Atlantik Brücke Farewell Speech
Berlin, January 18, 2017
Ambassador John B. Emerson
Thank you, Tom Buhrow. And Friedrich, once again thank you for that warm welcome. And I say “once again” because, in addition to the many times you and I have worked together and shared podiums over the past three and a half years, you and the members of the Atlantik Brücke were the first to officially welcome the Emerson family to Berlin back in August of 2013. I remember that very vividly. And I must say, it was a little intimidating to come into that tent, filled with so many of Germany’s luminaries, waiting to take the measure of the new Ambassador. But you all made us feel so welcome, and quickly put us at ease.