1. Bernie Sanders
You know when you travel to the other side of the world and people ask you where you’re from? You respond: The United States. “Where?” they ask, with an eager look in their eyes. You don’t think they’ll know, but you say it anyways: Vermont. Their face goes blank. But then you add, “You know Bernie Sanders?” Of course, they do. Silver, tousled hair, thick, deep, New York accent, leader of millennials, tamer of birds, breaker of chains. He’s my state senator, you say. Have you ever met him? They ask, that eager glint returning to their eye. “He used to walk down the road in my fourth of July parade,” you say, with a flip of your hair, as you put Vermont back on the map.