The world likes us now, thanx to the Young Prince!
"You like me, you really like me!" No, it's not Sally Field at the Oscars. It's you and me, Joe and Jan America, now that the world has decided to like us again. And it's all thanx to the Young Prince! In the few days since we elected Obambi, we've gone from racist fundie Ugly American to enlightened Euro Eunuch. It's hip to be an American again! Oh, joy! My life was incomplete, knowing that a bunch of tea-sipping secularized socialist surrender monkeys were frowning at me. But now The One has changed all that! Just thrill to this THREAD, "Living abroad, what the reaction has been, my experiences..." So queue up in docile fashion and hear the reports pouring in from around the globe, in Bolshevik Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson, no longer losing sleep over hostile world opinion, is in the [Barackets]:
Living abroad, what the reaction has been, my experiences...
[Oh, please, tell us! Do they like us now? Do they? Oh, please. . . .]
As a dual US/UK citizen (I grew up in the US, but have lived in Scotland for ten years) I have had a lot of questions from family and friends back in the States as to what the reaction in the UK has been to Obama being elected.
[Don't keep us in suspense! We've GOT to know, or we just can't go on!]
Most everyone I have spoken to is ecstatic.
[Hooray! They like us, they really like us! I can come in off the ledge now.]
Bush was widely hated here (from the start). . . .
[But of course.]
I only know one person myself who was a McCain fan. . . .
[You'd think Scotland would be McCain Country.]
she goes to a "Superchurch" style place of worship here and follows Fundamentalist Christian literature from the USA RELIGIOUSLY (ha ha).
[Ha! Now is the time on Sprockets when we mock religion.]
She sent me a bunch of email crap about how Obama is a baby killer. I blocked her from my inbox.
When I took my younger son into his Nursery Class on Wednesday morning (there is universal pre-school here, from the age of three) . . .
[Indoctrinate them early.]
. . . one of the teachers immediately gave me the thumbs up sign.
[No longer the middle-finger salute.]
As I sat in my living room here in Scotland and watched the results come in I cried.
[Of course, you're a DUmmie.]
As I watched Barack Obama take the stage in Grant Park I cried.
[Usually when leftists invade Grant Park, there's tear gas.]
As I listened to his beautiful speech I looked at my little newborn daughter. . . .
[I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess you're not married. Call me crazy.]
I felt the world is going to be a better place for my kids to live.
[Let's all gather on a mountaintop and sing!]
it sounds kind of hokey but I felt like something happened to the soul of the United Sates on Tuesday night.
[Our soul has been sated! Praise you, Obamassiah!]
It was renewed, it was changed, and it was felt across the ocean and around the world.
[A soul tsunami!]
For the last eight years I have been sad, angry, frustrated. . . .
[What a coincidence! That's about how long President Bush has been in office!]
I felt like the country had been stolen.
[What do you care? You live over in Limeyland.]
Americans were seen as right wing fundamentalists.
[No! A fate worse than death!]
Overnight we went from being viewed as a right wing country with a joke for a president to something entirely different.
[Now we're a left-wing country with a joke for a President. Thanks for that report, DUmmie applejuice. Now for more reports. Spanning the globe . . .]
aw man I had almost made it for 12 hours with out "stuff getting in my eye"
Australian reaction. I wore my Obama t-shirt out the day after the election. Every response I had was positive - he would have won about 85-15 over here.
[Well, scratch Australia off my places to move to when Obambi takes office.]
But almost all I spoke with expressed fears for his safety and thought that someone will take a pop at him.
[I wouldn't want to get on Michelle's bad side, if I were him. She looks like she could take his scrawny little butt in a heartbeat.]
The U.S. has a horrible record when it comes to the rate at which our greater leaders get assassinated.
[Three out of the four assassinated presidents were Republicans.]
We are coming out of the Dark Ages here. . . .
Obama is breath of fresh air for the world.
I got a text just after the election was called (what was it; 3am here?) from my son's flatmate - it said only "YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!" Then the phone rang and it was my 70+ year-old mother-in-law down in England who'd stayed up to watch the election. Her voice was all choked up.
The next morning, I was greeted by one of my colleagues with, "Hey, it's an American! We can like them now!"
[Thank you, Young Prince!]
touched that people are so ready to welcome us back to civilized society.
[Even though President Bush has been leading the fight to protect Western Civilization from the Islamic jihad. But if you prefer terrorized, decadent, emasculated Eurabia. . . .]
In Nepal it is very much the same. . . .
I am American but have lived in Kathmandu. . . .
[Cue Bob Seger. . . .]
Ecstasy in Egypt too.
More than once, I've had them ask me why Americans hate all Arab people. Try answering that one in 25 words or less.
[OK. Two words: Nine. Eleven.]
They did think it was funny to have an American presidential candidate with the middle name "Hussein."
[Shhh! You're not allowed to say the middle name!]
On Wednesday I wore all blue to work.
[We wore black.]
Everybody came up and congratulated me.
[Did you ululate?]
I feel lucky to live in Alexandria, since I am a big History Geek. . . .
[Beware of Geeks bearing left.]
The stories now about the post-election celebrations throughout the world give us all so much hope . . . we're back! The U.S.A. is back!
[USA! USA! It's the Fourth American Empire!]
Gotta go cry more happy tears now.
[Glub, glub. . . .]
I know how the world feels about the US. They loved Jackie Kennedy and JFK and Robert Jr. and Carolyne and they loved Bill Clinton and they'll love Barack and Michelle and Malia and Sacha Obama.
[JFK got around, but I don't think he was the father of Robert Jr.]
And just as importantly, they hate the Bush family and always will.
[BDS is the sine qua non of being cool and hip.]
I feel like I can go out and see the world again.
[Free at last! Free at last!]
the next big place on my list is Africa.
[A pilgrimage to Kenya would be in order. Tour Obambi's brother's hut.]
I had some friends doing some travel just after the 2004 election. . . . They stuck their Kerry pins all over their backpacks and also bought some patches and sewed then on.
[John Kerry has your backpack.]
I also wore a Kerry pin on my jacket for several months after that election. I was so upset after 2004 that I felt like someone had died, like I was grieving or something. I know that sounds over the top. . . .
[Not for a DUmmie.]
My experience in Berlin. . . .
[Ich bin ein Berlooney.]
I was taking a taxi to Tegel Airport. My 30-ish male driver . . . said, "Please be telling me you vote for Obama." I turned my back pack over and said, "Look at this". "This" was my honking big Obama button. He gave me a big smile, saying gut! gut!
And then he turned the meter off and gave me a free ride the rest of the way to the airport.
[The taxi may have been free, but our taxes will not be.]
All the Irish who said to me, how could any Americans be stupid enough to vote for Bush. . . .
[Hey, we voted for Clinton and Obama, didn't we? Go figure!]
People here in Korea have taken a strong interest in the election. . . .
[Is that you, Li'l Kim?]
My GF--who's from Austria--was following the first projected calls live online--and it was close to 4am her time in Vienna!!! "I really hope Obama wins, I'm praying for your victory..."
[V For Vienna.]
I went to the kiosk to get a beer... Ahmed gave me a long-stemmed red rose. The Germans supported Obama 89,7%. The euphoria could be heard on the trains, on the streets, in restaurants, bars and city rumble...
[Euphoria in Eurabia.]
They seem to like Mrs. Obama's dress more than some of the TV pundits back home do.
[Michelle's black-and-red spider dress was a hit in Korea! I was worried!]