Needless to say Sweden was pretty happy about Obama’s win --- even the right wing Moderates expressed their joy with the selection. I overheard the following exchange on my commute to work.
3 ten year old boys sat engrossed in their smartphones discussing the virtues of Instragram, when one says:
“Hey, did you see that Obama won in the US”
“Yeah, Yeah, good huh?”
“If it were the whole world voting he would have one easy don’t you think?”
“Yeah, that other guy wouldn’t stand a chance.”
“I have like 300 followers on Instagram…..”
And I think this conversation sums up the general reaction to the elections around here.
After Obama won the first time I remember on of my Swedish colleagues telling me “You know, for a minute there, I think even I kind of believed in the American dream. No way a minority Swede with an Arabic name could be voted into power as Prime Minister here in Sweden.”
This time the reaction was a bit more low key, but the American election is by far the only other election in the world that garners the front page of every major newspaper in Sweden. I don’t think even Denmark, Norway or Finland would have that honor.
I did get pissed listening to one morning radio that decalared “I think we should get to vote in the American election, I mean WE know more about what is going on in the US election than your average elction . .. .” Oh really? You think this is the case?
Because many Swedes think Obama is staunchly anti-death penalty and anti-gun and everything else they are anti. But in reality? Not so much. So while I am glad Swedes are knowledgable and have an opinion about the election, that doesn’t make you eligible to vote (although the US would look a lot different if you did – maybe for the better).