1. Jeremy Branham
    May 5, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    I am with you on this. I don’t care about politics and see the candidates as poor. I have little faith in our political system in terms of its efforts to make a real difference in our country or the lives of people. I think its effect is grossly exaggerated and far more attention is give to politics than it deserves. I’ve gone so far as to write how travel can save the world, and not politics.

    With that said, I am surprised people in Germany care that much. I am not really sure why. Maybe they are just looking to see what we do so they can blame stuff on us or because we tend to force ourselves in the spotlight.

    • Andrew
      May 7, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

      They care because in general they see how foreign policy decisions can affect other countries. And with the US having so much influence on the world stage are naturally then interested in the leaders that might make those policies. In the end it does not seem to be so much about the domestic politics side of things, but the foreign. Which is odd in that most Americans don’t seem to care much about what foreign policy their leaders follow as long as they are doing ok.

  2. cliff1976
    May 4, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Check this link for nice English/German comparisons of colorful adages: http://slicken.it/tu

    Someone at work forwarded it to me.

    • Andrew
      May 7, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

      Wow cool. Though I only recognized about half of the English phrases as something in modern day use.

  3. Laurel
    May 4, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    I had no idea that Germans didn’t know about Dr. Suess – interesting and I agree Germans are very up on American politics, most of them can even name the Canadian Prime minister, something a lot of Americans can’t do.

    • Andrew
      May 7, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

      I have not yet found one that knew of the books. The movies some when you mention the titles, but they don’t seem related to the author. I would be at a loss with Canadian political figures too. That said, I am at a loss with most political figures no matter the country.