This might not mean much to a lot of you since most of you were not born yet or were very young. I just want to tell our German members how thrilled I was when this took place. I spent three years in West Germany about ten years before this happened. I'm not going to give a history lesson or make any political statements. I just want to go on record to say thank you for the many fond memories of my time there and how grateful I am to the all the German people who welcomed me and my family.
I was always the first to arrive at the party and the last to leave the scene of the crime.
I was in Berlin now 3 years ago and saw the remains of the Wall, which was enough to get an idea of how was to live in a divided country. You are an inspiration for all of us Europeans because you went from that to the first power in the continent in barely no time- and you managed to overcome the differences between East and West Germans. Besides, almost all the Germans I've met in my life are great people.So, my most sincere congratulations!