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The Limits of Obamamania in Europe

Beneath the popular craze are a number of significant concerns.

I recently returned from a trip this summer to the battlefields of Europe’s past—among them Waterloo, Verdun, and Normandy—and had a number of discussions with Europeans of all sorts. I can report that Obamamania is still sweeping Europe. With his youth, optimism, and charisma, Senator Barack Obama is hailed as the quintessential “good American,” a rare New Frontiersman in the mold of John F. Kennedy. Better yet, his biracial background and perceived hipness make him a glamorous 21st-century advocate of increased taxes, larger government, more entitlements, and a multinational foreign policy—all dear to the hearts of European socialists.

In Obama’s America, there will be no more of the hated George Bush’s anti-abortion, pro-gun, and twangy evangelical primordialism. The Illinois senator also sounds mo

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Added: Oct-1-2008 
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  • whoever the fuck wrote this article needs a smack in the fuckin face.

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  • The media would have you believe that everyone in the world is a flaming fascist lib and that everyone hates America - but it isn't true. People in Europe are starting to wake up out of their stupor. They are electing conservatives in larger numbers.

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    • all the hollanders i talked to, and two of the hollanders i know of on this site (badmother and zwaanjul) think the american media is right-wing

      i also watched Dutch news translated into English -- their news is better than ours (more facts, more real footage, no arrogant pundits arguing)

      Al Jazeera is a decent channel, btw

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    • Ah, no again. No way the media in the US is right wing. Where have you and these people been living, under a liberal rock for decades? Our news used to be great until CNN ruined it years ago. Now its to commercialized and, shit just a waste of time to watch, and for all that want to bash me about Fox, I don't watch that crap either.

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  • Question to the ones that call people Sheeple.

    What makes someone not a sheeple? Why would anon50 be a sheeple and lasrever not be a sheeple. We all live in the US, supposedly, and everyday we go to work, supposedly, we all pay taxes, supposedly, we all follow one thing or another. So with that being said, arn't we all sheeple in our own way?

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  • Oh please, if it wasnt for us they would all be speaking Russian. Fuck em.

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  • i took a trip to europe for 2 months and EVERY european i talked to said they hope obama wins (not just for our sake but the world's sake)

    they also said they differentiate between the government and average americans and that they love america

    this is truly what i experienced in Holland and it wasn't just native Dutch people from Holland but travelers visiting Holland (such as Australia) who also said the same

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    • Nope, not true. It depends on where you are in Europe. Since you are a liberal you will gravitate to liberal areas. Just like if a conservative were to go they would do the samething.

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    • Yep, basically true.

      In general, we make a clear distinction between an american citizen and the american government. In Spain we are quite sympathetic and respectful to americans. Nobody will mistreat you or insult you just for being an american, quite the contrary.

      I know it happens in Spain and I have also seen it in other western european countries in all the years I have been travelling to those countries.

      Of course, if you act like a prick you will be mistreated, regarless if you are More..

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    • YEs those kind of people are called sheep las, they are bred to submit to mob rule these days.

      we're going that way too.

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    • he does have a point. i've been to many countries in my life and i gravitate towards holland because i perceive their country as more progressive than others

      but is that my ultimate reason? nah. i just love being there and the people are fun to talk to.

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      as far as your saying the mainstream media is liberal biased, roundandround, i can write a long list of names on both television and radio that would refute your assertion. or i can ask you if you ever wondered why the pre-war intelligence More..

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    • when it happens i know what song i'll be playing, that's for sure. i hate ACDC but i think a remake of their song is worth a gander:

      "Dirty Deeds Done With Sheep"
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCRE9qOgbug

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