Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited the United States to mark the fiftieth anniversary of our alliance with Australia. Earlier this week she addressed a joint session
of Congress to speak on our alliance with the people Down Under. Taking into account French President Nicholas Sarkozy's remarks on the anniversary of the French-American alliance a few years ago, it seems that at times it takes a friend to remind America of herself, what she means, and what she can accomplish.
"In 1942, John Curtin--my predecessor, my country's great wartime leader--looked to America. I still do. This year you have marked the centenary of President Reagan's birth. He remains a great symbol of American optimism. The only greater symbol of American optimism is America itself. The eyes of the world are still upon you. Your city on a hill cannot be hidden. Your brave and free people have made you the masters of recovery and reinvention. As I stand in this cradle of democracy, I see a nation that has changed the world and known remarkable days. I firmly believe that you are the same people who amazed me when I was a small girl by landing on the moon. On that great day I believed Americans could do anything. I believe that still. You can do anything today."