Putting Xi Jinping’s Muscatine comments into proper context

Source: Kyle Munson • Des Moines Register  • Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Here’s what Vice President Xi Jinping reportedly said today in Muscatine at Sarah Lande‘s house:

“It’s my second visit to Muscatine after a hiatus of 27 years from my last visit, and all the memories of my being here are now coming back. Coming here is really like coming back to home. You can’t even imagine what a deep impression I had from my visit 27 years ago to Muscatine, because you were the first group of Americans that I came into contact with. My impression of the country came from you. For me, you are America. We came just a few years after the normalization of relations between China and the U.S. and just two years after Hebei Province and Iowa became sister states. It was also my first visit to the U.S. So at that time, everything was very new and fresh.

“Ms. Lande, I remember at the time you worked for the Iowa Sister Cities Friendship Committee and you held a dinner for us, and you took us around the town and you asked us whether we would like to drive ourselves. I still remember you took us on a tour of the Mississippi River

Speaking to Eleanor and Tom Dvorchak: “I remember I stayed in your son’s bedroom and that you had a lovely daughter. She was very curious and asked us many questions, such as whether we had seen American movies. When I said I had seen movies like… [inaudible]… and ‘The Godfather,’ she was very surprised.”

Xi also recalled that the Dvorchaks gave him popcorn as a parting gift when he left Muscatine, prompting laughter from the Americans in the room.