As I was allowed to come into the booth and pull the lever with my chosen sister Ilaria to vote for Barack Obama, the Inauguration is for me a special moment. I’m so glad and proud that they have let me do this. It was one of the most remarkable moments of my life. Even if I know that this post is not different from million others on million other blogs worldwide, it’s non the less special to me. Here in the Netherlands I will watch the Inauguration live on television. I can’t remember if there was a live broadcast when the 43th president was inaugurated.
Not just all the Americans across America will enjoy the event. The whole world will.
Even though I’m not an American my answer to Barack Obama’s question is: I decided to play my part, roll up my sleeves and help rebuild your nation. I know this may sound silly, but every little bit counts. Especially when I think about the fact that there are so many people over here that are deeply anti America, since the 43th President has damaged the image for all of you during his two terms.
In the last couple of month, after my visit to the states, I learned that not everybody was as enthusiast about America as I was. My enthusiasm was the result of the fact that American people wiped away all my prejudges. American people who made me feel home in your country. Pity enough, I wasn’t yet able to convince all (read: none) of the people around me, that not all Americans are like the leaving President. It felt a hypocrisy in the conversations I had with people from different ages. People I talked to are stuffing their mouthes full at McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King (<- personally I find this last one disgusting, forgive me), but their meaning about America is very negative. They adore all the American Musicians, Actors and other artists, but they don’t like Americans. Even the older group of people who are freed by America in World War II are negative and suspicious about America. That made me a little bit sad to be honest. But in the end I just stopped focusing on the negativity of others and giving it my energy by doing so.
I can assure you the repair of the American image in the foreign countries has already begun.
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Bless you, my fellows!
P.S.: My English is not that good, especially if I write more than 3 lines. Please don’t hesitate to tell me what I have to correct!