Monday, November 12, 2012

US Foreign policy in a nutshell

This occurred at the airport while coming home last week. I arrived to the airport early, so I treated myself to a cup of ice cream. Walking by a fast food counter with no counters, I hear:

Vendor: [Foreign words] helado [Foreign words]?
Me: I'm sorry, I don't speak the language.
Vendors colleague: Is the icecream good?
Me: Yes it is. Thanks.
Vendor (translated by his colleague): Where are you from?
Me: Originally? The US.
Vendor: US! OBAMA! (big smile as he pats his heart.)
Me: Yes, Obama.
Vendor (Realizing a possible faux pas): Is Obama good?
Me: Yes, I am very relieved.
Vendor's colleague: Iran just took down one of your planes.
Me: Oh?!
Vendor's colleague: It was on the TV five minutes ago. It wasn't manned. It was a ....
Me: A drone?

Well, that just about sums up the highs and lows of US foreign policy, doesn't it?


  1. it's never easy is it? Everyone has an opinion about the US... and as an immigrant to the US the day after election turned a little dicy at work for me. Lots of upset Rpeople.

    1. You amaze me Chall... some of the things you hint at about your environment, and others that you describe directly. I cannot imagine switching places with you. Stay sane.