Europe, say once again: 'we're all Americans'

During the past eight years, two bright and powerful moments in European-American relations stand out to me. On 12 September 2001, Le Monde proclaimed, “We are all American.” And on 24 July 2008, Senator Barack Obama addressed 200,000 cheering Germans, many holding American flags.

To an outside observer who knew nothing of the intervening years, Europe’s enthusiastic response to Obama might seem to be a natural progression from Le Monde’s declaration of support for America. We know, however, that a great rift separates those two events.

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