An elected leader of another country addressing folks of another Democracy directly:
"It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal."
-- Vladimir Putin, New York Times.
There will be time to appraise merit of his argument in NYT or whether he is playing duplicitous games with America. But today's is the day to appreciate that leaders of different countries are wanting to talk citizens of our countries directly.
That in itself cannot be anything but a positive development on this somber day.