If you've meandered through Europe with a Canadian flag on your backpack, it's time to switch it up. With the US's improving image, it's suddenly cool to be American again — both at home and abroad.
First off, the US is making new friends. "Yes we can, be friends," proclaimed a German newspaper across its front page, "We have fallen in love with the new, the different, the good America."
US citizens abroad are receiving more friendly gestures and kind words for being nothing other than their American selves. This newfound goodwill isn't just improving America's international image, but also its sense of self at home. For more on unlikely patriots coming out in the bluest of places, read more.
Nowhere is this more evident — OK, hopefully somewhere — than at a spontaneous election-night celebration on the streets of a hipster safe haven in Brooklyn, where American flags waved without a hint of irony. If these
kids 30-year-olds are willing to get handcuffed for their country, then I would say change truly has arrived.
Does it anger you to see people be proud on a part-time basis? Or is it good to see excitement where there was once apathy?