Today I hold my head a little higher. As an American living abroad, I've learned there are plenty of reasons to be proud of my country. Our devotion to insulation, for example. But there is also a constant sense that I need to defend America and Americans. We're not as bad as the world sees us. It's only our administration that sucks.
Yesterday, when Americans went to the polls and voted for a black man, the son of an immigrant, we proved something to the world. A couple of days ago MSNBC had an article about the unlikelihood of Europe electing a black or minority leader any time soon. It's true. Racial harmony has progressed a lot further in America than it has in Europe. I knew this, instinctively, and yesterday Americans proved me right. And I like being right.
So thank you. The world was watching, and you didn't let me down.
U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!