Because of globalization, many aspects of American culture are known world-wide. Despite this familiarity, there are myths believed by many Arabs that distort their understanding of America and the American people.
If President Bush re-appeared to promote his book, he didn't make a good case for its sales. I can't help but wonder what, if anything, Bush could do to salvage the way most Americans view him at this point.
I hope in my lifetime that I will feel a more widespread sense of trust in public officials by citizens -- an American revival of sorts in which young people seek "good government jobs" and commit their careers to public service.
The GOP failed at government in the 1980's and in the 2000's and now they are doing their best to make Obama fail so they can call him a failure, get voted back in to office, and then get back to what they do best: keep failing.
The Founding Fathers hoped that self-rule would cure Americans of their love of frivolities. A government of the people, John Adams argued, would make the people disciplined, stern, hard-working, and joyless
In spite of the misery and heartache caused by the recession, I have found one benefit. People have become more compassionate towards each other, and donation drives have been more successful than I've ever seen.