Happy 4th of July!
I would like to thank everyone who supported and participated in our Independence Day celebration, including our Chargé d’Affaires from Paris, Mark Taplin. We hosted almost 1,000 guests Saturday under sunny skies to mark our freedom and independence. Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers for making this event so successful and welcoming so many friends from France, the U.S., and other countries. Thanks, too, to “American Music Abroad” for providing a wonderful afternoon of music. Personally I would like to thank the Alsace-Etats-Unis Association and the Consular Corps of Strasbourg for their generous gifts and remarks. Good job, everyone, and God bless America!
The Consulate General was also pleased to support the visit to Strasbourg last week of White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy Daniel Weitzner. Mr. Weitzner reviewed various internet-related issues with officials from the Council of Europe (COE) and representatives of various COE member-states.
My Public Diplomacy colleague, Tiina Bieber, and I had the honor of representing the U.S. Friday evening at the “A Summer Abroad” festival in Erstein. The City of Erstein kindly chose the U.S. as the “guest country” for this year’s festival, which featured many activities, including remarks by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, a delicious chili dinner, and lots of dancing. Thank you, officials and citizens of Erstein, for honoring my country and for inviting us to participate in a great event.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity, as I end my three wonderful years in this consular district, to say a big thank you to the Consulate General team, our colleagues throughout France, and so many friends, colleagues, and counterparts from France and other countries who have helped make this an educational, enriching, and enjoyable period of my life. Merci!