"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ich Bin ein Berliner

It was on this day in 1963, that President John F. Kennedy deliver his most memorable foreign address.
Some readers were not yet born or to young to remember this time in history, but to East and West Germans especially, it was iconic.
I had the opportunity in the late 90's to spend some time in Stuttgart ,Germany. In a dinner conversation with a surgeon at a local hospital, he relayed how he remembered exactly where he was when he heard Kennedy's speech. It was a highlight of his life. In my lifetime ironically, the most memorable historical  moment for me ( before 9/11) was President Kennedy's assassination just five months after his " ich bin ein Berliner" speech.

For a good read on this important event in history, this article in The Atlantic  is well worth the time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Any chance the current office holder is remotely capable of such a speech? with a ten second attention span, not likely!