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Friday, November 7, 2008

“I Do Now.”

posted by on November 7 at 11:37 AM

This morning on the bus two women, two strangers, started talking about the weather, their families, and the election. They were both excited that it was Friday, they both agreed that it’s “been a big week.”

One woman came to the US from Russia. After talking about how great it is that Obama won the election, the other woman asked the Russian woman: “Do you like it here? Do you like America?” The Russian woman laughed: “I do now!”

It feels really nice to be liked again.

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My husband left for a trip to France yesterday for work, and he was really excited to be able to go there and not be embarrassed to be American. I'll be really interested to hear whether people talk to him about the election and what they say...

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 7, 2008 11:44 AM

I think you misinterpreted this. The Russian woman is probably happy California’s Prop 8 passed.

Posted by Gay Seattle | November 7, 2008 11:55 AM

Speaking of which, this story made me feel all fuzzy inside:

Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER | November 7, 2008 12:29 PM

@3, I liked Kole's story, too, except for one line:

"despite holding America's feet to the fire, the rest of the world is rooting for it and wants it to lead and succeed."

This is the kind of starry-eyed American narcissism that drives other countries nuts and damages the goodwill we want to feel for you right now. With this election, Americans have been given a great chance to remake themselves in the eyes of the world. To tell yourselves that we want you to "lead" us is naive and presumptuous, and a step backwards.

Posted by Irena | November 7, 2008 2:12 PM

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