As I keep hearing about the protesters George Bush’s visit to Rome have inspired, I keep remembering my trip to Rome this spring. Besides the anti-Bush stuff I heard on the radio driving in from the airport and such, people universally were welcoming to Americans (shocked, perhaps we were willing to spend money there?!). And I keep flashing back to one incident in particular. We walked into a church off the beaten path that caught our eye. The eastern European pastor was standing inside and not only could not have been more welcoming and kind, he left us with “God bless America,” after talking about how great and good our country has been to others.
Some Europeans get it. And for intimate and important reasons.