Happy Birthday America

  tribute to parachutists after WW2 
  Originally uploaded by miss b*.

Being in Paris today, I thought this was a fitting picture.

It reminds me (and hopefully all of us) that some of our greatest moments as a country have been where we’ve partnered with other countries to make the world a better place.

#Blogging On The Road#Politics

Comments (Archived):

  1. gregorylent

    if it is not too late go to the american embassy party … always interesting to see the personal sie of things

    1. fredwilson

      Can anyone go? Sounds like a fun idea

  2. gregorylent

    i think anyone … good way to meet people, and fun too

    1. gregorylent

      ah, but they could be doing it at a rented venue

  3. thomasl824

    Can you talk about how oil prices are effecting the EU countries.

    1. fredwilson

      Not yet. Haven’t studied it enough to be intelligent. However, oil and gas has been more expensive in the EU for a long time so while the impacts will be felt, it may not be as much of a shock to these countries

      1. Matthias

        True, that the oil prices have always been higher than in the US. However, the rise is also a shock to the EU, the rise has been the main driver for the rise of the inflation which is now at 4%

  4. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

    Very thoughtful and perspective comment. The 4th of July should be a special day for the French as well as the Americans, as our countries share so many bonds and so much history.

  5. Michael F. Martin

    It’s exciting to live in a time when the need for and ability to make international partnerships has never been more obvious.

  6. Elie Seidman

    another reminder of how great our country is despite all of its issues is in this interview that Charlie Rose just did with Naguib Masiris. Moving, inspiring, encouraging and uplifting all while being incredibly honest. No matter where your politics fall, worth the watch. http://www.charlierose.com/…happy 4th of July.

  7. kidmercury

    america is only alive if the constitution is.america: july 4, 1776 – september 11, 2001it was great while it lasted, no doubt. but it’s dead (cause of death: apathy, lies). time to build america 2.0.

    1. CCjudy

      thats great I can get behind thatAmerica 2.0 never can come from mccain who I think has heard of the internet

  8. Charlie Crystle

    Time to celebrate the good. But we need to get beyond the militarism that informs our holidays. While the liberation of Europe was a just cause and something to be proud of, the legacy of our military-based economic expansionism is not.Dismantle KBR. Halliburton. Reduce Pentagon; over 50% of our discretrionary budget goes to the war machine.Time for a Department of Peace.

  9. shareme

    I am reminded of another one that occurred around Paris, France..after WWI the establishment of the American Legion..

  10. jaredstill

    Liberation from the advance of fascism. Twice. When I lived/traveled in Europe as a kid, I was fortunate enough to do so in an era in which survivors of both World Wars were still walking through our village. We were truly received as friends and brothers by those oldest generations. (Never so much by the kids my age, or folks my parents age.) It made me proud to be an American, then. And Fred, when I return to Baghdad in 10 years to show my daughters the Tigris & Euphrates rivers, I will tell them proudly of my service on behalf of the American and Iraqi people.I know its chic to be anti-American; but with history as the lense instead of our highly polarized political climate, I think we will see that wars are never popular, nor are they easy. Many times they’re needed. And America has been the chief defender of liberty throughout the globe for 100 years. That being said, I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to move into a new era of Franco-American relations.Anyways, thought I would offer a different spin here. Take care Fred.jls”The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald