As I was picking up my dry cleaning yesterday, the owner asked me: “Are you American?” After I said yes, he said: I don’t like the US and I don’t like Americans. But now with Obama, I feel like I can like America again. He’s a great man.” When I asked him where he was from, he said: “Syria. And that’s why I didn’t like America.”
It’s always fascinating to me how often I am judged for my homeland. It hasn’t happened for a while, so I have to admit that I was a bit shocked by my cleaner. I’ve been a regular customer for years and the guy always seemed to like me. So it was strange to hear his commentary. Thus as I was walking out, I couldn’t resist saying: You know, we’re all just people, no matter where we come from. At least the cleaner agreed with me. I just hope Obama can live up to the world’s expectations.