The internet has made it a great deal easier for the 6 million U.S. expats to vote. It seems clear that more young people living overseas will vote than ever before and that there are more Democrats than Republicans casting overseas ballots.
As I recounted in my initial thoughts about the Obama Berlin speech, I recalled that Gandhi said we have to value our words as much as our actions. Obama understands that, and our history has shown it to be true.
The speech is a brisk, affecting affair. There are big cheers when Obama talks about nuclear disarmament and dealing with climate change, but the crowd's response to "defeating terror" is noticeably muted.
Once Obama addresses the throngs of change-loving Germans and proclaims himself a jelly donut, it'll be all over — the "Ich Bin Ein" headlines will be flying faster than 99 Luftballons floating in the summer sky.
Both Obama and McCain have an opportunity to change the meaning, of what "I am an American" has come to signify around the world. For the sake of our national security, it can't come a moment too soon.