(Courtesy Tea & Sympathy)
The Fourth of July is when we, the humble citizens of the ol’ You-Ess-of-Ayyy, come together to commemorate the violent birth of our inherently disaffected nation. There’s beef to be grilled, beer to be guzzled and pyrotechnics to be unleashed.
And if we can emasculate a few other nations in the process, all the better.
The U.S. Department of State has for years invited visiting dignitaries to raise and glass and enjoy a view of the fireworks display over the National Mall. This year, Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, chief of protocol of the United States, has decided to up the ante with two groundbreaking events: an apple pie bake-off and the inaugural Global Chiefs of Protocol Conference.