BBC Washington Correspondent Justin Webb is returning from the US to the UK after 7 years. We know exactly what he means. The hypocrisy is part of the possibility.
And yet for all the ugliness, the deadening tawdriness of much of the American landscape and the tinny feebleness of many of its politicians – for all that nastiness and shallowness and flakiness – there is no question in my mind that to live here has been the greatest privilege of my life.
The immensity of America, the energy and the zest for life, …. shines a light on the entire human condition.
There is an intellectual ugliness as well: a dark age lurking, even when the president has been to Harvard.
We really miss the US too, and nobody believed us when we said we weren’t leaving because we didn’t enjoy living there.