I got an invitation to the opening of the new US Embassy here in Berlin. Yesterday was the 4th of July, an appropriate day for such an event. What was disappointing was their chosen menu. Obviously it’s hard to feed 4,700 people, but was it really the best representation of America’s diversity to have food from Coca-Cola, Burger King, and McCafe – which I found out is a distinct and different brand than McDonald’s, although they’re usually in the same buildings. Having girls walking around with baskets of Snickers and Mars bars was embarassing – just when the US has a reputation as lacking in sophisitication under W, they drive the point home, instead of coming up with something classy.
A missed opportunity.