Feeling nostalgic and deeply appreciative of so many people who are sustaining the fight against the daily assaults on best American values by this administration

 

Feeling nostalgic and deeply appreciative of so many people who are sustaining the fight against the daily assaults on best American values by this administration

Feeling nostalgic and deeply appreciative of so many people who are sustaining the fight against the daily assaults on best American values by this administration... …. hard to fathom we once had smarter, wiser , thoughtful representatives of our country facing down our real enemies. On May 2012 Presidents Obama honors Madelaine Albright with these words Usually, Madeleine does the talking. (Laughter.) Once in a while, she lets her jewelry do the talking. (Laughter.) When Saddam Hussein called her a “snake,” she wore a serpent on her lapel -- (laughter) -- the next time she visited Baghdad. When Slobodan Milosevic referred to her as a “goat,” a new pin appeared in her collection. As the first woman to serve as America’s top diplomat, Madeleine’s courage and toughness helped bring peace to the Balkans and paved the way for progress in some of the most unstable corners of the world. And as an immigrant herself -- the granddaughter of Holocaust victims who fled her native Czechoslovakia as a child -- Madeleine brought a unique perspective to the job. This is one of my favorite stories. Once, at a naturalization ceremony, an Ethiopian man came up to her and said, “Only in America can a refugee meet the Secretary of State.” And she replied, “Only in America can a refugee become the Secretary of State.” (Laughter.)

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