…and for the first time since I started spending lots of time abroad in 2002, I don’t feel completely embarassed to admit that I’m American.

From the article:

The Socialist Group in the European Parliament, the legislative body’s second-largest voting bloc, called the election results “the beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world.”

It took a while for the Americans to realize who they had elected and the damage he had caused in the world,” said Philippe Bas, 56, whose newsstand near a Paris subway stop was stacked with newspapers from across Europe carrying analyses of the election.

In Britain, the headline over the Guardian newspaper’s lead editorial read, “Thank you, America.”