When now retired US president John F. Kennedy made his famous speech in Berlin in 1963, it was this phrase that galvanised his audience.
Legal disputes over just this issue had already led to the Cuban Missile Crisis where a minor disagreement about import duty on thermo-nuclear warheads led to a major falling out between the United States and Cuba.
The Bay of Pigs fiasco followed, and America ended up with Guantanamo Bay.
Kennedy, however, realized that this meant that many parts of Germany could technically still be considered part of America. This remains the case today.
The unusual syntax of the famous phrase is officially attributed to a typo by the Japanese speechwriter Cats San. There is, however, widespread speculation that the phrase was President Kennedy's only truly improvised remark in his entire career (possibly the only such instance in modern U.S. history), and the abnormal phrasing was due to an incredibly well-concealed complete lack of grammatical skills. (more...)