07 November 2008

Moran at the AP No Longer Ashamed to be an American

Following up on the hipster/leisure class being proud of their country for the first time ever due to Obama's rise to power, the good folks at The Sniper find this delightful turd floating in the toilet bowl of the AP wire entitled "Suddenly, it may be cool to be an American again":

Overnight, Americans did something their harshest critics in Europe have yet to do: elect a person of color as head of state and commander in chief. That gives U.S. citizens some bragging rights, even if a lot of us would just as soon eschew hubris and embrace humility.

I'm a marathon runner, and I have a red, white and blue singlet that I've seldom dared to wear on the Continent. Marathons are difficult enough without enduring catcalls and jeers from spectators.

But my best friend and training partner — who is French — just gave me his stamp of approval.

"Will you wear your Stars and Stripes shirt now? You're allowed!" he told me.
I'm so thrilled that we must judge the merits and ideology of our nation based on whether or not this douchebag can wear an American T-shirt in public. A long time ago, many of our ancestors were brave enough to flee the "old country" to save themselves from famine, devastating and pointless wars, and the crushing oppression of whatever nobleman happened to be in charge. So let's be nice to our friends across the pond, but they aren't the sole arbiter of "coolness". There's a lot worse countries you could be from...regardless of who is elected president.