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August 27, 2008


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Contratulations on your new role as U.S. Citizen, Tim!

As a naturalized citizen myself (conceived in the USSR, born in Italy, raised and naturalized in the U.S.), I feel excited for you and your milestone reminds me of my family's own...

Almost daily I remind myself of the relatively young, experimental Republic I ended up living in (although post-Communist Ukraine would have been interesting too, in a different sort of way). America may not have the historical past of other nations, and may not even last as long, but that's part of the excitement of living here and participating.

So, is your theme song for the rest of the year Neil Diamond's, "Coming to America"? I hope so.

Agreed, Germany has become a much more confident nation and deserves respect for restoring its moral integrity - the US still have a long way to go. I was not describing an "as is" America but one that I hope for. The fact though that Obama is a presidential candidate makes me optimistic.

You must been away from Germany/ Europe for quite some time.

Today Germany allows itself a happy patriotism and a self confident national stance.

This is respected and valued throughout the globe (see URL). Unlike the USA it has come to terms with its atrocities of past centuries while emphasizing its successful involvements.

Even Obama, if elected, will need years to restore the moral integrity of the country in the eyes of the world. You seem to live a Californian bubble dream. The America you describe does not exist for almost 8 years now.



America is fortunate to have passionate, intelligent people like you (and Obama!) remind it of its roots and its possibilities. As a non-born-here citizen myself, I too feel strongly that my home of choice must deliver on the promises it offered to me and generations upon generations of immigrants.

And I also share your admiration and appreciation for your wife, having known her for a long time.

Looking forward to celebrating your citizenship next time we are in SFO.


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