Travel Diary: Russians and Americans -- So Far Apart, Yet So Alike

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 14, 2009

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary AnswersSecretary Clinton recently provided remarks at the unveiling of the Walt Whitman Monument in Moscow. The Secretary said:"I think that both the mayor and Minister Lavrov and Jim Symington have very well said the significance of the placement of this statue here today of Walt Whitman. It is reciprocal for the statue 10 years ago of Alexander Pushkin that was placed on the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., very close to the White House and the State Department.

I agree with Minister Lavrov that just as Pushkin and Whitman reset poetry, we are resetting our relationship for the 21st century. And that relationship is not just between our two governments, but most importantly, it is between the Russians and American people. Whitman recognized that we have so much in common, and if I could, I just want to draw your attention to the quote that was chosen that is on the base of the sculpture. And here is what it says: “You Russians and we Americans, so far apart from each other, so seemingly different, and yet in ways that are most important, our countries are so alike.”

Read the Secretary's full remarks or more about her trip to Europe.

Read the previous Travel Diary entry.



Tennessee, USA
October 14, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

On the level of basic human nature, all people are very similar. This is noted throughout history.

It is the Religious Leaderships, the Political leaderships, the Advisors, the Economist, the Bankers, the Corporationsãall which the basic citizen has to be dependent upon who make the differences and cost lives or bring peace.

The world, regardless of individual history, has evolved beyond what was in every aspect of dependent application and associationã Collectively, problems must be solved. Not only by political leaderships; but, all those on whose systems of dependency are involved. There is no one leadership, governmental or otherwise any longer...

Finding common denominators among the civilian base of any country is not that difficult; finding a way to alter what is needed for human dignity and human rights is still the problem...and that means change at the top and collectively.

New York, USA
October 18, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Russia and U.S.: Governing Diversity

The key to Russia and U.S. similarity may lie in a shared challenge to provide economic and political security and equity to a very diverse population.


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