The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one

I just got back from the US and have to admit that I love this country, especially the spirit of Silicon Valley and its culture of innovative entrepreneurs. Although for someone born and raised by postwar parents in Germany, America’s patriotism is not quite comprehensible.

For a moment I thought that this was from a real live interview at an American university, but then realized it’s Jeff Daniels, self-appointed professional pretender (according to his Twitter profile) for the HBO political drama series The Newsroom during the opening scene of the first episode, created and principally written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012. The series chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel.

In his little speech he explains why America isn’t the greatest country in the world anymore, but once was. I love it and I’m looking very much forward to watching the complete season.

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