Yura and Yura

Pensioners,
having shashlik and beer at a small outdoor cafe.


Yura #1:
Mark Twain, I love Mark Twain. Especially "Tom Sawyer", the part where Tom is in the cave. Tom was a sneaky young man, but he was smart. I love all classic American literature: Mark Twain, Bret Harte. Do Americans read Bret Harte?

Yura #2:

Americans are wonderful people. They are strong in the face of problems. We are having problems right now in this country. For example, this thing that's going on in Chechnya...

Yura #1:

Yuri Andreyevich! We are sitting at the table with guests! These people are our guests. We are not going to talk about Chechnya at this table!

Yura #2:

But we must talk about Chechnya. We must. We need to...

Yura #1:

Enough! Let's drink to our friendship, to the friendship between our countries. May we always have good relations!

John F. Kennedy, now there was a strong man. He created the Peace Corps, so Americans could go all over the world and help others. He made people want to help. We here can never understand what he meant to the American people.

Yura #2:

And then there was Robert Kennedy, too...

Yura #1:

Yuri Andreyevich! That was ten years later! That has nothing to do with it!

Yura #2:

But they were both killed. Both of them.

Yura #1:

John Kennedy made Americans look at things in a new way. That was in the sixties, 1963? 1961? People started caring about the world.

And what about blacks? People could think what they wanted about blacks before, but then Dean Rusk's daughter married a black man. And that changed things.

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