When the last American president to step from the Senate into the White House was in the dawn of his presidency I was a student in Europe. Then as now, Europeans were thrilled by his youth, his cool eloquence, his glamorous wife, and their hopes ran high. Europeans would buy Americans a beer just because of the man we had elected - something I did not experience again until this January, almost half a century later. Then as now, you could make the case that the new American president was more popular among Europeans than any of their own leaders.
Like Barack Obama, John F.