"She kissed me for being an American"

A must read article from an AP writer.
How Americans all over the world no longer have to hide their identity.

"I was on the phone, and the 20-something Austrian woman seated in front of me overheard me speaking English.

Without a word, she turned, pecked me on the cheek and stepped off at the next stop."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081105/ap_o n_re_eu/eu_election_an_american_abroad

Tags: ameica, pride obama (all tags)

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I posted this quote somewhere else, but it got lost there, and seems more appropriate here.  It's a reader comment featured on the front page of Le Monde:
Merci peuple Américain, merci d'avoir fait ce choix, aujourd'hui est un grand jour pour la planète entière.  [Thank you Americans, thank you for making this choice, today is a great day for the whole planet.]
by username 2008-11-05 01:29PM | 0 recs
I predict

lots of young, single Dem activists suddenly taking vacations in Europe.

Enjoy yourselves, kids.

by Betsy McCall 2008-11-05 03:45PM | 0 recs
Great, but...

I'm glad to hear it and all, but I do wonder if that article overstates how bad it was before. I've lived overseas for most of the past five years (including two years in France, which is supposed to be our cultural archenemy) and I was never mistreated. Which doesn't mean it never happens, but I always get suspicious when people start talking about how they have to lie about being from Canada and/or about having things thrown at them.  If it were that common, I can't help thinking I would have experienced it by now.

by RamblinDave 2008-11-05 10:47PM | 0 recs

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