I have always envied whoever has the job of writing the Secretary of State's statements congratulating countries on their national day. There is one nearly every day of the year, and they're always so uplifting and positive. It'd be a bit like being a cheerleader, or the person in the office who always buys cakes for someone's birthday but doesn't actually do much that really matters.
And everyone gets a shoutout! For example, this from Secretary of State Clinton on Feb. 28:
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Wales as you celebrate St. David’s Day this March 1. This special occasion celebrates the rich history and culture of the Welsh people.
The United States is enriched by years of influence from Welsh-Americans. The friendship between our two countries dates back to the early 1700s and nearly 2 million people living in the United States today have Welsh ancestry. Iconic authors, philanthropists and statesmen of Welsh descent have helped shape the history of the United States. This relationship continues today as we work on areas of mutual interest and shared ideals.
The United States and Wales benefit from commercial and educational exchanges, strengthening this already robust relationship. We look forward to deepening these connections, increasing prosperity and continuing our efforts to promote peace around the world.
As you celebrate St. David’s Day, know that the United States stands with you as we work toward a better future for all our people."
Fantastic, I had no idea about the US-Welsh relationship. What I would give to interview whoever writes these things up... just imagine how tempting it would be to be just a little sneaky or subversive.