard drive for the 52-inch flat screen monitor. Given that we were here for NATO talks, perhaps we could have mentioned the tens of thousands of American military who gave their lives to save France from totalitarianism and Germany from itself. Just a thought. I threw up a couple of sentences for him to ad lib, but he took a pass. Hence the confusion during his speech.
The irony in all of this is that the important things Europe gave us , which Big Guy tends to overlook, are the philosophers and ideas that helped shape the democracy we live in, and which in turn inspired other nations to be like America. I appreciate all this because I wouldn't have been invented if it weren't for freedom and the spirit of innovation America encouraged. He wouldn't have been elected president.
Well, that's not true. He's so amazing, he would have been elected anyway ... in France.