Kanskje det behøves en utenforstående for å sette ord på det man selv har?
Mandag 25. april holdt Obama en tale i Tyskland, en del av hans siste besøk i Europa som USAs president. Noen taler går inn i historiebøkene, og denne talen er en god kandidat. Før Obamas besøk i Tyskland, hadde han vært innom London og understreket at britene er sterkere i EU enn utenfor, og dermed styrket JA-sidens argumenter i Brexit-debatten.
Vi har gjengitt deler av Obamas tale nedenfor. Hele teksten kan du finne her.
And I know it may seem easy for me to say all this, living on the other side of the ocean. And I know that some will call it blind hope when I say that I am confident that the forces that bind Europe together are ultimately much stronger than those trying to pull you apart. But hope is not blind when it is rooted in the memory of all that you’ve already overcome — your parents, your grandparents.
That’s who you are. United, together. You are Europe – “United in diversity.” Guided by the ideals that have lit the world, and stronger when you stand as one.
So I say to you, the people of Europe, don’t forget who you are. You are the heirs to a struggle for freedom. You’re the Germans, the French, the Dutch, the Belgians, the Luxembourgers, the Italians – and yes, the British – who rose above old divisions and put Europe on the path to union.
You’re the Poles of Solidarity and the Czechs and Slovaks who waged a Velvet Revolution. You’re the Latvians, and Lithuanians and Estonians who linked hands in a great human chain of freedom. You’re the Hungarians and Austrians who cut through borders of barbed wire. And you’re the Berliners who, on that November night, finally tore down that wall. You’re the people of Madrid and London who faced down bombings and refused to give in to fear.
And you are the Parisians who, later this year, plan to reopen the Bataclan. You’re the people of Brussels, in a square of flowers and flags, including one Belgian who offered a message – we need “more.” More understanding. More dialogue. More humanity.
That’s who you are. United, together. You are Europe – «United in diversity». Guided by the ideals that have lit the world, and stronger when you stand as one.