Wednesday, November 5, 2008

One Happy Obama Mama

My blog is not the place to get political, but I just have to comment on the fact that as of today, I am proud to be American. The last 8 years as an American abroad has been made very difficult thanks to George Bush (imagine 7 years ago riding alone at night in a taxi from the airport with a taxi driver telling me off about GB's politics). Up until Monday, depending on who asked me, I shyly whispered "American" and sometimes outright lied and said "Canadian." Today I am proud to be American again.

As one French friend put it, "Tout le monde se sent américain aujourd’hui!", translation: "Everyone feels American today!"


Catherine said...

I recently spoke with a man from Germany who was very knowledgeable about America/American Politics and it was interesting to hear his thoughts. It was also interesting to hear that he was in favor of Obama too.

Ann Pietrangelo said...

Feels good, doesn't it, the pride in our new leadership?

I envy you. I'm from New England with ancestry in Quebec, leading back to Paris and Normandy. I definitely want to visit France some day.

Love the blog!

Anonymous said...

I've been living abroad for the last 11 years and as you, on many occasions mostly in taxis or on public transport, lied about my nationality for fear of the anger or dirty looks I might face, although my choice of country was Sweden, crossing my fingers that they were not at all Scandinavian... I'm not sure I'm quite ready yet to be completely honest about my nationalitly but am looking to the future with hope!

Fantastic Forrest said...

Even when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was in office, I was really pleased at how nice everyone I met in Europe was after they learned I was American.

The Irish guys were especially funny - they offered to take care of that wee problem for us. Hinted broadly that their experience in the IRA could be useful. I respectfully declined the offer.

I'm really happy about the Obama win too!


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