“Hmm.... having been in Russia for 5 years now I can say, without hesitation, I have never felt any anti-Americanism from anyone I've ever met here. The only reason I ever hesitate to speak English loudly on the streets is to prevent myself from becoming a potential target of thieves, because being American we're 'all' rich. :-) On the contrary, I can't tell you how many unplanned but quite pleasant conversations I've gotten myself into once they understood I'm an American. :-)
To be fair, I am not in Moscow, and all Russians I know say that Moscow (and St. Pete) are "another country" - absolutely different. Many of them actually dislike Moscow and it's people, there being a lot of resentment in the regions, mostly due to the centralization of the country's wealth, but also due to the somewhat superior attitudes of Moscovites. Since the majority of American expats are in the Moscow region, we're certainly less of a novelty there, but other than that I can't explain why you experienced what you did.
Anyway, where I'm at the people understand that we are not totally responsible for everything our government does, just as they would not want to be held responsible for everything their government does, in other words, don't blame them if Putin rears his head over Alaskan airspace. :-)”
“Well, I've never had a discussion about domestic and foreign policy with a Canadian, but I can say that in my experience, Europeans (and to some extent Asians) seem to be better educated in world affairs and definitely take a greater interest in it. Middle America is, imho, woefully ignorant of non-domestic issues, so there is some (unfortunate) truth to this.”
“Yep, cause even if she can excite their 'base', I think they realize there's no way she could be elected in 2012 - possibly dragging the party down even further if she were to run (i.e., more lost seats).”
“You betcha! :-)
No seriously, I agree 100%. I'm kinda disappointed I can't be there for this, but despite this I can still feel it happening. Even my foreign wife feels it!
And yes, my absentee ballot is already there. :-)”
“Heh, you're not kidding! Due to the time zone I'm in, polls will start to close at 11am my time. No way I could work so I took the day off to follow the results. :-)”
PattyElle on Nov 4, 2008 at 13:31:42
“McCain/Rove Will Try To Steal the Election with Voting Machine Fraud in Swing States -Republican I/T voter machine computer guru Michael Connell testified yesterday! Rove tried to stop the subpoena, but the judge had the grit to forge ahead. Finally somebody is standing up to these Republicans CROOKS!
“Wow! I caught it (by chance) via live streaming video and waited about 45 minutes. The way the crowd seemed energized to me, I would've never guessed it was a five hour wait for all of you. Way to go!”
“Because I've been overseas for several years (no US cable/network tv) and without sufficient bandwidth to enjoy streaming video, I hadn't seen any full rallies up til today. A few days ago, our ISP *finally* bumped up DSL bandwidth to 512kb so I was able to watch my first full rally - the very same one you were at. Even through the tubes (a Ted Stevens reference :)) I was able to sense the energy of the crowd. I'm fired up and ready to go!”
“Wow! I've voted in NJ (Matawan) since the late 80's and never saw anything like that. This is awesome news, especially since NJ is in no danger of turning red this election. Even so, anything to bump up the popular vote and provide Obama with a clear mandate is a good thing!
This year I'm overseas but I was sure to send in my absentee ballot in mid October. I checked with the Div. of Elections and they've received and accepted my vote! Go, go, go Obama!”
“The problem with her 'faux folksy charm' is that it really is 'faux'. The people in Alaska don't recognize who she's become and hope she drops her "folksy Nebraska manner" (in the words of one Alaska blogger) before she goes back.”
“LMAO. Dang, what a bigoted ignoramus. I've been living overseas for five years and even I knew about this. Ah the internet, such a wonderful tool for holding the forces of ignorance at bay, albeit properly used of course. You should try checking out more than faux news or tro//ing on HuffPo - really, you might learn something. Amazing, I know.
Oh, and for the record I'm not a Democrat but an Independent. Does this mean I have a job? :-)”
Here's a virtual hug to you and all community organizers! Thanks for sharing the anecdote about John and the kids. It was, as you said, priceless. :-)
And thanks for the wonderful work that you're doing. If we're granted the wish many of us desire, there will soon be an administration at the helm which will help foster an appreciation among all Americans for community organizers everywhere!”
“Good points, though I have to (slightly) quibble about whether or not she's stupid. With our usual definition of this word I agree with you, however another definition of this word is "Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes", something she has done in spades. :-)
On a more serious note, even a modicum of intelligence is useless if it's not put to use. Her shocking lack of intellectual curiosity outside her provincial realm negates any intelligence (i.e., non-stupidness) she may have.”