All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words,'Ich bin ein Berliner.' I am a Berliner!1963 Speech at WestBerlin City Hall, Rudolf Wilde Platz, 26 Jun. Unfortunately for Kennedy, his phrase translated into colloquial German as'I am a doughnut.'
In this tragic moment, when words seem so inadequate to express the shock people feel, the first thing that comes to mind is this: We are all Americans! We are all New Yorkers, just as surely as John F. Kennedy declared himself to be a Berliner in 1962 when he visited Berlin.Jean-Marie Colombani, Le Monde (liberal), Paris, France, Sept. 12, 2001.