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American abroad: Europeans mocked Bush, but they’re downright scared of Trump

American abroad: Europeans mocked Bush, but they’re downright scared of Trump

During the George W. Bush administration, Americans abroad were advised to affix Canadian-flag patches to their backpacks or adopt a British accent to avoid the locals’ disgust with our elected leader. The warnings stuck with me, and as I packed my bags for a trip to Europe last month, I steeled myself for sneers about America’s incoming president. I went as far as to type, “I didn’t vote for him, and he didn’t even win the popular vote” into Google Translate.

The sneers never came. What's striking about being in Europe right now, as opposed to during the Bush years, is that everyone is taking Donald Trump’s impending presidency very...

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