auhlike Michelle Obama I have alwas been proud to be an American


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Unlike Michelle Obama I have always been proud to be an American. I might not always agree with what our leaders do but I can't think of another country better that this one. Anyway someone sent me the following so thought I would post. Those listed as the ones that spoke these words may or may have really said them but I agree with what is written here none the less.

Subject: You could have heard a pin drop... (Got this from an Army buddy of mine.)
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 21:23:55 -0500

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin
> Powell was asked
> by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq
> were just an
> example of empire building by George Bush.
> He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the
> United States has sent
> many of its fine young men and women into great peril
> to fight for
> freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land
> we have ever
> asked for in return is enough to bury those that did
> not return.'
> You could have heard a pin drop.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> There was a conference in France where a number of
> international
> engineers were taking part, including French and
> American. During a
> break, one of the French engineers came back into the
> room saying
> 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has
> done? He has sent an
> aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami
> victims. What does
> he intended to do, bomb them?'
> A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:
> 'Our carriers have
> three hospitals on board that can treat several
> hundred people; they
> are nuclear powered and can supply emergency
> electrical power to
> shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the
> capacity to
> feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce
> several
> thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each
> day, and they
> carry half a dozen helicopters for use in
> transporting victims and
> injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven
> such ships; how
> many does
> France have?'
> You could have heard a pin drop.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> A U.S . Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference
> that included
> Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian
> and French
> Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself
> standing with a
> large group of Officers that included personnel from
> most of those
> countries.
> Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped
> their drinks but
> a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas
> Europeans learn
> many languages, Americans learn only English.' He
> then asked, 'Why is
> it that we always have to speak English in these
> conferences rather
> than speaking French?'
> Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied
> 'Maybe it's because
> the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged
> it so you
> wouldn't have to speak German.'
> You could have heard a pin drop.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived
> in Paris by
> plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to
> locate his
> passport in his carry on.
> 'You have been to France before, monsieur?'
> the customs officer asked
> sarcastically.
> Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France
> previously.
> 'Then you should know enough to have your
> passport ready.'
> The American said, ''The last time I was
> here, I didn't have to show
> it.
> 'Impossible. Americans always have to show your
> passports on arrival
> in France !'
> The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard
> look. Then he
> quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore
> at Omaha Beach on D-Day
> in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't
> find a single
> Frenchmen to show a passport to.'
> You could have heard a pin drop.
> If you are proud, pass this on!
> If not delete it.


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