This may just be my favorite video ever. It reminds me that although I am a citizen of the United States - and proud of it, in spite of the past eight long years - I am also a citizen of the world, and that we're all far more alike than we are different, whether in Boise, Baghdad, Belfast, or Beijing. Or as our next president put it in a speech he gave in Independence, Missouri, earlier this week:
That is why, for me, patriotism is always more than just loyalty to a place on a map or a certain kind of people. Instead, it is also loyalty to America's ideals – ideals for which anyone can sacrifice, or defend, or give their last full measure of devotion. I believe it is this loyalty that allows a country teeming with different races and ethnicities, religions and customs, to come together as one.
Enjoy! In other news ...
At 22, Julian Langness of Bonners Ferry will be the youngest member of the Idaho delegation to the Democratic National Convention. He was featured in this week's state party newsletter, and his hometown paper had a profile of him here.
If you want to scope out the Obamas' July 4 visit to Montana, it looks like this Montana TV station will be streaming it live starting at 10 a.m. Mountain on Friday. And happy 10th birthday to Malia Obama, Barack and Michelle's eldest daughter, born on the Fourth of July.
Don't forget the 4th of July parades around the state. There's one in Idaho Falls starting at 9 a.m., in Coeur d'Alene starting at 11, in Caldwell starting at 11:30 a.m., and in Boise starting at 6:30 p.m. Come out and walk with your Democratic candidates! (If you know of other holiday parades or events, list 'em in the comments, please.)
Yes, it's true - the seventh edition of my book Idaho Off the Beaten Path is out now, and Rediscovered Bookshop in the Overland Park Shopping Center in Boise will have a new shipment of 'em early next week. Get one and plan the rest of your summer adventures. I also have this new blog to keep the book updated between editions, and for you to suggest new places I ought to include.